2010 BMW 5-Series BMW 5-Series 2010

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2010 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 140 repairs.

2010 BMW 5-Series engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (64%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (9%)

Chart based on 11 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

98000 mi

US $725
Electric water pump failed without warning and left me stranded in the middle of a highway interchange. Replaced entire system (t-stat, pump, hoses) except for the radiator. 
103000 mi CEL for stuck wastegates. Resolved itself, but turbo now make noise. Ran on 5 cylinders. Oil on plugs. Cleaned for now, but the valve cover gasket will need to be replaced. 
21700 mi "High Battery Drain" error message. A fault with the keyless entry and ignition system ("confort access") was identified as the cause. A driver side front door handle assemby needed replacement; the key fobs needed replacement. 
29300 mi The dealer took two attempts to diagnose; the mechanic's described the problem as "sooted and wet fuel injectors." The dealer replaced all 6 injectors under warranty. 
37000 mi

US $500
Oil cooler (heat exchanger) leakage: a known problem with the N52 engines. 
50300 mi

US $1600
Failed gasket leading to large oil leak onto the exhaust manifold, accompanied by a smell of burning oil. 
28000 mi 3 injectors replaced 
36000 mi All 6 injectors replaced. 
78700 mi

C $1150
Electric cooling pump went, left me stranded. CAA tow necessary. 
80000 mi

C $400
Coil packs all 6 replaced 
82020 mi

C $3000
Replace all 6 fuel injectors, due to stumbling idle on cold morning 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

73000 mi

US $1000
Water pump cracked overheated. 
8614 mi replaced fuel pump. 
47700 mi High pressure fuel pump 
71500 mi

US $1230
Replaced water pump after it failed, plus thermostat. 
75000 mi

US $1356
Valve cover gasket, oil cooler gasket, and oil filter. Spark plugs, Belt tensioner, AC belt, Idler pulley top and bottom. Upper radiator hose. 
80700 mi

US $1300
Water pump replacement 
94000 mi

US $800
Upper and lower radiator hoses 
16000 mi High pressure fuel pump issue (common problem with N54 engine). Changed program parameters for HPFP - did not replace it. Car at dealer for 3 days.  

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

79980 mi

C $320
Engine felt like it was miss firing. Took to BMW and they wanted $160 to put on computer. Took to other shop who did this for free, needed plugs. Got them replaced. All good. 
83000 mi

US $1800
Third trip for fuel injector 3 and 6 replacement. Changed all 6 this time per BMW Service Bulletin. Hoping the repair sticks. 
105300 mi

US $600
I don't remember the exact repair. 
108000 mi

US $500
Cooling hose deteriorated and broke. Also discovered a crack in the cooling fan housing. Repaired (plastic) housing with a bonding glue, then braced with a permanent clamp. Replaced coolant hose assembly. 
27000 mi VANOS failure, vehicle entered Limp Mode 
58300 mi misfire when cold, dealer replaced intake manifold, all injectors, all spark plugs; improved but not gone, CEL now off and BMW considers it fixed. related to other repair, misfire killed all catalytic converters, replaced all. 
68000 mi Had to apply brakes hard - all lights on dashboard came on, engine entered limp mode. Took to dealer, diagnosed as failed VANOS but then was unable to replicate. No parts replaced. 
77000 mi

US $2400
Water pump failure. Replaced water pump. Oil filter cooler gasket failure; replaced gaskets. 
41000 mi Vanos replaced 
50000 mi

US $295
rough running, check engine light came on. 1st trip, one bank of 3 injectors replaced. Temp fixed problem. 2 days later, rough running returned, took back in, 2nd bank of three injectors replaced. Catalytic converters now need to be replaced Catalytic converters now need to be replaced. Damaged by bad injectors. 
23000 mi Overheat warning came on and car was on greatly reduced power. Switched engine off and back on, problem disappeared. Dealer could not reproduce despite extended diagnostic runs. Suspect computer malfunction due to low battery voltage. 
25000 mi Oil seepage from pan 
114000 mi

US $1500
oil leaking from valve cover, replaced gasket 
142000 mi

US $1000
When temperatures dropped to the teens the car would not maintain idle and would stall. Engine service light would come on. Error code was not captured in computer. Tech could not diagnose although could duplicate problem. 
179700 mi

US $1400
High pressure fuel pump needed replacing 
49500 mi low pressure fuel sensor had faults. car ran rough when cold 
51000 mi Cold idle sensor 
53300 mi all 6 fuel injectors were replaced which fixed the problem. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

17000 mi Car repeatedly stalled due to overheating - was 'repaired' several times - eventually fell into a CA Lemon Law situation - BMW took car back and refunded all prior payments - I am no longer the owner of this vehicle. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

19000 mi Hesitation on acceleration from low rpm 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

94000 mi

US $58
Crankcase vent was replaced 
97000 mi

US $50
The variable valve system failed - had to be replaced 
20000 mi Rattle from bracket holding exhaust. Dealer replaced with an improved bracket. 
19300 mi Service bulletin used to fix excessive vibration at idle sib 18-02-08 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

91140 mi

C $1400
Eccentric shaft sensor replaced, the symptoms were rough idle and occasional loss of power 
33500 mi Car running rough. Ignition coil replaced. 
47000 mi

US $50
Ignition coils replaced under CPO warranty 
86000 mi

US $107
Bad oxygen sensor pre cat bank 2 
83000 mi

US $1185
Valve cover gasket leaking. Gasket replaced. 
58000 mi

US $500
New belt tensioner 
88000 mi

US $900
valve cover gasket oil leak 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

78000 mi

US $2700
Oil leak 

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