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BMW 5-Series Problems and Repair Histories

1319 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer BMW 5-Series. 683 of these members (51.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 1909 repairs to BMW 5-Series--an average of 1.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently BMW 5-Series problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the BMW 5-Series problem descriptions below.

Don't infer BMW 5-Series problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

40% of the BMW 5-Series repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 25% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1909 repairs.

BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

Of the BMW 5-Series repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 6% cost less than $100, 34% between $100 and $499, 28% between $500 and $999, 24% between $1000 and $2499, and 8% more than $2500.

Chart based on 625 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten BMW 5-Series problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 0    
7000 0 iPod selection would spontaneously switch to the radio. 
34000 0 Front park distance sensor failed. 
38000 0 Rear window latch failed.  Warning light panel had to be replaced. 
40000 0 fuel system problem related to turbocharger 
 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 4000    
5000 0 Gear shift assembly defective from factory/ordered replaced under warranty Installed new gear shift assembly. 
14000 0 Check engine light came on. Dealer could find nothing wrong, and could not replicate it. 
15000 0 Engine malfunction reduced power/reloaded new software. 
17000 0 Cooling fan replaced. 
31000 0 software problem 
76000 0 Twin turbos leak in transmission 
79000  
BMW 5-Series in Nevada, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 0    
3000 0 Courtesy lights failed; Display indicated AWD and DSC malfunction; Date/Time reset. Cause: frequent short trips failed to fully recharge battery. Least important computers start shutting down to preserve battery life. Bought BMW battery charger. 
10000 0 Defective High-pressure Fuel Pump. Removed and replaced with new high-pressure Fuel Pump. 
28000  

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Rhode Island, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 1000    
8000 0 New "Sport Automatic Transmission" (SAT) not always shifting to reverse when desired. A button on lever must be pushed prior to moving to reverse (electronically controlled) but sometimes doesn't allow lever movement until 2nd or 3rd try. 
 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 0    
1000 0 BMW 2008 528xi- /Valve lifters were rattling- repaired /Computer showing adjustments needed-repaired 
6000 0 Valve lifters still rattling. 
9000 0 August 2008 new valve lifters installed. Still rattling...mid-October back into the dealer with the help of BMW regional repair rep., newer heads and hardware replaced again. No further rattling valve lifters. 
40300 550 Rip off high price for a new battery 
 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 54000    
56000 0 Cupholder broke. Front strut bearings replaced due to vibration under braking. Front wipers out of whack making excessive noise. 
67000 1500 Power steering was not assisting very well. Traced to intermittent failure of steering pump. Power window was making crunchy sounds; failure was imminent. Failing parts replaced. 
70000 3300 Belt tensioners needed to be replaced. 
81000 350 Check engine light, codes related to fuel/ignition, also rough idle especially after hard stop. DISA valve replaced.  
86000 2060 Wet hissing sound heard at the end of 30 or more miles of driving. Hose failure related to crankcase or crankshaft. Hose and fittings replaced. Water pump making sounds indicative of imminent failure. Pump replaced. 
89000 250 Fan speed didn't go to high speed manually or automatically. Rear roundel badge looking haggard 
91000 964 Battery died. Got jump start and drove it to dealer for repair. 

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