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BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 08-08-2012, 02:09 AM
sassernucka sassernucka is offline
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Passenger restraint systems malfunction

Anyone get the passenger restriant system malfunction error message in their car?
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:59 AM
ODBmw ODBmw is offline
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Yes, twice. There was a recall on the seat sensor mat a few years ago, so you could search for that. The second time was a damaged wire under the seat, so you could look around under the seat. Good luck!
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:27 AM
Stigmata Stigmata is offline
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There's a few threads floating around with a variety of causes mentioned. Mine was a bad battery cable.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:14 PM
suthtow suthtow is offline
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Need to have codes pulled. Otherwise its a wild goose chase.

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:27 AM
klum53 klum53 is offline
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mine was a battery issue also - when the battery is low, the computer starts shutting down other systems to allow the car to start and run. one of the first systems is the seat belt warning light... it is not broke - just may need a new battery soon...
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:23 PM
Niteridur Niteridur is offline
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Same issue

I recently purchased a 2009 535i with the M sports package and after 3 days of driving it I received the 'Fault in passenger restraint system' warning on my IDrive. I dropped off the car at the dealership on Friday. I called them on Friday before closing and was told they are still working on it. The dealership closed on Sat and on Monday I called and was told they were removing the passenger seat. I'm wondering how long it will take if it was an issue with the sensor mat and if they already have the parts at the dealership? It's a bit frustrating because I've only had the cars for a few days and it's been in the shop longer than I've had the car.
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