BMW X5 Fire
Kristen 2004 BMW x5

Mcallen, TX

#21 Jun 10, 2009
I have noticed a distinct burnt electrical smell inside the cabin of my bmw x5 along with faint smoke comming out of the front grill. I lift the hood to see if I needed to put out a fire and I have found nothing so far. This has happened to me 4 times! I have had it inspected and they tell me they can not locate a problem. After reading these post, I am highly cautioned and curious as to what it is!!!???
For those who have been assisted by bmw, what do they say the problem is?
If anyone has further info, please email me at [email protected]
Stuart Sampson

UK

#22 Jun 12, 2009
I'm glad you got some satisfaction in the end with BMW but i think BMW Customer Services stinks and it shouldn't be able to call itself that under Trade Discription legislation!!. My 325i Convertible lost power on the motorway and within minutes of pulling on to the hard shoulder the car was alight and is now a right off. It was less than 1 year old and BMW Corporate Customer Services weren't interested. They stated until it could be proved they were liable then it wasn't their problem. A forensic engineer survey is about to take place next week but in speaking to the company doing it they have 5 cases of BMW's taht have caught fire they are working on. Interestingly their comment was they think BMW have components removed before their engineers get to inspect the vehicles! Perhaps that is how BMW deal with the matter of liabilty.
Thomas San Rafael wrote:
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..
juperga

Barcelona, Spain

#23 Jul 9, 2009
x5 osd antiguedad 10meses full equip 20.000km incDDendio total las llantas fundidas.De momento ninguna explicacion por parte de bmw hace 40 dias del siniestro os tendre informados y con fotos
John

Roubaix, France

#24 Jul 16, 2009
Hi same thing happened to my x5 burst into flames! would like to get in contact with anyone who has had simillar problem.

[email protected]
reporter

Port Alberni, Canada

#25 Aug 9, 2009
see related story at http://www.alberniportal.ca
DKS

San Diego, CA

#27 Aug 26, 2009
John wrote:
Hi same thing happened to my x5 burst into flames! would like to get in contact with anyone who has had simillar problem.
[email protected]
I was just contacted by someone in TX with id prob: burned two cars and entire house down what do you know about prob
DKS

San Diego, CA

#28 Aug 26, 2009
a woman in TX just lost her entire house by fire started in x5 please contact to discuss
JHS

Andover, CT

#29 Oct 4, 2009
2007 328 xi with 30000 mi spontaneously ignited at 1AM after sitting in driveway for four hours. Completely destroyed. Fire was so intense that it melted all the plastic items on the right side of the Town & Country parked about 15 feet away. Also ignited secon story roof over garage which was extinguished 6 inches from main house. Two previous computer module failures.
Tony in Raleigh NC

Charlotte, NC

#30 Oct 13, 2009
I saw this BMW SUV catch on fire while a family was driving it. It was serviced earlier for a a lights issue at a Raleigh BMW dealer..
http://webcentive.com/videos/bmw-suv-fire/SSP...
luis

Arrecife, Spain

#31 Oct 24, 2009
Hello Kristen,
I had a bmw x5 and one week ago had the same problem and burt compleletely :i dont know what to do .Can you advise ? what has bmw done ?
I would appreciate your help
My e mail is [email protected]
Best regards from spain
Luis
Kristen 2004 BMW x5 wrote:
I have noticed a distinct burnt electrical smell inside the cabin of my bmw x5 along with faint smoke comming out of the front grill. I lift the hood to see if I needed to put out a fire and I have found nothing so far. This has happened to me 4 times! I have had it inspected and they tell me they can not locate a problem. After reading these post, I am highly cautioned and curious as to what it is!!!???
For those who have been assisted by bmw, what do they say the problem is?
If anyone has further info, please email me at [email protected]
luis

Arrecife, Spain

#32 Oct 24, 2009
Hola amigo ,

A mi me ardio hace dos semanas en la autopista y sin motivos.X5 del 2005 con inspeccion de bmw hace 3 meses ...todo bien....no se que hacer ..no he ido todavia al concesionario hasta no arreglar el tema del seguro.tienes respuesta de bmw ?
mi e mail es [email protected]
Te agradeceria mucho tu ayuda
un saludo desde asturias
juperga wrote:
x5 osd antiguedad 10meses full equip 20.000km incDDendio total las llantas fundidas.De momento ninguna explicacion por parte de bmw hace 40 dias del siniestro os tendre informados y con fotos
mybimmerburned

Charlotte, NC

#33 Oct 31, 2009
Any ideas what is causing the fires?
mybimmerburned

Charlotte, NC

#34 Oct 31, 2009
Michelle

Redruth, UK

#36 Nov 18, 2009
JHS wrote:
2007 328 xi with 30000 mi spontaneously ignited at 1AM after sitting in driveway for four hours. Completely destroyed. Fire was so intense that it melted all the plastic items on the right side of the Town & Country parked about 15 feet away. Also ignited secon story roof over garage which was extinguished 6 inches from m
ain house. Two previous computer module failures.
Hello, Last monday evening i parked my BMW X5 2007 in my drive at 5pm and went to bed at ten . I was awoken at 12:45 with lights at my window. i thought someone was on my property because i have light sensors . i jumped up and went to the front window and saw my x5 was on fire.i phoned 999 then panicked to get my 3 children out of bed. by the time the fire services got to us it was completely burnt out and the fire was so ferocious it destroyed the front of my house!! I am totally distraught, i cant believe this has happened!! Has this happened to you??? Does BMW help people whom have invested in their product and who's cars are under warranty and have had their pride and joys serviced by a bmw authorised garage? I know we are lucky to be alive and for that i am grateful
although now i am livid that my home and belongings have been ruined!! Please if you can help me email me at [email protected]
Thank you, Michelle
Michelle

Redruth, UK

#37 Nov 27, 2009
Thank you for your emails. I will never leave this even if it means going to the high court with bmw. It has been confirmed in forensic reports that this was definetly not arson and 100% BMW's fault!
I am also sending on monday forensic reports to watchdog whom i have emailed already! These directors of bmw franchise and direct will be going home to there nice homes and happy houses, if i hadn't chosen to purchase a bmw i would be too! I still can't believe whats meant to be the ultimate driving machine and i thought it would be safe for me and my children has caused so much damage and heartache.
Michelle
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Bob

Westlake, OH

#38 Dec 18, 2009
This happened to us too. Yesterday, my wife was driving home from work in our 2002 X5 3.0 when smoke stated coming from the passenger side dashboard. In seconds, it filled the cabin to where she couldn't see. Luckily she was able to nagigate to a nearby driveway and get out. Within minutes, the car was toatally engulfed in flames. Thank God no passengers or small children in the vehicle.
Alan

Seymour, CT

#39 Dec 27, 2009
My BMW X5 2002 4.4 just caught on fire last night at some point. The car was sitting in my driveway and hadn't been driven in three or four day. Fire Chief & Police came to inspect and concluded electric fire with unknown origin... likely something in the passenger vanity mirror or something on that side shorted out. Passenger dash had a large melted hole, broken windshield, lots of melted plastic and burn marks... Police & Fire folks were surprised the car didn't burn to the ground... thought that the side air bag might have exploded and snuffed out the fire...

I'm glad to hear your wife escaped injury and had the wits to park and get out as quickly as she did. I have four young children and can image how this could have easily caused some serious injury. Needless to say I'm very concerned for others that may have a time bomb sitting in their garages. Very scary stuff.
Bob wrote:
This happened to us too. Yesterday, my wife was driving home from work in our 2002 X5 3.0 when smoke stated coming from the passenger side dashboard. In seconds, it filled the cabin to where she couldn't see. Luckily she was able to nagigate to a nearby driveway and get out. Within minutes, the car was toatally engulfed in flames. Thank God no passengers or small children in the vehicle.
Michelle

Stockport, UK

#40 Dec 28, 2009
Get your own independent forensic specialist in before bmw take the car away !!!!!!!!!
mimigirl504

Kenner, LA

#41 Jan 9, 2010
Thomas Richmond wrote:
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.
Hi, I had my 2006 BMW 325 that caught fire, underhood w/out being driven in 36 hrs. This happened Dec. 16, I am still waiting on the BMW report from their investigator. They are paying for a rental car. My car is still under warranty and I purchased the extended warranty. I have been told, by the Bmw corporate, that it is not covered under the warranty . The investigator will determine if it is something that came from the factory, which they doubt, other wise it won't be covered unless it is a factory defect. This is my 2nd BMW and have been happy with my previous car. I hope they give me a settlement that I am happy with because I would still go ahead a get another car. If you have any advise I would really appreciate. Thanks
Michelle

Watford, UK

#42 Jan 20, 2010
Hi, you need to get your own scientific report done!!!

Michelle

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