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2011 BMW X5 repairs by problem area

Engine (45%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

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

Other (2%)

Chart based on 127 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 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2015
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. 

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2011 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

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 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 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 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 Ohio, United States
Aug 2010 - Oct 2015
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

77000 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 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 British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2010 - Aug 2014
Jan 2011

6200 mi
Air Charge sensor replaced 
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. 

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2011 BMW X5 Repair Histories

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