2010 BMW 5-Series BMW 5-Series 2010

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2010 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (50%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

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

Other (3%)

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2010 BMW 5-Series electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (9%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (50%)

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Chart based on 44 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2010 BMW 5-Series

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28000 mi Windshield wipers would not work Car sometimes will not start after sitting idle for a couple of days. Service could not find any issues with battery or charging. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

74980 mi

C $300
Battery replaced. 
83700 mi

C $680
Diversity Antenna stopping working, water corroded the circuit board. Key fob stopped working as a result. 
88660 mi

C $120
Rear Tailgate glass microswitch failed 
94240 mi Rear Tailgate glass microswitch failed, again. Replaced under warranty by my Indy BMW mech. 
104780 mi

C $460
Battery replaced with AGM unit. 
18000 mi Driver seat heater replacement 
36000 mi Driver's seat heater replaced 
111000 mi

US $200
Battery was replaced and registered. 
39000 mi Failure of "anti-trap" function of rear windows that resulted in inability to close rear windows completely. Related - failure of left side mirror folding system. 
50200 mi

US $1600
Wipers fail when it rains: a relay shorts, completely incapacitating the wipers. 
56000 mi

US $1200
TPMS RF transciever failure. (It was not the TPMS sensor in the wheel that failed - the failure was by the central receiving and processing unit). Dealer replaced the unit. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

32000 mi left headlight replaced 
48000 mi

US $488
replaced tail light wire 
110000 mi

US $246
Battery Replaced as suggested by Dealer. I replaced battery on my own 
113000 mi

US $12
Replaced Windshield washer pump 
126000 mi

US $30
Replaced windshield washer pump. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

71300 mi

C $90
Audio cuts out intermittently. Dealer says cannot trace fault unless not working at time of testing. On a number of forums this seems to be a chronic problem, where the amp fails. $800+ to repair. Update: Might have resolved itself. 
68000 mi

US $365
rear window regulator failed 
65000 mi

US $500
Battery died. 
65000 mi car doors would lock on their own occasionally, sometimes not unlock, windows occasionally inoperative, only to resume operation dealer claimed no issue but problem seems to have cleared up for now 
Side bolsters on driver side sport seats stopped working. Motor replaced. 
Lighting module reinitialized after automatic headlights, turn signals, and brake lights suddenly stopped working. 
82500 mi

US $1800
Front right "Halo" replacement. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

57000 mi

US $634
Battery died 
12000 mi Oil sensor reported oil level high 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

33000 mi

US $200
Windshield washer motor stopped working 
39400 mi Nearly dead battery (stored too long between owners) 
40700 mi

US $500
Trunklid motor. Do not know if adjusted or replaced. 
42000 mi Headlight out. Replaced under warranty. 
57000 mi

US $95
A/C blower motor stopped working - it was traced to a faulty capacitor. 
19100 mi iPod connector was inoperative 
28000 mi Wipers would not shut off and rest in the correct place. Were reprogrammed. 
68000 mi Starter is beginning to stick after the car starts. A reportedly common problem with this model after a few years. Worst when car sits a few days. Dealer, predictably, could NOT reproduce problem and sent me home without making any repairs 
99000 mi

US $1200
A/c compressor was making a loud whine. About to fail, so replaced. Still whines some, not like a new car. Rebuilt units must be not so perfect. 
37700 mi Lane departure warning system failed (camera) 
45000 mi Battery with low charge warning. Dealer found fault with battery controller. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

25500 mi No power to 12v outlets, fuse replaced. Navigation system issue on NJ Turnpike, directions only for truck side, requested at every exit to leave car side. Dealer updated navigation software. 
45260 mi Licence Plate and L.S. DLR lights burnt out. Replaced at n/c. Still complained about my rotors being smeared with brake lining material...normal wear/tear is response. Again!!!Told to brake 'harder'...HAHAHA. What a joke. 
57200 mi

C $100
Same as other bimmers...battery leakage during cold weather. Nothing else connected but still leaks. Added a trickle charger. Did not take to dealer cause I'll get same excuses as other. 
66200 mi

C $280
Replaced battery with Delco matched to the lead-acid original. Connected same amp. shop battery under hood so that it didn't need to be re-programmed at all after disconnecting old battery and reconnecting the new battery. Fixed problems with draining. 
86000 mi

US $295
Replaced Battery and purchased diagnostic tool to registrar battery. Battery $125 Tool $170. 
52000 mi

US $250
Battery replaced. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

44300 mi

US $1500
Buttons died on radio then screen went black no known repair at this time. 
43000 mi Navigation unit died new one ordered and coded. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

43000 mi Battery was low and triggering random errors in the system. BMW at first refused to replace the battery, which is why it took a second visit (2 days the first time, a few hours the second time around). 
115000 mi

US $1500
Hatchback door 

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2010 BMW 5-Series Electrical Problems

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