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2001 BMW X5 repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 94 repairs.

2001 BMW X5 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (9%)

$1000 - $2499 (34%)

$500 - $999 (32%)

$100 - $499 (20%)

< $100 (5%)

Chart based on 44 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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2001 BMW X5

Engine not specified

BMW X5 in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2011 - Feb 2011
Feb 2011

100000 mi

US $2000
Transmission replaced 
BMW X5 in Utah, United States
Nov 2009 - Dec 2009
Dec 2009

107000 mi

US $1200
Catalytic converter valley pan gasket plugs, 1 coil Needed some vertical links on the suspension when sold. 
BMW X5 in Iowa, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

136000 mi

US $179
I replaced the liquid cooled alternator with one purchased from  

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2001 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in South Carolina, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2011
Dec 2010

133000 mi

US $108
Broke driver's door handle. 
Jan 2011

134000 mi

US $166
Rear windshield wiper assembly. Broke linkage arm. The OE were plastic and when we had the snow/ice here a week or so ago it froze to the rear windshield then when turning it on snapped like a twig.  Had to replace coolant expansion tank. Had a crack in it on the seam.  
Dec 2011

149000 mi

US $700
Replaced Rear Air Bag Suspension. Replaced Battery and a coil pack. 
BMW X5 in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2010 - Feb 2014
May 2011

82000 mi

US $900
Radiator developed a hole, repair stop (used car dealer vehicle was purchased from) replaced radiator with new BMW part. 
Jul 2011

84000 mi

US $300
Driver's door lock mechanism broke. Could open from inside car, but not from outside. 
Sep 2011

87000 mi

US $3200
Auto transmission failed. Slipped out of gear and then "jammed" back in continously. Sensor replaced, no effect. Transmission replaced with a rebuilt. 
Jan 2014

100500 mi

US $560
Passenger door would not open. Mechanic had to replace entire inner door workings. Other doors randomly do not unlock. 

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2001 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in Oregon, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2010
Nov 2009

99000 mi

US $2559
New plastic kit (hose connectors, expansion tank, ect.), new radiator, new water pump, new thermostat.  Replace left bank cam position sensor. Water Pump Replaced 
BMW X5 in California, United States
Aug 2009 - Dec 2012
Sep 2009

93000 mi

US $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. 
Feb 2010

102500 mi

US $1141
front and rear brake pads and rotors replaced  
Aug 2010

108000 mi

US $66
Oct 2012

133000 mi

US $5000
replaced transmission and replaced oil pan gasket 

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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
Dec 2008 - Sep 2015
May 2009

70000 mi

US $100
Front Driver side turn signal relay harness and socket was replaced, including a new turn signal bulb. 
Jul 2012

84000 mi

US $150
cam sensor, exhaust side, code 12 on a very fancy Launch brand diagnostic tool...replaced sensor. Code cleared, runs fine now. 
Jun 2015

104000 mi

US $2000
Needed new lower control arms, as mine are orig. All suspension parts were totally rusted together. Discovered I needed new hubs, half shafts, CV boots, et al. Also replaced driver door window module. 

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2001 BMW X5 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

BMW in Illinois, United States
Feb 2009 - Dec 2012
Mar 2009

110000 mi

US $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. 
Nov 2012

146300 mi

US $1600
I had a coolant leak, i had to repair all hoses in the back of the engine... 

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2001 BMW X5 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW in Great Britain
Dec 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

111000 mi

2 brushes needed replacement. 

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2001 BMW X5 Repair Histories

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