hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,731 miles

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problem #7

Sep 062018


  • 95,116 miles
The contact owns a 2009 bmx X5. The contact noticed that the air bag warning indicator illuminated, which was a safety concern. The vehicle was taken to BMW of monterey (1 geary plaza, seaside, ca 93955, (831) 920-0743) where it was diagnosed that the passenger seat mat sensor failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 95,116.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 012017


  • miles
The heated seats in my 2009 BMW X5 got so hot that it burned a hole through my leather seat and my clothing. There is a burning smell when I turn it on. I'm unable to use it now.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #5

Nov 212017


  • 68,000 miles
My seat belt light comes on it starts beeping without anyone or anything on the seat it's very annoying and unsafe I would imagine if I was to get into a car accident would my airbag deploy or not giving false reading this happens while driving

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 032017


  • 140,000 miles
The front passenger seat has a permanent malfunction of occupancy detection. The airbag "off" light is illuminated while a passenger is occupying the seat. This is an obvious safety fault, and fails to meet current dot regulations. I do not feel comfortable putting my passengers at risk while they sit there!

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 192017


  • 139,000 miles
Front passenger occupancy sensor has permanent failure. "passenger airbag disabled" light continuously illuminated at all times, with audible noise notifying that a passenger is present and must secure seat belt. Occurs when no passenger is present. In order to drive the vehicle with driver only, the passenger seat belt must be falsely deployed/secured. Reference: NHTSA campaign number: 13V564000

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152015


  • 80,000 miles
My vehicle is BMW X5 30I 2009 model year. I suddenly had an error message on the dashboard screen saying "pass restraint system faulty". dealer checked the problem and stated that this will not engage front passenger airbag and seatbelt restraint system if not fixed. Asked price was $1800 and paid $1500. Absurd price and should be covered by warranty -- its a safety system! I found out that there was an identical NHTSA recall on the same issue with other BMW vehicles just one or two years before this model year. The NHTSA recall code of that recall is 08V384000. I usually ride the car alone and have occasional passenger and never had any heavy load on the seat.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 202015

X5 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
While driving on a freeway more than a week ago suddenly the airbag and restraint malfunction appeared for no valid reason.the next day my wife heard a loud metallic rub sound and park brake malfunction appeared. Searched online but no recall for this kind of problems for my X5 but it looks like its very common for bmws.need help!pls!thank you and more power!

- Eastvale, CA, USA