Engine Failure Problems of BMW 535

BMW 535 owners have reported 4 problems related to engine failure (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2011 BMW 535 1
Failure Date: 04/01/2016

The contact owns a 2011 BMW 535i. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14v176000 (engine and engine cooling). After the repair, the vehicle experienced engine failure. The vehicle was repaired by an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

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car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2009 BMW 535 2
Failure Date: 09/11/2015

While driving "engine failure, reduce power" light came on, power on engine reduced but drivable. When car shut down and restarted light goes off but if stepping on the gas hard the light comes back with engine having reduced power. This was repaired twice, last by BMW on 7/29/13, they replaced vans solenoids (intake and exhaust) and reprogramed the transmission. At that time they told me if the problem returns the transmission may need to be replaced. Reading through forums and the web I came upon many complaints for the same problem in which dealers stated different root causes, many solutions proposed but often problem returns. I believe this is design flaw with this car and should be investigated.

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car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2010 BMW 535 3
Failure Date: 01/01/2014

I purchased a pre-owned 2010 BMW 535i on 12/31/2013. The next day (new year's day), and without any warning or indication, the vehicle spontaneously shut down, coming to a rolling stop. As soon as the engine shut down, the dashboard showed a "fuel pump" warning, which also noted that "continued driving is possible. " however, several attempts to re-start were not successful, and the vehicle had to be pushed to a safe location. Prior to the engine failure, I was driving at about 35 mph on a 2-lane divide roadway, where construction barricades replaced the shoulder. The incident occurred just around midnight, and there was very little traffic, so we were spared certain catastrophe. The vehicle was towed to my home, and although the engine light stayed on, we were able to drive it back to the dealership from there. For the next 30+ days, various fuel injection system components were serviced and/or replaced including the following: high-pressure fuel pump replaced; low-pressure fuel pump replaced; fuel injectors flushed, ignition coils and spark plugs replaced. After each of those "fixes", the vehicle was returned to us, and shut down again on the road and in traffic within 2 days. Finally, the injection pump control module was replaced, and the vehicle underwent a complete software system update. We picked up the vehicle for the 4th time on 2/3/2014, and it appears that the problem has been corrected and our safety restored. . . .

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car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2009 BMW 535 4
Failure Date: 04/24/2010

I was driving my vehicle northbound on the kennedy expressway (I-90) between montrose and lawrence exit here in chicago when my car stalled the middle of a very busy highway. I attempted to restart it with reduced power that allowed me to drive my vehicle to the shoulders but it was a scary experience nonetheless with high speed cars and trucks passing by you. It was determined that it was a fuel pump issue relating to an existing recall/class action lawsuit. Anyway, the car was never fully fixed; I mean I had at several instances of car stalling again and again. I repeatedly complaint to the manufacturer and the car dealer letting them know that I feel there’s a systemic issue with the vehicle. Every time I brought it for repairs it was a different reason why the engine failure keeps lighting up and the car stalling. In the beginning they were covering the repairs under warranty but as soon as the original warranty expired I was on the hook for hundreds sometimes thousands of dollars in repairs. I complained that there was a class action lawsuit on this vehicle and part of the settlement was to extend the engine warranty to 10 years but they never covered it under this extended warranty simply by stating that the issue was not related to what’s covered by the warranty. I’ve finally given up disputing with them and sold the car this month and I’ve disputed with my credit card the repair costs since the issue was never fixed. BMW is covering up that there’s an issue with this model of their car and have been dodging warranty claims.




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