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2011 BMW X5 Problems and Repair Histories

80 TrueDelta members own a 2011 BMW X5. 35 of these members (43.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 76 repairs to 2011 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 2011 BMW X5 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2011 BMW X5 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2011 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 2011 BMW X5 repairs by problem area

41% of the 2011 BMW X5 repairs were to the engine, 3% to the transmission, 4% to the brakes, 4% to the suspension, 30% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 16% to the body and trim, and 3% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 76 repairs.
Non-members can see only ten 2011 BMW X5 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2011 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 0    
10000 0 Burning a bit of oil. Topped off, told to watch for anything further. Suspect some blow-by as direct injected 
61000  

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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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 620    
10900 0 Engine light on. Mechanic found mouse nest under air cleaner cowling. Changed sensor. Inspected wiring for damage. Did scheduled maintenance. Problem resolved. 
17980 0 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!! 
21700 0 EGR Valve. Something relating to an IB issue. Not a recall but a common issue. 
33140 0 Rear camera malfunction. Front sensor malfunction.  EGR replacement. Regular scheduled maintenance. 
35800 200 Front brakes squeeling and saw break dust accumulating. Had shop clean and lube. Success. 
40300 0 Engine light on. Exhaust system sensor. 
40300 0 Engine light back on. Same problem with sensor in exhaust. Time to replace car. Done. 
BMW X5 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 0    
16000 0 Headlight washer covering was broken 
20000 0 Hedlight washer cover broke for second time. Fixed on 1st trip. 
59000  
BMW X5 in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 3000    
11700 0 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. 
36000 0 Upper radiator hose burst resulting in coolant loss. 
45000 0 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. 
47000 0 Cover on vanity mirror in driver side sun visor slides freely causing the vanity light to come on unexpectedly during driving. 
51000  
BMW X5 in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 8060    
10540 0 Black bumper trim on front bumper was misaligned. Dealer noted the clips holding the black bumper piece were not in and readjusted. 
17980 0 Window seal on drivers door became loose and was replaced by the dealer. 
 
BMW X5 in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 7000    
13300 0 Rattle and squeak in rear hatch when driving. 
38000 0 Check Engine Light --> SCR Delivery Module failed and replaced. Check Engine Light --> EGR module failed and replaced. 
57000  
BMW X5 in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 1000    
2000 0 Pin in electrical plug was loose and causing many warning lights. 
13300 0 Emission related 
13700 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 3100    
6200 0 Air Charge sensor replaced 
30380  
BMW X5 in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 0    
1540 0 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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