• Aug 9, 2011
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun an investigation (not a recall) into BMW 7 Series models made from 2002 through 2008. The reason? A 2006 BMW 7 Series rolled away when it was parked, and NHTSA wants to make sure this was an isolated incident. After all, we don't want to see more unintended activity involving any of the 120,000 units sold between that time period.

We're not going to worry just yet, however, as the lone incident resulted in no injuries or an accident. Still, there are a few other reports of folks experiencing a randomly rolling 7 Series, and NHTSA is examining the electronic transmission shifter. The unit is designed to place the vehicle in park when the engine is turned off.

Once we hear more with regards to the mysterious case of the roving 7 Series, we'll let you know.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        Are you talking about USA? In 2011? Real drivers, with skills?
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      2002; nine years old. By now, some of these older ones have slipped pretty far down the food chain to secondary owners who typically have no idea of what it costs to maintain an old BMW nor much interest in doing so. Maintenance was probably ignored over the years, crummy batteries installed, etc. I am not at all that surprised that weird glitches occur. Also, there is always the dreaded "user error," meaning the driver did not apply the parking brake or some other sophisticated task.
        adam1keith1980
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BG
        BMW intentionally designs their cars to be complex and therefore can only be serviced by their stealerships with special tools. When I was looking at getting a used 7-series, I learned that you can’t change the battery yourself; you have to go to the dealers to "register" the new battery to your car. My Lexus does not need to have the dealer register its battery. What is the point of making a simple task of changing a battery to be only be done by the dealer other than to rip people off? I was looking at 7-series forums for research, and I learned that maintenance and repairs at the dealer can add up to tens of thousands in the first two years of owning an old 7-series, and I don’t have all the tools to do the maintenance and repairs myself. I can probably afford this, but I am too frugal for this. (This is why I am looking at buying a used car.) However, I bet the average buyers of a nearly 10 year old BMW 7-series do not have this kind of money to keep it on the road safely. So what is the solution? Ban people without the money to keep a 7-series on the road safely from owning one? I doubt this will work. I guess what I hope is for the US government to do a Toyota-style crackdown on BMW so BMW will change their design and management philosophy and people can enjoy owning used BMWs without the cost of keeping them afloat. If other company can make cars that run safely without expensive maintenance, so can BMW.
      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      It wasn't rolling away. It was merely getting impatient.
      Tony
      • 3 Years Ago
      The poor thing must have caught a glimpse of itself in a reflection and tried to commit suicide. The E65 is a abysmal looking vehicle. Thank god the F01 brought back some dignity to the 7-Series name.
      stickshiftn69
      • 3 Years Ago
      all BMWs look the same BMWs try to do all the work for the driver , because most BMW drivers are lazy, arrogant morons who cant drive properly worth a donkey's ass any way now they cant even shift in PARK??? REALLY ??? wow guys, now this is pure laziness, why am i not that surprised
        stickshiftn69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stickshiftn69
        @ ak74 and wheresthecheese ....... i live on Long Island, New York so there are a lot of @ssholes with BMW's that cant drive for sh!t here, i witness it on a daily basis, and have share the road with these morons... BMW's have too much technology and they have too many electrical problems, not only with the transmission but the fuel pumps and sensors as well ... if i had a lot of money, i would pick Audi or Porsche... they blow BMW away .... and by the way i think the Focus sucks, my daily driver is a Chevy Impala so i have no problem getting around these idiots
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @stickshiftn69
          Get a life buddy.
        Where's the cheese?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stickshiftn69
        Dude calm down, the drivers don't get a say on how the car is made. The amount of technology can get ridiculous but track day cars are rarely practical for everyday driving. And any @sshole can drive any make of car. But you do sound like you got rejected by someone who drove a BMW and couldn't catch up in your ford focus.
        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stickshiftn69
        wow chill man. Seem like BMW drivers harassing your family all day long.
      b33g33
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any damage to that rear end could only improve it. GAH! almost 10 years later and I still find it hideous. Amazing how BMW went from making the best looking large, luxury sedan (E38) to the ugliest (this!)
        Dan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @b33g33
        I was going to say, maybe it was trying to self-destruct out of embarrassment out of that rear-end treatment! Admittedly, BMWs aren't my first choice, but that rear end, especially viewed from the side as in the article's photo, was downright ill-conceived. Thankfully, the newer design doesn't repeat the offense.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      ha even the cars themselves want to get away from their a-hole owners! lol
      InCyphe
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think there's any need for worrying. This car has disappeared completely from the face of the earth. Very small percentage of the 120,000 is probably still being driven today.
      bcworkz
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are issues on NHTSA's complaints database with hundreds of reports that are not being investigated. Here they are launching an investigation based on a single report? Really? So which US Senator owns this car?
      black republican
      • 3 Years Ago
      My neighbor has owned 3 BMW 745's in the past 5 years. One of his cars had a problem where it refused to start because the driver seat sensor malfunctioned and it believed no one was in the car. Electronic parking brakes and German mechanical problems DO NOT MIX.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most 7 owners are not car people...he probably left the parking brake off. It's electronic and has to be manually switched on. It might automatically release, but it's a manual application.
      • 3 Years Ago
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