BMW 540I Complaints

BMW 540I Complaints
  • 15 Complaints
  • 0 Crashes
  • 0 Fires
  • 0 Injuries
  • 0 Fatalities
  • Consumers have filed a total of 15 complaints for 540I models.

Recent Complaints

2019 BMW 540I
Parts: FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE
  • Date of Incident: May-06, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 16:51 May-09, 2021

Vehicle was travelling at 50 mph, clear dry weather, no traffic in front or in rear and collision avoidance braking system activated without cause

2017 BMW 540I
Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHERELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Mar-17, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 10:40 Mar-18, 2021

Backup camera is blacking out. Very dangerous. There was a recall for 2018-19 bmw's but not for 2017 bmws. Forums also report a lot of problems with this reverse camera.

2018 BMW 540I
Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Dec-17, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 21:00 Dec-17, 2020

When braking to come to a stop at a light, the engine revved up to over 5000 rpm. I had to shut off the car to get it to stop. When i turned the car back on, it immediately revved up to over 7000, while i stood on the brake to prevent it from moving. Shut it off again, put flashers on and waited a minute. Restarted and it performed normally.

2017 BMW 540I
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Dec-07, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 18:57 Dec-10, 2020

"refill coolant" indicator displays even with full reservoirs. Two trips to the dealer so far, for repairs. Comes on when driving or when parked, after driving; after opening driver door. For example, drive one day. Parked over night. Message displays next day when driver door is opened. Goes away again after a drive, without adding any fluid. Same exact issue as others are experiencing here: https://g30. Bimmerpost. Com/forums/showthread. Php? T=1526216&page=1

2019 BMW 540I
Parts: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROLFUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Nov-20, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 13:20 Dec-02, 2020

On friday, 11/20/20, driving on interstate at about 60-65 miles speed, suddenly within few seconds, the speed dropped down to 35-40 miles without any braking action by me. It scared the hack out of me. I barely managed to get off the driving lane. While in my car, bww sos on-call ( don? T know exact name) called, and asked me if i was ok. Then, the operator got roadside assistance or their mechanic online; he tried to diagnose the problem. He said it would need to be towed in to the dealership. The operator arranged for the towing truck; the car was towed in to? Global imports bmw? Dealership. The service man tested the car the next day, and mentioned that his test did not reveal anything but thought that this was an unique situation that required bmw? S engineer? S assessment. Then the dealership wanted/ kept the car overnight, drove, and tested it the next day. That? S when they found that the throttle body actuator was faulty. They replaced. I had a similar problem, on a smaller scale, early this year. I had taken the car to the same dealership back then. They didn? T find anything unusual at that time. The service advisor mentioned that very likely that problem in early 2020 may also be due to faulty throttle body actuator.

2019 BMW 540I
Parts: POWER TRAINELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: May-08, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 May-13, 2020

My check engine light came on for chassis stabilization and drivetrain malfunction. I took it to the dealership and they told me they repair would not be covered under warranty. Dealership alleges a rodent gnawed on a engine wiring harness. From what i gather from the dealership this occurs frequently. The manufacturer is aware of this problem but has failed to make necessary design changes to make these wiring harnesses inaccessible to rodents. My case is not the worse case scenario but a fire could have started, my vehicle could have become inoperable and cause an accident while operating the vehicle. I would like to request fmvss be updated to address these product design defects. A wiring harness that can potential disable regular functions of the vehicle could result in death should not be easily disabled by a rodent. *tr

2019 BMW 540I
Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
  • Date of Incident: Apr-04, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 May-06, 2020

I purchased four (4) michelin pilot alpin pa4 tires in 245/35/20 for the front and 275/30/20 for the rear. I subsequently hit a pothole and had the front driver's side tire blow out. I then had the tire replaced. A couple months later, i hit a pothole on the highway with the front drivers side tire, which again caused the tire to blow, but this time damaged the wheel beyond repair. The passenger side tire was also found to have two bubbles in the sidewall even without having been struck by a pothole. I have hit potholes with the same car with different tires and have never had a blowout or wheel damage. Considering this has happened twice, i believe these tires are defective and unsafe. I have attached photos of the second blowout. I have also attached the invoices from the two incidents. The totals do not include the total damage as indicated in the itemized breakdown, as i did not yet replace the cracked control arms at $1,005. 76. *tr

2019 BMW 540I
Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
  • Date of Incident: Dec-24, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 12:10 Dec-24, 2019

This car is currently subject to a ntsb ordered recall related to the back up camera and the lighting level (night vision) of the rear safety camera. After my bmw dealer "fixed" it last week, it is noticeably darker than when the car was new and hence less safe under nighttime driving conditions. I have taken the car back and the service manager has indicated this is the dictated fix; i do not believe this is (a) safe or (b) sager than when the car was new in october 2018, but is less safe. I suggest a ntsb investigation and additional fix. This occurs at night, in a dark area and while the car is both stationary and slowly backing up. The date below is the most recent date taken to the bmw dealer in bala cynwyd, pa 19004 - bmw of the main line.

2017 BMW 540I
Parts: SERVICE BRAKES
  • Date of Incident: Jul-10, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Sep-03, 2019

Tl* the contact owns a 2017 bmw 540i. While driving 55 mph, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal and the vehicle began to jerk without warning. When the vehicle was pulled over, turned off, and restarted, it resumed normal operation. Also, when the vehicle was on any inclined hill or road, the brakes engaged. The vehicle was taken to princeton bmw (3630 quakerbridge rd, hamilton township, nj 08619, (609) 528-4198) to be diagnosed, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired; however, the dealer replaced the windshield to repair the brake sensors and informed the contact that the brake sensors were located in the windshield. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. An investigation was performed, but no failures were found. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000.

2018 BMW 540I
Parts: SEAT BELTS
  • Date of Incident: Sep-04, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 16:48 Sep-04, 2018

Passenger restraint malfunction error. This shows up on startup. I had this problem earlier and some how that got got corrected.

2018 BMW 540I
Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
  • Date of Incident: Aug-22, 2017
  • Date complaint filed: 17:08 Jul-16, 2018

The rear cross-traffic/pedestrian alert system is dysfunctional. I have had two other vehicles with this feature and am quite familiar with it. This vehicle is incapable of effectively detecting and warning of approaching rear traffic and/or (and worse) pedestrians. Repeated efforts to have my bmw dealer address it have been fruitless. Bmw usa simply circles me back to the same dealer who is unable or unwilling to address the problem. The net result is "safely technology" that, if relied upon, has the potential to do more harm than good.

2018 BMW 540I
Parts: SEATSSEAT BELTSAIR BAGS
  • Date of Incident: May-01, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jul-12, 2018

For a few months now, my car has been throwing a "passenger restraint system malfunction" error. It happens sporadically and only stays up for between 1 and 5 minutes at a time. It will happen whether the car is moving or not, and even sometimes as soon as i turn the car on. I have been submitting the telecommunications since it started. I tried to have it fixed by thompson bmw, only to be told, like the other user who has this problem on here, that they think moisture is the culprit. I have never had any rain or any other moisture get into the car, and even if it did, this would be a huge safety risk. Thompson refused to fix it and said i would have to come out of pocket for the seat, which is ridiculous. I have been in contact with the service manager, and the car is scheduled to go back to the shop soon. I will update with any developments, but it would appear that mine is not an isolated indecent.

2018 BMW 540I
Parts: SEAT BELTSAIR BAGSAIR BAGS
  • Date of Incident: Jul-03, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jul-05, 2018

Received an error message on bmw 540i 2018, with 10600 miles. Purchased as factory demo a little over a month ago. Will be taking it to service soon. However i understand this is a long standing issue with bmw-s that the manufacturer is not correcting or issuing recalls.

2018 BMW 540I
Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
  • Date of Incident: Apr-04, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Apr-27, 2018

According to bmw literature, under appropriate conditions, the driver is to be alerted by means of vibrations in the steering wheel of either unintentional lane changes or vehicles in the driver? S blind spot while signaling a turn. In my 540i, i can detect no steering wheel vibrations at all with the? Light? And? Medium? Vibration settings. With the? Strong? Setting, i can sometimes detect a very slight vibration? If i pay close attention? But it is very hard to distinguish from road surface feedback. In any event, the "intelligent safety system" is not alerting the driver of potentially hazardous conditions as it is supposed to do. This results in unsafe driving conditions. My dealer and bmw have been unable to resolve this issue.

2017 BMW 540I
Parts: SEAT BELTS
  • Date of Incident: Feb-23, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Feb-27, 2018

I had dropped off the vehicle for swapping out my winter tires for all season tires. Their technicians removed the rear seat belt latches and installed them incorrectly. This work was neither approved by me or mentioned on the work order. I was also not verbally informed of this work being performed. This work was clearly not tested or completed properly by their technicians. It caused the rear seat belts to not latch into place correctly and i was unable to install my child's car seat to the car securely. The work was performed by bmw of springfield nj. Had i not tried installing my car seat, i would not have been aware of this issue and there is a possibility that anyone sitting in the rear right or middle seat would not be secure during a crash.

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