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BMW X5 repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 1271 repairs.
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BMW X5 suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (10%)

$1000 - $2499 (29%)

$500 - $999 (29%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (5%)

Chart based on 109 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 BMW X5 4dr SUV

turbocharged 445hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

11796 mi replaced power steering hose that had been cut by rubbing against a pulley 

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2013 BMW X5 4dr SUV

turbocharged 440hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

45880 mi The front shock absorbers/struts were replaced. I had noticed nothing but the maintenance team suggested it after a thorough car inspection. BMW dealer rocks! I paid nothing. PS. I live in Abu Dhabi, UAE 

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2012 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

20000 mi Power steering fluid leak 

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2012 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

24000 mi Car makes loading spring sound when turning left on uneven surface. Dealership couldn't replicate the problem. 
53000 mi

US $414
Lower Control Arm Strut Bushings worn beyond limits. 

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2011 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

8000 mi Steering rack puking fluid, had to be completely removed and replaced. Would have cost around $5K if no warranty! 
83000 mi Slow leak in left rear air bag leveling suspension. Replaced both left and right air bags myself for under $400, dealer quoted $1500. 

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2011 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

62000 mi

US $1500
Tie rod bushings worn and loose. Some noise from front end. Tie rod ends replaced. 
48000 mi

US $50
Thrust bushings leaking 
59000 mi

US $50
Sway bar link broken 

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2011 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

58000 mi

US $50
While replacing wheel bearing dealer's mechanic discovered a leaking rubber air spring in the rear suspension. 
60000 mi

US $50
Noise coming from suspension whenever going over uneven road. 
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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2010 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

91000 mi

US $1100
Replace airbags in rear suspension 

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2010 BMW X5 4dr SUV

350-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

74400 mi

C $299
sway bar links front and rear could not find sway bar bushings from dealer or aftermarket 

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2009 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

85220 mi

C $949
Air bag wore through and leaked. 

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2009 BMW X5 4dr SUV

350-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

57000 mi

¤2000
car was making noises on left side, took it to shop and discovered the bushes of the sway bar were totally worn. Replaced whole thing. 
66960 mi

¤3500
Vehicle was making knocking sounds upon turning and going over speed humps. 
76260 mi Air Suspension leaking, car rear would sag overnight. 
83700 mi Air suspension never fixed. 

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2008 BMW X5

Engine not specified

50000 mi noise from rear suspension 

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2008 BMW X5 4dr SUV

350-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

37700 mi Auto leveling suspension failed = height level sensor replaced. 
46500 mi Power Steering hose leaking fluid. Cost was $300, and was covered by warranty. 
145000 mi Front struts making noise. 
125000 mi

US $900
The rear air spring shocks had a slight leak. They had difficulty maintaining air and the compressor ran constantly. 
128340 mi Replaced both rear Airbags again 2 yrs after replacing them 
101000 mi

US $600
Bushing (front) replaced 
2480 mi Noise in the front right suspension is very intermittent. Dealers couldn't replicate. Another visit is booked for March for further inspection. 
4340 mi intermittent suspension noise while driving over uneven roads, could not replicate while at dealership 
6200 mi Completely dismantled and reassembled suspension. No noise so far. 
98580 mi

¤1000
Right air suspension failure 

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2008 BMW X5 4dr SUV

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

94000 mi

US $100
Thrust bushings cracked 
207700 mi

US $2000
LH front wheel bearing shot. 
210000 mi RH front wheel bearing failed a month after the LH. 
58700 mi

US $50
Ball joint creaking 
120000 mi

US $1500
Replaced compressor 
27000 mi Auto-level suspension malfunction. Replaced Air supply system on driver side left. 

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2007 BMW X5 4dr SUV

350-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

45000 mi

US $3322
Faulty Air Suspension and rear height level sensor 
69440 mi The leveling function of the rear suspension. 

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2007 BMW X5 4dr SUV

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

72300 mi

US $1500
Leaking air springs in the self-leveling suspension 
111560 mi

C $2000
Suspension air bags needed replacement 
127000 mi

US $3500
Struts went bad 
49600 mi

A $1200
Front Suspension Arm Brushing Replaced 
1200 mi Steering wheel does not return to driving position; Rattle in sunroof; leaking strut on rear hatch 

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2006 BMW X5

Engine not specified

97000 mi

US $135
Two trips to non-dealer mechanic to eventually replace a leaky power steering hose. 
98000 mi

US $2500
shit vehicle - too many repairs to list. got rid of it because struts are going - $2500 job minimum DID not fix. 

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2006 BMW X5 4dr SUV

355-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

100000 mi

US $1500
Replaced left front control arm 

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2006 BMW X5 4dr SUV

315-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

74400 mi Bushings replaced 
86000 mi

US $582
Replace bushings in suspension arms 
72000 mi

US $826
Noise left front wheel. Dealer recommend 
64000 mi

US $1100
Front Suspension bushings replaced 
32000 mi Strut bushing and rubber mounting replaced. 
48000 mi

US $50
Power steering fluid leak. Parts replaced.  
49300 mi

US $50
Bushing replaced on drivers side front wheel.  
60000 mi

US $50
Bushings replaced. 

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2006 BMW X5 4dr SUV

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

81300 mi

US $900
Rear wheel bearing and hub 

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2006 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

73700 mi

US $1100
Leaking red fluid under car. Diagnosis: Power steering hoses needed replacing. Common problem with these X5's 
76300 mi

US $1500
Replaced front left control arm 
51000 mi

US $102
Vibration in steering wheel while turning. Power steering hoses were leaking and fluid was low. Hoses and fluid replaced. Suspension bushing leaking; bushings were replaced and alignment performed. 
91000 mi

US $600
Power steering hose leak 
98000 mi

US $800
Push out bushing leaking 
82000 mi

US $527
replace rear upper control arms 
97500 mi

US $101
Power steering leak 
100000 mi

US $53
Power steering leak from another hose 
73700 mi Went to dealer in March because of steering wheel shaking when brakes are applied around 70mph and was told thrust arm bushings were shot(not covered under CPO). Will get it done at a local bmw specialist shop in April. not serious. 

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2005 BMW X5 4dr SUV

355-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

59000 mi Replaced tie-rod ends. 
59500 mi

US $4500
One airstrut broke, requiring both to be replaced, and after a more careful examination, several other related parts also needed to be replaced including a wheel.  
64300 mi

US $4000
BUSHINGS. 
46000 mi Air suspension issues, dealer reprogrammed EHC II module 
46000 mi

US $1000
Replaced rear height sensor and again reprogrammed ECH II module for Air-ride suspension. What a POS system. Next repair(if needed) is to remove the entire thing and go with a nice coil-over set up. 
46000 mi

US $1900
Full front control arms, tie-rod,end-links and ball joint replacement. 13 parts in total. BMW parts are the suck 
48000 mi

US $1900
The POS air ride suspension again... needed a new EHC II module. also a GT1 reprogram and ride height sensor. 
49000 mi

US $900
Air ride fault (Suspension ECU) 900 bucks... btw when this goes it throws all the ABS into limp mode. 
49000 mi

US $170
Air fault again.. LF ride height sensor. 

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2005 BMW X5 4dr SUV

315-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

85000 mi

US $1600
shaking when braking replaced tie rods and rotors 
88000 mi

US $400
power steering hoses 
100000 mi

US $1120
Leasking Power steering hoses were replaced. 
60000 mi

US $50
indicator light on for maint., alignment ($150), coolant flush ($150) not include in maint, front ball bearing replaced (entire control arm replaced per BMW warranty) $50 deductible 
73000 mi

US $50
Heated steering wheel replaced,  

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2005 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

56700 mi

US $2250
car also needed power steering line replaced, belts replaced 
97300 mi

US $2010
power steering leaks 
75640 mi

C $1400
Brought in for check of non working ac. They put in a colored liquid to detect if there was a leak. At the same time, dealer found a leaking seal on transmission and the strap belt had to be replaced ,steering hose to be changed....wow! 
96300 mi

US $3000
Bushings replaced 

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2004 BMW X5 4dr SUV

315-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

90113 mi

US $150
Replace power steering supply line 
98022 mi

US $358
Replace LF Outer axle boot 
117000 mi

US $307
Power steering fluid was leaking, replaced return pipe 
142000 mi

US $122
Diagnosed shuddering when braking as worn lower ball joints, necessity of replacing lower control arms. 
176000 mi Low pressure hose loose 
89000 mi

US $1640
Ball joints, thrust rods, CV joints, sway bar 

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2004 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

75500 mi

US $1200
replaced CV boots on front axle wheels 
73000 mi

US $1000
Lower control arm was leaking and required replacement. Replaced L/R lower control arms. 
140000 mi

US $5
Replaced power steering resevoir to pump hose 

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2003 BMW X5 4dr SUV

340-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

80000 mi Car was tilted on flat ground. Intermittent warning light would come on - said '"level control system malfunction." They found a rear suspension problem and fixed it. 
78000 mi

US $1100
Steering wheel has squeaky noise. Plastic bearings are bad; located in lower half of the steering column. Requires removal of airbag. 
79000 mi Steering wheel has squeaky noise. Plastic bearings are bad; located in lower half of the steering column. Requires removal of airbag. Mechanic replaced bearings, minor noise left, but not like before. 

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2003 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

144000 mi

US $2000
Replaced lower control arms. 
111600 mi

C $600
Air suspension-airbag and compressor 
83080 mi

C $3605
Steering rod, rear upper control arm, front thrust rid steer. 
83080 mi and there was a 1500 dollar repair that needed to be done to the wheels (I don't know what it was). I spent an average of $1,100 a month on repairs during the 16 months I owned it. 

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2003 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

121000 mi Needed to replace the high pressure hose 
121300 mi

US $650
ball joint-steering arm on passengers side 
85000 mi

US $1700
Wheel bearing 
95860 mi

C $1700
control arms replace 

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2003 BMW X5 4dr SUV

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

88040 mi

C $1100
tie rod, ball joint 

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2002 BMW X5

Engine not specified

89000 mi

£2500
Replaced four wishbones, because were slanted outwards. 

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2002 BMW X5 4dr SUV

340-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

86408 mi

US $354
Replaced both front sway-bar links 

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2002 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

87000 mi

US $300
Thrust arm bushings replaced. $60 bushings. $200 repair labor. 
126000 mi

US $600
Front and rear suspension arms and bushings wore out causing vibration while driving. 
110000 mi

US $250
Strut mount bearing worn. Replaced with new. 
56000 mi

US $2300
Front driver's and passenger's side air suspension replaced (Self Leveling Suspension), Replaced emergency brake shoes. 

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2002 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

117000 mi

US $800
front wheel bearing, control arm. update: later cleared up on their own. 
144000 mi power steering tubes (3) leakng 
102960 mi

C $1300
Tie rod ends 
114700 mi

C $900
Also, replaced tie rod on driver side. 
117800 mi

C $600
Replace front stabilizer  
145000 mi

US $500
rough ride 
178000 mi

US $2500
Annual Maintenance. Every system, belt,and fluid on this car has been checked, serviced, or replaced as needed with premium quality parts. Big item was $650 for Bilstein monotube shocks (not cheap twin tube shocks). 

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2002 BMW X5 4dr SUV

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

163700 mi

US $1300
front lower control arms replaced. Sounds a lot quieter now. 

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2001 BMW X5

Engine not specified

158000 mi

US $700
broken rear sawy bar link...replaced control arms, control rods, and lower control arm bushings. 
108000 mi

US $1200
Needed some vertical links on the suspension when sold. 

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2001 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

72000 mi

US $15
Air Suspension Fail 
142000 mi

US $766
High pressure power steering hose near failure, all steering hoses replaced. 
67000 mi

US $1300
brakes and rear wheel bearings 
154000 mi

US $700
Replaced Rear Air Bag Suspension. 
42000 mi Loud noise from front sway bar. 
124000 mi

£50
Front control arm balljoint replacement required. Damaged and worn 
128300 mi

£150
Replacement of control arm bushes with Powerflex aftermarket items due to excessive wobble during braking and heavy acceleration. 

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2001 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

139000 mi

US $200
wheel bearing making noise noise in steering column, told it may be the joint between column and steering linkage 
141000 mi

US $500
L wheel bearing replaced 
142000 mi

US $300
L wheel bearing replaced 
142000 mi something not right with the suspension 
112000 mi

US $3116
Power Steering Pressure Pipe Leaking Front Lower Control Arms - Left and Right Rear Upper Control Arms - Left and Right Front Guide Joints and Thrust Arm Bushings - Left and Right 

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2001 BMW X5 4dr SUV

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

104000 mi

US $2000
Needed new lower control arms, as mine are orig. All suspension parts were totally rusted together. 
97000 mi

US $700
Steering system leaks. All hoses and related components replaced. 
111000 mi

US $4076
Clunk noise on right turns. Replaced both tie-rod assemblies and both rear upper control arms. Collapsed front strut mounts, worn rear differential mounts not replaced. 
113000 mi

US $2442
Rear Suspension Repairs, front strut mounts 

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