2010 BMW 5-Series BMW 5-Series 2010

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2010 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (48%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 172 repairs.
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2010 BMW 5-Series engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (27%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (11%)

< $100 (43%)

Chart based on 70 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

Engine not specified

87860 mi

Fuel injectors replaced 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

28000 mi 3 injectors replaced 
36000 mi All 6 injectors replaced. 
98000 mi

US $725
Electric water pump failed without warning and left me stranded in the middle of a highway interchange. Replaced entire system (t-stat, pump, hoses) except for the radiator. 
102700 mi CEL for stuck wastegates. Resolved itself, but turbo now make noise. Ran on 5 cylinders. Oil on plugs. Cleaned for now, but the valve cover gasket will need to be replaced. 
104500 mi

US $250
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket and spark plugs. Also replaced vanos intake valve. 
112000 mi

US $330
The intake ports were clogged with carbon buildup. The engine ran rough, no power, slow to respond, and would run on 5 cylinders. Cleaned intake with walnut blasting. 
50800 mi "High Battery Drain" error message. A fault with the keyless entry and ignition system ("confort access") was identified as the cause. A driver side front door handle assemby needed replacement; the key fobs needed replacement. 
29700 mi The dealer took two attempts to diagnose; the mechanic's described the problem as "sooted and wet fuel injectors." The dealer replaced all 6 injectors under warranty. 
36300 mi

US $500
Oil cooler (heat exchanger) leakage: a known problem with the N52 engines. 
50200 mi

US $1600
Failed gasket leading to large oil leak onto the exhaust manifold, accompanied by a smell of burning oil. 
64000 mi

US $1300
Leaking oil; oil leaked through a gasket and accumulated in the exhaust manifold. 
78100 mi

C $1150
Electric cooling pump went, left me stranded. CAA tow necessary. 
79300 mi

C $400
Coil packs all 6 replaced 
81620 mi

C $3000
Replace all 6 fuel injectors, due to stumbling idle on cold morning 
98270 mi

C $900
Water pump failed, again. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

16000 mi High pressure fuel pump issue (common problem with N54 engine). Changed program parameters for HPFP - did not replace it. Car at dealer for 3 days.  
48000 mi

US $7100
Replaced injectors, walnut blast cleaned intake valves, replaced a few coils, 
73000 mi

US $1000
Water pump cracked overheated. 
8614 mi replaced fuel pump. 
85200 mi High pressure fuel pump 
70800 mi

US $1230
Replaced water pump after it failed, plus thermostat. 
75000 mi

US $1356
Valve cover gasket, oil cooler gasket, and oil filter. Spark plugs, Belt tensioner, AC belt, Idler pulley top and bottom. Upper radiator hose. 
79800 mi

US $1300
Water pump replacement 
94000 mi

US $800
Upper and lower radiator hoses 
101000 mi

US $75
Replace Expansion Tank 
102200 mi

US $260
Replaced all six coil packs and spark plugs. 
113000 mi

US $1563
Replace Valve Cover and gasket. Dealer said the old one was cracked but it wasn't. Replaced Vanos Camshaft valve (two) Replaced Oil Filter Housing and oil cooler gaskets. Replaced fuel cap 
76000 mi

US $1420
Replacement of Oil Filter Housing Gasket, plus upper radiator and themostat hoses saturated by engine oil leak. Replacement of battery cables. Oil & Flter changes. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

23000 mi Overheat warning came on and car was on greatly reduced power. Switched engine off and back on, problem disappeared. Dealer could not reproduce despite extended diagnostic runs. Suspect computer malfunction due to low battery voltage. 
25000 mi Oil seepage from pan 
105000 mi

US $1000
Oil leak, valve gasket 
105000 mi Fuel Injectors replaced under extended warranty. 
108000 mi Damaged rod bearing 
48800 mi low pressure fuel sensor had faults. car ran rough when cold 
51000 mi Cold idle sensor 
53200 mi all 6 fuel injectors were replaced which fixed the problem. 
82500 mi

US $1800
Third trip for fuel injector 3 and 6 replacement. Changed all 6 this time per BMW Service Bulletin. Hoping the repair sticks. 
105000 mi

US $600
I don't remember the exact repair. 
108000 mi

US $500
Cooling hose deteriorated and broke. Also discovered a crack in the cooling fan housing. Repaired (plastic) housing with a bonding glue, then braced with a permanent clamp. Replaced coolant hose assembly. 
41600 mi Vanos replaced 
41000 mi

US $295
rough running, check engine light came on. 1st trip, one bank of 3 injectors replaced. Temp fixed problem. 2 days later, rough running returned, took back in, 2nd bank of three injectors replaced. Catalytic converters now need to be replaced Catalytic converters now need to be replaced. Damaged by bad injectors. 
114000 mi

US $1500
oil leaking from valve cover, replaced gasket 
141300 mi

US $1000
When temperatures dropped to the teens the car would not maintain idle and would stall. Engine service light would come on. Error code was not captured in computer. Tech could not diagnose although could duplicate problem. 
177000 mi

US $1400
High pressure fuel pump needed replacing 
79980 mi

C $320
Engine felt like it was miss firing. Took to BMW and they wanted $160 to put on computer. Took to other shop who did this for free, needed plugs. Got them replaced. All good. 
27000 mi VANOS failure, vehicle entered Limp Mode 
56400 mi misfire when cold, dealer replaced intake manifold, all injectors, all spark plugs; improved but not gone, CEL now off and BMW considers it fixed. related to other repair, misfire killed all catalytic converters, replaced all. 
68000 mi Had to apply brakes hard - all lights on dashboard came on, engine entered limp mode. Took to dealer, diagnosed as failed VANOS but then was unable to replicate. No parts replaced. 
77000 mi

US $1100
Water pump failure. Replaced water pump. Oil filter cooler gasket failure noticed during water pump repair; replaced gaskets. 
66000 mi Fuel pump died, changed under warranty 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

17000 mi Car repeatedly stalled due to overheating - was 'repaired' several times - eventually fell into a CA Lemon Law situation - BMW took car back and refunded all prior payments - I am no longer the owner of this vehicle. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

18700 mi Hesitation on acceleration from low rpm 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

19100 mi Service bulletin used to fix excessive vibration at idle sib 18-02-08 
94000 mi

US $225
Car began to stumble upon hard acceleration. Diagnosed as either a bad stick coil or bad plug or bad fuel injectors, in that order. I was due for 100k mile plug replacement. So I replaced plugs and stick coils at the same time. Not a hard task if you watch how to remove all the plastic stuff in the way. Car now runs like new! 
97000 mi

US $4000
That plus a fix of an oil filter housing leak  plus a recommended updated radiator upper hose and I was at $4k. Still love the car, but that was a tough pill. 
20000 mi Rattle from bracket holding exhaust. Dealer replaced with an improved bracket. Rattle from bracket holding exhaust. Dealer replaced with an improved bracket. 
94000 mi

US $58
Crankcase vent was replaced 
37000 mi

US $50
The variable valve system failed - had to be replaced 
79000 mi

US $500
Oil plumbing had significant leak, which was discovered when the idiot light came on for the oil level. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

44500 mi Car running rough. Ignition coil replaced. 
47000 mi

US $50
Ignition coils replaced under CPO warranty 
86000 mi

US $107
Bad oxygen sensor pre cat bank 2 
83000 mi

US $1185
Valve cover gasket leaking. Gasket replaced. 
86000 mi

US $1299
Oil pan gasket was leaking. It was replaced. 
89000 mi

US $25
Oil leak from the top of the engine, causing a burning smell when stopped at traffic light (probably small amounts of oil dripping from passenger side of engine onto exhaust manifold). Appears to be mostly leaking from the valvetronic motor seal. Replaced that seal, along with the filler cap. Still getting some oil from the top of the engine. 
58000 mi

US $500
New belt tensioner 
84000 mi

US $900
valve cover gasket oil leak 
91540 mi

C $1400
Eccentric shaft sensor replaced, the symptoms were rough idle and occasional loss of power 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

78000 mi

US $2700
Oil leak 
90000 mi

US $2000
Leaking coolant, replaced reservoir 

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2010 BMW 5-Series Engine Problems

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