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2008 BMW 5-Series Problems and Repair Histories

234 TrueDelta members own a 2008 BMW 5-Series. 130 of these members (55.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 359 repairs to 2008 BMW 5-Series--an average of 1.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2008 BMW 5-Series problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2008 BMW 5-Series problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2008 BMW 5-Series problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2008 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

40% of the 2008 BMW 5-Series repairs were to the engine, 8% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 4% to the suspension, 26% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 10% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 359 repairs.

2008 BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

Of the 2008 BMW 5-Series repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 9% cost less than $100, 37% between $100 and $499, 15% between $500 and $999, 26% between $1000 and $2499, and 12% more than $2500.

Chart based on 65 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2008 BMW 5-Series problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 0    
7000 0 iPod selection would spontaneously switch to the radio. 
34000 0 Front park distance sensor failed. 
38000 0 Rear window latch failed.  Warning light panel had to be replaced. 
40000 0 fuel system problem related to turbocharger 
 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 5000    
19000 0 Oil line leak from oil filter to oil cooler - replaced line. Another oil leak - oil leaking around drain plug. 
37000 0 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. 
40000 0 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. 
41000 0 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. 
49000 0 High pressure pump failed. This is the 2nd pump - the first was replaced as part of the rough engine start problem I was having. 
88000 175 TPM in a wheel failed. Dealer determined which TPM sensor was bad, pulled the tire and replaced it. 
98000 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. 
98000 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 
 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 0    
6000 0 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 ... 
7000 0 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. 
17000 0 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. 
20000 0 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 
35000 0 'Klunk' when starting up. Fixed with TSB software update. 
 
BMW 5-Series in Iowa, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 3000    
16000 0 The car would lose all time and date as if the battery had run out of charge. All it needed was a software flash. 
16000 0 Software flash as I was getting a problem with the clock losing time plus other things that the flash fixed. 
37000 0 Voice recognition would respond only part of the time. 
 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 0    
13000 0 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. 
22000 0 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. 
29400 0 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 Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 4000    
5000 0 Gear shift assembly defective from factory/ordered replaced under warranty Installed new gear shift assembly. 
14000 0 Check engine light came on. Dealer could find nothing wrong, and could not replicate it. 
15000 0 Engine malfunction reduced power/reloaded new software. 
17000 0 Cooling fan replaced. 
31000 0 software problem 
76000 0 Twin turbos leak in transmission 
79000  
BMW 5-Series in Nevada, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 0    
3000 0 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. 
10000 0 Defective High-pressure Fuel Pump. Removed and replaced with new high-pressure Fuel Pump. 
28000  

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Rhode Island, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 1000    
8000 0 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. 
 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 1000    
1000 0 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. 
6000 0 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. 
7000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 0    
1000 0 BMW 2008 528xi- /Valve lifters were rattling- repaired /Computer showing adjustments needed-repaired 
6000 0 Valve lifters still rattling. 
9000 0 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. 
40300 550 Rip off high price for a new battery 
 

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