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irishdub22
06-24-2012, 05:19 PM
2 nights ago my wife and I took my oldest son out to dinner for his Kindergarten graduation. When we left the restaurant I pressed the unlock button on my key fob....nothing...It was pouring rain, and the car would not unlock. I was able to unlock my door, but my son, and wife were not able to open any of the other doors, so they had to climb in thru the drivers side. No big deal. I went to start the car, and it would not start. The dash lit up like a Christmas tree, and the iDrive flashed a message that said "Electronic System Malfunction. Continued driving is not Possible." So, I immediately called Kuni thinking I would get an answering service as it was 745 on a friday night. Nope. I got the receptionist, and she immediately sent a Lot attendant to come pick us up and get to the dealership to get a loaner. Amazing service. My 2005 545i was towed to the dealership, where it currently sits.

After doing some research last night, I came across numerous write ups, complaints, and BMW findings regarding this exact same situation. Rainy day, all windows/sun roof closed, but then the malfunction. It sounds like it is a common problem with the E60/E61 model where the water from the rain get's in the sunroof (even when it is closed), and makes it's way to the ECM/Computer, and essentially destroys it. Something to do with the rain tray/drainage passageways being faulty. I normally would not be worried, but looking over my extended warranty, it states that "any breakdown caused by collision, fire, theft, vandalism, riot, explosion, lightning, earthquake, overheating, freezing, rust or corrosion, winterstorm, hail, water, or flood."......It does, however cover most all electronics in the car if not damaged by said water. I am a little bit panicked at how much this is going to cost, after reading all of the horror stories that are exactly like mine. I have read a lot of great stories that are like this where BMW admitted it was an error, and remedied the problem at no cost to the consumer.


Does anybody have any knowledge on this topic? Experience? Words of wisdom, etc??

As always, I appreciate it.

jsimon7777
06-24-2012, 05:48 PM
Sounds like water got into something it shouldn't.

Jaycal3
06-24-2012, 09:03 PM
Is your passenger floor wet at all? If so your storm drains may be clogged forcing water to back into the vehicle... I will spare you the details in case its not the problem but here is my thread:
http://forums.5series.net/topic/107340-545i-flooded-worst-day-in-my-short-bmw-life/page__p__1277480__fromsearch__1#entry1277480

And for the record, I have never seen BMW admit its an issue and remedy the problem at no expense... I went through hell with BMWNA and got nowhere....

2chill
06-25-2012, 12:04 AM
If you have electronics that were damaged by water from a storm and BMW wants to charge you for the repairs, you may want to contact your insurance company. You'll pay the deductible, but the rest should be covered under comprehensive.

Oceans10
06-25-2012, 08:44 AM
could just be the battery.

HPIA4v2
06-25-2012, 10:59 AM
That incident happened during downpour, we've been having those here in PNW; my wild guess as usual woul be clogged sunroof drain and water in the trunk.

irishdub22
06-25-2012, 01:32 PM
Is your passenger floor wet at all? If so your storm drains may be clogged forcing water to back into the vehicle... I will spare you the details in case its not the problem but here is my thread:
http://forums.5series.net/topic/107340-545i-flooded-worst-day-in-my-short-bmw-life/page__p__1277480__fromsearch__1#entry1277480

And for the record, I have never seen BMW admit its an issue and remedy the problem at no expense... I went through hell with BMWNA and got nowhere....


I actually came across your thread yesterday during a google search marathon! I am hoping that it is NOT the same issue, if so, we have great insurance. I may push for a "total" if the damage is the same. I should hear back from Kuni at some point this afternoon. I will update this thread once I do.

I appreciate the help guys. I just want my beast back!!!

irishdub22
06-25-2012, 04:50 PM
Just got a call from my SA @ Kuni, and he said they have restarted the entire system, and all seems ok. He then said that is not good enough. He is going to have the technicians completely go thru the car (trunk, and under the passenger seat, etc) to look for any signs of water damage. He says that a mere reset is not good enough, and wants to get to the root cause. So he said it may be a few days. I am not worried about it. Kuni's service has been amazing, and I am sure they will find out the cause, and help with the remedy.

I will let you all know once I get word back.

irishdub22
06-29-2012, 03:23 PM
7 days after getting my car, the dealership was finally able to replicate the problem. Diagnostics will wait until Monday/Tuesday. So with the holiday next week, I may not hear anything for another week and a half or so. No worries. Their service and communication has been amazing. I will update this as I get info!

Have a great holiday!

ssmokn
06-29-2012, 06:04 PM
Sounds like you have a good dealership that you are working with. That's nice to hear!