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2002 BMW X5 repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 114 repairs.
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2002 BMW X5 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (39%)

< $100 (19%)

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Chart based on 96 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2002 BMW X5

Engine not specified

BMW X5 in Great Britain
Jul 2008 - Mar 2009
Feb 2009

89000 mi

Replaced four wishbones, because were slanted outwards. No power from time to time. Replaced turbocharger (diesel). One new piston cover (not sure what its called). (Problem: connected to the problem with the turbo) 
BMW X5 in Saskatchewan, Canada
Apr 2011 - May 2011
May 2011

106640 mi

C $400
Replaced blower motor 

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2002 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2013 - Oct 2017
Oct 2013

170500 mi

C $280
Aged coolant hoses. 
Nov 2013

170600 mi

C $240
Replaced damaged heater hoses with new. 
Jan 2014

170600 mi

C $220
Engine fan clutch noisy. 
Jun 2014

171740 mi

C $250
Drivers seat memory control module. Includes control switches. 
Nov 2014

176080 mi

C $400
Radiator developed a leak. Replaced rad, 
Sep 2015

180420 mi

C $300
Replaced radiator hoses 
Apr 2016

184240 mi

C $650
Both front inner outside door handles broke. Water pump leaking. Part replaced DS outer CV boot split and leaking. Complete CV shaft replaced. 
Oct 2016

187020 mi

C $600
Brake lines rusted through and leaked. Also replaced brake flex hoses. Rear A-arms worn causing premature rear tire wear. 
BMW X5 in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

86408 mi

US $354
Replaced both front sway-bar links 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

BMW X5 in Great Britain
Jul 2013 - Aug 2013
Aug 2013

143000 mi

Transmission started slamming into gears and showing fail safe mode when driven for more than 5 minutes. after leaving the car to cool down for 6-7 hours it the fault would clear but come back on after 5 minutes of driving and same issue. 
BMW X5 in Illinois, United States
Sep 2007 - Aug 2011
Jun 2007

71000 mi

US $280
Upper radiator hose assembly replacement. The upper radiator hose failed at the first 90 degree bend. 
Jul 2007

72000 mi

US $200
Upper crankcase vent hoses failed. This resulted in 'lean mix' OBD codes. The hoses had to be replaced. 
Aug 2007

73000 mi

US $500
Coolant expansion tank failure. The plastic coolant expansion tank developed a crack in the upper half. The whole tank is pressurized and eventually cracks somewhere. The tank had to be replaced. 
Nov 2007

75000 mi

US $600
Driver's side front caliper frozen. Replacement of the brake caliper was necessary. The original caliper boot/seal had slipped out of it's rim and the piston had corroded and seized up. 
Dec 2007

76000 mi

US $495
Crankcase Vent/Oil Separator froze shut, pressurizing the crankcase. This resulted in failure of the passenger valve cover gasket. Valve cover gasket replacement repair and cleaning of the Oil Separator was done. 
Jan 2008

77000 mi

US $765
Second time - Crankcase Vent/Oil Separator froze again resulting in failure of the valve cover gasket and loss of engine oil. Valve cover gaskets were replaced. BMW North America offered a "cold weather update" which was an updated oil separator that is 
Mar 2008

85000 mi
X-valves on radiator leaked after repair. Shop had to replace them on a separate visit. 
Jun 2008

87000 mi

US $300
Thrust arm bushings replaced. $60 bushings. $200 repair labor. 
Nov 2010

114200 mi
Water pump failed unexpectedly. Bearing failed And leaked coolant. 
Dec 2010

115000 mi

US $500
Alternator failed. Battery was also replaced as part of the repair. Alternator is liquid cooled, however it did not seem to make this part live longer. It is more difficult to replace. Entire coolant system must drain. Starter pinion spring was aged and would not disengage during starting resulting in a loud 'zing' noise during starting. The starter was ordered online saving $200, repaired at an Indy for $250. Radiator core leaked. Transcooler thermostat was suspected to be failed. Radiator and trans cooler thermostat replaced and the expansion tank top hose also replaced (it was broken during the repair). 
Jul 2011

126000 mi

US $600
Front and rear suspension arms and bushings wore out causing vibration while driving. Window regulator and door handle interior parts broke. Door would not open. 'door carrier' replaced. Window track piece replaced. Electric regulator was still good. 
BMW X5 in Virginia, United States
Oct 2008 - Sep 2011
Nov 2008

54000 mi

US $115
Cam Shaft Position Sensor replaced - Intake drivers side. 
Jan 2009

56000 mi

US $5
Front driver's and passenger's side air suspension replaced (Self Leveling Suspension), Replaced emergency brake shoes. Front passenger's side turn signal intermittent operation. Light fixture contact showed sign of intermittent contact with bulb. Cleaned contact and replaced bulb. 
May 2009

67000 mi

US $210
Hood latch failed causing alarm to sound intermittently - latch cable and sensor replaced. Glove compartment latch failed closed - latch barrel replaced. 
BMW X5 in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

150860 mi

C $196
plug blew out of head, rethreaded and all new plugs replaced 
May 2017

153760 mi

C $230
replaced battery 
Sep 2017

154380 mi

C $325
Windshield replaced, right front outer door handle replaced. 
BMW X5 in Nevada, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

82000 mi

US $300
Radiator leak replaced, Preventive maintenance water pump, thermoatat, spark plugs, flushed coolent and replaced, checked plug boots, conections electrical to temp sensors, coolent hoses, vacuum hoses. 
BMW X5 in Oklahoma, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2013
May 2009

64000 mi
Plastic connection on the window regulator broke, performed a temp fix with wire. Will need a new clip. Required a complete removal of door panel aprox. 3 hours labor. More since it was my first time. 
Jun 2009

67000 mi

US $50
Need to order new window regulator will install myself. Have not had time due to parents health. 
Jan 2010

US $500
Water cooled Alternator went out. Part is being ordered. $1000 from Dealer, or $400-$600 from rebuild supplier. 
Feb 2010

77000 mi

US $70
Final Stage Resistor which was causing the battery drain. 
Mar 2010

78000 mi

US $120
drivers window regulator 
Sep 2010

86000 mi

US $40
HID bulb 
Nov 2010

87000 mi

US $50
Right HID headlight would often not light up. The ballast was weak. Ordered a salvage ballast and replaced it myself. 
Jan 2011

87000 mi

US $90
Leak on the overflow coolant tank. Seam developed a leak under pressure. Ordered a new tank and replaced it. Job took less than 15 min. may need to replace some hoses in near future. Will wait till spring/summer for that repair. 
Feb 2012

99400 mi

US $560
Radiator failed. Replaced water pump and thermostat as preventative along with radiator. 
Mar 2012

101000 mi

US $600
Bad cv joint. Replaced both axels with rebuilt units. 
Jan 2013

110000 mi

US $250
Strut mount bearing worn. Replaced with new. 
BMW X5 in North Carolina, United States
- Aug 2010
Mar 2002

1760 mi
ECM checked fuel tank level sender replaced 
Jun 2010

81686 mi
ECm Checked Leak detection pump replaced 
Aug 2010

81756 mi
Starter Replaced 
BMW X5 in Washington, United States
Apr 2017 - Jul 2018
Feb 2017

118000 mi

US $3000
Timing chains plastic guides broke, caused rattle in engine and timing problems. No internal engine damage. Replaced all parts associated with timing chain guides, rebuilt vanos units with upgraded Beisen seals. Also replaced failed subframe bushings while in shop. 
Jul 2018

130000 mi

US $100
Driver side lower control arm ball joint failed, causing clunk over bumps, vibration in steering braking from highway speeds. 
BMW X5 in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2011
Apr 2011

73000 mi

US $680
engine misfire on cylinder 8 so replaced all spark plugs and coil for cylinder 8 was also told that the value cover gasket was leaking did not repair that 
BMW X5 in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

89900 mi

C $1500
oil separator 
BMW X5 in Indiana, United States
May 2010 - Feb 2012
Nov 2011

102200 mi

US $800
Water pump replacement. Water pump was leaking coolant. Pump cost $118, $360 in labor. Also replaced hoses, belts, and thermostat just because we were in there. 

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2002 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2015
Jun 2014

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). 
Sep 2015

200000 mi

US $120
Release for rear hatch wore out after 14 years and 200,000 miles. 
BMW X5 in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2015
Jan 2012

124000 mi

US $1300
Gasket replaced oil pan 
Sep 2012

125000 mi

US $1403
Oil pump line, belts 2, belt pulls, transmission line leak 
Nov 2012

126100 mi

US $340
Thermostat replacement. $15 for thermostat $300 for stupid plastic carrier in which it sits. 
Mar 2013

129000 mi

US $1400
Fuel system including filler throat,gas tank, fuel level and transmitter. 
Nov 2013

136000 mi

US $230
Speed sensor failure 
Jun 2014

139000 mi

US $1100
New brakes and sensor, right rear. 
Aug 2014

140000 mi
Left front wheel sensor. 
Nov 2014

144000 mi
Check engine light, Needed mass air sensor 
Feb 2015

144000 mi
power steering tubes (3) leakng 
Mar 2015

147000 mi

US $568
Axle repair 
BMW X5 in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2014 - Dec 2015
Dec 2015

211000 mi
Vacuum lines replaced, starter looked at but problem could not be recreated. 
BMW X5 in Tennessee, United States
Dec 2013 - Oct 2014
May 2014

150900 mi

US $185
Auxiliary Fan went out. Replaced fan and recharged AC system. 
BMW X5 in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Jan 2011
Jan 2009

76078 mi

US $300
thermostat was sticking closed. thermostat replaced. 
BMW X5 in Florida, United States
Aug 2010 - Sep 2012
May 2011

52700 mi

US $52
Replaced 1 headlight bulb, 2 tail light bulbs. Latter easy to get to. Removable sockets are somewhat temperamental, can be hard to get them to seat correctly. Will eventually have to replace the assembly, the electrical contact parts are getting worn out. 
Aug 2011

52000 mi

US $120
Low pressure with the windshield washer fluid. I assumed it was the pump but it turned out I had old washer fluid that had turned to gel. 
Jul 2012

72000 mi

US $500
Passenger window stopped working 
BMW X5 in Nebraska, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2013
Aug 2010

55700 mi

US $325
CV joint boot torn, replaced half axle 
BMW X5 in Hawaii, United States
Feb 2009 - Sep 2014
Nov 2009

66000 mi

US $550
Left driver side power window regulater needed replacement. Power window stopped working in the open position. 
Jun 2013

91000 mi

US $400
Oil smoke and smell. Observed oil leakage near valve cover. Replaced oil gasket seal and voluntarily replaced spark plugs. Right outer CV boot replacement. Torn boot discovered during previous repair trip, had to schedule another appointment to repair it. 
May 2014

95300 mi

US $1800
1st visit, checked the system and recharged (didn't think was necessary) and had to order part. 2nd visit, replaced front fan. 
BMW X5 in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2010 - May 2017
Aug 2010

145000 mi

US $500
rough ride 
BMW X5 in Georgia, United States
Jul 2011 - Feb 2013
Aug 2011

177000 mi

US $200
Crack in coolant tank, leaking coolant. Tanks was replaced. 
Nov 2012

193100 mi

US $450
Water pump replacement. 
BMW X5 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2011 - Jun 2013
Feb 2013

138660 mi

C $500
Had right rear tire repaired for slow leak.Tire technician pointed out the subframe mounts were loose. Purchased 4 new mounts and specialized installation tooling for repair. 
BMW X5 in Mississippi, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2014
Jan 2013

111200 mi

US $430
cooling fan clutch 
Jul 2014

117000 mi

US $800
front wheel bearing, control arm. update: later cleared up on their own. 
BMW X5 in Virginia, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
Jul 2012

116000 mi

US $2385
Replaced A/C Compressor 
BMW X5 in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2011 - May 2014
Sep 2011

89900 mi

C $950
Water pump required replacement 
Jan 2012

93620 mi

C $550
The Thermostat was nor working correctly. We replaced the thermostat. 
Oct 2012

101960 mi

C $1300
Replaced front axle, cv boots Tie rod ends 
Jan 2013

107240 mi

C $450
Replaced other CV Boot Replaced both calipers as one was sticking 
Jun 2013

114700 mi

C $900
Belt tensioner was squealing. We replaced it. Also, replaced tie rod on driver side. 
Sep 2013

117800 mi

C $600
Replace front stabilizer  valve cover gasket 
Feb 2014

122420 mi

C $600
Replaced front axle and cv joint due to cv joint rubber failure.  Replaced secondary air pump 
BMW X5 in South Dakota, United States
Jan 2011 - Jan 2012
Jun 2011

90000 mi

US $300
Passenger door handle would not open door. Pass window regulator stopped functioning. 
Jul 2011

90000 mi

US $148
"stick-slip" issue with throttle pedal sticking, then jumping rather than going down or up smoothly and linearly. 
Sep 2011

92000 mi

US $148
Drivers side window regulator broke. Part replaced. 

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2002 BMW X5 4dr SUV

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

BMW X5 in New York, United States
Nov 2014 - Jul 2016
Dec 2014

160000 mi

US $4000
Oil burning about 1 liter every 100 miles since 2011-2014. Ultimately needs a rebuild engine repair for $3000-$4000. Not worth it, considering the amount of other repairs I expect. 
Jan 2015

US $3300
rebuilt the engine. Mileage now 24 mpg 
Apr 2015

163300 mi

US $1300
Cracked cylinder head. Also cracked axle boots and  front lower control arms replaced. Sounds a lot quieter now. 
Sep 2015

167000 mi
Replaced CCV, stopped oil burn 

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2002 BMW X5 4-door

6-cylinder diesel automatic AWD

BMW X5 in Great Britain
Sep 2012 - Jul 2013
Feb 2013

128900 mi

Auto gearbox failure.Gearbox refurbished Fuel injectors worn out Drivers door handle inoperative 

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