Electronic Stability Control Problems of BMW 535

BMW 535 owners have reported 6 electronic stability control related problems since 1996. Table 1 shows the 1 most common electronic stability control problems. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electronic stability control (6 problems). For details of each of the problem category, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Electronic Stability Control related problems of BMW 535

Problem Category Number of Problems
Electronic Stability Control problems
Electronic Stability Control problem #1

Was driving suddendly car lost speed to 20mph rpms reved up to 4000. Would not go any faster had to pull over the car put itself in neutral then turned itself off few minutes later was able to turn the car back on and resume driving . . It wa a city street clear weather he power train malfunction wasindicated on the screen very unsafe to drive on city streets plus interstate highways through atlanta.

Electronic Stability Control problem #2

Driving at 50mph with active cruise activated. Vehicle in front was slowing down. I applied brakes to slow down and all of a sudden the brakes freeze and lock up. I had to overpower the brakes and travelled a few hundred yards to find a safe place to pull over. Car towed to dealer. They replaced the stability control module and the damaged brakes and said the vehicle is safe to drive. I followed up with BMW headquarters looking for answers as to how a vehicle can have brake lock up as a fail safe condition of the stability control system. No satisfactory answers. They told me they did not receive the defective unit for analysis of such a serious safety issue. I believe this failure mode is likely happening to another BMW vehicles and BMW refuses to provide info.

Electronic Stability Control problem #3

Fuel pump failures, car shut down while driving on the highway (numerous times) lost power steering while going over 60 mph. Cost over $10,000 to make repairs on the vehicle because BMW said it is no longer under warranty.

Electronic Stability Control problem #4

Fuel pump error while driving and the car shuts down, we lose power steering and have done so on the highway, and city numerous times.

Electronic Stability Control problem #5

The check engine lght came on and the car became undrivable . It was taken at the dealervfacility -new car , with 180 miles on it - for the engine issue and state emmision sticker. The car was never returned, due to engine valve failure - lose pipes at the final assy of the engine components .

Electronic Stability Control problem #6

Within two weeks of taking ownership of this car, I experienced a series of faults in the system where the car froze up and had to be towed to the dealer for repair. Over the past two years, the car has experienced a variety of malfunctions in the electronic warning system. On 5/22/12, upon leaving my residence, I lost momentary control of the car. The car stopped, jerked and then I hit a curb and when I righted the car, I pressed down on the brake pedal, but the car accellerated to a high speed. I travelled approximately 100' to where there were three cars and one motorcycle stopped at a red light. I was unable to stop the car and hit the driver of the motor cycle at a high speed. The car was repaired with nearly $25,000 in damage. The following morning after I had received the car, and during a cold start, the car did the same thing again. It "jerked" the wheel turned and this time I righted the car. Over the next few days, the car did it again several times. One week later when I was driving it (again a cold start and within 1/2 mile of my home garage), the car did the "jerking" movement and I temporarily lost control of the car. I immediately pulled over and called BMW to report the situation and have the car towed. I was told that it was a fault in the car's software system. BMW had the car at its shop for 10 days, returned it to me and I've not experienced the malfunction since.

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