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2006 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (36%)

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

Other (6%)

Chart based on 287 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2006 BMW 5-Series.

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

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BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2009

42000 mi
sunroof seal had loud road noise 
Dec 2009

43000 mi
Worn stabilizer bar 
Jan 2010

43000 mi
Bushings repaired 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2010 - Apr 2011
Jan 2011

71000 mi

US $125
Vanos system cleaned. First step. 
Apr 2011

73000 mi
CEL when sold. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

67000 mi

US $300
oil change, front light failure 
BMW 5-Series in Philippines
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

26040 mi

$2000
The lurching problem of ZF transmissions. Every time I slow down going to a full stop, the auto transmission downshifts smoothly then from 2nd gear, it slams to 1st gear with a strong thud! 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 229hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Italy
Oct 2014 - Jun 2016
Nov 2015

101060 mi

€750
Air springs broken Pulley broken 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

BMW 5-Series in Utah, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
Nov 2013

127000 mi

US $650
Keyless entry receiver stopped working due to water leak in rear hatch 
Jun 2014

139000 mi

US $100
Coolant leak 
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 York, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2016
Aug 2012

64000 mi
Bad steering angle sensor. Defect known by BMW since Aug 2006. BMW paid for repair. 
May 2014

82700 mi

US $300
Oil pan gasket replacement 
Sep 2014

86000 mi

US $2500
Wiring harness, which is routed through wagon liftgate hinges, was frayed resulting in backup light malfunction and inability to unlock rear hatch. Strut for power liftgate was broken/not working properly. 
Mar 2015

89000 mi
Replace both tire rod assemblies. 
Jun 2016

91000 mi

US $1389
Engine overheating light started coming on. Water pump tested at 50% Replaced water pump, Thermostat assembly, radiator hose and coolant temp sensor. Refilled with BMW coolant. 
BMW 5-Series in Utah, United States
Sep 2011 - Mar 2012
Jan 2012

80000 mi

US $50
The rear lift gate hydraulics went out. 
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2014 - Feb 2016
Mar 2014

99000 mi
520xit, trunk latch broke and would not close. Had to take to dealer under warranty repair. They also replaced my battery for me since it was having a hard time starting up. 
Jul 2014

101000 mi

US $60
Got wheels fixed at rimpro and the car still vibrated. Took it to a mech to make sure it's not the bushings. Well, taking it back to rimpro so they can properly fix it. 
BMW 5-Series in Utah, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2016
Feb 2012

92000 mi

US $230
Faulty Leak Detection Pump, needed to be replaced with a new one. 
Oct 2012

100000 mi
Passenger Restraint System Malfunction message came on the iDrive screen, the dealership performed test plan, found faulty passenger occupancy sensor mat, replaced the mat and cleared the fault code under warranty(Recall issued in Aug. 2008) 
Feb 2013

103500 mi

US $562
Coolant Leak from Radiator. Replaced radiator 
Sep 2013

110000 mi

US $987
Key fob stopped working after a car wash. It turned out that the Diversity Antenna Amplifier failed(water damage) - Replaced During inspection, technician found the belt tensioner failing 
Jul 2014

119000 mi

US $110
Diagnose & recalibrate window auto-up functions, rear-drivers' side window. 
Sep 2014

121000 mi

US $4505
Evap core was leaking refridgerant into the cabin -> Evap core replaced + expansion valve to the evap core needed to be replaced as well. 2633.24 of the total. Transmission had a small leak -> Replaced transmission wiring harness seal sleeve and performed full transmission service. 
Mar 2016

142000 mi

US $794
Rear brake hoses were cracked. Replaced them. Power steering fluid reservoir was leaking. Replaced with a new one. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2010 - Jun 2013
Jan 2012

76260 mi

C $1300
self-leveling suspension system failed alert. Required a new pump system for $1800. Aftermarket warranty paid the amount however required a $200 part (a filter tube declared a wear item) not covered which I paid for. crackling on the speakers when car started and persistent hum from speakers at the rear even when car turned off 
Aug 2012

80440 mi

C $1500
Rad cracked - needed replacement replaced right tie rod end 
Jun 2013

83080 mi

C $1200
Interior lights on all the time and rear wiper motor won't work. Required new wiring harness. Extensive repair. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2014
Apr 2013

74500 mi
Replacement of transmission part. Oil gasket issues; bearing replacement 
May 2013

75000 mi
Replacement of malfunctioning radar unit in active cruise control. 
Sep 2014

94000 mi

US $37
Wiring harness for rear power gate replaced. 
Nov 2014

94000 mi

US $5000
Sunroof replacement - small part failure but only sold as a unit. 
Dec 2014

94000 mi
Ignition coil replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in Quebec, Canada
May 2013 - Sep 2016
Sep 2013

93620 mi

C $170
change tie-rod ends 
Dec 2013

96720 mi
Replace battery under warrenty 
Jan 2014

97320 mi

C $633
Electrical module for rear hasch (touring) 
Aug 2014

101680 mi

C $1885
Changing the 4 stocks absorber and alignement 
Jan 2015

103540 mi

C $954
New starter installed 
Apr 2015

105380 mi

C $707
Auto Door lock and radio antene module replacement. 
Jul 2015

107240 mi

C $500
Replacing condensator 
Nov 2015

109120 mi

C $200
Tie-rod replacer driver side plus alignment 
Feb 2016

110980 mi

C $1
Door Handle rear driver side 
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 Florida, United States
Oct 2015 - Feb 2016
Feb 2016

109000 mi

US $161
Passenger Air Bag Fault 2nd occurrence. 1st time dealer replaced bad passenger mat detector 1.5 year ago under recall. Dealer diagnosed as defective air bag module this time; $1800 cost to fix. Local mechanic cleared code with ODB tester. 
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 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2012
Aug 2010

43000 mi

US $400
starter motor replaced 
Jun 2011

49000 mi

US $2000
Oil filter housing, valve cover gasket replacements Repaired A/C condensate line Replaced DVD player 
Feb 2012

52000 mi

US $475
R&R rear hatch lift arm/system. Unclogged sunroof drain holes. 
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 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.  

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2015 - Sep 2016
Sep 2015

177320 mi

C $1000
Replaced air suspension bladders. 
Nov 2015

182320 mi

C $150
The bearing in the A/C compressor failed. The pulley ripped off causing the serpentine belt to come off. The car has been modified so that A/C compressor is no longer in the belt path and is drive-able. 
Apr 2016

191880 mi

C $1000
DISA valve on inboard side failed completely. Outboard one was replaced preemptively due to wear indications.  A problem still exists and the MIL has lit up due P1553 and P1328 faults. 
Jun 2016

192200 mi

C $1500
Right rear brake flex line failed at stress point while driving resulting in loss of braking. Inspection revealed left line was worn as well requiring immediate replacement. Complete rebuild of calipers required due to wear to slide pins. Also, rotors at all 4 wheels replaced due to reaching wear limits. Pads replaced on all 4 calipers. Rear brake lines rusted out due to accumulation of salt on under body panel. The lines burst during the brake bleeding procedure. Replacement is underway. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 268hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Great Britain
Aug 2009 - Apr 2014
Sep 2009

37000 mi
Increased battery discharge warning. Persistent problem if car left without driving for a day or so. Told that it was my fault as car not driven enough to top battery. fault eventually traced to the tracker device. disconnected and problem solved 
Apr 2014

68000 mi
Wiring wear to rear lights caused by contact with boot hinge 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 229hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Western Australia, Australia
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
Jul 2014

63860 mi

A $5500
Intake manifold needed replacing Alternator regulator needed replacing 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 161hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Great Britain
Aug 2010 - May 2011
Jul 2010

83280 mi

£215
Cracked rim, 3 hairline cracks, very common with mv2. welded 1 and powdercoated all 4 in mirival metalflake silver. 
Dec 2010

87000 mi

£50
Exhaust mount snapped, Replaced 
Jan 2011

88000 mi

£285
Parking sensors failed, Faulty sensor, Replaced. fog light surround fell off and was driven over. replaced. 
May 2011

89000 mi
central locking stopped working dealer quoted 600. Sick of this car and its problems and awful ride quality so traded it in for Japanese reliability.  
BMW 5-Series in France
Dec 2006 - Feb 2009
Mar 2006

1240 mi
Front lights. 
Jun 2007

10540 mi
Car Communication Computer (infotainment system) replaced. 
Sep 2008

19840 mi
Car Communication Computer (infotainment system) replaced again. 
Jan 2009

22320 mi
Faulty remote key replaced. A spring from the clutch pedal somehow came loose and fell to the floor. Replaced. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

500-horsepower 5.0L V10 7-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Michigan, United States
Dec 2014 - Jul 2016
Jan 2015

107000 mi

US $22000
Spun bearings, complete rebuild required 
Oct 2015

110700 mi
Thermostat stuck open Seller replaced at his cost 
Jul 2016

114000 mi

US $800
Replaced steering rack 
BMW 5-Series in Connecticut, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2012
Dec 2009

22000 mi
Software update. 
Jan 2010

25000 mi
ebrake part replaced, teeth were missing. 
Sep 2010

42000 mi

US $1500
Oil cooler sprung a leak 
Oct 2010

44700 mi

US $1100
Auxiliary fan failed. 
Jan 2011

51700 mi

US $1300
iDrive computer failed and had to be replaced. 
Jun 2011

58000 mi

US $2000
Throttle actuator was sticking open. Was replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2016
May 2011

53000 mi

US $930
Replaced two out of 4 O2 sensors, $1200 Replaced driver door handle with induction sensor for Comfort Access $600 plus $200 for programming Had extended warr, paid deduct + extra over labor cap 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2016
Sep 2011

55000 mi

US $2000
Over voltage condition (>17v) was causing all control systems to reset periodically. Alternator and voltage regulator were replaced. The wind shield washer stopped spraying (although the headlight washers still worked). The replaced the pump. 
May 2014

77000 mi

US $4000
Fault code that thermostat was not working properly. Replaced thermostat One coil was cracked so it was replaced 
Nov 2014

79700 mi

US $2500
Throttle actuator on left bank failed 
Jan 2015

80300 mi

US $200
passenger side airbag warning 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Arizona, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2016
Dec 2015

85000 mi

US $250
Loos strut support, replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2013 - Nov 2013
Sep 2013

67000 mi

US $1500
The i-control / ccc module went out and had to be replaced. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Nov 2013 - Jan 2015
Mar 2014

85000 mi

US $1600
leaky coolant expansion tank leaky front strut 
Jan 2015

91000 mi

US $900
Radiator replaced 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Bahrain
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2009

31000 mi
AC unit reneeded to be replaced 
Oct 2010

35960 mi

$3000
Transmission fluid slow leakage. Radiator ok but replace all hoses, connectors etc. 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Mar 2010 - Nov 2013
Aug 2010

61000 mi

US $350
ambient cabin temp. sensor 
Sep 2012

89000 mi

US $5700
Transmission failure. Replaced with remanufactured trans. 
Oct 2013

103000 mi

US $840
Replaced bad alternator 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Jun 2015 - Sep 2015
Jun 2015

118000 mi

US $1200
Electrical water pump failed - still is burning oil (not repaired on either trip to garage) burning oil (garage insisted it was a leak) 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2013 - Sep 2016
Dec 2014

58900 mi
Interior, wood trim across dash was loose, clip(s) broke. 
Mar 2015

58900 mi

C $440
Ignition coil, replaced spark plugs 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2013 - Jul 2015
May 2014

95500 mi

US $900
Replaced all 4 rotors. New brake pads and sensors front and rear. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Apr 2013 - Sep 2016
May 2013

100000 mi
In 2011, I was having issue with my battery being drained after it was replaced new on early that year. I called BMW dealer and explained about my battery has been draining. My car has a recall and the dealer fix it for free. 
Oct 2013

109000 mi

US $350
Front and rear rotors/brakes replaced 
Jan 2015

127300 mi
Battery replaced only after 2 years and 11 months. Battery drained easily when not in use for several days or weeks. BMW service advisor suggest to trickle charge when the car is not in use for several days but bought a new battery instead 
Nov 2015

147700 mi
Right Low beam headlight went out and had to replaced both. 
Feb 2016

158300 mi

US $75
Trunk release malfunction. Replaced the relay switch. 
Aug 2016

166300 mi

US $200
Replaced thermostat 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Nov 2011 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

76000 mi
Heater fan had started making occasional noise. Sometimes the noise would start when accelerating on a cold day. Strange. 
BMW 5-Series in Colorado, United States
Jun 2010 - Aug 2012
Nov 2010

41000 mi

US $50
Drivers side rear window regulator needed replacement. window stuck in down position.  
Aug 2011

48000 mi

US $280
Window regulator replaced 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Jul 2008 - Apr 2014
May 2013

21000 mi
Silent warranty on OCM3 mat on passenger seat. Micro-cracks cause inactivation of passenger airbag and warning light on dash display. Owner must know and ask BMW stealership who must get permission from BMW for reimbursement. 
BMW 5-Series in Louisiana, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2012
Jun 2010

34000 mi

US $712
micro processor shorted. affected radio, cd, dvd, navigation, phone..... 

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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. 
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2015
May 2012

83144 mi

US $1291
Replaced leaking radiator and expansion tank with broken float. 
Jan 2013

88700 mi

US $1000
Replace front xenon headlight Worn and leaking thrust arm bushings 
Nov 2014

103000 mi

US $695
Fuel tank sensor replaced 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2016
Aug 2013

80000 mi

US $2000
Oil leak 
BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
Mar 2015 - Sep 2016
May 2015

58000 mi

US $175
Added new Rotors and Ceramic pads 
Feb 2016

75500 mi

US $450
Oil filter housing seal leak 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2016 - Nov 2016
Nov 2016

110000 mi

US $510
Calve cover gasket 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Switzerland
Jul 2010 - Mar 2012
Mar 2010

22724 mi

$1204
Replace rear view camera and switchboard. Repaired wiring. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Sep 2007 - Nov 2008
Jun 2007

15000 mi
CD player jammed 
BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2014
May 2013

102000 mi

US $650
Car needed oil change, dealer found oil leaking and some other minor repairs (lights, window wipers, etc) 
Dec 2013

107000 mi

US $240
water pump needed to be replaced and thermostat is broken. I used a 3rd party warranty to cover water pump and didn't replace thermostat. 
Dec 2014

113000 mi

US $2000
Leaking oil gaskets. Leaking coolant. Coolant was leaking from pipes and hoses. 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2012 - Oct 2016
Jul 2013

66000 mi

US $50
Replaced sunroof seal due to excessive wind noise. 
Dec 2013

71000 mi

US $100
Replaced windshield washer pump and grommet due to leak of washer fluid. 
Mar 2014

73000 mi

US $30
Replaced OEM coolant reservoir cap with new OEM part in order to slow coolant evaporation. 
Jul 2015

78700 mi
Overflow reservoir almost empty. Refilled with coolant/water mix. Cannot find leak at this time. 
Oct 2016

90000 mi

US $1480
Manual transmission case halves and shift rod seal were leaking. Transmission replaced. Radiator had a slight leak at lower passenger corner. Radiator replaced. Both headlight washers were out of adjustment and not spraying properly. Both washer units replaced. Replaced serpentine belt, tensioner, and idler pulley. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2008 - Sep 2016
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. 
Jun 2016

122140 mi

C $800
A coolant leak was repaired by the dealer last year but the repair didn't work. Replaced the radiator. 
BMW 5-Series in Portugal
Oct 2014 - Jun 2016
Nov 2014

79340 mi
Wheel hub Assembly 
Nov 2015

88660 mi
Mysterious problem. The engine seemingly overheated. Repair shop said the problem was lack of water (1/2 liter) but after taking car back from repair shop, yellow overheating light comes up again. Car still in the repair shop. 
Dec 2015

89280 mi

€1000
water pump + thermostat replaced. unknown which failed, since replaced as a set. 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
- Dec 2008
Dec 2008

53000 mi

US $2600
CCC computer failed. Replacement, new software and new battery was $2600. BMW was kind enough to pick up $2200 of the repair. 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Feb 2013 - Sep 2016
Jan 2015

94700 mi

US $275
coil and spark plug replaced 
Dec 2015

98000 mi
seat stopped moving and seat heater stopped working. haven't fixed it yet 
Jul 2016

102000 mi
Nav stopped reading DVD. will use google maps rather than spend $$ on fix 
BMW 5-Series in Alabama, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2016
Jan 2010

48300 mi
Rear window seal deteriorated. Replaced under warranty.  
Sep 2013

69000 mi

US $600
replace bad water pump and thermostat. Crazy expensive for parts even though bought on line. 
Apr 2015

80300 mi

US $700
Water pump failed. Also replaced thermostat, radiator and lower hoses 
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 Utah, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2016
Jul 2014

79000 mi

US $2500
Upper pipe leak Valve cover gasket leak 
Apr 2015

89000 mi

US $2500
Vanos solenoid sticking causing cel. Lower hose leak which required replacing entire radiator. Leaking mechatronic sleeve replaced to fix hard shifts. 
Jul 2016

105700 mi

US $400
Rear brake pads again. 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2016
Mar 2014

50000 mi

US $1275
Heater blower fan and final stage resistor 
Jun 2016

68000 mi

US $1100
Water pump 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2009 - May 2015
Jan 2010

43000 mi
Steering column power tilt repaired. 
Sep 2010

55000 mi

US $710
56,000 mile service and 4 lights out in the tail light assembly. 
Jan 2012

76000 mi

US $470
Plugs failed and to do a major tune up 
Oct 2012

89700 mi

US $859
Starter failed. 
Jan 2014

113000 mi

US $1100
fuel leak under back seat head gasket 
May 2014

123000 mi

US $1600
AC compressor failed 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

75000 mi
Paint peeling on both side view mirrors. BMW repaired for free even though out of warranty. 
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2014
Dec 2013

149000 mi

US $2300
dashboard warning: engine over heating. Waterpump, hoses, and thermostat failed suddenly. All had to be replaced 
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2009 - Jan 2014
Jul 2011

74189 mi
Replaced radiator, thermostat, compensator, water hose inlet. 
Aug 2011

75346 mi

US $50
Replaced AC blower regulator, final stage resistor, blower motor. 
Mar 2012

82000 mi

US $1071
AWD, DSC, ABS, EVP warning on iDrive. Replaced Transfer Case Actuator Motor 
Jun 2013

90000 mi

US $1016
Broken aluminum head bolt. Replaced aluminum head bolts and replaced valve cover gasket. Removed oil pan to retrieve broken bolt. BMW NA picked up half of repair as courtesy. 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2011 - Sep 2016
Jun 2013

94000 mi

US $500
Worn pads and rotors. Front. 
Nov 2013

97000 mi

US $60
Left parking light warning came on. Local mechanic quoted 1.5 hours to replace. Took instead to favored mechanic who replaced bulb in 20 minutes. $30 for bulb. $30 for labor. Also had 100K spark plug replacement done. 
Jul 2014

103000 mi

US $535
Leaking transmission. Replaced gasket, refilled with new fluid. 
Dec 2015

115000 mi

US $50
Passenger front halo parking lamp. The bulb is very difficult to access, and this particular one was very difficult to remove. It took them 45 minutes to replace because they couldn't get it out at first, but they only charged me book time for it. 
Feb 2016

119000 mi

US $2200
Water pump failure. Replace pump and one hose. Front shocks leaking slightly. Replaced with OEM parts. Belts and tensioner need to be replaced. Leaking oil filer head gasket 
BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
- Jan 2010
Jan 2009

32000 mi
Replaced damaged tire after delivery, gouge in sidewall noticed after delivery 
Feb 2009

32500 mi
Bad sensor in the exhaust needed replacement after service engine soon light. 
Jan 2010

39000 mi
Replace car battery due to failure under factory warranty 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2011 - Oct 2016
Nov 2012

93240 mi

C $480
engine overheat warning light illuminated, replaced water pump and thermostat 
Nov 2013

104780 mi

C $65
rt. inner tie rod 
Mar 2014

109740 mi

C $300
Rt front fog light inop, had both fog lights replaced 
Apr 2015

122420 mi

C $1816
Needed all 4 rotors + pads , beyond maching Front Stabilizer links. Rt,left tie rod ends 
Sep 2015

127100 mi

C $475
Unable to start,starter & battery replaced.starter was problem, battery was 10 yrs.old (preventive maintainence) 
Apr 2016

133900 mi

C $300
Hard shifting into 1st/2nd gear,linkage ajustment done, no parts required. Annual inspection carried out, spark plugs replaced 
Sep 2016

138260 mi

C $177
Left front coil spring broken 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2014
Apr 2012

52000 mi
Flat tire sensor came on incorrectly. Repair shop checked tires and reset sensors. 
Nov 2012

55700 mi

US $25
Right turn signal malfunctioned. Replaced light bulb. Not fixed. 
Jun 2013

60000 mi

US $100
Right rear turn signal malfunction. Wiring and socket repaired. 
Aug 2014

65300 mi

US $1414
SZL sensor unit replaced ($537.97 parts, $140 labor, $210 program) Also had microfilter replaced & trunk latch problem checked on 
Sep 2014

66000 mi

US $1458
Trunk wiring harness replaced $420 Cylinder #3 misfiring - cause was faulty ignition coil. Replaced all 6 ignition coils ($388.26 parts, $355 labor).  Also had passenger seat heater repaired ($70) and car aligned ($175). 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2016
Mar 2014

140000 mi

US $600
Starter showed symptom of failure (spun freely w/o key in ignition) then worked again later that evening. Deemed that the unit was unreliable and replaced. 
Apr 2014

142000 mi

US $1000
front strut replacement, L&R service engine soon light - vacuum leak in fuel system 
Jul 2014

147700 mi

US $100
wiring harness was frayed, trunk lid would not close, release malfunctioned. 
Jul 2015

173000 mi

US $108
wiring for trunk release needed to be spliced (repaired) to regain functionality. 

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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 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Jun 2010 - May 2011
Oct 2010

47000 mi

US $155
comfort access never worked well on my wagon. replaced and reprogrammed keys. one key still bad, other may be better. needs time to analyze 
May 2011

52000 mi

US $50
Engine overheat light went on. Water pump replaced. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automated manual 2WD

BMW 5-Series in United Arab Emirates
Apr 2012 - Jun 2012
May 2012

75920 mi

¤1000
Steering Shaft required to be changed 

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