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2006 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (39%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 257 repairs.

2006 BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (11%)

$1000 - $2499 (30%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (26%)

< $100 (6%)

Chart based on 106 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

BMW 5-Series in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2008 - Dec 2013
Jul 2008

23000 mi
Electronic issues with iDrive, reset 
Aug 2008

27000 mi
Failed rear latch. Seat sensor, recall 
Nov 2008

30000 mi
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. 
Feb 2009

36000 mi
repaired windshield washer reservoir, broke when being filled in -40 weather, likely due to brittle plastic 
Oct 2009

47000 mi
TSB announcement and routine maintenance 
Feb 2010

55000 mi

US $321
Drivers door lock failure 
Sep 2010

58000 mi

US $300
Air bag sensor 
Jan 2011

67000 mi

US $400
Intake manifold leaking 
Mar 2011

71000 mi
windshield wiper frame stuck due to salt 
Mar 2012

83000 mi

US $550
engine light came on, air filter dirty 
Dec 2012

89000 mi

US $2500
steering rack leaking, needed to be replaced replaced shocks 
Jan 2013

92000 mi

US $1500
Starter died 
Feb 2013

93000 mi

US $45
switch died for power door, replaced. 
Mar 2013

95000 mi

US $75
second parking light went out one week after first 
Apr 2013

95000 mi

US $900
replaced left wheel bearing 
Nov 2013

96000 mi

US $750
wire broke to antennae rendering remote locking unusable. 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2008 - Oct 2010
Jun 2009

58000 mi

US $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. 
Nov 2009

62000 mi

US $1600
heater stopped working and the car was giving engine overheating warning.  
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

33000 mi
BMW assist, bluetooth, and voice activation stopped working. 
BMW 5-Series in Mississippi, United States
Jan 2009 - Jul 2015
May 2009

48000 mi
Trunk lid would not latch properly. Latch replaced 
Apr 2012

70000 mi

US $750
Failed coil pack 
Jul 2012

70700 mi
Dead battery 
Feb 2013

75000 mi

US $2300
Non-functioning starter. Starter replaced Leaking valve gasket 
Nov 2013

82000 mi

US $1700
replace lift gate motor 
Sep 2014

88000 mi

US $1406
coolant leak. replace water pump 
BMW 5-Series in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2008 - Jun 2015
Jan 2008

31620 mi
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  
May 2008

35688 mi
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 
Jun 2008

36938 mi
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 
Aug 2008

38895 mi
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) 
Nov 2008

41649 mi
I drive controller replaced finally, and all seems to work fine now. I still get intermittent warning, self leveling suspension not working. 
Jan 2009

44826 mi
All seems to be working, except self leveling control intermittently goes on 
Feb 2009

45260 mi
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. 
May 2009

49600 mi
Rear self leveling suspension compressor was replaced under warranty Software upgrade to the transmission to harsh notchy shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. 
Jan 2010

60393 mi

C $254
Brought in for 4x4 intermittent failure due to cold temp -20c and colder. found oil leak, etc. details to follow  
Mar 2011

68820 mi

C $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. 
May 2011

71300 mi

C $1397
Engine check light on, diagnosed problem and replace throttle body, and bank 2 02 sensor. replace microfilters. total $1396 
Feb 2012

80160 mi

C $2500
xenon burnt was burn out, and replaced for around $300 leaking raditator that required replacing tie rod and stabilizer rods required replacing 
May 2012

81400 mi

C $300
burn out angel eye bulb charged 2hrs labour? 
Jul 2013

91800 mi

C $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. 
Nov 2013

99200 mi
Replacement of passenger side air bag sensor in the seat. ~ $2500 covered by BMW extended warranty 
Jun 2014

103540 mi

C $375
windsheld washer pump had leak / replaced 
Jun 2015

110980 mi
Rear end worn out, $2200 cdn to replace with reconditioned (used) parts 

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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
Feb 2009 - Sep 2011
Sep 2009

64000 mi
Sunroof seal replaced due to excessive wind noise. 
Apr 2010

77000 mi

US $500
Oil leak noted in drivetrain. Gasket replaced. 
Aug 2010

82300 mi

US $50
Check engine light came on after car picked up from regular service. Sensor replaced. 
Jul 2011

99000 mi

US $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) 
Aug 2011

99000 mi

US $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
Feb 2009 - Sep 2010
Jun 2009

45000 mi
Annual oil change, brake pads and rotors replaced 
BMW 5-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2008 - Dec 2015
Jan 2009

17360 mi
Fault computer circuit. Moisture got in and corroded a cable.  
Dec 2009

29140 mi
Flat tire indicator sensor malfunction and would not reset. 
Jan 2011

46260 mi
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. 
Apr 2011

48980 mi

C $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. 
Jul 2011

51460 mi

C $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. 
Mar 2013

76260 mi
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. 
Jun 2013

77500 mi

C $650
One tie rod end was significantly worn, the other was showing signs of wear also. 
Nov 2013

81220 mi

C $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. 
Dec 2014

102920 mi

C $1500
Failed electric waterpump . Repair included replace with new water pump, thermostat and cooling system flush. 

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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
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

7000 mi
Water ingress on headlight. Part replaced Door seals squeak. Dealer did the teflon tape fix. No audible problems from then on. 
Aug 2009

8000 mi
6" display refused to turn on at start up. 15 minutes later was ok. Dealer said common problem and replaced the display entirely 
Dec 2009

13000 mi
Battery monitoring cable/circuit faulty resulting in flat battery. Cable/circuit replaced. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series Repair Histories

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