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2012 BMW X5 repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (2%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (27%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 52 repairs.
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2012 BMW X5 4dr SUV

turbocharged 302hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW X5 in France
Apr 2013 - Sep 2015
May 2013

14000 mi
Tranny noise 
Aug 2013

19600 mi
Tranny noise was finally found to come from a faulty cardan axle, the one connecting the front differential to the front left wheel. Replacement part was unavailable, therefore another trip will be required. 
Sep 2013

21700 mi
Controller aluminum trim had buckled. Controller needed to be replaced. 
May 2014

22320 mi
Left front cardan axle became replaced under warranty. Axle caused pulsating, grinding noise when coasting at around 50 mph. 
Oct 2014

26860 mi
Tranny noise has come back. Dealer confirmed that it wasn't normal to have this noise when coasting or slowing down. Due to me going abroad, detailed inspection at dealer is postponed to May 2015. 
Jun 2015

28520 mi

Oscillating noise when coasting or slowing down. BMW changed transfer box. Changed noise but didn't eliminate. Afterwards found that increasing pressure in rear tires helps. Because of slightly different circumference due to M Package? 

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2012 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2015
Apr 2012

3700 mi
Lift gate making a hollow noise. Dealer put felt tape on the rear portion of the gate. Noise is not as noticeable but not gone. When I asked why car rattles at traffic stop, they said it was normal. Rental X5 made the same noises. 
Jan 2013

11000 mi
Went in to rectify lift gate rattle and roll noise. Took 3 appointments so far. 
Mar 2014

24000 mi
Car makes loading spring sound when turning left on uneven surface. Dealership couldn't replicate the problem. 
Nov 2014

33000 mi
Brakes are very noisy, shop couldn't replicate 
BMW X5 in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

28000 mi
Intermittent squeaking brakes - halfway through life. Intermittent TPMS alerts even with correct tire pressure. Neither issue reproduced or fixed by BMW dealership 
BMW X5 in Massachusetts, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2013
Jan 2012

14000 mi
A creaky rear lift gate which the problem has reappeared and will be looked at again at next service. 
Apr 2012

18700 mi
Rear lift gate creak. 
May 2012

20300 mi
Rear lift gate repair previously not fixed correctly. Dealer service manager rode with me and diagnosed the issue. Lower rear portion of the lift gate was too tight and causing the upper gate to creak. Adjusted 
Nov 2012

30300 mi
Driver seat power side bolster was not functioning properly. 

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2012 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in Illinois, United States
Sep 2012 - Sep 2015
Mar 2013

3000 mi
Parking sensor failure 
Sep 2013

6000 mi
A short in the telematics unit that caused high battery drain when the car was sitting. 
Feb 2014

9000 mi
EGR Valve failed and replaced 
BMW X5 in Michigan, United States
Jan 2013 - Sep 2015
Mar 2013

10000 mi
Coolant temp. sensor failure. Check engine light came on 
Dec 2013

17000 mi
Inlet air temperature sensor went bad, Check engine light went on, but vehicle could be driven 
Mar 2014

19000 mi
Check engine light came on. Computer codes indicated restricted air flow, but all parts in air intake path checked out okay. CEL reset, air filter replaced despite being clean. 
Sep 2014

26000 mi
Warped front brake rotors replaced. New brake pads and sensors also installed 
Feb 2015

30000 mi
Battery went dead. Jump started but would not hoped a charge. Battery replaced at dealer. After a week, new battery would not hold a charge. Battery replaced again, new alternator installed. 
BMW X5 in Washington, United States
Dec 2011 - Nov 2014
Nov 2012

25000 mi
GPS Anetenna faulty/replaced 
BMW X5 in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2012 - Sep 2015
May 2012 Exhaust ping sensor Air conditioner belt broke 
Nov 2014

43400 mi
Leak in drain valve from sunroof damaged computer for transmission. Had to order part from back east. 
BMW X5 in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Jan 2013
Jul 2012

12000 mi
Leak developed in the dome light near to the windshield. There is a TSB on the issue but we had to return a second time to get something replaced entirely. 
BMW X5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2013
Jan 2013

9700 mi
Wind deflector for Sunroof repaired 
Apr 2013

12000 mi
Replaced leaking transmission cooling lines. O ring failure caused leak. 

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2012 BMW X5 Repair Histories

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