really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
135,015 miles

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problem #4

Apr 012016


  • 130,000 miles
I have tail break light on wen I drive all time.

- South River, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 152014


  • 181,060 miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW X5. Without warning, the motor assembly fan failed and caused extensive radiator and engine damage. The radiator was extremely hot due to the failure. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that the motor assembly fan needed to be replaced. The contact also mentioned that there was intermittent brake failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who made several unknown repairs, but the failure recurred. The brake pedal was not completely stopping the vehicle when it was depressed. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 03V001000 (service brakes, hydraulic), 02V194000 (service brakes, hydraulic), 01V197000 (service brakes, hydraulic), 02V138000 (engine and engine cooling), and 01V206000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 181,060.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 062014

X5 8-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW X5. The contact stated that the brake light failed to shut off and the ABS warning lamp illuminated. The contact mentioned that after parking the vehicle, black smoke started to emit from the engine compartment. After inspecting the vehicle, he noticed that the master cylinder was completely melted. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 157,000.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 312012

X5 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Today I brought my BMW X5 to dealer because the warning light goes on and off indicating a problem with the rear brake lights. Dealer said that the bulb holder had failed because of excessive heat melting the bulb holder. Last September, I had a new bulb holder assembly replaced for the rear turn signal after the same warning light came on and was then told that the device failed because of excess heat, melting the bulb assembly. These would seem to be related problems and safety issues.

- Dripping Springs, TX, USA