hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,693 miles

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problem #11

Dec 152018


  • 84,308 miles
My 2009 BMW X5 is exhibiting the same issues listed on the NHTSA campaign number 13V339000 relating to the ┐fuel filter heater/ possible fire┐ issue. Although the make, model, and year are exactly as listed on the NHTSA recall 13V339000 for some reason my vehicle's VIN is not listed on the recall note. I pleaded with the BMW dealership to repair this safety issue due to the fact that the make model and year are the same to no avail. My vehicle has a warning light indicating I have the issue with the heater as well as battery drain issues related to the heater staying on not by design. Please assist me with adding my vehicle VIN to the recall before someone gets hurt. Thank you.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 162018


  • 110,000 miles
2009 BMW X5 35D vehicle started to display various malfunction codes going into limp mode several times in the middle of traffic loosing power or sudden shut down of engine especially going over pumps or rough and uneven surfaces smoke was seen coming from under hood. Vehicle eventually had a no starting condition. Last display on idrive said ignition malfunction. Mechanic found main engine harness at back of cylinder head was burnt from the engine heat causing the insulation on the wires to be melted and in turn welded themselves together, used wire harness were purchase to replace defective harness but they all had the same problem after contacting the dealer about updated harness to correct problem the dealer admit that they do know about this issue but there is no recall for it. This is a fire hazard and something should be done by the manufacturer to correct it new harnesses will be burnt just like the old ones if it's not rectified

- Port St. Lucea, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 162017


  • 101,360 miles
The engine idler pulley bolt broke while vehicle was in motion on highway. Vehicle iost all power steering. Alternator warning lamp illuminated along with warning message "charging malfunction". the bolt had previously been replace in 2012.

- Mound, MN, USA

problem #8

Jun 042018


  • 135,000 miles
Brake lights are failing causing a major safety issue. BMW issued a service bulletin on this problem (sb-10040177-8428 / si B63 10 09) in March 2011. This vehicle has been serviced by the BMW dealership many many times, but the service bulletin was never mentioned or executed. Warning lights appear on the dash - issue is present both moving and stationary. Https://static.NHTSA.gov/ODI/tsbs/2013/sb-10040177-8428.pdf https://static.NHTSA.gov/ODI/tsbs/2013/sb-10040177-8428.pdf

- Edgewater, MD, USA

problem #7

Apr 142018


  • 127,000 miles
My 2009 X5 with 127000 miles recently indicated a burnt out brake light. While replacing the light, I found the rear upper right brake light was burnt out, the taillight itself is melted, and the socket is severely melted and scorched. On further investigation, the opposite side (left/driver's side) was also melted! checking online, this appears to be a common problem. I am afraid this could be a fire hazard and was surprised to learn there is not an outstanding recall on the taillights for this vehicle.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #6

Dec 062017


  • 125,000 miles
Vehicle is subject to recall 12V550000 due to idler pulley bolt which can break, causing accessory drive bet to dislodge and loss of power steering, alternator, etc. This vehicle's idler pulley and bolt were replaced as part of the recall 2.5 years and 35,000 miles ago, but experienced the exact same failure, again, last month. BMW usa and the local dealer were contacted, both refused to fix the issue, stating that the repair is only valid for two years. The new idler pulley bolt that was installed sheared off at its mounting point, just as the original bolt that was subject to recall did. It is clear that the replacement bolt is subject to the same failure as the original - worse, as this failure occurred in under 3 years and 40,000 miles, it appears that the "fix" is worse and more dangerous than the originally recalled part. In my vehicle, the pulley bolt snapped while the vehicle was being driven on a city street, causing a "bang" noise and the complete loss of power steering.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #5

Aug 302016


  • 72,000 miles
Sudden failure of water pump at 72K miles without warning while driving at 35 mph. Vehicle lost power steering, became impossible to drive. Pulled over. BMW said well known issue but BMW not willing to provide any assistance. Very dangerous defect. Takata air bag recall - listed on bmws website as available but BMW service center said still not available. Want to sell the car but cannot because buyers are aware of the recall and do not wish to purchase the vehicle. BMW also refuses to purchase the vehicle as a trade in. Will owners be compensated? rear air springs failed at 72K miles. BMW said known issue but not willing to provide any assistance.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 162016


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 BMW X5. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The steering wheel became difficult to turn and the gear selector shifted from the drive position to the neutral position. Afterwards, the engine light illuminated. The contact could not restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic, but was not able to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 162014


  • 44,960 miles
Driving through the neighbor hood after some rain, ended up driving through a few inches of rain water, while the opposite traffic struck the same puddle, it caused the front of intake system right under the hood to suck in water causing the BMW SUV to light up multiple sensors, loose alot of power and 4X4 traction stability to act up. The rainwater that got ingested almost causing the engine to hydrolock or sieze up. The SUV became undepedable due to all the error codes acting lighting up and causing the SUV to run at low power.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 242012

X5 8-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The idrive system on the X5 controls the reverse camera and park distance sensors. My vehicle currently has 36,000 miles. The reverse camera and park distance system has a major lag when engaging from park to reverse when you would want to use it. The lag can be measured in minutes, and takes away a major safety feature. BMW's response is that the system takes time to warm up, but other cars I've driven by other manufacturers have zero lag.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Aug 152011

X5 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The fuel gauge does not register "full" when the tank is indeed full. The needle will creep towards "full", but stops short of full. The car has run out of gas with the fuel gauge registering half full. Dealer has replaced both fuel pumps and fuel sensors/sending units as well as an electronic junction box to no avail. Likelihood of becoming stranded is high, in addition to never knowing how much fuel is actually in the tank. Must guess by keeping track of miles traveled after last fill-up. In addition, rear lift gate will not function (very) intermittently with "comfort access" option. Must use key to manually open the lift gate. Dealer has not been able to reproduce this phenomenon in the shop, but it continues to occur and has occurred since the car was brand new.

- Portland, OR, USA