On a recent sunny afternoon in Los Angeles, the four of us—two mechanics and a mechanic friend—were relaxing in our leather-clad chairs in a hotel ballroom overlooking Los Angeles Harbor.
A large sign in the window warned against trespassing.
When the door closed behind us, we saw the BMW X5 in the background.
We were excited.
This is the future, and we were going to get to see it.
As we stepped out of the car, the BMW quickly came to a halt.
The engine stopped, the air conditioning and radiator blew, and the car started to shake.
But we were already familiar with the experience.
Our friends had told us to get out of there quickly because of the wind.
As we approached the edge of the street, the car began to shake again, and then stopped completely.
We quickly exited the car.
The BMW immediately began accelerating, as if in a panic, to catch up with us.
The driver, however, was not in the car and remained outside.
We drove the BMW for about 30 minutes, and after the driver returned home, we left the car there.
We have not been able to find the car since.
We contacted BMW, BMW dealerships, BMW e-commerce, BMW dealer representatives, and BMW warranty support.
We received no response from BMW.
BMW told us that the BMW would not be replacing the engine.
We contacted BMW dealers, BMW warranty reps, and a BMW customer service representative.
BMW sent us a statement saying, “We have no comment on this incident.”
The BMW X6 has been in the U.S. for six years.
A customer service rep from BMW told Bloomberg News that the car has been repaired and is in excellent condition.
A BMW representative told us it’s not clear if there was a safety issue.
A customer service agent from BMW said that it’s common for BMWs to have an accident involving an electric vehicle, which can lead to serious damage.
A car that is being repaired will be inspected for damage.
However, if it’s determined that the vehicle is unsafe, BMW says it will replace it.
A BMW spokesperson said the company is working with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to determine if it will repair the BMW.
The spokesperson added that BMW does not recommend that customers buy an electric car, which could increase the likelihood of an accident.