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2006 BMW 5-Series Problems and Repair Histories

113 TrueDelta members own a 2006 BMW 5-Series. 59 of these members (52.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 165 repairs to 2006 BMW 5-Series--an average of 1.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2006 BMW 5-Series problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2006 BMW 5-Series problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2006 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 2006 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

27% of the 2006 BMW 5-Series repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 4% to the brakes, 12% to the suspension, 40% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 165 repairs.

2006 BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

Of the 2006 BMW 5-Series repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 8% cost less than $100, 28% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 30% between $1000 and $2499, and 8% more than $2500.

Chart based on 61 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 2006 BMW 5-Series problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

BMW 5-Series in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008    
0 Electronic issues with iDrive, reset 
27000 0 Failed rear latch. Seat sensor, recall 
30000 0 Had erratic idrive failures after car wash, found water in electronics compartment- this had caused prior hatch failure, satellite failure, etc. Known BMW service advisory to dealer, fixed appropriately. 
35300 0 repaired windshield washer reservoir, broke when being filled in -40 weather, likely due to brittle plastic 
47000 0 TSB announcement and routine maintenance 
56000 321 Drivers door lock failure 
58000 300 Air bag sensor 
67000 400 Intake manifold leaking 
71000 0 windshield wiper frame stuck due to salt 
83000 550 engine light came on, air filter dirty 
89000 2500 steering rack leaking, needed to be replaced replaced shocks 
92000 1500 Starter died 
93000 45 switch died for power door, replaced. 
95000 75 second parking light went out one week after first 
95000 900 replaced left wheel bearing 
96000 750 wire broke to antennae rendering remote locking unusable. 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 49000    
58000 450 remote key stopped working. ordered a new remote key but still didn't work. dealer looked into further and found out the antenna is not working properly. replace the antenna. 
62000 1600 heater stopped working and the car was giving engine overheating warning.  
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 32000    
33000 0 BMW assist, bluetooth, and voice activation stopped working. 
BMW 5-Series in Mississippi, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 42000    
48000 0 Trunk lid would not latch properly. Latch replaced 
70000 750 Failed coil pack 
70700 0 Dead battery 
75000 2300 Non-functioning starter. Starter replaced Leaking valve gasket 
82000 1700 replace lift gate motor 
BMW 5-Series in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 US car purchased Nov 8, 2007. Entered Canada Jan 23 2007 2008-02-10 Warranty repair -Power hatch broken Warranty repair - I drive operating intermittently warranty repair - self leveling suspension warning not operational DVI (department of vehilce  
0 Same US car purchased on Nov 8, 2007. I drive module being replaced, and software being updated (Under warranty) Play in steering wheel - (Warranty I hope)- Steering box being replaced and other parts. Self leveling malfunction light on 
0 Play in steering wheel - (Warranty I hope)- Steering box being replaced and other parts. 4 > 51-71-7-065-919 2 >32-41-1-093-597 2 >32-41-1-093-596 1 > 32-10-6-780-124 1 32-10-6-780-124 steerinb box retun 
0 Still play in steering wheel (linkage from wheel to steering box now replaced) under warranty. whew. I drive controller still spins (replaced I drive screen?? and other parts) 
44420 0 I drive controller replaced finally, and all seems to work fine now. I still get intermittent warning, self leveling suspension not working. 
44940 0 All seems to be working, except self leveling control intermittently goes on 
45260 0 Oil leak from Transmission. Parts ordered, and repairs under warranty to be covered, when fixed in March.  Also shifter is peeling (plastic chrome) Parts on order / replaced under warranty. 
49600 0 Rear self leveling suspension compressor was replaced under warranty Software upgrade to the transmission to harsh notchy shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. 
59700 254 Brought in for 4x4 intermittent failure due to cold temp -20c and colder. found oil leak, etc. details to follow  
68820 500 Extended -30C temp 2 weeks, engine check light went on and car into limp mode (max 1000rpm, max speed 10km/hr). Diagnosed as throttle body and/or oxygen sensor. Estimate $1700. Debating trading car in. Frustrated with it. 
71300 1397 Engine check light on, diagnosed problem and replace throttle body, and bank 2 02 sensor. replace microfilters. total $1396 
80160 2500 xenon burnt was burn out, and replaced for around $300 leaking raditator that required replacing tie rod and stabilizer rods required replacing 
81400 300 burn out angel eye bulb charged 2hrs labour? 
91800 625 Air con system stopped working at 32 degrees C outside, and fluid was streaming under car. I thought engine overheating? air con and cooling was checked all OK. Not to self - air con creates moisture when worked hard. 
99200 0 Replacement of passenger side air bag sensor in the seat. ~ $2500 covered by BMW extended warranty 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Mississippi, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 55000    
64000 0 Sunroof seal replaced due to excessive wind noise. 
77000 500 Oil leak noted in drivetrain. Gasket replaced. 
82300 50 Check engine light came on after car picked up from regular service. Sensor replaced. 
99000 130 Part ordered to repair non-functional thigh extension on front passenger seat. Car also checked over since approaching end of warranty, and oil changed. Cost of part and repair deferred until installation (limited to warrant deductible) 
99000 50 Installed part to repair passenger seat thigh extension. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 39000    
45000 0 Annual oil change, brake pads and rotors replaced 
BMW 5-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 13020    
17360 0 Fault computer circuit. Moisture got in and corroded a cable.  
29140 0 Flat tire indicator sensor malfunction and would not reset. 
46260 0 CD player lost a channel. The rest of the audio system works fine. CD player not covered by warranty. Was quoted an outrageous amount to replace. 
48980 150 Power window sensor malfunction. Incessant warnings that power windows and safety stops have failed though the windows worked fine. Unable to turn off warning chimes. Dealer had to reload ECU programming. 
51460 270 Starter motor on engine would not work. BMW replaced it. I was told the motor brushes had worn. I've never seen that happen on a 5 year old car before. 
76260 0 Took the car in for routine maintenance. Was told the tie rod was worn and would need replacing. Due to cost, will wait til next time. 
77500 650 One tie rod end was significantly worn, the other was showing signs of wear also. 
81220 2700 Actually 3 problems. 1) Emissions control pump in the fuel tank failed.  2) Radiator sprung a leak. 3) Oil filter mounting gasket between engine and filter mount (not the filter) failed. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

174-horsepower 2.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 5000    
7000 0 Water ingress on headlight. Part replaced Door seals squeak. Dealer did the teflon tape fix. No audible problems from then on. 
8000 0 6" display refused to turn on at start up. 15 minutes later was ok. Dealer said common problem and replaced the display entirely 
13000 0 Battery monitoring cable/circuit faulty resulting in flat battery. Cable/circuit replaced. 

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