2006 BMW 550i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2006 BMW 550i

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2006 BMW 550i Problems

New Brake Pad Wear Sensor Design Will Prevent Squealing

If the brakes are squealing, there's a good chance it is the brake pad wear sensor. A new design was implemented in January 2006 and can be identified by its green color.

Noise From Top of Front/Rear Doors When Windows Are Fully Up

A creak or squeak can be heard from the top of the front or rear doors. This noise is most noticeable when the windows are fully up. The noise is caused by the decay of the flocking material on the door seals. New door seals, Teflon tape, special lube, or a combination of all of these may be needed to eliminate the noise.

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2006 BMW 550i Questions

what would cause may brakes to apply and lock up (1 answer)

master cylinder and booster were replaced and brakes bled, car drives about 3-4 miles and then the brakes start to slowly apply until they lock up, turn car off for 2 minutes and brakes reset/let go and car can drive for 3-4 miles until same problem occurs.

I need a quote for front struts on a 2006 bmw 550i (1 answer)

reasons a 2006 550i would go into safe mode and only uses 1st and 2nd gear (1 answer)

I bought a 2006 bmw 550i and its saying (tranny malfunction) and its in safe mode. for me to put the car in drive I have to use the shift lock method and when I do that the car jerks forward if in drive and jerks back if its put in reverse. will that be the reason why ? or is it just the tranny ...

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2006 BMW 550i Recalls

Airbag System Concern

The front passenger seat contains a mat that determines the presence and size of a seat occupant. This input to the airbag controller helps to determine if and how forcefully the passenger airbag should deploy in the event of a crash. The detection mat can develop cracks and fail. If this were to occur, the airbag would not deploy as expected, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility it may crack. Additionally certain vehicles will receive and extended warranty on the front passenger seat occupant detection mat.

The Positive Battery Cable Connection in the Trunk Can Overheat

The insulated connector for the positive battery cable may have been incorrectly attached to the trunk floor panel, which can lead to a loosening of the bolt connection. Loosening of the connection can cause an increase in electrical resistance and overheating of the cable connection, which could lead to a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been completed. Dealers will secure the battery bolt cable connection as necessary to correct this concern.


Engine May Stall In Below Freezing Weather

A static discharge from the fuel rails may affect the engine electronic control unit (ECU) and stall the engine in weather below freezing combined with low humidity. If the engine stalls, the driver may not be able to maintain speed or accelerate, and the power steering could fail, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will install two ground cables in the engine compartment free of charge. The recall began October 29, 2007.

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