hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,055 miles

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problem #9

Apr 142009


  • 107,000 miles
I bought my 2001 BMW X5 last Saturday... 7 days later, I got the no reverse problem that I am now hearing is typical in bmws. It just went out. Luckily the dealer I bought it from was nice enough to take the car back. They didn't have to as it was used. Otherwise I would have been out $5,000. This car had 107K miles on it. BMW needs to acknowledge this serious problem and correct it at their expense. This is wrong.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #8

Mar 282009


  • 91,265 miles
I own a 2001 BMW X5. The car is in working condition, repaired and maintained as needed. The automobile no longer goes in reverse at 91,000 miles. The transmission needs to be rebuilt. I hear this is a very common problem with BMW's. I was told that it is the zf5hp19 or steptronic transmission. It is a failure of the D-G clutch drum. This is a huge safety hazard for the person driving the vehicle and for everyone around the vehicle.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 232009


  • 80,000 miles
2001 BMW X5 transmission failure. No reverse, just went out no warning, at low mileage, found this was common to common also found out repair parts are upgraded by BMW, but BMW wont acknowledge a problem even though their are page after page or reports, BMW also will not pay for repair, average estimate is $4500. If BMW didn't recognize the inferior part, then why did they upgrade the repair part, my vehicle is down now because I don't have the resources to fund this repair, I have a nine year old and an eighty four year old depending on this transportation, and due to the death of my mother on the 03/09/2009 and having to move my father from Oklahoma to California my money is in a negative, this failure has really place a hardship on us.

- Jamestown, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 242001


  • 80,157 miles
2001 BMW X5 4.4L - 80.K miles (maintained as instructed by dealer) reverse has gone out. Seems numerous forums repeat the same problems over & over again. BMW &/or transmission supplier should be responsible as it seems this happens more often than not. Repair cost B/T $$$5-7K. Merry christmas.....

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #5

Dec 142008


  • 88,570 miles
2001 BMW X5 4.4 with 88,000 miles. I shifted to reverse to back out of my parking spot, and when I tried to apply the gas the engine revved but the car did not reverse. Reverse was like another neutral. Took it into local BMW dealership for inspection and they said we need to replace our transmission.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #4

Jul 252007

X5 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
BMW X5 automatic transmission failed prematurely. The car only has 93000 miles. The transmission started to slip in reverse and the BMW dealer determined that it would need to be replaced (estimated cost $4500).

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 302006

X5 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,500 miles
While parked, the automatic transmission shift lever moved into the reverse position, but the car failed to move with the lever in that position. We changed the position of the shift lever several times always going back to reverse, but the car would never move when in reverse.

- Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 102002

X5 4WD

  • miles
Dsc, brakes, ABS, check engine lights on. Vehicle loses power, enters limp mode.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012001

X5 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission chip keeps failing, causing transmission to loose first, second the fifth gears. Vehicle has been taken to dealer 4 times for this problem.

- Dublin, OH, USA