BMW X5 Fire
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Ed Baker

Compton, CA

#1 Jan 24, 2007
Parked my 2002 BMWX5 after smelling someing burning 5 blocks from my home. From the time it took me to get out of the car and walk to the rear, the car was filled with black smoke and in short order the car burned. An independent professional company that specializes in vehicle fires and causation was hired. The conclussion was that it was electrical, originating in the center of the dash. I was lucky to have gotten out when I did.
If you or someone you know has had a simular situation, please contact me at: ed.baker@eabakertransport.com
sam

Inverness, FL

#2 Oct 21, 2007
MY COUSINS 2006 BMW X5 BURST INTO FLAMES LAST NIGHT. HE SAID HE SMELT AN ELECTRICAL BURN THEN WITHIN MINUTES THE TRUCK WAS TOTALLED BURNT TO A CRISP
Heather

Virginia Beach, VA

#3 Jan 23, 2008
My 2007 x5 caught on fire yesterday just minutes after taking my son into preschool. It apparently originated in the fuse box area in the rear of the vehicle. BMW has not confirmed yet for us exactly why this happened.
sammy

Pompano Beach, FL

#4 Apr 17, 2008
Heather wrote:
My 2007 x5 caught on fire yesterday just minutes after taking my son into preschool. It apparently originated in the fuse box area in the rear of the vehicle. BMW has not confirmed yet for us exactly why this happened.
there is somthing wrong with the new x5 2007.maybe they are hiding something.
Ranga

Johannesburg, South Africa

#5 May 27, 2008
I'm in South Africa and my 2005 BMW x5 3.0D burnt to the ground.It started with the car stalling for a few seconds then pick up speed again. It happened three times and it got me worried so I called BMW on call and this was at 4am and asked them to come and inspect the vehicle. The technician assured me that there was nothing wrong and that I could drive the vehicle and the worst thing that could happen was the car would stop because it was just contacts. I had 4 passengers. After driving 16okm the car stalled and I stopped it and at that point the car caught fire we jumped out just in time and watched it burn to the ground. Opened a case with BMW and after 2 months they told me they cannot accept responsibilyt...I almost lost my life and the 4 passengers. How does one go about this sort of case to get them to take responsibility
sheri

Payson, AZ

#6 Jun 16, 2008
my x5 (2004) was in for repairs twice within a month) for a stong buring smell and headlights out. each time I was told it was fixed. last week the car caught on fire while I was in a store. I had the key in my hand and the alarm went off 3 times - each time i reset...then the care was in flames. BMW is telling me they are sending the investagator who will do an impartial evaluation...can anyone help me ???? I know I did not torch the car (which has been subtly suggested - as all SUV's are not salabe right now....and I know I took the car to two authorized dealers...Help?!!??
sheri

Payson, AZ

#7 Jun 16, 2008
my x5 (2004) WAS IN FOR REPAIRS TWICE WITHIN A MONTH FOR A STONG BURING SMESS AND HEADLIGHTS OUT. EACH TIME I WAS TOLD IT WAS FIXED. LAST WEEK THE CAR CAUGHT ON FIRE WHILE I WAS IN A STORE. I HAD THE KEY IN MY HAND AND THE ALARM WENT OFF 3 TIMES - EACH TIME I RESTE...THEN THE CAR WAS IN FLAMES. bmw IS TELLING ME THEY ARE SENDING THE INVESTAGATOR WHO WILL DO AN IMPARTIAL EVALUATION...CAN ANYONE HELP ME???? i KNOW ID DID NOT TORCH THE CAR (WHICH HAS BEEN SUBTLY SUGGESTED - AS ALL suv'S ARE NOT SALEABLE RIGHT NOW...AND i KNOW i TOOK THE CAR TO TWO AUTHORIZED DEALERS PRIOR TO THE FIRE...HELP?!!??
sheri

Payson, AZ

#8 Jun 17, 2008
Heather wrote:
My 2007 x5 caught on fire yesterday just minutes after taking my son into preschool. It apparently originated in the fuse box area in the rear of the vehicle. BMW has not confirmed yet for us exactly why this happened.
How did BMW resolve this with you? How long did it take for them to determine the cause?
sheri

Payson, AZ

#9 Jun 17, 2008
sam wrote:
MY COUSINS 2006 BMW X5 BURST INTO FLAMES LAST NIGHT. HE SAID HE SMELT AN ELECTRICAL BURN THEN WITHIN MINUTES THE TRUCK WAS TOTALLED BURNT TO A CRISP
What was the cause and what did BMW do to resolve?
damian lyons

Rotherham, UK

#10 Jun 26, 2008
Heather wrote:
My 2007 x5 caught on fire yesterday just minutes after taking my son into preschool. It apparently originated in the fuse box area in the rear of the vehicle. BMW has not confirmed yet for us exactly why this happened.
did bmw ever tell you what it was as my x5 has just done same the smell was from sat nav and boot the car filled with smoke but died out
Patti

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 21, 2008
My X5 was parked but running when it started to fill up with smoke. Then it appears the fire exploded the passenger air bag and shot into the car. It's been totalled but the insurance couldn't find any reason why the fire started.
drom

Santa Clara, CA

#12 Sep 15, 2008
"My X5 was parked but running when it started to fill up with smoke. Then it appears the fire exploded the passenger air bag and shot into the car. It's been totalled but the insurance couldn't find any reason why the fire started."

This just happened to my wife's X5. The insurance is questioning whether they will pay damages. There clearly was some kind of electrical fire under the dash which filled the car with smoke and deployed 3 of the airbags. They are claiming that they need to SEE evidence of actual flames in order to cover damages.
Did anyone who posted here have a problem with their insurance company? Obviously, if your car burned to the ground, insurance covered it, but what about electrical fires that were stopped before they could spread?
Alister

Perth, Australia

#13 Sep 18, 2008
My BMW X5 burst into flame's suddenly for no apparent reason on July 4 2008.I first noticed smoke comming through the air vent's and from under the dash,asIwas driving home from a doctor's appointment in town.Igot as far as my front gate where my car stalled and imediately burst into flame's.My car was not very old,a 2004 4.4litre v8 model with only about 26,000 killometres of travel done.I believe the cause of the fire was electrical
beam me up

United States

#14 Sep 28, 2008
anyone know where the oil filter on a 2004 x5 4.4 is located?
henry uncini Italy

Monte San Vito, Italy

#15 Nov 20, 2008
15th of may my X5 2005 was burned and completely destroyed.The same problem as many of you and BMW den their insspectors , but as all they did not found problems at all. I ll take in court BMW isf someone will be with me welcome
henry.uncini@segway.it
Thomas San Rafael

San Jose, CA

#16 Dec 21, 2008
Go to www.bmwfire.com
New 2008 BMW 328i purchased in April under warranty... etc. BMW states that since the car is so badly burned (examined by their engineer..)you can't prove that it was their fault. UuuuHHHH!!!
A car that is under warranty that has a documented defect and previous fire catches on fire for the 3rd time and is totalled. BMW avoids all responsibility by stating: YOU CAN"T PROVE our FAULT because the car is too badly burned.
DON'T PURCHASE BMW"S.. BOYCOTT.. they do not back their product or their warranty..
Thomas Richmond

San Jose, CA

#17 Dec 25, 2008
The previous post is no longer accurate. BMW does a great job, you just need to be patient. They have resolved the issue and I have had a positive outcome. If I could delete the previous post I would. I would highly suggest purchasing a BMW they do back up their warranty it just takes a bit of time.
Markian

Palos Hills, IL

#18 Jan 23, 2009
WOW! Never thought there were so many X5s on fire! I had a 4.4 i with all the bells and whistles for a year and a half. I pulled into the garage (inside a 170 unit condo building!), turned off the ignition, went inside, and within 15 minutes there are 8 fire trucks outside, and my X5 was engulfed in flames. My insurance company and some independent company took the car apart and concluded that the accessory fan overheated and caught fire.

I offered BMW my insurance check in exchange for a new X5. They had the audacity to say "not our fault" and offered me 2500$ towards the purchace of a new BMW. I thought they were kidding! And this is the "ultimate driving machine?" Please.
Tom

Fairport, NY

#19 Mar 10, 2009
Catherine

Tinley Park, IL

#20 May 16, 2009
does BMW have a problem ? vehicle struck a concrete barrier 2 males burned alive in chicago ,on 4/19/2009 the type of impact should not have caused the vehicle to explode. Perhaps it is time authorites looked into BMW fires .

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