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BMW 550i Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

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.

Brakes -- Verified

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.

BMW 550i Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc.

Summary: BMW IS RECALLING 200,000 MY 2006 3 SERIES SPORT SEAT, MY 2004-2006 5 SERIES STANDARD AND SPORT SEAT, AND MY 2004-2006 X3 PASSENGER VEHICLES. DEPENDING ON THE MANNER AND FREQUENCY OF THE FRONT PASSENGER'S ENTRY AND EXIT, SMALL CRACKS HAVE DEVELOPED IN THE MAT. IF THIS OCCURS, THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAGS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE HEAD PROTECTION SYSTEM, WILL BE DEACTIVATED AND THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP AS WELL AS THE PASSENGER AIR BAG "ON-OFF" LAMP WILL BE ILLUMINATED.

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Drive Train, November 30, 2005

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Certain passenger vehicles may have been built with incorrectly manufactured transmission guide plate part. This may cause the parking  lock system to not activate when the transmission is placed in park. If the vehicle is parked on an incline and the parking brake is not engaged the vehicle may roll away causing an accident. The dealer will repair and replace the automatic transmission guide plate free of charge. The campaign # is 05V504000

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Engine, October 29, 2007

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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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Suspension & Steering, June 28, 2006

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On 40 vehicles, the nuts securing the front control arm and tension strut to the wheel hub were not tightened to specification and could loosen over time. If the nuts loosen, vehicle handling and control could be compromised, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will tighten the front control arm and tension strut nuts to the correct specifications. The recall began June 28, 2006.

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Suspension & Steering, September 13, 2006

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The lower rubber mount for the rear shock absorber may not have been manufactured properly and may not adhere to the housing. If it separates, the driver will experience impaired handling and control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the rear shock absorber. The recall began September 13, 2006.

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BMW 550i Questions and Answers

squasher, 2006 BMW 550i, New York, NY

Car bought new in dec 2006....2006 automatic bmw 550i.
From the beginning the car made a grinding noise when driven from a cold start when speed was 35 to 40 km per hour. The transmission settles ...

Visitor, 2006 BMW 550i, Morro Bay, CA

from time to time when driving up a hill, right after starting the car, it will make a noise that is a rough sound. it has always stopped but now I learn I have a minor oil leak. can this be seri...

MikeBmw550, 2007 BMW 550i, Darien, IL

BMW 550 2007 62000miles. transmission can't choose the gear between first and second when i try smooth start. it's either like a senior driver or super sports- imposible to start moving i...

SBDeb, 2006 BMW 550i, Santa Barbara, CA

Smoke from exhaust pipe can be quite large, have to step away from vehicle. It happens at random times, not just at start up, but even after been driving for hours or while sitting at stop signs. ...

lisaholman, 2006 BMW 550i, Mauk, GA

We fix a small pin hole in water resevoir tank. The person broke the stem of inside resevoir. Will that make the info. light stay on. All we did was fix hole and filled it back up with water. Pleas...

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BMW 550i Reviews

On most lists of the finest sport sedans in the world. This is a sedan, not a sports car as it comfortably can seat four adults. In driver selected Sport Mode, it is very aggressive. Driving on mountain roads is thrilling with massive tires and optional sport suspension. Was designed for German Autobahn top speed is electronically limited to 155 MPH. If limiter is removed, then top end is 174 MPH. Follows standard German auto philosophy that the suspension should be quicker than the engine. The brakes are massive and do not fade. Interior finish is clean and refined. Seats adjust 20 ways. Premium sound but then why listen to music when you have this engine?

Total new driving experience even after 20+ years... Fun fun fun

Its a good car. Not fantastic. Handling for such a large, heavy vehicle is pretty good. Power is excellent - although with the manual transmission, it feels a little sluggish immediately off the line. My only real complaint with the car is that with the sport suspension, BMW has so much negative camber in the rear of the car that the inner 1/2" of tire will wear to the cords while the outer edge of the tire has plenty of tread left.

The BEST car ever!!

This is the Greatest car I ever owned.

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