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2001 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (53%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 222 repairs.
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2001 BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (9%)

$1000 - $2499 (15%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (34%)

< $100 (22%)

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Chart based on 175 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2001 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2012
Jan 2012

US $3000
Radiator Struts/Shocks, Ball Joints, Bushings All The Pulleys 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2009 - Oct 2009
Sep 2009

83000 mi

US $3546
alternator inspection II, valley gasket, valve cover gasket power steering reservoir and all hoses, fun fun fun belt tensioners 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Colorado, United States
Sep 2009 - Nov 2015
Oct 2009

152000 mi

US $350
replaced pusher fan after failure 
Mar 2010

156000 mi

US $700
Replaced water pump and hoses Replaced struts and thrust arms 
Dec 2010

170000 mi

US $200
replaced left rear air spring 
Sep 2011

184000 mi

US $1200
Transmission reverse gear stopped working 
Nov 2011

185100 mi

US $300
Intake manifold vacuum leak, preventative maintenance on cooling system 
Apr 2013

204700 mi

US $120
Replaced coolant expansion tank 
Nov 2013

212000 mi

US $5000
Replaced ride height sensor  Replaced heater control valve 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Aug 2010 - Oct 2010
Oct 2010

82000 mi
Coolant leak discovered after repeated "low coolant" messages. Fix for problem would have been cost-prohibitive unless done myself. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Apr 2011
Apr 2011

116560 mi

C $800
Water pump failed 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2016
Dec 2014

103000 mi

US $2000
Replacing entire front suspension And steering. Also rear suspension was updated. 
Dec 2015

113000 mi

US $250
Valve covers leaking slowly. One bad ignition coil replaced. Purge valve replaced preventively. 
May 2016

116000 mi

US $650
Replaced front brake calipers. 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2016
Aug 2015

115600 mi

US $250
Valve Cover gaskets 
Feb 2016

117600 mi

US $600
rear main seal 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
Dec 2008 - Apr 2011
Dec 2009

111000 mi
control arm right lower rear 156.00 plus install 213.00 abs module also includes traction control works until temp reaches normal operating temp then lights come on and the system doesn't work price of fi x 399.00 - 1300.00 
Mar 2011

127000 mi

US $150
Thermostat not working heat not hot Check ngine light on 
BMW 5-Series in Oregon, United States
Aug 2012 - Apr 2013
Oct 2012

93000 mi
valve cover gaskets, loose bolts on the manifold motor for right rear power window faulty, replaced with another faulty motor, finally fixed. 
Dec 2012

96000 mi
Appeared to be a continuing oil leak. Mechanic diagnosed it was a slight steering fluid leak - as evidenced by the low power steering fluid level. 
Feb 2013

98000 mi

US $150
steering pressure hose is leaking steadily now alternator was getting noisy, needed replacement hydraulic support shock holding rear hatch has lost compression - won't stay open 
Mar 2013

98000 mi
Radio began to intermittently cut out. Appeared to be loose wiring. Shop repaired with minimal cost. 
BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
Oct 2009 - Jul 2010
Dec 2009

91000 mi
rear wiper stopped working, and rear spray pump stays on even when car is off, key is off, draining the fluid. 
Jul 2010

96000 mi
rear windshield wiper and windshield spray pump were out. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2019
Sep 2011

110000 mi

US $900
The differential case developed a slow leak, but was in good mechanical condition. I authorized the shop to replace the leaky seal and pre-emptively replace the output shaft seals to reduce the risk of future leaks. 
Jul 2012

114300 mi

US $1130
The front shock absorbers lost their ability to damp suspension movements and had to be replaced. The crankcase vent valve was replaced. It was not causing any problems at all, but this is a known mode of failure on this engine and would have to be dealt with at some point, assuming the owner plans to keep the car for 200000 miles. 
Dec 2014

128000 mi

US $250
The rear shocks were replaced because they lost a significant amount of their rebound damping. The shocks are Konis, which have a lifetime warranty. However, I was on the hook for the labor for installation. 
Nov 2015

132300 mi
One tie rod was replaced and bushings for the tension strut were replaced due to wear. This is the first replacement of these items. 
May 2016

133600 mi
Camshaft position sensor failed, causing engine to run rough. The watertight membrane on one door lost its sealing. The sealing was replaced. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

BMW 5-Series in Estonia
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

179800 mi

€40
Worn control arm. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Colorado, United States
Dec 2009 - Dec 2011
Jan 2010

39000 mi

US $1496
Engine belts and valve cover gasket replaced by dealer  
Apr 2010

40000 mi

US $320
Mass airflow sensors replaced. 
Jun 2010

41000 mi

US $1800
Sunroof won't retract, transmission/driveshaft damper cracked. 
Jul 2010

41200 mi

US $67
rear painted parking sensor replaced 
Dec 2010

43000 mi

US $426
front thrust arm bushings replaced 
Jul 2011

48300 mi

US $626
Oil pan gasket leaking (covered under previous repair), power steering connection to cooler leaking, oil filter housing leaking (required oil change). 
Dec 2011

51000 mi

US $1100
Car shaking violently on any acceleration. Rear U-joint connecting driveshaft to rear differential replaced. Valve cover gasket leaking. Was replaced by same dealership 23 months ago so fixed under warranty. 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2015
Aug 2011

62200 mi

US $1800
Car was leaking coolant. Tubes on the back side of the engine were leaking. Water pump was replaced as well. Front and rear thrust arms were replaced. Valve cover gasket was replaced. 
Jun 2012

64000 mi

US $1100
Clutch replacement 
Jun 2014

66000 mi

US $400
Differential seals were leaking and thus replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in South Africa
Feb 2011 - Jun 2012
May 2011

85560 mi

R 7000
Water pump started to leak. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Feb 2011
Jun 2010

79000 mi

US $100
power steering hose leaking. repaired by owner. 
Jan 2011

88000 mi

US $400
Brake booster replaced. Brake booster was flooded with water during a rain storm. Drainage hole was blocked with debris and dried leaves. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Nov 2011 - May 2013
Sep 2012

88000 mi

US $380
Faulty camshaft sensor 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Mar 2016
Sep 2012

119000 mi

US $4500
Typical of a car with this mileage the control arm bushings needed replacement. Valve cover gasket also a typical 100k+ mile repair. Other minor items also replaced at that time (coolant overflow tank, 1 brake line), preventative only. 
Jan 2014

US $430
Alternator pulley bearings started to go. Replacement of the alternator was solution. It was fairly straightforward. Cost was part only. I did work myself. 
Sep 2014

134000 mi

US $250
Original radiator cracked. Replaced myself. Took about 1-1/2 or 2 hours. 
BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
Dec 2008 - Oct 2017
Mar 2008

60000 mi

US $750
Replaced worn/defective MAF sensors, L and R. 
Apr 2012

99000 mi

US $1006
Thermostat and water temperature sensor replacement. Check Engine code frequently reporting engine was not warming up quickly enough. 
Jul 2017

113000 mi

US $200
Thermostat and water temp sensor. Check Engine code indicating prolonged engine warm-up timing. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Sep 2015
Sep 2011

89900 mi

C $290
Replaced left-bank exhaust CPS that had failed. 
Apr 2013

102900 mi

C $2600
Had the clutch replaced. As clutch ages, self-adjusting mechanism binds and makes clutch slow to fully engage. Had the rear main seal replaced. Seeping. 
Nov 2013

109520 mi

C $80
Tie-Rod end replaced. OE part. 
Jul 2014

112840 mi

C $180
Giubo replaced. Regular maintenance item on this car. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

100000 mi

US $2400
Vanos valve timing malfunction. 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

111000 mi

US $2500
Needed to replace valve position and flow sensors. Replaced all. Replaced front and rear control arms, tie-rods and bushings Replaced inner driver window rubber gasket. It forced window off of track, due to it applying too much force when window going up 
BMW 5-Series in Nebraska, United States
Aug 2012 - Oct 2014
Sep 2012

115000 mi
Alternator stopped charging battery. Replaced alternator. 
Sep 2013

124000 mi

US $50
radiator coolant expansion tank developed leak, required replacement of tank. 
Jan 2014

US $46
Interior driver's door handle broken. Replaced with new part. Broke main engine fan blade. 
Aug 2014

133000 mi

US $100
Water pump replacement. Also fan pulley (attached), and air conditioner belt (separate belt, but easy to do at the same time). 
Oct 2014

134000 mi
Secondary air pump making loud whine for approx 1-2 minutes after cold start. 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Jul 2010 - Jan 2013
Nov 2010

87000 mi

US $130
Check engine light came on and car was sputtering with power loss. Read codes and got multiple cylinder misfire. Ignition coil #2 was not functioning. Replaced with new one and engine light off and car runs good. Changed all plugs too. 
Jul 2012

91000 mi

US $400
Replaced alternator. Battery light went on. Battery was not receiving charge. Replaced lower radiator hose. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2018
Nov 2010

47000 mi
Failed emissions test. There is ongoing problem with the bank 2 communications sensor. "Check engine" light now comes on intermittently. Problem is likely sensor bank continuing. 
Sep 2011

54000 mi

US $1800
Alternator needed to be replaced 
Nov 2011

54900 mi

US $1600
emission system because of fuel intake gauge 
Mar 2012

57000 mi

US $1200
Replaced power steering pump, pump bracket, clutch slave cylinder supply hose 
Sep 2012

62000 mi

US $500
emissions sensor 
Nov 2013

66900 mi

US $1100
Active oil leak right valve cover. Resealed upper left timing cover. Noise in differential; requires future repair. 
Jun 2014

71000 mi

US $120
There was a small leak detected but of unknown origin. Tests performed, no leak. 
Jan 2016

69200 mi

US $425
15 year old battery finally quit 
May 2016

80900 mi

US $1241
Oil leak - Arm resealed, reseal oil leak at L/Engine Arm 
Jul 2016

83000 mi

US $261
Warning messages: Low Coolant, Brake Light Oil odor continues 
May 2018

91000 mi

US $3000
Busted radiator. Cooling system requires expensive-extensive fix every 2-3 years. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Hawaii, United States
Jan 2010 - Feb 2011
May 2010

89900 mi

US $500
Wheel bearings. 
Jun 2010

90000 mi

US $2800
Waterpump and connecting belts and pulleys went out. 
Jul 2010

90300 mi

US $75
Air conditioning stopped working and I replaced the final stage resistor. 
Aug 2010

90900 mi

US $300
Key went bad. Nav went bad. Replaced with a used unit. 
Dec 2010

93000 mi
Window got stuck half way down. 
Feb 2011

93000 mi
Needed motor mounts, transmissions mounts, and a bunch of other very costly things. Car was a nightmare. All in all it put like 5k on my credit card in unexpected fixes in 11 months. Car overheated after I sold it. Pretty sure it was leaking coolant. No good.  In November the ac started blowing the fuse every other time I drove the car.  
BMW 5-Series in Denmark
Jun 2013 - Jul 2014
Jun 2014

145700 mi

$50
Nuts connecting exhaust with manifold rusted (totallly gone) and exhaust disconnected from manifold 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Jul 2011 - Jul 2012
Sep 2011

116000 mi

US $400
Noise and vibration in steering. Replaced the right front lower forward control arm. 
Oct 2011

116300 mi

US $70
Noise and vibration in steering. Replaced the right front lower rearward control arm. Noise and vibration in steering. Replaced the left front sway bar link. Check engine light due to intake leak. Not successful, probably because there is more than one intake leak and I fixed only one of them. 
Jul 2012

123000 mi
Noise and vibration in steering never fixed. Intake leak never fixed. 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

76000 mi

US $3500
Valve cover gaskets, valley pan, vent box Front thrush arm bearings  Replaced radiator 
BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

86000 mi
Bad tensioner pulley replace radiator hose 
BMW 5-Series in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2010 - Jul 2011
Oct 2010

117800 mi

C $600
Check Engine light on - problem diagnosed as Air Pump valve ( part of emission system) part replaced but check engine light came on again in a few days 
Jan 2011

120900 mi

C $600
The clutch in the fan started to howl and I replaced it. 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

185000 mi

US $3000
Needed new struts 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2015
Feb 2014

134000 mi

US $650
replaced two heater pipes which are located beneath the intake manifold 
Sep 2014

135000 mi

US $500
replaced 4 rear control arms, front struts and stabilizer bar link pins 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

80000 mi

US $1500
Defective sensor led to failure of wiring harness for throttle body; also needed to update engine software and replace another emissions sensor that caused lean mix error codes. 
Mar 2011

84000 mi

US $320
Intake idle valve stuck, causing overly lean mix and surgy, low power. Valve replaced, software reset. Required 2 trips to shop.  
Jun 2011

84000 mi

US $500
Same problem as before--loss of power, surgy, unable to accelerate beyond 25 mph. Mechanic finally offered to buy car as a project car for himself. Got at least low KBB trade-in value, and put proceeds to new Audi A4 
BMW 5-Series in Oregon, United States
Jan 2015 - Jan 2015
Jan 2015

141000 mi

US $1000
HeadGasket and Cooling System broke. HeadBolt threads stripped in M54 engine block. Temporary fix of new threads. Will eventually need to replace block. 
BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
Nov 2012 - Jan 2013
Nov 2012

131000 mi
Year ago: valve cover gaskets,brake sensor,radiator, upper rear ball joints, oil filter housing gasket,cyclone separator with hoses.replaced leaking suction and return power steering hoses,replaced both axle seals,replaced fuel filter,injector system. Year ago: injection system cleaning service,replaced expansion tank and vent hose. 
Jan 2013

US $76
Upstream bank one. Sensor one o-2 sensor 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
- Jun 2017
Jun 2017

108000 mi

US $1200
Replace leaking radiator 
BMW 5-Series in Malaysia
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

142600 mi

$800
Automatic transmission oil sump leak. I sent the automatic gearbox for to perform a "re-conditioning" by changing affected seals with new. Seem OK so far now. 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Jan 2011
Dec 2008

138000 mi

US $70
Waterpump on my drive back from Atlanta, the main bearing breaking about 1/2 a mile away from my house in a 1000 mile drive. 
Mar 2009

144000 mi

US $60
Coolant overflow tank. The old tank had a small crack on top of the tank not causing any harm but needed to be replaced so it was.  
May 2009

148000 mi

US $210
Alternator died. The problem started off with the battery not charging and then causing all the systems in the car to shut down. 
Jul 2009

153000 mi

US $15
Oil Leak From Housing 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2016
Mar 2016

118000 mi

US $120
The belt tensioner and pulley needed to be replaced. It was making squeaking noise. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Jan 2012 - Nov 2012
Jun 2012

122000 mi

US $758
Replaced a tie rod end and a lower control arm with bushings. Front end alignment too. 
Jul 2012

124000 mi

US $96
ABS/DSC module failed. A rebuilding company fixed the problem and provided a lifetime warranty on the repair. 
Sep 2012

128000 mi

US $40
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket. 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2016
Jul 2010

99000 mi

US $320
ABS module failure. Module sent for re-build. 
Mar 2012

118000 mi

US $200
Replaced center closing panel under the hood and lower windshield trim 
Mar 2013

130000 mi

US $130
Vehicle went into limp home mode. Shop identified a slight transmission leak at the pan and added fluid. 
Jul 2013

133500 mi

US $800
Replace Oil Separator Replace power steering hoses / replace serpentine belts 
Jan 2014

129500 mi

US $100
Rebuilt failed DISA valve with kit from www.germanautosolutions.com 
Dec 2014

148000 mi

US $200
Leaking upper radiator hose, Replaced front driver side wheel speed sensor 
May 2015

152900 mi

US $300
Car was hesitating and stumbling. Mechanic replaced fuel filter and spark plugs 
Jan 2016

149800 mi

US $500
Battery Light staying lit after engine starts, replaced alternator 
Apr 2016

159300 mi

US $700
radiator leaking. Replaced radiator, water pump, theromostat, upper rad hose 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Dec 2009 - Oct 2013
Jan 2010

158000 mi

US $200
Leaking power steering hose 
Apr 2010

164700 mi

US $400
Window regulator drivers window replaced. 
Sep 2010

171000 mi

US $781
Water pump bearing shot and radiator slow leak 
Jul 2011

189000 mi

US $765
Thermostat housing where hose connects was cracked. 
Jun 2012

206000 mi

US $1800
Evaporator leaking (under dash component) Left rear strut spring broken? Replaced spring with junkyard part plus two new struts. 
Jul 2012

208000 mi

US $540
Alternator died. First one to go at 208k! 
May 2013

221000 mi

US $50
Intake side cam position sensor failure. Replaced sensor. 
BMW 5-Series in Queensland, Australia
Feb 2010 - Sep 2012
Mar 2010

60760 mi
Air cond would not work, dealer replaced fan prior to delivery. 
Apr 2010

62000 mi

A $120
LHS low beam head light blew Headlight adjusters broken in both headlights, common issue, fix is postponded but will be done by owner in the near future 
Oct 2010

68180 mi

A $830
Rectify oil leak at the oil filter housing to engine head connection 
Nov 2010

70060 mi
Aircond failed, intermittantly blowing cold and not interior trim on a and c pillars peeling off engine idler bearing squealing after repair service to fix oil leak on oil filter housing. repair shop does not acknowledge the issue blaming age of the car 
Sep 2011

81840 mi

A $100
Air con fan failed. Traced to the final stage resistor, replaced with new one off Ebay 
Dec 2011

88040 mi

A $300
A/C fan blowing intermittantly. recently replaced part developed fault. A/C drive belt tensioner bearing becoming noisy again, 12 months after last replacement. 
May 2012

92160 mi
Idler pulley bearing for serpentine belt has failed again. Windscreen washer bottle has broken and no longer holds water. Result of driving over rough road 
Jun 2012

94240 mi

A $823
Opted to repair noisy belt pulley, also found leaking radiator expansion tank and hoses 
Sep 2012

94240 mi
Windscreen washer bottle had broken and no longer held water. 
BMW 5-Series in South Carolina, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Jan 2011

US $208
Expansion tank exploded (and disabled the vehicle). Lost all coolant. Indy replaced expansion tank, problem solved. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2015
Dec 2014

154000 mi

US $635
Had the primary and secondary water pumps replaced - leaking. 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2010
Dec 2009

111000 mi

US $120
Coolant leak noticed at a gas station on road trip. Added water several times on way to closest BMW dealer. Dealer repaired hose (had no new one in stock). 
Mar 2010

112000 mi

US $200
Replaced all coolant hoses after previous temporary fix by BMW dealer during road trip. I purchased and replaced 5 coolant hoses and also steering hydraulic hose that was leaking. 
Sep 2010

117000 mi
Sunroof mechanism broke that raises rear edge of sunroof from closed position. Sunroof continued to open and close properly. Sometimes whatever broke resulted in a rattle at highway speeds but opening and closing the sunroof stopped that. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in Oregon, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2012
Mar 2011

153000 mi

US $2400
Alternator failed, causing stop at nearest convenience within 20 miles. Auto towed to dealership. Alternator replaced, battery replaced, front pads and rotors, service II,  
Mar 2012

161000 mi

US $800
Oil Leaks, small. Valve cover gasket, right rear. RR gasket on oil filter mounting piece 
BMW 5-Series in Indiana, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
Apr 2015

130000 mi

US $1000
thermostat failed and it was an OEM part about 2 yrs old vacuum leak 
BMW 5-Series in South Carolina, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2017
Sep 2015

166000 mi

US $2990
New clutch. No issue I could identify - i.e. it seemed to work fine. Mechanic said it was a mechanical issue - throwout bearing sounds like it may be right. hoses for windshield washer were replaced 
Nov 2015

166050 mi

US $900
valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket 
Sep 2017

180000 mi
Major coolant leak with subsequent warped head. Car was deemed no longer worthy to fix and sent off to pasture. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Nov 2008 - Feb 2015
Aug 2010

94000 mi

US $100
Leak in radiator. Replaced whole cooling system. Window Lifter/Regulator broke. 
Sep 2011

105000 mi

US $100
Weak driver's side door lock actuator. 
Aug 2012

111500 mi

US $700
Front control arm bushing leaking hydraulic fluid. Both were replaced. It caused vibrations when braking. Valve cover leaking oil due to slightly warped PLASTIC valve cover. Despite replacing the valve cover gasket at 100k miles as preventative, it leaked 11k miles later. The leak was small. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jun 2018
Jan 2013

141400 mi

C $250
Thermostat stuck open; Engine running colder than expected. Replaced Thermostat and flushed/replaced Coolant. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
May 2011 - Dec 2011
Jun 2011

110000 mi

US $100
windshield washer pump failed and was replaced 
Oct 2011

112300 mi

US $2500
door actuator drivers side failed 
Dec 2011

114000 mi

US $800
Significant engine oil leak from gasket and hose below oil filter.  Power steering fluid from power steering hoses. 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Oct 2011

144000 mi

US $658
Rough idling...crankcase vent valve and appropriate hoses replaced. 
Dec 2013

170000 mi

US $1168
Light oil leak, and Check Engine light on. Replaced Valve cover gasket replace & Crankcase Vent Valve: Crankcase vent valve, 2 breather hoses, breather hose return, oil separator hose. 
Nov 2015

187000 mi

US $2782
Transmission warning light and vehicle was shifting rougher then normal. A bad "Mass Air Flow Sensor" was diagnosed as cause. Replaced sensor. No obvious symptoms, but SES produce codes related to upper thermostat. (Thermostat and housing replaced). Codes indicated lean banks 1 & 2. Replaced Crank case vent system. (typical in the 2001 525i BMW E39/M54 eng models) Found oil leaks. Replaced oil filter stand gasket & Valve Cover gasket. 
Jul 2016

190300 mi

US $350
Water-Pump went bad & replaced.  Power Steering reservoir leaking. Replaced. Additional preventive maint items: Fan-clutch, Main Serpentine Belt, A/C Belt, A/C tensioner, main alternator tensioner, Water-Pump Pulley. 
Dec 2017

199055 mi

US $50
Replaced ignition coil... 
BMW 5-Series in Illinois, United States
Sep 2009 - Apr 2016
Oct 2009

60000 mi

US $1000
control arms worn and replaced along with sway bars. 
Dec 2009

61000 mi

US $120
SES light for Cam Shaft Postion sensor exhaust side. Was present when car was purchased however light was intermittent and finally got around to replacing. Self installed, though typically a easy job, very hard to loosen the bolt. 
Jan 2010

83500 mi

US $130
Had small leak from lower radiator hose. Had to replace sensor and the hose, and refill coolant. 
Apr 2010

61800 mi

US $620
Upper Control arms replaced with new ones with HD bushings in place of the OEM. The car had some vibration at speed, with shuddering while braking at times. 
Jul 2011

72000 mi

US $1230
Oil filter housing gasket and VANOS seals leaking. Also as PM replaced CCV (discovered to be on way out) with all associated hoses and air distribution piece, Valve Gasket, Dip stick tube o ring, and upper timing cover gasket. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4-door

supercharged 8-cylinder manual 2WD

BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2010
Aug 2009

90000 mi

US $500
No sound from stereo 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4-door

8-cylinder manual 2WD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

105000 mi

US $800
clunking in front suspension 
BMW 5-Series in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2010
Sep 2009

102000 mi

US $674
Replace cam position sensor R&R Thermostat, pressure test cooling system for leaks. Test effectiveness of antifreeze protection. Replace o-ring, thermostat and coolant 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Apr 2009
Dec 2008

87000 mi

US $450
Replaced windshield washer pump and squirter. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Jan 2014 - Jan 2014
Jan 2014

113000 mi

US $150
Coolant System Radiator hoses 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

121000 mi

US $1650
ABS controller needed to be replaced. DISC (VANOS) air valve failing. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Jan 2010

89000 mi

US $3200
Adaptive headlights required repair. Water pump failed. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series Repair Histories

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