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2008 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (45%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 558 repairs.

2008 BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (12%)

$1000 - $2499 (28%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (31%)

< $100 (4%)

Chart based on 137 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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2008 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

28000 mi
fuel pump replaced 
BMW 5-Series in Great Britain
Mar 2013 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

90000 mi

£450
The rear wiper should automatically come on if front wipers are on and reverse gear is engagaed. It does not do so. The garage took four attempts to fix that and has failed to do so. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2010 - Oct 2013
Oct 2011

40000 mi
Excessive wind noise from sunroof seal. Replaced under new car warranty per BMW SIB Car had carbon buidlup on back of valves. Dealer noticed car running rough. Dealer claimed repair ($500) was not covered under warranty, but got authorization to clean valves from BMW 
Jan 2013

56000 mi

US $800
Noise in drivers side when applying brakes. They installed a new brake carrier, $628 for parts and labor. Trans pan leaking 
May 2013

60000 mi
Electric Automatic gave error code and had to be replaced 
Aug 2013

63000 mi

US $350
Vacuum hoses replaced Replaced both turbos Fuel sensor not working 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2014 - Jul 2015
Jan 2015

75000 mi

C $800
labour + parts for 6 spark plugs and 6 ignition coils 
Mar 2015

76260 mi

C $4011
Rebuilt 1st gear and reverse 
Jul 2015

79360 mi
Warning light appeared indicating "High Battery Drain". Took to mechanic to check diagnostic message. Apparently, the 12V socket would not go to "sleep" and thus warning light appeared. Mechanic cleared message and reset computer. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2015
Jun 2011

56000 mi
Turbocharger replaced 
Aug 2015

107500 mi

US $600
Replace crankshaft position sensor 
Sep 2015

108000 mi

US $1000
Low pressure fuel pump 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2010 - Mar 2016
Oct 2011

55300 mi
water leak from sunroof during heavy rain shorted out electronics under spare tire. drains were blocked. 
Aug 2012

66500 mi

US $302
warm a/c replaced compressor and expansion valve 
Feb 2013

73500 mi

US $450
wires to tailgate cycled and broke. needed to replace wires to tailgate. 
Oct 2013

81000 mi

US $439
replace water pump. new bushings for front suspension 
Jul 2014

90500 mi

US $1600
automatic tailgate hydraulic failure. replaced pistons and electrical wiring. 
Aug 2015

101500 mi
replace air conditioner compresser 
Mar 2016

106000 mi

US $100
tire pressure monitor needed replacement on left front wheel. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Nov 2012 - Sep 2014
Jul 2012

35000 mi
Brake wear sensor damaged - causing light squealing sound. Replaced all brake pads/rotors/sensors under warranty 
BMW 5-Series in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2011 - Dec 2012
Jan 2012

39840 mi
Weak AC. Schader valve was found leaking. System re-charged. Loose sunroof panel. Replaced sunroof seal. 
Apr 2012

44020 mi
Rear hatch would open on its own intermittently while driving. 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Jan 2013 - Jul 2014
May 2014

64300 mi

US $25
Need to replace a 10 amp relay that controled the rear air shocks. 
BMW 5-Series in Kansas, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2015
Jun 2013

34000 mi

US $900
A rubber gasket on the selectable automatic gear shifter was worn, and the whole piece had to be replaced. The part cost about $250 and labor was about $240. No other problems with the transmission, fluid replaced and new oil pan installed. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Feb 2013 - Feb 2014
Mar 2013

89000 mi

US $600
Battery needed replacing Water pump failed 
Jun 2013

92000 mi
Turbo failed, required replacement due to rattling wastegate actuator. 
Feb 2014

99000 mi
Turbos found to be badly seated and worn, replaced entire units. Rear differential found to be noisy and worn, part replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
May 2015 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

112000 mi

US $1700
Oil Filter Housing Seals Leaking. Seals replaced including oil cooler. Thrust Arm Bushings - Both Sides 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2007 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

24000 mi

US $90
Code reduced power engine malfunction comes up...code then clears, and engine power returns to normal. 
Apr 2009

24000 mi
replaced both turbochargers and valvecase cover. 
Sep 2009

29000 mi
replaced both turbochargers due to broken actuator arm 
Aug 2010

41000 mi
air conditioner blows hot air code on fuel pump recurred after repair, then went away on its own. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
May 2011 - Jul 2015
Jun 2011

77500 mi

C $2500
Actuator motor for transfer case Replace solenoid for turbocharger Replace switch for rear window 
Sep 2011

83700 mi

C $5500
Water leak into trunk - sunroof drains plugged. Shorted out modules for I-drive, sunroof, load leveling, transmission display and one other. 
May 2012

89460 mi

C $300
Replace vacuum hose - engine was losing power under acceleration 
May 2013

100800 mi

C $1100
Overheating - leaking water pump - replaced 
Oct 2013

103700 mi

C $1500
Sun roof drain tube plugged - water backs up into rear compartment (wagon) and shorts out electronics 
Dec 2013

106640 mi

C $650
Replaced faulty coil and spark plug 
Jul 2014

115700 mi

C $1500
Drain hoses in sunroof plugged (3rd time failed) - overflow runs into rear compartment. Minor electronics are located below spare tire - shorted out Tire pressure monitor 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2007 - Nov 2010
Mar 2008

7000 mi
iPod selection would spontaneously switch to the radio. 
Oct 2009

34000 mi
Front park distance sensor failed. 
Mar 2010

38000 mi
Rear window latch failed.  Warning light panel had to be replaced. 
May 2010

40000 mi
fuel system problem related to turbocharger 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Jan 2012 - Apr 2015
Nov 2012

77000 mi

US $50
this is a wagon so, rear hatch glass "switch" to latch the glass window was "popping" itself unlatched. simple fix, covered under warranty. 
Mar 2013

86000 mi
DME (engine control unit) failed. When this happened engine would not run properly and computers forced car to slow down and ultimately require pulling off road and stopping. It saves itself from more damage basically. Very annoying. 
Aug 2013

88700 mi

US $55
AC compressor failure. Replaced under CPO warranty. The problem I have with CPO I am realizing is paying $50+tax every time. Over 2 years this could easily add up to $500 plus the annoyance of having to go to shop in the first place. 
Dec 2013

97000 mi

US $50
2 turbos. it is a known issue that the factory turbos may not last longer than 100,000 - 120,000 miles 
Jun 2014

100000 mi

US $100
water appearing in battery compartment which in a wagon is in the right rear corner beside cargo area. headliner has to be removed in order to clear the drain lines that come off the sunroof. 
Apr 2015

111000 mi

US $4100
rear air suspension wiring damage to left rear sensor, possibly from road debris $500 Thrust rod bushings totally shot. Noticed with increased vibration/clunking in steering wheel immediately upon sharp braking at low speeds. $600 Thermostat failing. Noticed by CEL code. Replacing water pump at same time due to labor into same area of engine and mileage on original pump. $1450 for both items car not responding to remote keys. (doors won't lock/unlock, hatch won't open, etc) $2500-$3300 to repair/replace wiring looms in rear hatch area !!!!!! Oil filter Housing Gasket- heavy leak, $950 to access and repair! 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

22000 mi
Engine stopped running, injectors, coils, plugs all replaced, now fine. 
Jun 2010

29000 mi
High pressure fuel pump, N54 engines Achilles heel. Upgraded the software. 
Jul 2010

30300 mi
Long cranks, 'engine malfunction reduced power' including while on the freeway - not great to be on the 405 stuck at 35. Replaced high pressure fuel pump. The car's now running properly for the first time this year. 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2015
Feb 2013

87500 mi

US $600
The N54 twin turbo motor had excessive carbon buildup on the intake valves due to the poor design of the EGR system on this direct injection motor. BMW's solution is a walnut shell blasting of the valves every 40K miles as 'maintenance'. 
Apr 2013

90000 mi

US $300
Check engine light came on for misfire. Engine running rough. Replaced all six plugs. Problem persisted. Ended up replacing all six coils. Problem solved. BMW recommends coil replacement every 45000 miles. Indies recommend 30000 miles. 
Jun 2013

94000 mi

US $500
Engine malfunction warning upon hard acceleration. Replaced boost control solenoids - didn't fix it. New diagnosis - bad turbos - leaking wastegates. BMW extended the warranty on the turbos for wastegate issues but only to 82,000 miles. SOL 
Nov 2013

99000 mi

US $3700
Both turbo wastegates were leaking resulting in lost power and numerous CEL. Both turbos were replaced with factory remanufactured units. Low speed engine misfire/rough idle when cold and under high load. 
Jan 2014

101000 mi

US $440
CEL caused by engine misfire. Replaced one injector. These were replaced in 2009 under recall but are proving to be bad as well. BMW has a newer version of injector that the BMW community says is solid but BMW won't replace. Customer pays 
Aug 2014

108000 mi

US $2000
Brake Master Cylinder failure. 
Sep 2014

109000 mi

US $650
Thrust bushings in the front lower control arms failed. Common with all BMW's with high mileage. Caused toe induced tire wear. Recommenmdation is to replace every 80,000 miles. 
May 2015

117300 mi

US $790
Rear shocks were tired. Replaced both with Bilstein HD. Intermittent low battery warning. The battery was original from 2008. Had it replaced with aftermarket Interstate battery and also had the battery registered to the ECU. Rear self leveling suspension failure warning. Had shop inspect it at same time battery was being replaced. Shop found water in the spare tire well (where BMW put the self leveling susp. control unit). Shop drained the water. Rear self leveling suspension failure came back. Problem took a week to trace. Sunroof cassette drain clogged by dead bugs. Drain cleared. Problem corrected. Holes drilled in spare tire well to prevent future water accumulation. 
Jun 2015

118000 mi

US $700
Front struts were tired. Replaced front struts with Bilstein HD and had car aligned. 
BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2016
May 2014

47000 mi

US $600
Water pump died 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 232hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Czech Republic
Oct 2008 - Jul 2013
Dec 2008

18600 mi
Rear hatch window unlocking by itself. 
Jan 2009

19840 mi
Rear hatch window unlocking by itself. Fixed on second attempt. 
Feb 2009

21080 mi
Front suspension making squeeking noises when going through deeper. Replaced some rubber dampeners to fix front suspension creaking on second attempt. 
Mar 2009

22940 mi
Rear hatch making creeking noises when soft-close function is activated. 
May 2009

27280 mi
"Excessive battery drain" message on car start because of CD player which keeps spinning after car is turned off. Known problem which should have been sorted by CIP progman upgrade but the dealer claims that the newest version is there already. 
Oct 2009

38440 mi

$150
The CCC unit was faulty and had to be replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in Sweden
Dec 2012 - Oct 2015
Jun 2014

11160 mi

$2000
Left Rear bearings had to be replaced 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 174hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Ireland
Aug 2010 - Mar 2016
Sep 2014

182900 mi

€1300
Blown Turbo 
Feb 2015

195300 mi

€3700
The timing chain broke 
May 2015

199020 mi
Tailgate wiring faults 
Mar 2016

228160 mi

€100
Bad oil leak. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

BMW 5-Series in Slovak Republic
Sep 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

114700 mi

€28
No heating on the right side. Heater core was flushed and blown with compressed air. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Jan 2016
Apr 2011

53000 mi

US $50
Water pump failed while driving. Car came to a halt with Overheat warning. Towed to deal and replaced water pump. Paid $50 for deductible on extended warranty. 
Jul 2012

60700 mi
Engine losing power upon accelerating from stoplight. 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2015
Aug 2014

93000 mi

US $2000
Turbo Replacement 
Oct 2014

94700 mi

US $2400
Replaced injectors 
Jan 2015

96000 mi

US $500
Water Pump / Thermostat 
Jul 2015

101000 mi

US $550
Oil leak 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2012 - Feb 2016
Jul 2013

47000 mi

US $130
front brake pads replaced and oils changed. 
Dec 2013

49000 mi

US $950
water pump replaced 
BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2015
Mar 2013

85000 mi

US $750
Replaced oil filter housing seal 
Feb 2015

135700 mi

US $980
Replaced valve cover gasket 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Jul 2014 - Aug 2014
Jul 2014

127000 mi

US $972
starter was replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Dec 2013 - Apr 2016
Jan 2015

115300 mi

US $700
front hubs/bearings 
Apr 2015

117500 mi

US $4500
Replaced oil pan gasket which had a very slight leak. This was covered by my 3rd party warranty. Hydraulic leak in active stabilizer bar. Bar was replaced. 
Oct 2015

122000 mi

US $2700
Leaking power steering pump replaced with re-manufactured unit. I paid $200 to cover tax and the v-belt which the warranty co. doesn't cover. Third party warranty company paid the balance. 
Jan 2016

122700 mi
Valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket and oil cooler gasket leaking. Gasket removal and replacement paid for by 3rd party warranty company. A/C compressor was making a growling noise when A/C was on. Warranty company covered replacement of noisy A/C compressor under warranty. 
Apr 2016

125000 mi
Previously repaired (9 months ago) oil pan leak started leaking again. Dealer removed the replacement gasket and replaced it with a second new gasket. They claimed that the original replacement part was defective. Car was making a squeaking noise right at start up. I thought it was an issue with the installation of a replacement A/C compressor from a previous repair. Was due to the DVD drive instead. I declined to replace that as it works fine. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2013
Aug 2012

52500 mi

US $36
Clips holding center dash trim broke. 
Jun 2013

61000 mi

US $100
Rear window regulator failed. 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Oct 2014 - Dec 2015
Nov 2014

78500 mi

US $300
Wastegates rattle. BMW replaced under mfg extended warranty. Replaced vacuum lines. 
Dec 2014

79000 mi

US $2600
Rough idle on cold start. Engine stalled and cd check engine light came on with P0300,0301,0302misfire codes. Replaced plugs, injectors and coils on all cylinders. 
Aug 2015

92300 mi

US $180
Slight front wheel bearing noise. Replaced both front wheel bearings. 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Jan 2016 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016

64000 mi

US $650
Valve cover gasket leak. 
BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
Apr 2013 - Sep 2013
Jul 2013

58300 mi

US $50
Water pump failed, but replaced under warranty. 
BMW 5-Series in Missouri, United States
Aug 2010 - Sep 2012
Aug 2011

32300 mi
Steering wheel had discoloration, new wheel ordered Week after steering wheel ordered was installed by dealer. 
Jun 2012

42000 mi
Air conditioner thermostat not working correctly. Fixed better than before but still not great 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Nov 2007 - Jan 2012
Apr 2008

19000 mi
Oil line leak from oil filter to oil cooler - replaced line. Another oil leak - oil leaking around drain plug. 
Dec 2008

37000 mi
Cold engine runs rough, misfires. Once warm runs smoothly, but check engine light is on. Replaced oxygen sensors and hi-press fuel pump. Problem remains. 
Feb 2009

40000 mi
New software version 32.1 uploaded, plugs cleaned, full reset of computers. Car did run much better and cold start roughness was better, but not completely fixed. Car is back at dealers for further repair. 
Mar 2009

41000 mi
Engine light- cold start misfire/roughness, DME fault 29E0 mixture rich, tank vent valve replaced, replace fuel injectors, smoke test for leaks. Car now has not exhibited the problem over the last 1,000 miles so I consider it fixed. 
Jun 2009

49000 mi
High pressure pump failed. This is the 2nd pump - the first was replaced as part of the rough engine start problem I was having. 
Mar 2011

88000 mi

US $175
TPM in a wheel failed. Dealer determined which TPM sensor was bad, pulled the tire and replaced it. 
Sep 2011

98000 mi

US $1588
TPM failure. Dealer could not determine which unit in tire failed. Solution was to replace all for $800. Choose not to but had to pay $200 for diagnostic. Left Halo light not working - cost $339.04 to replace - have to remove the front bumper to get to the light! Replaced all tire TPM sensors as dealer could not determine which one failed. I paid for 3 of the 4 sensors. 5 of the 6 fuel injectors found leaking. I paid for 3 and 2 were under warranty. 
Oct 2011

98000 mi

US $1049
3 of 6 injectors leaking, including two of the new ones - replaced TPM failure light on - all 4 TPM sensors replaced because BMW dealer could not determine which individual sensor was bad 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Jul 2015 - Mar 2016
Aug 2015

124000 mi

US $200
Oil leak from the gasket on the oil cooler. 
Oct 2015

125700 mi

US $660
Oil filter gasket failed and required replacement. Had slow but constant/steady leak. 
Jan 2016

127700 mi

US $1700
Coolant system leak. Coolant line from Turbo Bank #2 
Mar 2016

129000 mi

US $1475
Cooling line to turbo bank #2 failed. Car was spewing coolant at an alarming rate when car is operating under pressure while driving. 3 ignition coils failed. Replaced by mechanic. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2011
Jun 2011

38000 mi

US $134
Clunk / thump from rear of the car immediately after starting the car - replace a rear differential seal. Helped the issue, but didn't resolve it. problem with passenger seat belt warning turning on randomly - passenger seat sensor replacement 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Dec 2011 - Nov 2012
Jun 2012

69000 mi

US $6600
Turbocharger waste gate failure. Replaced turbochargers. 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

60000 mi

US $3500
air conditioner failed again. 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Jul 2010 - Mar 2011
Oct 2010

50000 mi
Loose trim piece fixed, faulty adhesive on the back of a clip. 
Dec 2010

53000 mi
Trim came loose agaiin about a month later, fixed again. 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2009
Mar 2009

18000 mi

US $6000
Replaced both turbo units under warranty 
Jul 2009

21000 mi

US $3000
Replaced high pressure fuel pumps. Engine went in limp home mode 
Oct 2009

27000 mi
Steering inoperative; also battery replaced bad cell. 
BMW 5-Series in Nevada, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

2200 mi

US $64000
Bad fuel pump and bad fuel injectors mean potential fire hazzard and possible explosion. You should know that the 2008 535i has some major defects engine wise. My car has been in for this problem twice now, this time though it was the worst. 
Jan 2009 Problems fixed by dealer So far so good. 
Dec 2009

26000 mi
Fuel pump and fuel injectors -gas pouring into the engine. Clouds of smoke shooting out of exhaust. Car shaking at any speed including while at stop. 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Jun 2008 - Feb 2016
Nov 2009

38000 mi
Check engine light on. Engine had faulty fuel injector. 
Dec 2015

125000 mi

US $2500
replaced water pump, heating core 
Jan 2016

125000 mi

US $6000
Transmission was whinning and required replacement 
Feb 2016

125000 mi

US $6000
The transmission failed and had to be replaced. Cost was $6000 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Mar 2009 - Sep 2010
Mar 2009

8600 mi
Fuel pump failure 
Dec 2009

17000 mi
Fuel pump failure, 2nd time 
BMW 5-Series in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2009 - Apr 2011
Apr 2010

23000 mi
Front right daytime running lamp was burned out. It was replaced at the dealership. 
BMW 5-Series in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2007 - Dec 2015
Feb 2010

18700 mi
"Increased Battery Discharge" light came on. Dealer said that I am driving too many short trips so that battery is not recharged by driving. Suggested that I get a battery charger. Seems like a $50K car should not have this problem. 
May 2015

55300 mi

US $1300
Water pump failed 
BMW 5-Series in Nevada, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

38000 mi
Low pressure sensor replaced.  Fuel injector #6 replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Mar 2008 - Apr 2011
Mar 2009

8000 mi
A warning light came on indicating "Engine Malfunction/Power Reduced" and the car felt sluggish. It was diagnosed as a software issue; the software was updated by the dealership. 
Mar 2010

12000 mi
The driver side window made a "clunking" noise upon rolling it down. The window regulator was replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Mar 2009 - Nov 2010
Nov 2009

22000 mi
Replaced fuel injector 
Dec 2009

24000 mi
Nav system quit working. Service advisor saw the problem. It spontaneously resolved prior to my service appt. 
Apr 2010

28000 mi
iDrive crashing. Reload of sw fixed it. 
Nov 2010

34000 mi
CEL on and running rough at startup when turned in. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2007 - Dec 2013
Mar 2010

21000 mi
replaced sunroof seal. 
Aug 2011

30000 mi

US $1080
Stability control and start off assistance not working 
Mar 2013

43000 mi

US $63
Replaced hood shocks 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Sep 2015 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

41000 mi
transmission went into limp mode, showed transmission error on mmi, shut off car, restarted message gone transmission fine. Indie shop checked for fault code and battery condition no codes battery fine (original). Car never repeated problem. 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Jul 2008 - Jul 2013
Jan 2008

1300 mi
Purchased the car late June 2008. Late September I noticed some oil beneath the car and indeed it was an oil leak. They said it was from a defective engine oil cooler and lost a fair amount of oil. It was repaired without charge. Hope this was a fluke. 
Oct 2008

1000 mi
Oil leaking below car. Found by dealer to be a leak in the 'engine oil cooler' and was a factory defective item. No cost for repair. 
Jan 2009

2000 mi
Driver's side door speaker went out. Was replaced at no charge. 
Mar 2011

13000 mi
Noticed misfiring. Replaced three injectors, three gasket rings, and six decoupling elements per recall. Would have also replaced the HPFP, but none in stock. 
Jul 2013

26000 mi
2 rattles- one front drivers side, had it for ayear cannot find cause. sounds metal. the other was new, on the right front, sounded in dashboard and also could not find the cause. it developed during a visit 2 months ago for oil change and dent removal. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

25000 mi
High pressure fuel pump replaced Wndshield wiper motor replaced Seat belt sendor error- dealer rest it. 
Jan 2010

29300 mi
Fuel pump replaced third time. 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Jul 2007 - Aug 2010
Aug 2008

13000 mi
Car had little power and warned there was a malfunction. I was away from the dealer, if I had driven to the dealer instead of stopping it probably would not have had to have been towed. High pressure fuel pump had to be replaced. 
Jun 2009

22000 mi
Regular maintenance turned up a problem with an intermittent fuel sensor that I was told could have could have made the car undriveable if not fixed. 
Mar 2010

29000 mi
Oil change, halo (headlight) replaced, brakes replaced, battery replaced due to car stating there was a power outage when I would go back to car after driving it for a short period. 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2011
Sep 2011

66000 mi

US $1700
updated software, replace damaged steering arm, 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2015
Nov 2014

106000 mi

US $500
Water hose needed replacement 
May 2015

116000 mi

US $1049
Diagnosed as faulty DMTL pump and IBS cable, which caused my check engine light to stay on. The faulty pump and IBS cable had to be replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in Utah, United States
Jul 2007 - Mar 2016
Aug 2007

5000 mi
Gear shift assembly defective from factory/ordered replaced under warranty Installed new gear shift assembly. 
Jun 2008

14000 mi
Check engine light came on. Dealer could find nothing wrong, and could not replicate it. 
Sep 2008

15000 mi
Engine malfunction reduced power/reloaded new software. 
Dec 2008

17000 mi
Cooling fan replaced. 
Feb 2010

31000 mi
software problem 
Jun 2013

76000 mi
Twin turbos leak in transmission 
Nov 2015

92000 mi

US $1200
Bad water pump, replaced also replaced thermostat and expansion tank. 
Mar 2016

93000 mi

US $2500
Fuel injectors 
BMW 5-Series in New Hampshire, United States
Feb 2011 - Apr 2015
Mar 2012

64000 mi

US $200
right rear lights went out, replaced connector and a bracket 
Dec 2012

76000 mi

US $150
Fuel injector bank failure 
Sep 2013

86000 mi
Engine Malfunction related to turbo charging system 
Oct 2013

87700 mi
Hp fuel pump replaced under warranty 
Mar 2014

94000 mi

US $200
Car overheated. Towed to dealer 
Jul 2014

99500 mi

US $300
Water pump failed Engine malfunction light 
Aug 2014

100000 mi

US $500
Both turbos replaced with purchased warranty. They paid $3K, I paid $500 
Dec 2014

105000 mi

US $2500
Oil gasket leak Tie rod ends frozen 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2010 - Nov 2014
Jan 2012

36000 mi

US $350
Housing for the rear turn and reverse light... 
Aug 2012

41000 mi

US $160
Right Low bean headlight. 
Oct 2013

47300 mi

US $345
Replaced with a new battery 
Nov 2014

50000 mi

US $4700
Transmission mechatronics leak Replaced mechatronics 
BMW 5-Series in North Carolina, United States
Aug 2013 - Mar 2016
Jun 2014

91000 mi

US $200
Water pump quit working and car would only idle. Water pump was covered under warranty, but I had to pay for thermostat replacement not covered. 
BMW 5-Series in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2011 - Apr 2012
Nov 2011

46000 mi

US $50
Got recurring check engine lights and reduced power "limp mode". The exhaust VANOS solenoid had failed. 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

72000 mi

US $50
Coolant Pump went bad. Dealer replaced it under CPO warranty. Also, Replaced Oil Pressure Sensor since false low engine oil level warning was coming. 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Jul 2007 - Mar 2011
Mar 2008

6000 mi
Gear vibration heard and felt in steering wheel. Dealer said could not find cause but acknowledged it sounded like a pinion gear whine. It could be in transmission or AWD transfer unit. The symptoms are gradually getting worse and most likely be ... 
Apr 2008

7000 mi
The cause of the problem was determined to be "turbo rattle". A reflash of the car's software (DME) to resolve other problems (voice recognition of media system and AWD/DSC malfunction warning) also fixed the previously described vibration problem. Advertised voice recognition command to access USB/Ipod feature did not work at time of delivery. Previous trips for repair unsuccessful. A new sofware upgrade this trip fixed it. Now works perfectly. Upon car start, warning that AWD/DSC malfunction occurred. Warning would reset after driving a few feet. Recently when this occurred, the time and date display had to be reset. Reflash of DME software fixed the problem. It's all about computers now. 
May 2009

17000 mi
The oil pan was replaced due to an oil leak through a mounting hole for the front differential. This is an AWD vehicle. This problem came from the factory when purchased new. 
Aug 2009

20000 mi
The High Pressure Fuel Pump (HPFP) failed. This is a known issue with the 535 series engine (which BMW issued an extended 10yr warranty for HPFP.) I was able to drive the car to the dealer under reduced power. Fixed in one day...gave me a loaner 
Dec 2010

35000 mi
'Klunk' when starting up. Fixed with TSB software update. 
BMW 5-Series in Iowa, United States
Jul 2007 - Jun 2011
Apr 2008

16000 mi
The car would lose all time and date as if the battery had run out of charge. All it needed was a software flash. 
May 2008

16000 mi
Software flash as I was getting a problem with the clock losing time plus other things that the flash fixed. 
Jul 2009

37000 mi
Voice recognition would respond only part of the time. 
BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
- Sep 2011
Jul 2009

36000 mi
Pulled engine, opened head, cleaned cylinders, replaced injectors, reprogramed 
Sep 2011

36000 mi
car still miss firing 
BMW 5-Series in Indiana, United States
Jul 2014 - Sep 2015
Apr 2015

62500 mi
Water pump failed. 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Dec 2010
Jun 2010

32000 mi
Navigation system repair 
BMW 5-Series in Oregon, United States
Sep 2015 - Mar 2016
Nov 2015

134700 mi

US $500
Turbocharger failed. Replaced CHRA's with good used units. Machined and installed new wastegate bushings and machined wastegate arms to match. Reinstalled with new gaskets/seals, coolant, and oil. 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2016
Nov 2010

28000 mi

US $31
The car would often "hiccup" or hesitate sharply when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. The dealer re-installed software after finding no leaks or problems with the automatic transmission. This seems to have worked. 
Dec 2013

59000 mi
Front brake pads and rotors replaced. Recall item replaced. 
Dec 2015

73000 mi

US $1000
Front suspension problem - replaced parts. 
BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
Feb 2010 - Aug 2011
Sep 2010

25000 mi
seat cushion replaced due to failure 
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2016
Aug 2010

32000 mi
Car ran roughly. Dealer diagnosed problem and repaired it under warranty. 
Nov 2011

49700 mi

US $900
Both headlamp fixtures needed replacement, no longer under original factory warranty. 
Oct 2015

92000 mi

US $500
Replaced rear pads, oil change 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2007 - Feb 2011
Dec 2010

30000 mi
Failure of high pressure fuel pump 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2014 - Mar 2014
Feb 2014

50000 mi
overheating rear passenger window inoperable. limp mode 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2016
Jun 2012

45000 mi
battery failed 
Dec 2012

46000 mi
Cracked front windshield. Got in the car and noticed a 6-inch crack starting from the edge towards the center. No chips or any other indication of rock damage anywhere in the area. The glass repair company said this is typically a weak spot.  
BMW 5-Series in Kentucky, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2015
Jul 2011

29700 mi
Windshield washer pump was leaking washer fluid, repaired on the first trip, however it took 2 weeks before the dealer could see my car. I drove it until then. 
Oct 2011

31700 mi
Rear passenger window was stuck down. There was a strange noise when the window button was pressed. The power window motor was replaced and it took from Monday to Wednesday to get the part. 
Feb 2013

46500 mi
The passenger door would not open sometimes from the inside. Video of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO61Z6Bv-ns The passenger front door will not open at all from the outside. 
Jun 2015

57000 mi

US $900
Water pump went out, purchased one on Amazon (cheaper than dealer) then allowed the dealer to do the labor. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2016
Mar 2010

24000 mi
Burned out daytime running light lamp. Took the shop over an hour to replace. 
Apr 2013

64000 mi

US $450
Transmission oil leak Replace leaking windshield washer pump 
Jun 2013

66000 mi

US $1000
Catastrophic water pump failure, causing immediate engine overheating. Computer shut down the engine, preventing further damage. Water pump was replaced. 
Oct 2013

74000 mi

US $200
Oil leak from the filter housing Control arm bushing fluid leak 
Dec 2015

109000 mi

US $400
Replace faulty crankshaft position sensor 
BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Jan 2011 - Sep 2014
Feb 2011

25000 mi
leaking windshield washer pump or reservoir. repaired under warranty. seems to be a known problem on the BMW forums.  
Jan 2012

40000 mi
Ticking sound getting progressively louder. It sounds like a typewriter. The dealer says its normal. The car didnt make this sound until recently. 
Jan 2014

70700 mi

US $2050
Took it to an independent shop for a once over prior to extended warranty expired. They reccommended replacing control arm bushings. Took it to dealer who said it needed thrust arm replacement. They did out for $50 deductible. waterpump went out after 9 days past warranty. also all injectors, plugs, ignition coils had to be replace. fought with BMW NA and they agreed to pay for parts. Labor was over $2,000. Traded the car in for a brand new Mini Copper Hardtop S. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Dec 2011
Jul 2010

31620 mi
DVD Repair for Nav. System 
Dec 2011

51460 mi

C $2000
Had to replace the Transmission slevel as it had a slow leak 
BMW 5-Series in Indiana, United States
Feb 2009 - Aug 2014
Mar 2011

27000 mi
High pressure fuel pump failure - noticed by driver and most recently a voluntary recall was initiated by BMW. 
Aug 2014

60000 mi

US $1200
water pump needed to be replaced (failed) and also replaced thermostat 
BMW 5-Series in Nevada, United States
Jul 2007 - Jan 2011
Jan 2008

3000 mi
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. 
Jan 2009

10000 mi
Defective High-pressure Fuel Pump. Removed and replaced with new high-pressure Fuel Pump. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Mississippi, United States
Aug 2011 - Apr 2014
Dec 2012

62000 mi
Failure of daytime running lights. Repair deferred due to cost to run diagnostics (>$200) 
Apr 2013

68000 mi

US $1500
Water pump failed. Water pump and thermostat replaced.  Also replaced passenger side angel eye bulb. 
Jul 2013

74300 mi

US $500
Replace left rear window regulator 
Feb 2014

84000 mi

US $2000
Replaced alternator belt and idler pulley. Repaired minor oil leak. Also address brake light recall issue (no charge). 
BMW 5-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2014 - Mar 2016
Sep 2014

82460 mi

C $670
Mild leak was discovered oil housing gasket. Had that fixed and some adjacent seals replaced. 
Aug 2015

95480 mi

C $1400
Fuel injectors cleaned out with walnut shells. Car was running very rough. 
BMW 5-Series in Nevada, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2011
Mar 2011

37500 mi
Front and rear windscreen seals deteriorating. Howling noise upon turning at low speeds. Passenger side seat extention cover falling off. Trim piece missing from Driver's side left A/C vent. Steering wheel roundel oxidizing from the inside. 
May 2011

42000 mi
NAV option not in idrive. DVD drive was not reading the NAV disc. Dealer replaced the DVD drive. NAV now functions. 
Jun 2011

42000 mi
Shortly after dealer repaired the no-nav problem, the CD drive would no longer read CDs. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2016
Apr 2012

50000 mi
Car went into limp mode and displayed error on i-Drive. Took to dealer and they replaced cylinder 1 variable vanos solenoid.  Also had them replace carbon filters and sunroof seal due to excessive noise. 
May 2012

50500 mi
Car back in for sunroof. The dealer cannot seem to get it right. The car has been in 4 times now for the sunroof seal and excessive wind noise. I will report back later. 
Jun 2012

51000 mi
Back in for sunroof wind noise. As of today July 9th the dealers last repair has been successful and the sunroof is still quiet. This repair took 4 trips to the dealer to re mediate. 
Dec 2012

54000 mi

US $1680
Replaced all ball joints and control arm bushings. I was having issues with the front brake rotors receiving pad material deposits. This would in turn produce heavy steering wheel vibration upon braking. Found bad balljoints. Engine cooling fan running on high with no heat in vehicle. Electric water pump failed. Replaced electric water pump. 
Mar 2013

57000 mi

US $500
The 4X4 light, including DSC ABS EBS, and I forget the rest came on. In combination with a stutter under acceleration and a inconsistent thud. All of this was related to replacement of the transfer case positioning motor. 
Aug 2013

62300 mi

US $50
Wastegates needed adjusted on the turbo chargers. Also had a leak in the charge pipe. Adjusted wastegate and replaced worn components on bypass valves. 
May 2014

79000 mi

US $299
Car was making growling noise when HVAC was on. This noise changed pitch with engine RPM's. AC system needed re-charged, with dye. Dealer claimed it was not leaking and that it is normal to lose 10% per year of refrigerant. 
Apr 2015

93000 mi

US $700
Evaporator developed a leak December 2014, just now getting around to replacing it. Parts are inexpensive, however must take dash completely out to repair. Full brake job, front and rear, pads and rotors. 
May 2015

94000 mi

US $400
The 4X4 light, including DSC ABS EBS, and I forget the rest came on. In combination with a stutter under acceleration and a inconsistent thud. All of this was related to replacement of the transfer case positioning motor. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Jul 2014 - Feb 2016
Jul 2014

60000 mi

US $1300
water pump went out 
Jan 2016

71500 mi

US $950
fuel pump 
BMW 5-Series in North Carolina, United States
Aug 2013 - Oct 2014
Sep 2013

71000 mi
Interior driver seat control buttom was not working. Dealer removed and reset button. 
BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2015
Feb 2013

53500 mi
Engine misfire, now it is doing it again 
Dec 2013

78000 mi

US $318
Normal wear and tear, brakes, tires, oil and filter Replaced tail light socket. 
Apr 2015

113000 mi

US $2100
Water pump, thermostat, oil in radiator. Reseal oil cooler 
Jun 2015

114000 mi

US $250
Plastic hose eroded away from front of head 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 232hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Finland
Nov 2007 - Mar 2014
Apr 2009

26040 mi
Bonnet was readjusted to close a gap between headlight and bonnet edge. Computer reported a fuel pump fault but it turned out be a sensor connection problem which was fixed. Problems with playing music from USB drive which caused navigation system resets. This only happens with some particular songs. Computer software was reportedly re-installed which I doubt. 
Jan 2010

39060 mi
Right front wheel made strange noise when driving over speed bumps. Lubrication re-aligning parts helped but the noise is still audible. According to service mgr, BMW have instructed to change parts only if the problem reappears after lubrication. 
Apr 2010

42400 mi
Front brake discs and had worn out and they were replaced. Normally these would be considered out-of-warranty but the manufacturer paid it anyway because they had worn out too early (after 65.000 km). 
Nov 2013

90080 mi
From brake disks worn out. Garage changed them. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 174hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Ireland
Feb 2008 - Aug 2010
Aug 2009

52080 mi

€320
Clear coat peeling from front fender - required removal from car, stripping, re-painting and re-fitting. 
BMW 5-Series in India
Feb 2013 - Jan 2016
Apr 2013

36540 mi
I heard rattling sound from engine compartmnt. when got checked company replaced all chains including timing, crankshaft , piston rings all studs bolts it costs me app. 4 lakhs in indian rupees 
Jul 2013

43360 mi
car has leakage from enginr oil filter assembly . and dealership takes 5 days torepair it , but leakge still persists after this they recall me and i left car for more 5 days now its ok ,.but now from till i get car it gives me stating prom 
Mar 2015

69440 mi

$90000
rpm fluctuates and car sometimes stop in the middle of road . problem was with fuel system 
Aug 2015

82460 mi

$15000
engine and gear mounts got replaced drive shft bearing mount also broken. bmw do not have the part. till then i cant drive car. they are out of stock worldwide. 
Sep 2015

84320 mi

$22000
Differential seal of right side axle got leaked and replaced both seal and differential oil 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Mar 2016
Jan 2016

55000 mi

US $500
ignition coil replacement 
BMW 5-Series in Districto Federal, Mexico
Jun 2014 - Mar 2016
Oct 2014

31000 mi

$100
DSC, EDC, ABS Lights on on dash, DSC disabled. DSC control module was reset. problem comes back about once a week, goes away on restart. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Jan 2011 - Dec 2014
Aug 2011

16289 mi
Battery was weak due to lack of driving. BMW offered a goodwill replacement, provided I would use a battery conditioner on the vehicle while the car was not being used. Battery was weak due to lack of driving. BMW offered a goodwill replacement, provided I would use a battery conditioner on the vehicle while the car was not being used. 
Mar 2013

20000 mi

US $500
Check Engine called out an "Increased Emissions" fault. The Bank 2 secondary air valve was defective. After replacement, the increased emissions problem went away. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

500-horsepower 5.0L V10 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2012
Jun 2011

28000 mi
Left front running light failed prematurely. Related to software, which was updated for entire system (5 HR download) 
Nov 2011

34000 mi

US $89
Strong wind noise from closed sun roof 
Mar 2012

37000 mi
Wind noise at closed sun roof. Replaced seal 
BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Apr 2011 - Oct 2014
Apr 2012

33000 mi
Voltage Regulator inside Alternator went bad. Electronic Damping Controller module exhibited a fault, causing a steering system warning to come on. 
May 2012

34500 mi
Clutch chatter lead to hot spots on the flywheel. Caused by wear to clutch assembly, less than 1mm remaining. Repair was free due to bumper-to-bumper warranty, otherwise would have cost $3,000+. 
Dec 2012

45000 mi
Vanos valve in oil pump sounded like it was "popping" when outside temp dropped below 56F. Problem was not properly isolated by the dealer because the outside temp rose above 56F while at the dealer. 
Oct 2014

76000 mi

US $4600
Oil cooler and oil lines started leaking with a Class III leak and needed repair. Front break pads and rotors were worn past their replacement limit and were replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in Kentucky, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2015
Feb 2014

88500 mi

US $375
Replace Battery 
May 2014

96000 mi

US $1500
VANOS solenoids 
Jun 2015

110000 mi

US $15000
Complete engine replacement 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

39000 mi

US $350
Tire pressure sensor 
BMW 5-Series in Colorado, United States
Aug 2013 - Mar 2014
Oct 2013

64700 mi
Replaced engine under warranty. Spun main bearing 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in South Carolina, United States
May 2013 - Dec 2015
Jul 2013

115000 mi

US $400
The car required a new control module. The transmission went into safety mode and wouldn't shift. The car had also been failing to start even thought the battery was charged. 
Sep 2013

119000 mi

US $390
The transmission went into safe driving mode. It wouldn't shift out of second gear. A control module was found to be faulty and replaced. 
Jan 2015

134000 mi
Leaking transmission pan and gasket replaced. The original pan warps at about 100,000 miles and begins to leak. I replaced pan and fluid myself for about $200.00. The dealer wanted $870.00. 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2015
Apr 2013

58700 mi

US $1000
Mechatronic controller inside tranny has seal that leaks and causes erratic shifting. Seal replaced and all fluid replaced as preventative maintenance. Vacuum pump for brakes leaking oil. Replaced 
Jul 2013

65300 mi

US $1530
3 of 4 fluid-filled control arm bushings were worn. 3 control arms assemblies were replaced 
Oct 2013

73700 mi

US $250
PDC module went bad resulting in frequent non functioning park distance control. Occurs when shifting to reverse. 
May 2014

82000 mi

US $5000
Valve covers and upper timing cover gaskets leaking Active roll bar system leaking; requires full assembly replacement 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2014
Nov 2013

60700 mi

US $20
Shelled out $20 for a OBDII code reader to diagnose the check engine light.#5 Spark plug went bad. Luckily this was at the front and easily accessible allowing me to change myself. 
Feb 2014

65700 mi

US $350
Battery started to die, which Causes other systems to malfunction since the car has so many electrical systems. 
BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
Dec 2012 - Sep 2015
Dec 2013

55000 mi

US $1260
Alternator bracket leaj 
Aug 2015

63000 mi

US $1200
Oil pan gasket 
Sep 2015

69000 mi
No start 
BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

80000 mi

US $384
Transmission shifts horribly/slips from gear 3 to 4. Slips transmission is in gear 5 and I accelerate at a moderate pace. 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2016
Oct 2011

42000 mi
Transmission fluid leak from wiring harness gromet. 
Jun 2013

60000 mi

US $120
A/C not blowing cold after car sat for >24 hours until car was moving at road speed. 
May 2014

69000 mi

US $1132
Discovered a slight leak - alternator bracket and driver's side timing chain cover. Appears leak was about 2 months old, few drops of oil made it to the ground; that's how it was discovered. Replaced all associated gaskets and parts. 
Jan 2016

76700 mi
Chain tensioner housing crush washer leaking. Tightened bolt, oil leak stopped. 
Mar 2016

74000 mi

US $400
after market battery (purchased 2 yrs earlier)began to fail. Purchased new BMW battery and had it registered tot he vehicle. 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Oct 2010 - Dec 2011
Nov 2010

22000 mi
Electric thigh extension in drivers seat broken. Gear stripped. 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2010 - Nov 2011
Jan 2011

27000 mi
Oil level reading high in I-drive although no oil was introduced to the system since last dealer oil change. this problem has been reoccurring. Computer software reset and reading correctly now, although they've done this fix before. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2013
Apr 2011

38000 mi
Sunroof became noisy at speeds above 35 mph. Sunroof seal was replaced under warranty. Front brakes produced squeak on light application of brakes. Dealer replaced pads, rotors and sensor under warranty 
Mar 2013

64000 mi

US $50
Leaks from upper and lower timing covers 
Apr 2013

64000 mi

US $50
Leak from transmission servotronic 
May 2013

64000 mi

US $100
Leak from radiator overflow Ignition coil on one cylinder went bad 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2014
Dec 2010

59000 mi

US $200
battery drain - caused by LED bulbs 
May 2011

65000 mi

US $1400
radiator fan was only working intermitantly 
Nov 2011

75000 mi
Oxygen sensor on bank two behind catalyst is going out. 
May 2012

83500 mi

US $600
Tension Strut bushings were bad 
Aug 2012

85000 mi

US $320
Two bad coil packs replaced that caused a misfire 
Sep 2012

87500 mi

US $1350
Mechatronics sealing sleeve was leaking and pinion seal was leaking. both fixed. also did transmission service 
Nov 2012

90000 mi

US $50
Tire pressure sensor 
Dec 2012

91000 mi

US $65
Tire TPMS sensor replaced replaced front brakes, wipers, air filter and brake fluid flush 
Mar 2013

95000 mi

US $100
replaced with a Bosch battery from Pepboys. 
Apr 2013

96000 mi

US $100
Replaced expansion tank due to the measurement device inside the tank crumbled and broke 
May 2013

97000 mi

US $45
replaced sunroof seal 
Sep 2013

101000 mi

US $230
Over flow coolant hose 
Jan 2014

107000 mi

US $300
Replace battery and program car 
Jun 2014

113000 mi

US $450
Rear window lift Rear diff 
Aug 2014

115000 mi

US $100
Replaced 6 month old battery with AGM battery 
Oct 2014

117000 mi
Rear differential 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2016
Sep 2010

38000 mi
Because it came with an extended service warranty which covered repairs, I had them replace the front rotors and all four sets of brake pads because of a noise issue (screeching sounds at low speeds).  
Oct 2011

48000 mi
Vacuum pump oil leak, suspension hydraulic leak. Sun roof whistles when closed - won't fully closed. Was told was leaf and/or drain noise but persisted after are cleaned. Had tech ride on freeway and replicated noise. Had to be persistent and make 2nd trip to dealer. Cup holder rattle repair. 
Nov 2011

49000 mi
Sunroof whistle fixed. The sun roof gasket was replaced, necessitating a 2 hour software upgrade to the car. 
Sep 2013

63000 mi

US $50
Oil leak Fluid leak 
Apr 2014

68700 mi

US $375
Windshield washer pump failed. Also had a rear tail light bulb carriers recall repair 
Jul 2014

70700 mi

US $200
Oil leak from sending unit 
Sep 2014

72000 mi

US $3800
Starter replaced Two oil leaks: timing case cover and valve cover gaskets The front thrust arm bearings ($500) were also replaced. $240 went for a four wheel alignment. 
Feb 2016

83000 mi

US $3500
Cooling fan failed. Expansion tank cracked. Engine overheated. Repairs include: new radiator, water pump, electric fan and hoses. 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Feb 2009 - Sep 2012
Sep 2010

47000 mi
Replaced right rear bearing. 
Dec 2011

65000 mi

US $350
Battery Replacement. 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Jan 2009 - Oct 2011
Jan 2009

10000 mi
passenger side rear tire keeps setting off the tire pressure monitor. the sensor says tire pressure is low but tire is fine. not sure why the sensor keeps going off every couple of days. 
Jun 2010

23000 mi
windshield washer container had a slow leak 
BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2012
Dec 2008

1000 mi
"Dynamic Drive System Malfunction" error. Taken to dealer, cleared fault, problem returned. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Sep 2008 - Nov 2012
Mar 2010

18000 mi
High battery drain due to door latch short. Parts ordered, not installed yet 
Apr 2010

18700 mi
Replaced rear door handle that was shorting 
Oct 2010

26000 mi
Faulty oil sensor indicated overfull oil level. Sensor replaced. 
Mar 2011

32000 mi
Check engine light, replaced oxygen sensor.  Transmission had a leak, which resulted in poor shifting occasionally, all fixed. 
Aug 2011

39000 mi
After oil change, oil reading HIGH, faulty oil sensor, replaced 
Dec 2011

43000 mi
Oxygen sensor 
Jun 2012

50000 mi

US $350
Wind noise from sunroof. Seal replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in Rhode Island, United States
Sep 2007 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

8000 mi
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. 
BMW 5-Series in Oregon, United States
Apr 2011 - Jan 2012
May 2011

48000 mi
seat adjustment motor replaced under warranty 
Dec 2011

54000 mi
Unable to get the warning light to change the brake pads to turn off after I changed the pads and replaced the sensor. I was following the factory recommended procedure to turn off the warning. 
BMW 5-Series in Oregon, United States
Apr 2014 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

109000 mi
Severe jerk in transmission when shifting into reverse. Noticed it initially upon purchase, but thought it was software. Worsened over time. 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
May 2010 - Aug 2014
May 2012

89700 mi

US $400
Mehatronic unit 
Jul 2012

92000 mi
Ac compressor Fiber optic szl unit. (Handles communication with steering wheel controls, airbag.) Rotors and brakes need replacing Dsc unit Adjust parking brake 
Aug 2012

92500 mi
Guibo also known as flex disk 
Oct 2012

94000 mi
Dsc failed and computer 
Apr 2013

100700 mi
Water pump, valve cover gaskets, alt gasket 
Jul 2013

103000 mi
Oil pump and valve cover gasket 
BMW 5-Series in Oregon, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2015
Nov 2014

82000 mi
Coolant reservoir developed a leak. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Jan 2015
Dec 2012

49000 mi
Routine replacement, F & R brakes. Covered under maintenance plan. 
Jan 2014

58700 mi

US $500
CEL light was on when I took the car in for recall work. Dealer diagnosed that the DMTL unit needed replacement. 
Aug 2014

62000 mi

US $1200
Radiator cooling fan failed, causing engine to overheat in traffic. Could not get the car off the road, so overheating caused the coolant bottle to crack. Fan part alone was $650, plus $100 for the bottle and labor. Car had to be towed. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

50000 mi

US $50
Drove the car in for a check engine light. After the repairs for the check engine light the dealer noticed the transmission was leaking. After another day they told me they would be replacing the transmission. The check engine light came on and I took it into the dealer as I have certified warranty. After being there 1 day I got a call saying that the fuel pumps were bad. They replaced under warranty. 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2011 - Apr 2016
Jan 2013

32300 mi

US $50
Service engine returned after 3 months. Found defective exhaust pump in trunk? Previous dealer reset light and advised it was gas cap issue. 
Oct 2014

40700 mi
Transmission shifting was erratic, replaced a control module and reprogrammed. 
Aug 2015

43000 mi

US $2800
Seal leak. 
BMW 5-Series in Oregon, United States
Feb 2015 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

126000 mi
Replaced caliper that would periodically stick and cause overheating. Also replaced pads. 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2011 - Jul 2012
Jul 2012

35000 mi
Trunk seal. Computer replaced due to water damage in trunk from broken seal; Battery Recall  Windshield wiper motor replaced; Brakes 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2016
Aug 2013

65000 mi

US $30
The weather strip located at the top of the front windshield was starting to crack and deteriorate (probably due to age and sun exposure. 
Apr 2014

76300 mi

US $500
The brake rotors and pads needed to be replaced. Time spent included cleaning of the calipers prior to re-installing. 
Jun 2014

79000 mi

US $650
All four front control arms, both stabilizer links, and one tie rod assembly needed to be replaced. The mass air flow sensor was dirty. It was causing the check engine light to activate. 
Nov 2014

90000 mi

US $55
The upper coolant expansion tank hose deteriorated and was leaking. It was replaced with an OEM hose. 
Feb 2016

112000 mi

US $1500
Valley pan was leaking coolant. During repair, all cooling system components (water pump, transfer pipe, thermostat, and hoses) were replaced. Also, miscellaneous o-rings and gaskets were replaced. Fuel purge valve was also replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Oct 2010 - Sep 2015
Feb 2011

29000 mi
Replace Daytime Running Light. Also, recall for brake booster line leak. 
Oct 2011

40000 mi
Replace rubber gasket around sunroof opening. Original seal not working properly and causing excessive wind noise. 
May 2012

50500 mi

US $50
Side window regulator needed replacement, window would not roll up. 
Mar 2015

92000 mi

US $800
Electrical system giving "Increased Battery Discharge" warning. BCM replaced, problem not solved. Car now at different mechanic (dealer) diagnosing problem. 
Apr 2015

92300 mi

US $1800
Increased battery discharge warning received, fixed by replacing Body Control Module and reprogramming 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2013 - Mar 2016
Jul 2014

73000 mi

US $800
small leak in the bottom corner of radiator. Replaced unit $690 included coolant. 
Nov 2014

84000 mi

US $750
Water pump failed. 
Dec 2014

87000 mi

US $300
Replaced the battery 
Jul 2015

105700 mi

US $1200
Replaced coils 
Sep 2015

109000 mi

US $1200
Engine ran hot and later would not start. Needed new starter. Replaced radiator reservoir which had a crack in the plastic. 
Jan 2016

118000 mi

US $2100
Vanos system and motor/sensors 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Jan 2015 - Jan 2015
Jan 2015

73000 mi

US $600
oil filter housing gasket replaced 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Jul 2015 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

87000 mi

US $1004
Starter Motor Replacement 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2012 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

90000 mi

US $1000
replaced battery oil leak valve cover and oil filter husing 
BMW 5-Series in North Dakota, United States
Oct 2011 - Mar 2012
Dec 2011

35000 mi
Hydraulic valve lifter (HVA) replacement this is a very common issue with pre-2009 N52 engines. A TSB existed, and the work was performed according to the TSB. The symptom was a ticking noise. Teflon tape was added to the sheet metal which contacts the door seals in order to alleviate a creaking noise. There is also a TSB for this issue. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2010 - Dec 2014
Jun 2011

26000 mi
Software controlling Vanos needed to be reflashed with a newer version. 
Jan 2012

35000 mi
Sensor controlling VANOS was bad - replaced. Too much voltage to DRL's - replaced bulbs and reflashed computer to permanently lower the voltage. 
Dec 2013

83000 mi
Fan control knob broke. Repaired and reinstalled. 
Jul 2014

89300 mi

US $1000
Leaking transmission oil, new pan & fluid change 
Dec 2014

90000 mi

US $600
Coil pack bad, replaced bad unit & injectors 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Feb 2014 - Dec 2015
Apr 2014

90000 mi

US $100
#2 coil went out 
Jan 2015

106000 mi

US $50
Car was making a humming noise at low speeds. Turned off at to hear it better and noise went away. Checked and refrigerant was low. Topped off, noise went away 
Oct 2015

129300 mi

US $500
Fuel sending unit leaking 
BMW 5-Series in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2010 - Apr 2014
Nov 2010

17000 mi
Shifter would block intermitently when trying to go into reverse. Had to go to drive first then push back into reverse. had to change one cupholder that would not come out. 
Mar 2011

22000 mi
Had to replace the Sirius satellite unit. Was playing but would sometimes stay on one channel and could not change it even after turning car off and back on again... 
Jun 2013

53000 mi
AC drainage tube was blocked and water stayed trapped in air ducts. Water vapor was felt when AC was on. This appears to be a relatively common problem based on what I read on blogs. The drainage opening under the car gets clogged. 
Sep 2013

57000 mi

US $850
Belt had to be replaced, battery had to be replaced 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
Dec 2008

9000 mi
Battery charging computer replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Jun 2008 - Aug 2010
Sep 2008

16000 mi
Car would not start, dealer replaced fuel pump controller, fuel filter, and fuel pump. 
BMW 5-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2011 - Apr 2013
Nov 2011

55800 mi

C $200
Windshield washer jets were not working. One was clogged and the other popped out of the connector. Easy fix for both. Had regular maintenance completed as well. 
Jun 2012

61380 mi

C $1700
Transmission pan bent and needed replaced. Slow leak and seals needed to be replaced. New fill of transmission fluid. Both front tie rods were worn and needed replacement. 
Dec 2012

68200 mi

C $350
Rear lighting harness burnt out affecting the driver side rear light array. Dealer did a re-wire job to save me the $1200 for a whole new harness. 
Apr 2013

72540 mi

C $865
Starter died. Had it replaced 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2013
Dec 2011

52000 mi
Molding sunroof Spontaneously opening trunk Check engine light 
Feb 2012

54000 mi

US $800
Radiator and thermostat replaced. Computer reprogramming. 
Aug 2012

60000 mi

US $200
Cracked bushing. 
Mar 2013

64000 mi
Cracked bushing unrepaired. 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2013
Sep 2013

55000 mi

US $400
Replaced rain sensor in front windshield for intermittent wiper system 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Sep 2013
Apr 2012

40000 mi
Loud Sqeaking while backing slowly 
Jun 2013

56000 mi

US $185
Oxygen sensor failed 
BMW 5-Series in North Carolina, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2016
Mar 2014

60000 mi

US $50
Oil Filter housing leaking 
Sep 2014

64000 mi

US $2000
#5 Bank Solenoid Thermostat failed. Tensioner pulley failed Pan failed, leaking. 
Apr 2015

69300 mi

US $300
Changed pads 
Jun 2015

70000 mi

US $300
Replaced pads. 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2016
Sep 2012

55000 mi
Battery replacement under warranty, Battery terminal recall done 
Apr 2014

68300 mi

US $50
Alternator failed Broken aluminum head bolts (4) were extracted and replaced 
Oct 2015

86000 mi
When in for an oil change, dealer said the valve cover gasket was leaking - I saw no evidence of this, but since they replaced it 1 year ago under warranty, it was replaced again under warranty. I'm still not sure if it was bad 
BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
Jul 2013 - Sep 2013
Jul 2013

61000 mi

US $4250
Oil had leaked into the "timing belt solenoid" which was causing the engine to fire at the wrong times and making the car impossible to drive. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
Nov 2008 - Dec 2015
Apr 2009

16000 mi
poor AM radio reception, but was told this is normal for this model. 
Sep 2015

47000 mi

US $20
Dash panel trim clips broke and needed to be replaced 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2008

1000 mi
Check engine light came on exactly 2 weeks after I purchased the car at slightly less than 500 miles. Dealer repaired faulty wiring to the oxygen sensor. Also replaced oxygen sensor. 
Feb 2009

6000 mi
Metallic ticking in the engine. Dealer performed bleeding procedure, but ticking returned within 1 week. Scheduled new appt in April and will insist that dealer replace the cylinder head, which has been reported as the cause of the noise by prior owners. 
May 2009

7000 mi
After a second bleeding procedure in April, the metallic ticking sound in engine returned within one week. BMW headquarters approved cylinder head replacement. Dealer explained that BMW requires several bleedings before approving cylinder head replacement 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Aug 2007 - Jan 2012
Nov 2007

1000 mi
BMW 2008 528xi- /Valve lifters were rattling- repaired /Computer showing adjustments needed-repaired 
Jul 2008

6000 mi
Valve lifters still rattling. 
Oct 2008

9000 mi
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. 
Nov 2011

40300 mi

US $550
Rip off high price for a new battery 
BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
May 2008 - Nov 2010
May 2010

14700 mi
front parking sensor broke and was replaced.  
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2011 - May 2011
Apr 2011

40000 mi
Navigation did not work. 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2012
Feb 2012

78000 mi

US $1700
Transmission leak at seal, $751 Oil Leak at valve cover Oil Leak at oil filter head Tie rod end worn & rattling 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
May 2010 - Aug 2011
Dec 2010

33000 mi
Car wouldn't start, reset the computer. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2011 - Mar 2012
Nov 2011

34560 mi
complete replacing two drive shafts 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Jan 2014 - Mar 2016
Feb 2014

83000 mi

US $1000
Routine maintenance 
Nov 2014

91000 mi

US $600
Replaced pads and warped rotors 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2016
Feb 2012

42000 mi

US $600
Emissions. Oxygen sensor and some valve 
Mar 2013

53000 mi

US $1000
Early gasket oil leak 
Mar 2015

99000 mi

US $500
Daylight lights out on one side. Simple checks could not fix it. So was gonna be a More major repair effort and I said not worth it. 
May 2015

102000 mi

US $1400
left rear window needed a new regulator. replace front pads and rotors 
Sep 2015

109000 mi
worn out front bushings 
Mar 2016

124000 mi

US $1200
something about a worn out ball joint oil leak around gasket replaced cooling hoses and some other device related to it. close to be worn out. 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2015
Jan 2013

58000 mi

US $115
Noise from engine turned out to be a warped accessory belt pulley replaced under CPO warranty. Paid about $70 extra to replace the belt with a new one. 
Jul 2013

63700 mi

US $50
Valve ticking typical with n52 engine replaced lifters under cpo warrantee, now engine purrs quietly 
Jun 2015

85000 mi

US $40
Changed the gasket for the oil cooler and housing. Two gaskets, very cheap, plas new bolts. Easy to do, look online for how to's. Some bolts can be a bit of a pain. Also, dont forget to lube the new gaskets with old oil. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 5-Series in Alabama, United States
Oct 2014 - Mar 2016
Dec 2014

31000 mi

US $7000
Transmission gave reading on computer..at 80 miles car went to 40 on highway and jerked. took to dealer : said needed new transmission. Had after market warratny which paid 6000 for rebuilt one.Car rides better but check engine light still n needed new tie-rod in front 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

188-horsepower 2.5L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Panama
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

6820 mi

US $14000
The car presented problems totally losing power and sending the computer message of "failure in the engine". I took it directly to the dealer and the car stayed there for almost 6 months. 

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2007.5 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 232hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Norway
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

84940 mi

$2000
Did not start. Dealer found battery problem. Paid for replacement and software upgrade but dealer did not replace it! Same problem next day. Towed back and has been at dealer for three weeks waiting for a control module from BMW Germany. 

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2007.5 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 174hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Sweden
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

19220 mi

$500
Central locking stopped working. Turns out the antenna receiver installed in the cars is not reliable in extremely cold, wet weather. Had to be replaced. 

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2007.5 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 174hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Great Britain
Jun 2011 - Dec 2015
Jul 2011

68000 mi
Changed MAF because of constant emission exhaust life on dashboard. Job done under warranty. 
Jul 2012

81300 mi

£1
Boot / Trunk opened intermittently and this was traced to a damaged electrical wire that supplied power to the Boot / Trunk switch. The fix involves removing trims in the Boot / Trunk. 
Jun 2013

90000 mi
Fault with the steering lock system. Common fault with BMWs. 
Sep 2015

114000 mi
Glow plugs snapped deep inside the engine when bmw engineers attempted to replace the plugs. It cost me 1500 to fix. 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr SUV

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

BMW 5-Series in Indiana, United States
Jul 2010 - Sep 2015
Feb 2011

98000 mi

US $650
Driver's side door handle mechanism broke. Initially, we thought it was the Bowden cable, but it turned out to be the door handle itself. Replaced bad thermostat. We replaced the aux. air pump last year, but still got a code for it. Determined that aux. air pump relay was intermittent, so we replaced it. Left front CV boot was split, so we replaced both left and right. Windshield washer reservoir hose grommet is leaking. Shop didn't have part, so we'll attempt repair at a later date. 
Nov 2011

103000 mi

US $270
Washer fluid was leaking from one of the pumps, so it was replaced. Replaced both front turn signal assemblies, as cannot replace burned out bulbs separately. 
Dec 2012

104000 mi

US $750
The brake lines had rusted through, causing the brakes to fail. 
Aug 2015

107000 mi
I've attempted to fill the refrigerant, but found that the compressor isn't running. Took it to a shop, but they don't have the proper diagnostic equipment and could not complete the repair. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series Repair Histories

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