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2006 BMW 5-Series Repair Histories

115 TrueDelta members own a 2006 BMW 5-Series. 61 of these members (53%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 197 repairs to 2006 BMW 5-Series--an average of 1.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 197 repairs.

2006 BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

Chart based on 74 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
23000 mi   Electronic issues with iDrive, reset 
27000   Failed rear latch. Seat sensor, recall 
30000   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. 
36000   repaired windshield washer reservoir, broke when being filled in -40 weather, likely due to brittle plastic 
47000   TSB announcement and routine maintenance 
55000 US $321 Drivers door lock failure 
58000   Air bag sensor 
67000   Intake manifold leaking 
71000   windshield wiper frame stuck due to salt 
83000   engine light came on, air filter dirty 
89000   steering rack leaking, needed to be replaced replaced shocks 
92000   Starter died 
93000   switch died for power door, replaced. 
95000   second parking light went out one week after first 
95000   replaced left wheel bearing 
96000   wire broke to antennae rendering remote locking unusable. 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2008 - Oct 2010
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. 
62000   heater stopped working and the car was giving engine overheating warning.  
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2010
33000 mi   BMW assist, bluetooth, and voice activation stopped working. 
BMW 5-Series in Mississippi, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2013
48000 mi   Trunk lid would not latch properly. Latch replaced 
70000 US $750 Failed coil pack 
70700   Dead battery 
75000   Non-functioning starter. Starter replaced Leaking valve gasket 
82000   replace lift gate motor 
BMW 5-Series in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2008 - Jun 2014
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  
35688   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 
36938   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 
38895   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) 
41649   I drive controller replaced finally, and all seems to work fine now. I still get intermittent warning, self leveling suspension not working. 
44826   All seems to be working, except self leveling control intermittently goes on 
45260   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   Rear self leveling suspension compressor was replaced under warranty Software upgrade to the transmission to harsh notchy shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. 
60393 C $254 Brought in for 4x4 intermittent failure due to cold temp -20c and colder. found oil leak, etc. details to follow  
68820   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   Engine check light on, diagnosed problem and replace throttle body, and bank 2 02 sensor. replace microfilters. total $1396 
80160   xenon burnt was burn out, and replaced for around $300 leaking raditator that required replacing tie rod and stabilizer rods required replacing 
81400   burn out angel eye bulb charged 2hrs labour? 
91800   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   Replacement of passenger side air bag sensor in the seat. ~ $2500 covered by BMW extended warranty 
103540   windsheld washer pump had leak / replaced 

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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
64000 mi   Sunroof seal replaced due to excessive wind noise. 
77000 US $500 Oil leak noted in drivetrain. Gasket replaced. 
82300   Check engine light came on after car picked up from regular service. Sensor replaced. 
99000   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   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
45000 mi   Annual oil change, brake pads and rotors replaced 
BMW 5-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2008 - Jun 2014
17360 mi   Fault computer circuit. Moisture got in and corroded a cable.  
29140   Flat tire indicator sensor malfunction and would not reset. 
46260   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 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. 
51460   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   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   One tie rod end was significantly worn, the other was showing signs of wear also. 
81220   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
May 2009 - Mar 2010
7000 mi   Water ingress on headlight. Part replaced Door seals squeak. Dealer did the teflon tape fix. No audible problems from then on. 
8000   6" display refused to turn on at start up. 15 minutes later was ok. Dealer said common problem and replaced the display entirely 
13000   Battery monitoring cable/circuit faulty resulting in flat battery. Cable/circuit replaced. 

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