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2010 BMW X5 repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (18%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 111 repairs.
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2010 BMW X5 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (18%)

< $100 (46%)

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Chart based on 92 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2010 BMW X5

Engine not specified

BMW X5 in Virginia, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

4000 mi
Side mirror cracked due to temperature changes. 

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2010 BMW X5 4dr SUV

turbocharged 555hp 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW X5 in Missouri, United States
Sep 2014 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

51000 mi
Air condition seats not working 
BMW X5 in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

89280 mi

C $455
Replaced spark plugs and coils due to intermittent miss. 
Aug 2017

90520 mi

C $200
Clamp and CAC hose blew off. Replaced all 4 hoses an 8 clamps. 
BMW X5 in Georgia, United States
Jun 2017 - Jul 2018
Apr 2018

117000 mi

US $2300
Oil leak 

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2010 BMW X5 4dr SUV

turbocharged 282hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW X5 in Quebec, Canada
May 2016 - Oct 2018
Oct 2016

130180 mi
Need to replace Catylitic and fuel filter 
Aug 2017

154380 mi

C $500
Bearing for both front low control arms replaced 
May 2018

169260 mi

C $260
Replaced both front hub bearings due to noise that indicated failure. 
Sep 2018

177320 mi

C $100
Thermostat failed. engine temp only reaching 68C. Engine unable to heat properly and could not meet min temp for regeneration of the DPF. 
Oct 2018

178560 mi

C $200
Replace glow plug module due to errors/ 

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2010 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in Louisiana, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

1240 mi
Check engine light(check control) keeps coming on. Has something to do with emissions sensors. Dealer reset light and it came back on the same day. Will bring back in 1 week. 
Feb 2010

6000 mi
Driver's side mirror developed a crack from the cold weather. BMW replaced under warranty. New mirror looks different than old, so obviously was a change in vendor or design due to common defect. 
BMW X5 in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2013 - May 2015
Sep 2013

42000 mi
Rattle in cargo area due to incorrectly adjusted bump stops for tailgate. 
Oct 2013

42800 mi
airbag sensor (to determine whether passenger is sitting in seat) failed and had to be replaced. 
Aug 2014

52000 mi
key fob failed to lock/unlock car remotely; also wiped out memory settings (radio and seat presents) associated with key. 
BMW X5 in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2016
Dec 2015

133000 mi

US $1000
Heater for urea tank failed and needed to be replaced. Heater is not sold separately, so entire tank was changed. 
BMW X5 in Ohio, United States
Dec 2015 - Oct 2017
Apr 2016

86500 mi

US $1500
Thermostat and auxiliary heater unit 
May 2016

87700 mi

US $1600
emissions part failure 
Jun 2016

89000 mi

US $600
Emissions/turbo cooler malfunction 
Aug 2016

90400 mi

US $1100
Replace airbags in rear suspension 
Nov 2016

93100 mi
Circulation fan broken 
Oct 2017

103000 mi

US $700
NOX sensors replaced 
BMW X5 in Texas, United States
Jul 2017 - Oct 2017
Oct 2017

92000 mi

US $3345
Transfer case replaced with a rebuilt one 
BMW X5 in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2014
Jul 2014

86000 mi

US $620
Electric cooling fan wiring shorted out - vehicle overheated 
BMW X5 in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
Jun 2015

150000 mi

US $2000
Everything after the engine. Diesel particulate filter and replaced blue def tank due to a pump failure 
Oct 2015

162000 mi

US $535
Valve assembly that sprays the blue tech (urea) needed to be replaced 
BMW X5 in Texas, United States
Nov 2013 - Jun 2018
Jul 2016

89200 mi

US $82
Check engine light; OBD II indicated DEF problme. Replace DEF Metering Unit, all is well 
Jan 2017

83800 mi

US $150
Leak in rear air spring 
Jun 2017

107426 mi
Right DRL out. Replaced bulb Right brake light out. cleaned base of bulb 
Jul 2017

108580 mi

US $113
Check Engine light set, Removed and replaced Glow Plug Control unit 
Sep 2017

112000 mi
Thermostat stuck open Code set for thermostat; restet OBDII No AC; radiator cooling fan stuck, caused by a piece of plastic, probably a water bottle top. 
BMW X5 in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2016
Feb 2014

60100 mi

US $350
Turn signal came loose 
Dec 2015

72000 mi

US $2400
Idler pulley bold failed and had to be drilled out.... damaged alternator. This was a recalled item that was replaced - and failed for a second time. The failure was attributed to an over torqued bolt during service at Performance BMW 
BMW X5 in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Dec 2012
Jan 2010

2000 mi
misaligned bumper cover 
May 2010

5000 mi
ambient light sensor replaced 
Dec 2010

11000 mi
Car went into reduced power mode. Diagnosed as faulty DDE module. 
Mar 2011

13000 mi
Driver's side rearview mirror cracked, most likely because of a flaw in the glass, replaced under warranty 
Sep 2012

27000 mi
Power hatch failure due to water leak 
BMW X5 in Texas, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2012
May 2011

17000 mi
Backup camera flashing when ambient temperature is hot 
BMW X5 in Virginia, United States
Dec 2009 - Apr 2013
Jun 2010

3000 mi
Passenger Restraint System, airbag failed. Warning light illuminated. 
Jul 2010

3700 mi
Passenger restraint system failed again. Parts replaced. 
Dec 2010

8000 mi
Cruise Control stalk loose, makes clicking sound when toggling stalk. Entire switch unit replaced. 
Apr 2011

10000 mi
Constant wind whistle on passenger side and rattling tailgate and/or moonroof. They could not replicate the rattles and said they did not have time to diagnose the wind noise, told to come back another time. 
Dec 2011

16420 mi
Rattles from moonroof resulting from rain gutter coming into contact with moonroof glass. Buffer installed to eliminate noise. Persistent wind noise coming from passenger side outside mirror. Service bulletin found, repairs made. Persistent wind whistle from passenger outside mirror. Rattles from moonroof resulting from rain gutter coming into contact with moonroof glass. Buffer installed to eliminate noise. 
May 2012

20500 mi
SES engine illuminated, issue related to DEF system. Dealer needed to order parts. 
Jan 2013

18720 mi
Drivers electric seat makes loud creaking noise when raised or lowered. 
Apr 2013

30000 mi
Drivers electric seat made loud creaking noise when raised or lowered. 
BMW X5 in Oregon, United States
Mar 2010 - Jul 2014
Mar 2014

22000 mi
Some bracket that a TSB said to replace so it would not break. Rest was normal service. Car had no issues for me. 
BMW X5 in Tennessee, United States
Jan 2010 - Dec 2012
Apr 2010

3000 mi
Slight rattle from trunk latch. 
BMW X5 in Washington, United States
Sep 2010 - Sep 2015
Aug 2012

35300 mi
Driver's door had rattles that could not be isolated. Dealer cleaned and lubed doors seals, which appears to have fixed the rattle. 
Oct 2012

37700 mi
Belt tensioner pulley broke off, causing accessory belt failure and loss of power steering, charging and fan cooling. 
Aug 2014

67000 mi

US $250
DEF tank level sensor malfunction Diesel fuel filter heater failed FRM footwell module failed 
Nov 2014

70000 mi

US $1400
Rear powered lift struts not operating, making it hard to open/close rear hatch. Fault found in left strut. replaced both lift struts even though right strut was likely fine. 
Dec 2014

72000 mi

US $380
Throttle body/EGR valve fault code with Check Engine Light. Replaced part with OEM and fault code was cleared. Valve failed due to carbon build up 
Jul 2015

78000 mi
Passive DEF tank sensors failed, whole tank needs to be replaced. Not in stock anywhere in USA, still waiting for part to complete repair as of 6/30/15 
BMW X5 in Indiana, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2013
Jan 2013

48000 mi
Idler arm bolt recall performed. Getting error message regarding key, traced to software, software update crashed computer, replace computer under warranty. 
Apr 2013

51000 mi
The Urea tank/sensors were broken. Even though I was 500 miles out of warranty, BMW picked up the cost of the repairs. 
BMW X5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

4000 mi
Vehicle entered reduced power safe mode, restarting engine would remedy immediate problem, dealer ordered and replaced DME. 
BMW X5 in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2010 - Nov 2011
Jun 2011

24000 mi
Rear hatchaikovsky popping. 
Nov 2011

31000 mi
Check engine light came on. Dealer reprogrammed car. CEL came on again on way home, along with engine warning and reduced power. Dealer replaced the charge air temp sensor. CEL has not returned in 30 days. 

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2010 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in Alabama, United States
Dec 2017 - Jan 2018
Jan 2018

70000 mi

US $12000
Nothing to add [transmission failure?] 
BMW X5 in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

74400 mi

C $299
sway bar links front and rear could not find sway bar bushings from dealer or aftermarket 
Apr 2017

80600 mi

C $1500
Battery when dead , got jump start from towing company. Lights, turn signals, power windows all accessories stopped working. Had to replace floor module and battery. Still have to take to dealer to have computor reflashed. 
Dec 2017

93000 mi

C $2600
coil pack went for second time . replaced all 8 coil packs and plugs . Found oil leak had repaired 10hrs labor plus gasket set. Replaced accessory belts and oil change 
BMW X5 in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Dec 2012
Sep 2011

17000 mi
The two rear wheels (Standard BMW M Wheels for 2010) had cracks forming. They tried a repair,however the repair failed, so replacement was necessary. I replaced all 4 wheels to avoid any future issues. I paid for over half. 
Jan 2012

21000 mi
Battery Drain light came on. Ended up being OK 

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2010 BMW X5 4dr SUV

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

BMW X5 in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2017 - Mar 2018
May 2017

44000 mi

US $3800
Replace rear differential 
Sep 2017

55000 mi

US $890
Replace spark plug coils 
BMW X5 in Kentucky, United States
Apr 2014 - Sep 2016
Mar 2015

68000 mi

US $50
Head gasket leak covered by CPO warranty. Was causing a rough idle and oil leak. 
Jun 2015

74000 mi

US $50
Water pump failed under CPO warranty 
Dec 2015

86000 mi

US $50
Oil filter gasket housing replaced under CPO with $50 co-pay. 
BMW X5 in California, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2018
May 2010

24607 mi
Fix left Rear Sunshade 
May 2012

22991 mi

US $3700
Seat Belt warning light come on, 
Sep 2013

85000 mi

US $3700
Engine Warning is on: dealer replaced E-Box Fan, Solenoid valve, Profile Gasket, Oil, Engine Warning light came back on in 1 week. 
Dec 2013

90000 mi
Engine sensors came on again 
Sep 2014

109000 mi

US $1200
Rear brakes replaced 
Feb 2015

118000 mi

US $1000
Car would not start when temperture was 35 degree or less. Dealer replace fuel pump and fuel filter. 
Jan 2016

119300 mi

US $520
CHANGED TWO COILS AND 6 PLUGS 
Apr 2017

169000 mi

US $1100
Towed after fan belt came off. Also replaced water pump and hoses preventively. 
Jan 2018

175000 mi

US $719
There was a problem with the trunk release. The button in the car would not open the trunk. Car when in for repair and trunk release latch was replaced. 
Mar 2018

189000 mi

US $2500
Cylinder # 6 something came loose, engine light came on 
BMW X5 in New York, United States
Oct 2011 - Jul 2015
Nov 2011

9000 mi
tailgate rattles, fixed by adjusting latch. 
Aug 2013

18000 mi
Tailgate would not close properly-Even when apparently close system would indicate it was open. Would rattle and de activated surround view of camera 
Dec 2013

19000 mi
navigation screen went blank although the system was still working 
Sep 2014

23000 mi

US $278
ignition coil 
Dec 2014

24000 mi

US $700
replace discharging battery, change engine oil, replace radiator(warranty) 
Jul 2015

27000 mi
noise coming from tailgate, body rattle 
BMW X5 in California, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

99000 mi

US $1200
Had to replace compressor for dual zone climate control. 
Sep 2016

100000 mi

US $65
AC working inconsistently. Repaired hole in system and recharged. 
Dec 2016

103000 mi

US $1200
Battery showed issues, further checking also showed starter needed replacing. 
Apr 2017

110000 mi
AC didn't work, compressor not engaging. Turned out to be a bad connection. Fixed in 5 minutes with no parts used. 
Jun 2018

127000 mi
Fan was making a bad noise. Removed fan assembly and re-lubricated. Reinstalled and it works fine now. 
BMW X5 in Texas, United States
Apr 2014 - Sep 2018
Feb 2015

64700 mi

US $900
Waterpump failure. Replaced waterpump and thermostat. Dealer only part. No aftermarket available 
May 2015

69000 mi

US $130
Misfire in cylinder 3. Replaced coil on cylinder 3 and all 6 spark plugs. Still have CEL on. 
Oct 2015

80500 mi

US $350
Passenger side front CV Joint malfunctioned due to excessive sprited driving. Dealer part cost +$800. I went aftermarket and got it for $120. 
Apr 2016

86700 mi
Water pump failed in less than a year of installation. Since it's a oem part, BMW covers the cost of replacing. Warranty covers up to 2 years. 
Jul 2016

90000 mi

US $150
Car had a oil leak coming from the oil filter housing and oil cooler. Replaced both gaskets and did oil change. Hose from head to thermostat had broken flange. Had to order new one from dealership and more coolant. 
Nov 2017

120000 mi

US $200
Starter completely died. Had to replace.  Severe squeaking noise coming from drivers side strut. Failed bump stop Also found out my secondary DISA valve was completely missing. Flap broke and was sitting inside the head above the valves in cylinder 3. 
Jun 2018

127000 mi

US $700
A/C stopped working. Noticed radiator fan not functioning as before and making noise. Replaced the fan with one from the dealer since no aftermarket was available. A/C still doesn't work, need to troubleshoot it some more. 
Sep 2018

129000 mi

US $400
Strut hats, bump stops, and thrust arms were replaced. The strut hat and bump stop damage happened due to terrible roads. The thrust arm bushings needed to be replaced but it's cheaper to replace the entire arm. 

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2010 BMW X5 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

BMW X5 in New York, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2013
May 2013

58000 mi

US $900
evaporator coil 

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