2009 BMW 5-Series BMW 5-Series 2009

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2009 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (52%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 103 repairs.
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2009 BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (24%)

< $100 (41%)

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Chart based on 86 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

58000 mi

US $600
Flickering idrive video. BMW took 3 hours to figure out which fuse it was and changed a fuse and a cable. Charged $600+ 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2009 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

80000 mi
fuel pump blew stranding me on the road 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Aug 2009

6000 mi
Check engine light came on. Told that the fuel pump registered out of gas. Misfire in cylinder 3. Check engine light came on again. Told again that the fuel pump registered out of gas. Misfire in cylinder 3. Check engine light came on. Fuel pump out of fuel. Cylinder 3 misfire. Replaced fuel injector on cylinder 3 and spark plug. 
Jan 2010

10000 mi
Check engine light came on. Unrelated to filling of gas cap. Reset of computer and a software update rectified the problem. 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 5-Series in Indiana, United States
Mar 2010 - Mar 2011
Aug 2010

12300 mi
Catalytic converter. 
Dec 2010

18000 mi
High pressure fuel pump (HPFP). Hesitation and long cranks.  
BMW 5-Series in Great Britain
May 2009 - Jun 2018
Jul 2009

2000 mi
OBC warning message 'battery disconnected' 
Feb 2011

18000 mi
power steering failure. leak in fluid pipe causing no power assistance. 
Jun 2016

49000 mi

£50
Gas recharge 
Sep 2016

51000 mi

£250
Condenser replaced 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Apr 2014
Mar 2013

43000 mi

US $500
Lower control arm passenger side defective. 
Dec 2013

54000 mi

US $500
Windshield washer pump leak. 
Jan 2014

US $1200
Defective water pump and thermostat. 
Apr 2014

57000 mi
Trunk lid would not open by remote or inside the car button. Left rear passenger window mechanism broke down. Window felt inside the door. 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Sep 2015
Nov 2012

39100 mi
the Fuel pressure sensor had stopped working. When we start the car, it would stall as soon as we try to drive it. 
Feb 2014

51000 mi

US $50
Had a warning about engine over heating. The issue was with the water pump. Luckily i had the extended warranty so the charge was only the 50 deductible. 
Sep 2014

59000 mi

US $700
Replaced daytime running light. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Jul 2012 - Jan 2013
Sep 2012

45000 mi
Fuel injectors malfunctioned 
Jan 2013

49000 mi
Water Pump malfunctioned Oil Filter gasket leak 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Jun 2016 - Aug 2017
Jun 2016

84000 mi

US $1000
Serpentine belt broke because of an oil leak that was barely visible when looking at the top side of the engine. Belt got oily and wore down. Still leaking and need to bring it back in. 
Jul 2016

84000 mi

US $695
When the belt broke, pieces of the belt were embedded in the crank seal. Crank seal replace and car is running well. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Apr 2014 - Sep 2014
May 2014

60500 mi
Replaced high pressure fuel pump. Warranty 
BMW 5-Series in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2011 - Oct 2014
Apr 2013

27200 mi
Navigation system was malfunctioning. 
BMW 5-Series in Sweden
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
May 2014

102340 mi

$1
I couldn't open the window on the "boot cover" and the wiper on the "boot cover" didn't work The boot cover was very hard to open due to bad gas springs 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2014
Jul 2011

22000 mi
satellite not working; it was replaced under original warranty, software updated, and has been working since. 
Jun 2012

39000 mi
Sunroof cover would not retract (open) simultaneously with opening of sunroof. 
Sep 2012

41000 mi

US $700
Carbon build-up. Bent rims, tire pressure sensor broken. 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

92000 mi

US $600
Leaking fuel injectors. Misfire on banks 5,6. Replaced coils and plugs first, misfire remained. Bad low pressure fuel sensor. Shadow code. 
BMW 5-Series in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2013 - Aug 2014
Feb 2014

54400 mi

US $525
engine over heating. Water pump and thermostat replaced 
BMW 5-Series in Delaware, United States
Nov 2013 - Jul 2018
Jun 2014

45000 mi

US $759
Oil Change, Cabin Air Filters, Serpentine Fanbelt, Wipers, Passenger side wheel well cover 
Nov 2015

51000 mi

US $615
Car was giving multiple fault codes ABS failure, engine management problem etc. Suspected battery. Had to take to stealership as no else could initialize the new battery. Really sucks 
Jun 2018

64000 mi

US $955
Radio, Telephone, Navigation, CD all quit working all of a sudden. Tried to reboot. Nothing worked. Shop changed computer board. 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
May 2009 - Aug 2018
Jun 2010

18000 mi
L/F Output Shaft Seal failed and was leaking. Seal Replaced under Warranty. This is a 535XI (AWD) sedan.  
Aug 2010

22800 mi
Rough running engine, clearly mis-firing; tail pipe very dirty. F/C 29CF. Update programming and replace #5 spark plug. 
Feb 2013

75000 mi

US $505
Service Engine light came on. Error Code 29F3, low pressure fuel sensor failure. Sensor replaced. 
Mar 2013

76000 mi

US $135
Engine Icon illuminated again at 75.345 miles. Dealer advised Fault Codes 29E0 & 29E1; fuel lean both banks. Advised "remove intake and decarb cylinders @ $780.00. I refused, solution does not match symptom or fault codes. Visited Independent BMW Specialist. They confirmed install of new low pressure fuel sensor, checked vacum hoses, smoke tests, etc. Discovered the dealer did not reset "Adaptation Values" after installing new low pressure sensor. Good to go! 
Nov 2013

88000 mi

US $135
Engine Icon illuminated. Fault codes 29E0 and 29E1 Engine run lean. No problem found. 2 Independent BMW servicers unable to diagnose. Reset all adaptive values and wait for new fault codes. 
Feb 2014

91600 mi

US $190
Walnut shell blasting of all intake vales removing crud. Acceleration improved and is linear without hesitation. Gas milage improved by 2 mpg on an extended roadtrip at 70mph +. F/C's 29E0 & 29E1 continue to present; run lean both banks. 
May 2014

97000 mi

US $1500
Replaced all 6 fuel induction injectors after fault codes 29E0 & 29E1 (run lean both banks) continue to present along with stumble starts and rough idle. Old ones appear fouled by poor fuel; ethanol/sulpher. Engine starts and idle are improved. 
Jun 2014

98000 mi

US $100
Replace Side Seal in Leaking Rt. Ft. Diff. 
Aug 2016

125000 mi

US $125
Engine Oil Leak at Diverter Valve and MAP Sensor Seal. Replaced Seal. 
Apr 2017

131712 mi

US $180
Repair Oil Leak at the Intercooler, Change Out Intercooler Pipe "O" Ring. 
May 2017

131762 mi

US $1109
Fluid Leaks at Rear Differential. Change Pinion Seal at Both Output Shafts, Change Output Shaft Seal; Axle. 
Aug 2018

146022 mi

US $1149
Replace Oil Cooler Seal 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Oct 2009 - Jul 2017
Nov 2009

15000 mi
While driving on highway, system warned of "engine failure, reduced power". Was able to continue driving 20 miles to dealer. Dealer had to call North American office for solution who said that they had problems with the fuel pump which was replaced. During the fuel pump replacement previously stated, mechanic improperly connected fuel line to pump. The snap connection was not secure. After driving approx. 10 miles, line came loose spewing gasoline underneath car and running down street! 
Oct 2010

27000 mi
error message from on board cpu said, "awd & dcs control failure. proceed to dealer for repair. 
Dec 2010

31000 mi
1) left headlamp daytime running light was out. 2) wiper blades were changed out. 3) noise in engine compartment was alternator drive belt tensioner that was replaced. 
Apr 2011

36000 mi
Low battery indication. caused by frequent starts on several short trips each day. with so much power being used, even when car is at rest (engine off), the battery discharges. car must be run on highway periodically to stay charged. 
Jan 2012

63800 mi
high current drain indication on battery. dealer replaced part , it was bad. reordered part and returned car. next day low battery indication. dealer recharged battery 2 more times and still no good. finally replaced battery. 
Jul 2012

50500 mi

US $60
The OEM "yellowish looking" halogen lamp for the right "angel eye" ring lights went out. I replaced both left nad right with led bright white lamps for $60. (probably would have been $100. just to replace the bulb at the dealer). 
Aug 2012

52000 mi

US $290
car overheated, left stranded in intersection for 5 minutes til able to restart. limped 1/2 mile to dealer. water pump bad, also damaging the t-stat. 
Jan 2014

48300 mi

US $400
replace bushings on front end 
Mar 2015

79000 mi

US $950
leaking rear end seal 
Mar 2016

88000 mi

US $350
bad bATTERY 
Jul 2016

90700 mi

US $740
AWD transmission case fluid leaks. replaced gaskets 
Dec 2016

97000 mi

US $624
crank sensor replaced 
Jun 2017

100000 mi

US $60
Whistling sound from engine compartment. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Apr 2018
Apr 2018

94860 mi

C $2600
oil leak causing serpentine belt to fail prematurely 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Jun 2015 - Oct 2015
Jul 2015

53000 mi
Trunk flooded with water. Sunroof drains were blocked, causing problem. Repair shop fixed for free. 
Oct 2015

58000 mi

US $640
Replace front radius/control arm bushings Leak at oil filter housing required replacement of oil filter stand gasket, oil cooler, oil cooler seal, oil cooler seal at radiator housing,  and radiator hose - upper. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Oct 2010 - Mar 2012
May 2011

14000 mi
Low pressure fuel sensor, high pressure fuel pump, injectors. Just about week prior to my appointment for the recall, exhibited a rough idle during morning start-ups. This had never happened in the past.  

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2016
Jun 2013

95000 mi

US $240
Electrical water pump failure at 93K. Car developed a whine and went into limp mode on the highway during commute home. Check engine light came on, took it into dealer (love CPO), after diagnostic teardown, dealer replaced both turbos. Had to wait for parts from Germany. Took almost 2 weeks to fix. 
Jun 2015

137000 mi

US $400
One halogen bulb went out so replaced both. 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
Apr 2013 - Aug 2014
Mar 2013

22000 mi
Total transmission failure, warranty replacement by BMW at 22000 miles 
BMW 5-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
Jan 2014

C $50
Check engine light was on due to emission control module being faulty.Problem fixed to my satisfaction 
Feb 2015

37820 mi

C $645
CEL light on. Dealer checked the codes and found a faulty DTML valve which they replaced. Vehicle not in warranty. 
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2012 - Jul 2014
Nov 2012

25100 mi
daytime running light burned out, both were replaced under a service bulletin. systematically burning out early. reprogrammed the electrical system to reduce the voltage to the new bulbs, a process that took 4-5 hours. 
Nov 2013

31000 mi

US $580
Vibration indicated bent or out of tolerance wheel and tire. Cost was $240 for balancing, which has yet to remedy vibration. I have wheel and tire insurance which the dealer says does not apply because the wheel/tire are within tolerance. dealer diagnostics indicated battery was weak, and was not covered under warrantee. Total replacement cost (including systme resets) $580. 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in United Arab Emirates
- Jun 2009
Jun 2009

465 mi
Engine is misfiring. The dealer is running the diagnostics. They have not been able to figure out the problem yet. 
BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2018
Nov 2014

67300 mi

US $300
Oil filter Housing leaking 
Mar 2015

73000 mi

US $300
Right rear window fails to raise 
Nov 2015

82000 mi

US $140
Trunk failed to close and latch 
Feb 2016

82800 mi

US $698
Left & Right Rear Wheel Bearings making noise. Both Wheel Bearings removed and replaced. 
Jul 2016

92800 mi

US $180
Belt Tensioner loose. Belt Tensioner loose removed and replaced. 
Feb 2017

104000 mi

US $200
Remove and replace Engine valve cover gasket Remove a replace Spark Plugs 
Sep 2017

113347 mi

US $1340
At startup engine ran rough for 5 seconds then smoothed out. Diagnosis: Failed Crankcase Ventilation valve and Eccentric shaft sensor. Resolution: Replaced Valve Cover (houses CCV) and Eccentric shaft sensor. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Aug 2015 - Mar 2018
Feb 2017

62000 mi

US $260
Drivers door locking failure. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Mar 2014 - Sep 2015
Mar 2014

75000 mi
Rear Passenger Blinkers and Front Passenger low beam headlight. They were both caused by rear passenger side bulb housing. 
Apr 2014

76000 mi
Water pump and thermostat started failing. Fan noise was incredibly loud while driving though there was no warning light. Dealer repaired it under the certified pre owned program. 
Mar 2015

91000 mi

US $50
Cylinder misfire 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Colorado, United States
Sep 2010 - Jan 2014
May 2011

30000 mi

US $200
12v power outlet socket failure possibly caused by previous owner 
Jan 2012

45000 mi

US $300
Battery failing and replaced under warranty after multiple symptoms over past 4 months of low voltage and insufficient retained charge, including completely flat twice. This was original battery. Was charged for day's use of loaner car. Wheel not balancing with RoadForce balance, suspect out of round, possibly tire out of round, not properly rectified, still have vibration. 
Mar 2013

73000 mi

US $1300
wheel vibration - not solved by new tires on existing rims, plus balancing and alignment 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2013 - Jan 2016
Mar 2014

48000 mi

US $500
Tensioner failure. Replaced tensioner and belt. Also replaced tail, stop and turn sig connectors under recall. 
BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2014
Mar 2011

29000 mi
02 sensor replaced after a check engine light illuminated. 
May 2013

59000 mi

US $810
Water leaked into rear driver's side door and pooled inside of door. Circuit board that control's rear lights on driver's side (turn signal, brake light, and reverse light) failed. 

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