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      11-17-2016, 01:42 PM   #1
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Yesterday the investigation happened. Apparently the dealer did not tighten down the Negative or grounding wire to the battery after its last service leaving a gap. This caused the battery to arc and start the fire... No defect on the car itself but rather SEVERE error at the dealership...

As for myself I am still having breathing issues and am going to a pulmonary specialist to resolve the issues.


Well I don't post here much. But wanted to let everyone know my 2016 X5M w/18k miles caught on fire this morning. Fire department said it started from the rear taillight.

Crazy thing is I was stuck in the car cause it shut off and wouldn't let me out. Luckily after what seemed like an hour I was able to power it up a and unlock the doors. Wouldn't let me out of the freaking car otherwise... I will post photos later. Won't let me from my phone.

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      11-17-2016, 01:51 PM   #2
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That's pretty scary. Glad you're OK.
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      11-17-2016, 02:16 PM   #3
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That's pretty scary. Glad you're OK.
Thanks I am as well. I've never been so scared for my life EVER
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      11-17-2016, 02:27 PM   #4
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Wow, I guess you won't be getting another?!
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That's terrifying, glad you're OK. But you were in the car for an hour before you could exit the vehicle?

Keep us posted on what BMW will come back with after they have taken a look.
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      11-17-2016, 02:32 PM   #6
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He said "what seemed like an hour".. the car was burning and he was in a panic trying to get out
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Well I don't post here much. But wanted to let everyone know my 2016 X5M w/18k miles caught on fire this morning. Fire department said it started from the rear taillight.

Crazy thing is I was stuck in the car cause it shut off and wouldn't let me out. Luckily after what seemed like an hour I was able to power it up a and unlock the doors. Wouldn't let me out of the freaking car otherwise... I will post photos later. Won't let me from my phone.

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Ok so that is very disturbing. Your BMW caught fire by itself due to a wiring/electrical issue then wouldn't let you unlock the car?

I hope the car get back to BMW for a post-mortem.

Thankfully you are ok
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      11-17-2016, 02:38 PM   #8
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Wow , i'm so sorry for you ...

An X6M F86 caught fire here in Luxembourg , and there's nothing left out of it.
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      11-17-2016, 02:45 PM   #9
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Hate that happened !
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      11-17-2016, 03:06 PM   #10
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Yes thankfully I was able to get out.

Defiantly an electrical issue. BMW NA already has a few people coming to look at it. However I'm in he hospital because of smoke inhalation and elevated carbon monoxide in my blood. Have me on 100% oxygen and have to be on it most of the day to get my levels to normal. The kicker is they know about it an NO ONE has reached out to see if I was ok.

Never driving a BMW again unfortunately this scared me so badly I probably will have nightmares for a while. And I don't get scared easily.
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      11-17-2016, 03:44 PM   #11
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Wow that is crazy.

Considering the taillight still looks in tacked I would say the fire didn't start from that point.
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Wow that is crazy.

Considering the taillight still looks in tacked I would say the fire didn't start from that point.
Wouldn't think the voltage would be sufficient if there was arcing to actually cause a fire .....
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Sorry to hear this. Glad that you are safe. Sounds terrifying.

Can you give us some more details? Were you driving when this started? Notice anything unusual in the car before the fire? How did you notice that a fire had started? Did the car itself warn you that something was wrong?

Any information is greatly appreciated.
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Wow, glad you are safe and sound.
Seems like it started from the ASD or Audio Amp unit.
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Was the ASD unplugged ?
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Wow, that's some crazy $hit! You hear this type of thing happening to Ferraris, Lambos, Teslas, but never BMWs. Glad you're okay and were able to make it out safely. Very worrisome that this could happen to any of us.
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As I said , an X6M burned a few months ago in Luxembourg.

All cars can catch fire ...
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      11-17-2016, 05:10 PM   #18
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Can-am, we all know that all cars can catch fire. I think the biggest problem we have is the doors locking and trapping him inside. The opposite is suppose to happen, all lights come on doors open and get the hell out.
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For security reasons , if the ignition is off , you can't open the doors.

I know , it sounds stupid and very dangerous in that particular case ...
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Sorry to hear you ended up in the hospital because of this. We all have layers tints on top of our glass I'd assume, which prevents folks from getting in but it obviously also inhibits you from getting out. I know in Europe one of those glass hammers is mandatory in many countries. I might have to invest in on here...
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Sorry to hear this. Glad that you are safe. Sounds terrifying.

Can you give us some more details? Were you driving when this started? Notice anything unusual in the car before the fire? How did you notice that a fire had started? Did the car itself warn you that something was wrong?

Any information is greatly appreciated.
Driving to work. Car started to malfunction saying the airbag failure and all other lights. Started filling with smoke. Stopped the car to get out. Car shut off. Locked me in. Smoke completely filled the cabin. I couldn't get out. Luckily the ignition came back on after 15-30 seconds. Scariest thing I have ever experienced.
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Driving to work. Car started to malfunction saying the airbag failure and all other lights. Started filling with smoke. Stopped the car to get out. Car shut off. Locked me in. Smoke completely filled the cabin. I couldn't get out. Luckily the ignition came back on after 15-30 seconds. Scariest thing I have ever experienced.
Was your vehicle 100% factory stock? No mods?

Might be time to lawyer up brother

Glad you are ok.

I am assuming BMW NA is all over this .... its not often that new cars just catch on fire for no apparent reason.
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