Another Warning on the IP - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 528i: Another Warning on the IP

October 08, 2010


Take a look at the warning our 2011 BMW 528i threw up on the instrument panel last night. Seems simple enough, right? I probably didn't have the key in the car when trying to start it. Or the key fob battery in our new 5 Series was going bad. Either was a logical answer. But there was more than logic involved here.


Here is the confusing part. When this warning displayed, the car was already on. It had been on for 15 to 20 minutes. And the key was in my pocket, the same place it had been all along. I hadn't left the car. I hadn't moved. I have no explanation.

I was able to duplicate the problem, sort of. This warning doesn't occur all of the time. But when it does, I can open a door (driver or passenger) and when I close it, the warning comes on. Strange, but repeatable. Whether it is deserved or not, I'll remain optimistic that the dealer has a solution when we take the 5 in next week.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 1,773 miles

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