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2011 BMW X5 repairs by problem area

Engine (46%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (1%)

Chart based on 138 repairs.

2011 BMW X5 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (30%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (40%)

< $100 (20%)

Chart based on 10 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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2011 BMW X5

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BMW X5 in Washington, United States
Nov 2013 - Jun 2014
Jan 2014

42000 mi
Turbos leaking oil, causing oily smell in the cabin 
Feb 2014

42500 mi
Turbos were not leaking, it was actually two leaking PCV lines. Both were fixed and the smell has been abated. I also had a daily warning of "battery drain" that was caused by failures of a cable that had a TSB out on it and a battery that did not pass the test outlined in a related TSB. Both were replaced. 
BMW X5 in Washington, United States
Jan 2015 - Feb 2015
Feb 2015

69000 mi
35d, diesel ran great til just out or warranty. I have had 6 CEL warnings in 13 months. Had to trade it in. 
BMW X5 in Virginia, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

78000 mi

US $400
Turbo actuator. The same problem over and over. Every few weeks i have a some issues with turbo engine reduced power. Out of warranty. 

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2011 BMW X5 4dr SUV

turbocharged 400hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW X5 in Oklahoma, United States
Nov 2014 - Mar 2016
May 2015

62500 mi

US $400
Auxiliary Water Pump for the twin-turbo's failed. 
BMW X5 in Washington, United States
Mar 2012 - Jan 2015
Jul 2013

29300 mi
Power tailgate opened automatically. 
Oct 2013

33000 mi
oil level sensor 
Dec 2013

35000 mi
battery warning light = "low voltage" 
Mar 2014

38000 mi
Local BMW dealer is monitoring the oil consumption by writing down the mileage whenever the low oil-level warning lights up and requires me to add more oil. Currently, 2 quarts of oil every 3,000 miles. Per BMW, this is within normal tolerance.  
Sep 2014

45000 mi
System Software Update to help oil level monitoring issue 
Nov 2014

47000 mi
failed fuel injectors, replaced fuel injectors (8) and spark plugs (8) 
BMW X5 in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

63000 mi

US $1300
Needed all new fuel injectors and spark plugs. Originally they want 4500 dollars but me picked up 85 pct goodwill 
BMW X5 in Arizona, United States
Jan 2014 - Mar 2016
Sep 2014

48000 mi
minor small leak in a vacuum pump that was covered under my warranty and would be covered by CPO 
Jan 2015

50300 mi

US $50
Ignition coil was bad, replaced under cpo warranty Rearview mirror leaking oil that allows it to darken at night 
Aug 2015

54300 mi

US $50
Service bulletin for this engine was performed and a number of oil leaks were fixed as well. 
Mar 2016

59000 mi

US $50
Another oil leak, this time from around the turbos Drivers sun visor falls out of roof 
BMW X5 in Illinois, United States
Sep 2011 - Mar 2012
Oct 2011

22000 mi
adaptive headlights failed 
BMW X5 in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2015 - Dec 2015
Sep 2015

83000 mi
Drive shaft failed, BMW repaired under recall notice Slow leak in left rear air bag leveling suspension. Replaced both left and right air bags myself for under $400, dealer quoted $1500. 
BMW X5 in California, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2013
Feb 2013

8000 mi
Broken U Joint that comes out of the front of the transfer box Steering rack puking fluid, had to be completely removed and replaced. Would have cost around $5K if no warranty! 

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2011 BMW X5 4dr SUV

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW X5 in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2013 - Sep 2014
Apr 2014

72300 mi

US $500
Condenser hose had leak, requiring replacement and recharge. 
Jul 2014

75000 mi

US $2000
4x4 Stabilization, ABS, Brake lights all came on. Identified transfer case as the problem, required replacement. $4800 job. 
Sep 2014

75000 mi

US $1300
Water pump and thermostat replacement. Dealer identified an oil leak around valve cover, oil leak around filter mount, and a bush rod cover leaking. 
BMW X5 in California, United States
Mar 2014 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

49000 mi
Turbo was leaking. Dealer replaced the entire turbo. 
BMW X5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2016
Aug 2011

10000 mi
Burning a bit of oil. Topped off, told to watch for anything further. Suspect some blow-by as direct injected 
Sep 2015

78000 mi
Turbo blown. Covered under good will by dealer. 
BMW X5 in New Mexico, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2013
Nov 2012

31700 mi
Nav rear camera 
Jan 2013

33700 mi
Auto steering wheel module replaced do to erratic behavior. 
BMW X5 in Texas, United States
Dec 2012 - Aug 2014
Jun 2014

37000 mi

US $240
Replace front rotors, pads, and wear sensor 
BMW X5 in Washington, United States
Mar 2014 - Jan 2016
Dec 2014

28000 mi
Key fobs needed to be reprogrammed. 
BMW X5 in Georgia, United States
Sep 2015 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016

61000 mi

US $857
Oil cooler seal and intake manifold gasket failure. Mechanics states caused by longer periods of time between oil changes. Seals dried, compressed and failed to sustain standard oil pressure. to prevent, change oil every 6k mi instead of 10k 
BMW X5 in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2014 - Apr 2016
Jan 2015

48000 mi

US $50
Thrust bushings leaking 
Nov 2015

59000 mi

US $50
Water pump seized Sway bar link broken 
BMW X5 in Oklahoma, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2015
Aug 2015

35000 mi

US $115
The smart key did not work at all with the Comfort Access (keyless) functions, and intermittently worked when slotted into the ignition and used to manually unlock the car. 
Sep 2015

37000 mi

US $3210
The iDrive screen developed weird dark spots, but wasn't cracked, and would sometimes flicker. iDrive screen was replaced. 
BMW X5 in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2015
May 2015

81300 mi

US $175
Car would rev on startup 4 to 7 times. Only after engine was warm but not hot. They updated the engine software and problem was gone. 
Oct 2015

86300 mi

US $550
Water pump going bad. Engine will overheat. 
BMW X5 in New York, United States
Nov 2011 - Nov 2015
Aug 2012

28500 mi
Video image from the back up camera is distorted at the bottom of the screen. The dealer wants to reload software as a first step in attempting to fix the problem but reload requires a full day in the garage. 
Sep 2012

29000 mi
Back up camera image was distorted and required software reload. 
Aug 2015

58700 mi

US $1400
Water pump failed and required replacement 
Nov 2015

62000 mi

US $1500
Brake pads needed replacement front and rear Tie rod bushings worn and loose. Some noise from front end. Tie rod ends replaced. 
BMW X5 in Taiwan
Oct 2013 - Oct 2013
Oct 2013

22940 mi
fuel pump failure 
BMW X5 in Virginia, United States
Jun 2012 - Sep 2014
Jul 2012

20000 mi
Fuel Filler Vent System 
Nov 2013

39000 mi

US $100
Mirror stopped power folding. 
BMW X5 in Texas, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2013
Dec 2011

15000 mi
The X5 has a harness that powers my blackberry. This harness didn't work properly and after handling the routine maintenance, an order was put in for an new harness. I'm supposed to come back when the part comes in. 
Apr 2012

17700 mi
Part arrived from back in December and it was installed. Dropped it off on a Friday and picked up on a Saturday. 
BMW X5 in Florida, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Nov 2011

9000 mi

US $50
Sand abrasion on rocker panels; sanded and repainted 
Feb 2012

11000 mi
The battery was faulty and produced fluctuating voltage. This caused several sensors to malfunction rendering the car inoperative. 
BMW X5 in Texas, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2014
Nov 2011

6000 mi
Plastic covers for back seat hinges came off, dealer replaced plastic cover. Old cover had deformed clips so it couldn't hold on tight. 
Apr 2012

14300 mi
left Shock came off from rear gate and caused damage to the frame and paint while trying to close several times, with remote button (wife). Dealer said they will replace shock and fix /repaint the dent to avoid rust. 
Feb 2014

44000 mi
Two bolts broke at the VANOS and cramshaft area. The X5 stopped running at a stop light. Because it's a 4 wheel drive and the electronic park that got engaged, special tow dollie wheels needed to be used. Dealer didn't want to pay for tow. After dealer repaired the VANOS screws that broke, and the computer went crazy. I tried to open the hood and I couldn't. Went back to the dealer, and the next day they said the guy cable that open the hood broke! Bad quality BMW! 

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2011 BMW X5 4dr SUV

turbocharged 265hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW X5 in Washington, United States
Feb 2015 - Jun 2015
May 2015

51700 mi
Rear hatch rattling. Adjusted Stored settings for iDrive display would change each time I started the car. They replaced the iDrive module and reprogrammed. pump or fan blade noise coming from under the driver's seat. I recorded it and played it for the service advisor. They couldn't duplicate it. Still an issue. Having to live with it. 
BMW X5 in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2010 - Aug 2014
Jan 2011

6200 mi
Air Charge sensor replaced 
BMW X5 in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2010 - Jan 2012
Jan 2011

10540 mi
Black bumper trim on front bumper was misaligned. Dealer noted the clips holding the black bumper piece were not in and readjusted. 
Jun 2011

17980 mi
Window seal on drivers door became loose and was replaced by the dealer. 
BMW X5 in California, United States
May 2014 - Mar 2016
Nov 2014

39000 mi
Front brake pads, rotors, sensor wire. Right front brake caliper. Rear brake pads, sensor wire. Brake Fluid Flush, Microfilter. 
Dec 2015

53000 mi
Check Engine Light came on. Dealer scanned and diagnosed problem as pre-cat NOx sensor. Since California has a 7 year/70,000 miles emissions warranty, all costs were waived. 
Jan 2016

53500 mi
Check engine light and vehicle goes into "limp mode" (decreased engine power). Codes P1729 and P3160. Cause was internally shorted fuel injector on cylinder #5. BMW Part #13537808089. Covered under 7-yr./70,000-mile emissions warranty. 
BMW X5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2013 - Mar 2016
Feb 2015

42500 mi
Electric parking brake failure. Brake seized and required emergency release to make car drive able. 
BMW X5 in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2015 - Mar 2016
Jun 2015

60000 mi

US $50
Noise coming from suspension whenever going over uneven road. 
BMW X5 in Missouri, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2012
Jan 2012

10000 mi
Popping/creaking noise in left a/b pillar area when right front tire encountered raise in pavement. Happens occasionally. Techs reset all trim inside left door/window areas. No change. Reports on internet indicate it could be a cracked weld. Headliner, all left side door and window trim removed. Areas checked for broken welds. None found. Factory engineer applied "sound proofing sealer" around all areas to eliminate "oil can" distortion in unibody. 
Mar 2012

13000 mi
Error code stated that all-wheel drive and stability system not working. No problem found. Code reset. 
BMW X5 in Ohio, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2016
Jan 2011

13300 mi
Rattle and squeak in rear hatch when driving. 
Sep 2012

38000 mi
Check Engine Light --> SCR Delivery Module failed and replaced. Check Engine Light --> EGR module failed and replaced. 
May 2014

59300 mi

US $275
Faulty oil level sensor; oil over max level reading, however correct amount verified multiple times. 
Jun 2014

60000 mi
Faulty oxygen sensor warning light (check engine) 
Oct 2015

78000 mi

US $1071
Diesel emissions warning "incorrect DEF". Front and rear NOX sensors faulty; diesel exhaust fluid metering valve faulty. Repaired and replaced. BMW provided "good will" covering 35 percent of cost. Net cost actually paid reported. 
BMW X5 in Missouri, United States
Jul 2015 - Mar 2016
Aug 2015

60000 mi
Comfort access module and keyless entry (door handle). 
Jan 2016

67300 mi
This is the third "comfort access" door handle replacement (each a different door). 
BMW X5 in Kansas, United States
Nov 2010 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

17000 mi
Service engine light was on-need to replace faulty sensor for emission control. Is scheduled to go in next week after ordering part. This will be third visit to identify and hopefully fix the problem. 
BMW X5 in Connecticut, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2015
Jan 2011

11700 mi
Extreme cold operating temperatures (Below zero Fahrenheit for 10+ days) caused low EGR flow reading and orange CEL that does not self-clear. System checked, code cleared by dealer. On the plus side, diesel started easily in cold weather. 
Mar 2013

36000 mi
Upper radiator hose burst resulting in coolant loss. 
Oct 2013

45000 mi
Leather covering the side bolster on bottom of the driver's seat had ripped loose from the seat frame. Overnight stay required as part had to be shipped in from remote warehouse. 
Dec 2013

47000 mi
Cover on vanity mirror in driver side sun visor slides freely causing the vanity light to come on unexpectedly during driving. 
Aug 2014

55300 mi

US $124
Emissions check engine light activated. Diagnostic flow chart showed first step is to "reset adaptations". No parts, just programming and diagnostics. Emissions light returned again within hours of leaving dealership with truck. Right secondary brake light assembly had been throwing trouble code off and on for 10,000 miles. This visit they determined that light housing had been infiltrated by water. Housing replaced gratis since trouble began during main warranty. Emissions error code second trip - Replaced Exhaust Cooler and Exhaust Cooler temperature sensor. Emissions light returned while driving X5 back to work after leaving dealer, see next repair trip for resolution. 
Sep 2014

56000 mi
Third trip for emissions system troubles. Replaced EGR throttle valve assembly. 
Dec 2014

59000 mi

US $50
"Charge Air Pressure Sensor" failed and needed to be replaced. Car was diagnosed and could have been fixed on this trip if part were available. Car drivable, picked it up, drove it home and brought it back to dealer again next day. "Charge Air Pressure Sensor" that was diagnosed as having failed on prior repair visit (and ordered on prior repair visit) arrived at dealer and was installed. 
Jun 2015

65000 mi

US $50
Temperature sensor inside Diesel Exhaust Fluid active tank giving anomalous readings. Repair is to replace active tank, a $1,000+ part that'll take 5 hours to R&R. Part not in stock, ordered, will have to return to repair. Diesel Exhaust Fluid active tank arrived and dealer installed it. Final straw, I no longer trust this car to be a long time keeper. I traded it in on an i3 lease. 
BMW X5 in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2010 - Apr 2012
Jan 2011

2000 mi
Pin in electrical plug was loose and causing many warning lights. 
Jan 2012

13300 mi
Emission related 
Feb 2012

13700 mi
Spot weld defect. Car made a small tick noise when turning or going over some bumps. They did the repair and for the most part the tick frequency definitely went down. Most people would not even hear it. Diesel related problem, a bad EGR valve. It just took them a few tries as there is more than one but the codes do not differentiate. 
BMW X5 in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2010 - Nov 2012
May 2011

10900 mi
Engine light on. Mechanic found mouse nest under air cleaner cowling. Changed sensor. Inspected wiring for damage. Did scheduled maintenance. Problem resolved. 
Dec 2011

17980 mi
Problem still not resolved. BMW must develop a fix. This is an issue with all X5 diesels. They will call when they figure it out!! 
Jan 2012

21700 mi
EGR Valve. Something relating to an IB issue. Not a recall but a common issue. 
May 2012

33140 mi
Rear camera malfunction. Front sensor malfunction.  EGR replacement. Regular scheduled maintenance. 
Jul 2012

35800 mi

C $200
Front brakes squeeling and saw break dust accumulating. Had shop clean and lube. Success. 
Oct 2012

40300 mi
Engine light on. Exhaust system sensor. 
Nov 2012

40300 mi
Engine light back on. Same problem with sensor in exhaust. Time to replace car. Done. 
BMW X5 in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2011 - Mar 2016
Mar 2013

22320 mi
Adaptive headlight failure. The attempted repair did not fix the issue, which continues intermittently. 
Jan 2014

36140 mi
2nd replacement of the "stepper motor control" for the adaptive headlights 
Feb 2015

53320 mi

C $200
Adaptive headlight motor assembly 
Jan 2016

62600 mi

C $1191
Had to replace glow plug module and all 6 glow plugs. 
BMW X5 in New York, United States
Oct 2010 - Nov 2014
Oct 2011

16000 mi
Headlight washer covering was broken 
Dec 2011

20000 mi
Hedlight washer cover broke for second time. Fixed on 1st trip. 
BMW X5 in Michigan, United States
Feb 2012 - Apr 2013
May 2012

18700 mi
Charge Air Temp Sensor replaced. Also exhaust smell in vehicle. 
Jul 2012

21300 mi
Oil Change. Exhaust smell in vehicle. 
Nov 2012

26700 mi
Exhaust smell in vehicle. Area surrounding turbo has turned black from soot. BMW says this in "normal". Vehicle inspection. 
BMW X5 in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jan 2011
Nov 2010

1540 mi
metallic noise in right rear suspension when driving over certain speed bumps. Source of problem diagnosed and a temporary lubricant has eliminated noise. A 2nd follow-up visit will be required to insert a longer lasting talcum powder. 2nd trip back to shop for rear suspension metallic noises. Problem briefly cured with injection of talcum lubricant, but noises returned. Due serious unrelated back pain & the challenge of getting in and out of this high up beast, I sold it. 
BMW X5 in Texas, United States
Jul 2011 - Dec 2014
Dec 2012

30000 mi
rear brakes, on board computer software updated 
Oct 2013

43300 mi
usb port and 9v port not working-replaced under warranty 
BMW X5 in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2011 - Mar 2013
Jan 2013

24000 mi
Brake pedal sensor needed adjustment. Pressing on the brake to shift transmission into gear didn't always work. Still an intermittent problem. 
Mar 2013

24000 mi
Brake pedal sensor still needed adjustment. Pressing on the brake to shift transmission into gear didn't always work. Still an intermittent problem. 
BMW X5 in Saskatchewan, Canada
Mar 2012 - Jul 2015
Aug 2013

32860 mi
tire pressure monitor failed. 
Dec 2013

42160 mi
Bolt fell out of idler pulley for serpentine belt. Sould have been a recall notice sent but we were missed and it broke. 
Jun 2014

50840 mi

C $230
replaced brake pads and sensors 
BMW X5 in Vermont, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2016
Nov 2011

20300 mi
Diesel - Check engine light; intake airflow sensor was replaced under warranty. 
Sep 2014

58000 mi

US $50
While replacing wheel bearing dealer's mechanic discovered a leaking rubber air spring in the rear suspension. 
BMW X5 in Ohio, United States
Dec 2010 - Jul 2013
Jan 2012

11300 mi
egr valve failed 
Mar 2012

12000 mi
egr valve failed 
BMW X5 in New York, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2013
Mar 2012

10000 mi
Rear brake light bulb was out. Repaired when the car was brought in for routine, scheduled maintenance. 
Dec 2012

16000 mi
ipod connection was not working 
BMW X5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2013
Apr 2012

11000 mi
Egr Cooler was cracked and replaced 
BMW X5 in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Nov 2013
Jun 2012

15000 mi
replaced CATs and EGR valves. Replaced hoses to intercooler. Two recalls were resovled. Car was leaking oil when brought in. 
Jun 2013

22000 mi
emission system problem. Dealer replaced the DEF tank and pump. 
BMW X5 in Washington, United States
Jul 2012 - Jan 2016
Nov 2013

50000 mi
front rotors and pad worn to limits and replaced under factory warranty. 
Jun 2014

56000 mi
DEF temp sensor failed. Replaced under a "good will" program since it was just came out of warranty. 
Dec 2014

59000 mi

US $2350
EGR Valve failed and needed to be replaced. 
BMW X5 in Florida, United States
Aug 2010 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

12300 mi
engine light went on, recall, software upgrade 

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