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BMW X5 Problems and Repair Histories

710 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer BMW X5. 273 of these members (38.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 698 repairs to BMW X5s--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently BMW X5 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the BMW X5 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer BMW X5 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of BMW X5 repairs by problem area

35% of the BMW X5 repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 25% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 9% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 698 repairs.

BMW X5 repair cost distribution

Of the BMW X5 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 3% cost less than $100, 35% between $100 and $499, 29% between $500 and $999, 26% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 235 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 BMW X5 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 17000    
18000 0 Rearview camera takes a long time for the screen to come up. Already driving forward by the time screen/camera comes on. When using the USB interface with iPod, audio gets static when making turns or on rough roads. 
 
BMW X5 in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 12000    
17000 0 HUD was deemed inop. BMW has to order the part. HUD Part was replaced in 1.5 hours. 
40000 0 BMW X5 brake issue. Brakes squeal (x4 months) very loudly. Dealer replaced brake pads but they are just as bad. Great service but I am not satisfied and am still working with the dealer to correct. 
 
BMW X5 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 7000    
8000 50 Child 2nd row center belt gets stuck. Has gotten stuck 3 times now!!! 
 

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2002 BMW X5

Engine not specified

BMW X5 in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 86000    
89000 2500 Replaced four wishbones, because were slanted outwards. No power from time to time. Replaced turbocharger (diesel). One new piston cover (not sure what its called). (Problem: connected to the problem with the turbo) 
 

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2002 BMW X5 4dr SUV

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW X5 in Oklahoma, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 61000    
64000 0 Plastic connection on the window regulator broke, performed a temp fix with wire. Will need a new clip. Required a complete removal of door panel aprox. 3 hours labor. More since it was my first time. 
67000 50 Need to order new window regulator will install myself. Have not had time due to parents health. 
76000 500 Water cooled Alternator went out. Part is being ordered. $1000 from Dealer, or $400-$600 from rebuild supplier. 
77000 70 Final Stage Resistor which was causing the battery drain. 
78000 120 drivers window regulator 
86000 40 HID bulb 
87000 50 Right HID headlight would often not light up. The ballast was weak. Ordered a salvage ballast and replaced it myself. 
87000 90 Leak on the overflow coolant tank. Seam developed a leak under pressure. Ordered a new tank and replaced it. Job took less than 15 min. may need to replace some hoses in near future. Will wait till spring/summer for that repair. 
100000 560 Radiator failed. Replaced water pump and thermostat as preventative along with radiator. 
101000 600 Bad cv joint. Replaced both axels with rebuilt units. 
110000 250 Strut mount bearing worn. Replaced with new. 
 
BMW X5 in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 53000    
54000 665 Cam Shaft Position Sensor replaced - Intake drivers side. Front brake pads and rotors replaced, rear brake pads replaced, brake pad wear sensors replaced, brake fluid flushed and replaced 
56000 2305 Front driver's and passenger's side air suspension replaced (Self Leveling Suspension), Replaced emergency brake shoes. Front passenger's side turn signal intermittent operation. Light fixture contact showed sign of intermittent contact with bulb. Cleaned contact and replaced bulb. 
67000 210 Hood latch failed causing alarm to sound intermittently - latch cable and sensor replaced. Glove compartment latch failed closed - latch barrel replaced. 
87000  

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2001 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 92000    
93000 900 I noticed an oil leak and had the hoses replaced. Leaks were still present after a week or so and was told this leak was from a different area that needs to be repaired and was charged mostly for labor the second time. 
102500 1141 front and rear brake pads and rotors replaced  
108000 66 TAILGATE LATCH ADJUSTED TO REDUCE RATTLE IN TAILGATE 
133000 5000 replaced transmission and replaced oil pan gasket 
135000  

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2001 BMW X5 4dr SUV

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

BMW X5 in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 67000    
70000 100 Front Driver side turn signal relay harness and socket was replaced, including a new turn signal bulb. 
84000 150 cam sensor, exhaust side, code 12 on a very fancy Launch brand diagnostic tool...replaced sensor. Code cleared, runs fine now. 
94000  

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2001 BMW X5 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

BMW X5 in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 109000    
110000 2000 Long story short, I had to pay 2k on repairs that my dealer said they fixed while the car was still under warranty. They didn't do anything. I had a coolant leak and valve cover issues. 
146300 1600 I had a coolant leak, i had to repair all hoses in the back of the engine... 
147000  

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2001 BMW X5 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW X5 in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 110000    
111000 900 2 brushes needed replacement. 
 

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