hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,720 miles

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problem #5

Nov 282016

X5 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 X5 VIN [xxx] while in motion on a city street and hwy! 1. brake booster / vacuum line failure same as recalled 2007-2010 issue. Why is my 2006 X5 BMW not covered when there is clearly a systemic failure of this same system" I seek immediate relief and demand upon you a recall for my specific BMW now today. [xxx] call me! 2. alternator failure X5 acted possessed with all lights going on and off before shutting the car down on a freeway while at max legal speed. Alternator is placed low on the left side where oil leaks into it causing a failure mode. The same oil leaks cause other rubber components to swell up crack and fail such as boots and rubber bushings on arms. Where is the recall?? 2006 where is it?? 3. brake light system failure back R/H and changing light bulbs didn't bring it to working condition. BMW used a screw driver to make it work again after the airbag and alternator repair they did..I paid for the alternator but it should have been a recall item! now my brake lights don't work back R/H side. 5. 1 head light out 6. engine leaks oil on the side onto my X5 rubber components and I already had to pay for a new boot and arm! other rubber items are all bad and getting worse! where is the recall? why are these safety items not being recalled by your governmental organization" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 312014


  • 108,000 miles
I already filed complaints for a failed brake booster, master cylinder pump, water pump leaking coolant, power steering pump leaking oil. I failed to mention that the valve gasket cover also needed to be replaced as oil was spewing all over the engine. At this point, this vehicle should be recalled in its entirety.

- West Babylon, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 112014

X5 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Complete BMW diagnostic done in October 2013, repairs done except brakes. While stopped at red light at northside dr. & 8th street(approx.) my X5 shut off & would not crank until 10 minutes later. Fire truck was on an emergency & my X5 blocked it's motion. Immediately took X5 to auto repair, rented a car & no problem diagnosed. 06/02/14, on my way to bible study, stopped at light, stuttered upon gas petal push to drive. Drove up hill & X5 shut off then dash light read stop! oil pressure, coasted to nearest lot. Oil added then drove for 5 more minutes, stopped for officer to direct school zone traffic, shut off again. Engine turns on but won't completely start. Police pushed me into nearest parking lot.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 112012

X5 6-cyl

  • 88,601 miles
While driving my truck on a very cold day (0 degrees) in Chicago, white smoke began emitting from the exhaust and the truck totally stopped running in the middle of heavy traffic. It would not restart and it had to be towed. It was determined that the cranckcase breather box/oil separator stopped working causing oil to spew everywhere within my exhaust. This also ruined my spark plugs. This is a well documented defect in the X5, and there should be a recall related to this. It seems to occur as soon as the manufacturer or extended warranty expires and it is related to cold weather.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 232011


  • 73,000 miles
Oil separator problem with 2006 BMW X5, caused engine to shut down in the middle of the highway. I'm told that this is a problem when driving in cold weather and there is nothing I can do to fix it. $1500 repair and still no assurance it won't happen again.

- Pittsford, NY, USA