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    • 0 Fires
    • 0 Injuries
    • 0 Fatalities
    • Consumers have filed a total of 53 complaints related to BMW EXTERIOR LIGHTING.

    Recent Complaints

    2016 BMW 750I
    • Date of Incident: May-15, 2020
    • Date complaint filed: 10:32 Apr-13, 2021

    Instrument cluster goes blank which you can not see how much gas is in the car, how fast you are going or anything. Which is a huge safety hazard.

    2016 BMW 228I
    • Date of Incident: Mar-09, 2021
    • Date complaint filed: 16:08 Mar-09, 2021

    Vehicle gave warning of "left rear turn signal malfunction" and "left brake lamp malfunction". Checked lights and they are very dim and not functioning properly. Removed tail light assembly and the ground wire terminal is partially melted.

    2021 BMW M5
    • Date of Incident: Dec-30, 2020
    • Date complaint filed: 12:05 Jan-01, 2021

    The reverse backup lights and camera image is so dim and limited as be unusable and very unsafe when backing up at night in darkness. Dealer service could not fix as designed in! I believe same system used on all 2021 series 5 cars. Left car at dealer with fobs as i am refusing the car cancelling sale as hidden defect unsafe and not fixable per dealer service mgr. Attached photos are actually brighter than what driver sees. View is from my garage and driveway to backup. Red tint is break lights stronger than weak backup lights all very abnormally dim with very restricted illuminated view.

    2021 BMW X3
    • Date of Incident: Jul-12, 2020
    • Date complaint filed: 15:04 Dec-17, 2020

    Brightness adjustment for control display screen (backup camera, navigation,messages etc) has been eliminated from menu. Driver has no way to adjust daytime brightness anymore. Bmw replaced it with a interior brightness sensor in the upper left corner of the instrument cluster above the gas gauge. The danger incurs because the screen keeps changing brightness in the daytime based upon light entering the auto and hitting the light sensor. This happens coming out of a garage, tree lined street, cloudy day etc. The danger is that you cannot observe things clearly using the back-up camera, and using navigation during the daytime you cannot make out directions, roads, highways etc because the screen turns a dull white or almost gray at times. This forces you to star at the screen or get closer or ask your passenger to read the screen. The bright white letters and numbers goes dull and unreadable. Dealers and service managers have acknowledged that this is an issue but no solution. Forums in europe also acknowledge this problem that bmw is aware of with no intent on correcting. It was also a problem on my 2019 bmw 530 but i had the car coded to put the daytime adjustment back on the menu for driver adjustment. Complaints on the internet also for 2020 bmw x5 and no one has a resolution. I glued a small led to my dash that will fool the sensor and brighten my screen but it is not practical to leave this light on at all times. Bmw north america acknowledges my issue also with no solution. Dealers have verified this with other new cars on their lots but also with no solution. Sometimes they blame tint to appease you but none of my cars or owner complaints had any tint on their windows or polarized glasses.

    • Date of Incident: Feb-20, 2020
    • Date complaint filed: 15:43 Nov-12, 2020

    When driving the car during the day the infortainment digital display and dash board dims to almost black intermittently making it dangerous and distracting to operate the vehicle if trying to use the radio, the phone, or driving miles mph and milage gauges. The screens brighten up if the driver window is opened up. But, it is impossible to do this when driving at freeway speeds. The problem has been complained about within two months of driving it off the showroom floor in dec 2019. I have been told 10 times so far, that there is no fix for this problem.

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