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2010 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (47%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

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

Other (2%)

Chart based on 154 repairs.
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2010 BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (22%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (21%)

< $100 (42%)

Chart based on 111 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2010 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 5-Series in Germany
Dec 2015 - Nov 2016
Aug 2016

87860 mi

€2000
Fuel injectors replaced 
BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

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

BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2017
Jan 2013 "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. 
Aug 2013

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. 
Feb 2014

36300 mi

US $500
Control arm bushings failure discovered during routine brake service. Replaced. Oil cooler (heat exchanger) leakage: a known problem with the N52 engines. 
Aug 2014

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. 
Oct 2015

50200 mi

US $1600
Failed gasket leading to large oil leak onto the exhaust manifold, accompanied by a smell of burning oil. Wipers fail when it rains: a relay shorts, completely incapacitating the wipers. 
Aug 2016

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. 
Feb 2017

64000.0 mi

US $1300
Leaking oil; oil leaked through a gasket and accumulated in the exhaust manifold. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2014 - Mar 2017
Jan 2015

82500 mi

C $300
Battery replaced. Front suspension squeaking over speed bumps. Sway bar lubed. Still does it. My mechanic says they all do it, on cold mornings more so. 
Jul 2015

78100 mi

C $1150
Electric cooling pump went, left me stranded. CAA tow necessary. 
Aug 2015

79300 mi

C $400
Coil packs all 6 replaced 
Oct 2015

81620 mi

C $3000
Replace all 6 fuel injectors, due to stumbling idle on cold morning 
Feb 2016

83700 mi

C $680
Diversity Antenna stopping working, water corroded the circuit board. Key fob stopped working as a result. 
Jun 2016

88660 mi

C $120
Rear Tailgate glass microswitch failed 
Jan 2017

94240 mi
Rear Tailgate glass microswitch failed, again. Replaced under warranty by my Indy BMW mech. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2013
Mar 2011

0.0 mi
Driver seat heater replacement 
Jun 2012

28000 mi
3 injectors replaced 
Mar 2013

36000 mi
All 6 injectors replaced. Driver's seat heater replaced 
BMW 5-Series in Michigan, United States
Feb 2013 - Apr 2016
Mar 2013

31000 mi
Tow hook cover replaced. USB input came loose. 
BMW 5-Series in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2016 - Mar 2017
Apr 2016

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. 
Aug 2016

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. 
Jan 2017

US $250
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket and spark plugs. Also replaced vanos intake valve. 
Mar 2017

111000.0 mi

US $200
Battery was replaced and registered. 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Jan 2012 - Jul 2012
Feb 2012

12000 mi
rear liftgate failure 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Alabama, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2013
Mar 2011

11000.0 mi
Windows were creaking. Cleaned windows and added teflon tape. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Jul 2014 - Sep 2014
Jul 2014

73000 mi

US $1000
Water pump cracked overheated. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Sep 2010 - Jan 2013
Oct 2010

8614.0 mi
replaced fuel pump. 
Jun 2012

32000 mi
left headlight replaced 
BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
May 2016 - Apr 2017
Feb 2017

48000.0 mi

US $7100
Replaced injectors, walnut blast cleaned intake valves, replaced a few coils, 
BMW 5-Series in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2012 - Apr 2017
Jan 2013

95200 mi
High pressure fuel pump 
Aug 2014

70800 mi

US $1230
Replaced water pump after it failed, plus thermostat. 
Dec 2014

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. 
Apr 2015

79800 mi

US $1300
Water pump replacement 
Mar 2016

94000 mi

US $800
Upper and lower radiator hoses 
Oct 2016

101000 mi

US $75
Replace Expansion Tank 
Nov 2016

102200 mi

US $260
Replaced all six coil packs and spark plugs. 
Apr 2017

110000.0 mi

US $246
Battery Replaced as suggested by Dealer. I replaced battery on my own 
BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2013
Feb 2013

29900 mi
The lumbar support in the driver side seat was broken and had to be replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2010 - Sep 2012
Sep 2010

16000.0 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.  
BMW 5-Series in South Carolina, United States
Nov 2013 - Apr 2017
Aug 2014

48000 mi

US $488
replaced tail light wire 
Mar 2017

76000.0 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

BMW 5-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2012 - Jul 2015
Aug 2014

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. 
Feb 2015

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. 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Sep 2011 - May 2016
Jul 2013

48800 mi
low pressure fuel sensor had faults. car ran rough when cold 
Aug 2013

51000 mi
Cold idle sensor 
Oct 2013

53200 mi
all 6 fuel injectors were replaced which fixed the problem. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Mar 2014 - Jul 2016
Jul 2014

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. Front right "Halo" replacement. 
Apr 2016

105000 mi

US $600
I don't remember the exact repair. 
Jun 2016

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. 
BMW 5-Series in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2016 - Apr 2017
Feb 2017

66000.0 mi
Fuel pump died, changed under warranty 
BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2017
Mar 2013

25000 mi
Warning light illuminated related to transmission while driving on highway. Dealer was unable to pull code. 
Sep 2013

27000 mi
VANOS failure, vehicle entered Limp Mode 
Jan 2014

65000 mi

US $500
Battery died. 
Feb 2015

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. 
Jun 2015

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 
Sep 2015

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. 
Aug 2016

77000 mi

US $1100
Water pump failure. Replaced water pump. Oil filter cooler gasket failure noticed during water pump repair; replaced gaskets. 
BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2015
Apr 2013

114000 mi

US $1500
oil leaking from valve cover, replaced gasket 
Jan 2014

163800 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. 
May 2015

177000 mi

US $1400
High pressure fuel pump needed replacing 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
May 2016 - Mar 2017
Dec 2016

105000 mi

US $1000
Oil leak, valve gasket 
Jan 2017

105000.0 mi
Fuel Injectors replaced under extended warranty. 
BMW 5-Series in Michigan, United States
Mar 2013 - Jan 2014
May 2013

41600 mi
Vanos replaced 
Jan 2014

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 Worn bushing causing groaning over bumps. Catalytic converters now need to be replaced. Damaged by bad injectors. 
BMW 5-Series in Virginia, United States
Sep 2009 - May 2013
Dec 2009

0.0 mi
Side bolsters on driver side sport seats stopped working. Motor replaced. 
Jul 2010

0.0 mi
Lighting module reinitialized after automatic headlights, turn signals, and brake lights suddenly stopped working. 
Oct 2012

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. 
Mar 2013

25000 mi
Oil seepage from pan 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2011
Feb 2011

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

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Apr 2013
Mar 2012

12000 mi
Oil sensor reported oil level high 
Jul 2012

13800 mi
steering wheel medallion dented 
Nov 2012

18700 mi
Hesitation on acceleration from low rpm 
Apr 2013

22000 mi
steering wheel medallion dented 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2015
Jun 2013

63000 mi

US $180
Left Front Strut leaking and damaged. This is a 550i M-Sport. Car was bouncing on bumpy roads. Both Front Struts were replaced with Sachs OEM Struts for 550i M-Sport. 
Mar 2015

72000 mi

US $325
SAT Gear Shifter malfunctioned; would not go into reverse. Replaced the SAT Gear Shifter with a new unit. The ribbon cable was broken. 
BMW 5-Series in Arkansas, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2014
Mar 2013

57000 mi

US $634
Battery died 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2013 - Jan 2015
Sep 2013

57000 mi

US $95
A/C blower motor stopped working - it was traced to a faulty capacitor. 
Oct 2014

94000 mi

US $58
Crankcase vent was replaced 
Jan 2015

US $50
The variable valve system failed - had to be replaced 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2017
Nov 2012

39400 mi
Nearly dead battery (stored too long between owners) 
Jan 2013

40700 mi

US $500
Trunklid motor. Do not know if adjusted or replaced. 
May 2013

44000 mi
Brake system warning from on board displays 
Feb 2017

79000.0 mi

US $500
Oil plumbing had significant leak, which was discovered when the idiot light came on for the oil level. 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2014
Dec 2012

42000 mi
Headlight out. Replaced under warranty. 
BMW 5-Series in Arizona, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2016
Oct 2011

20000.0 mi
Rattle from bracket holding exhaust. Dealer replaced with an improved bracket. Rattle from bracket holding exhaust. Dealer replaced with an improved bracket. 
Mar 2013

36000 mi
Clip holding trim piece to dashboard broke and was replaced 
May 2013

37700 mi
Lane departure warning system failed (camera) 
Dec 2013

45000 mi
Battery with low charge warning. Dealer found fault with battery controller. 
BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Apr 2013 - Mar 2016
Jul 2013

33000 mi

US $200
Windshield washer motor stopped working 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2017
Feb 2013

19100 mi
iPod connector was inoperative Service bulletin used to fix excessive vibration at idle sib 18-02-08 
Dec 2013

28000 mi
Wipers would not shut off and rest in the correct place. Were reprogrammed. 
Feb 2014

31000 mi
Squeaking suspension when going over a speed bump. 
Nov 2015

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 
Mar 2017

94000.0 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! 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 5-Series in Kansas, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2015
Jun 2013

66000 mi
Drivers door handle came off car. Removed door panel and re-installed handle. 
Nov 2014

82000 mi

US $144
Both upper control arm bushings and ball joints 
Dec 2014

84000 mi
Sway bar bushings made noise in cold temperatures. Wrapped bar with Teflon tape and reinstalled bushings. 
Feb 2015

86000 mi

US $107
Replaced Battery and purchased diagnostic tool to registrar battery. Battery $125 Tool $170. Bad oxygen sensor pre cat bank 2 
Sep 2015

93000 mi

US $80
Driver rear wheel bearing went bad. Symptom: Grinding noise. Replaced wheel bearing with aftermarket part. Issue resolved 
Oct 2015

93000 mi

US $240
Lower control arm replacement and Ft. Rotor resurfacing. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2011 - Sep 2016
Jan 2012

64160 mi
Rear suspension bushings seized. Made a grinding noise when going over speed bumps. 
Mar 2013

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. 
Feb 2014

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. 
Jan 2015

63860 mi

C $500
Psgr side tie rod loose. Both sides changed with wheel alignment using German-made parts (supplier supplies BMW) 
May 2015

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. 
BMW 5-Series in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2015 - Mar 2017
Dec 2015

81000 mi

US $740
Oil leak from pinion seal on rear differential. Seal replaced. 
Mar 2016

83000 mi

US $1185
Power steering fluid leaking from reservoir cap. Cap o-ring replaced. Valve cover gasket leaking. Gasket replaced. Car front suspension was "crashing" over large bumps. Front lower control arms were worn. Control arms were replaced. 
Sep 2016

84000 mi

US $1756
Car was making a loud whining noise at moderate speed. Rear diff had locked up. Repaired by replacing with used part. Last year, the diff was leaking and seal was replaced. It's likely that this previous seal failure caused this. 
Mar 2017

86000 mi

US $1604
Power steering hose was leaking. Hose replaced, system flushed/refilled. Oil pan gasket was leaking. It was replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2017
Jan 2013

48000 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. Seat belt button (stop for buckle) missing, replaced by dealer. Wiring visible under driver's side exterior mirror. Wood trim fell off ashtray when opened, trim panel replaced. Electronic throttle response delayed when accelerating, dealer updated software. 
BMW 5-Series in Colorado, United States
Dec 2013 - Mar 2016
Jun 2014

58000 mi

US $500
New belt tensioner Hydraulic fluid leak 
Jun 2015

74000 mi

US $1300
new tires and re-balance, but this failed to fix ongoing wheel vibration problem 
Mar 2016

84000 mi

US $900
New transmission pan and gasket, fluid, and filter valve cover gasket oil leak 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Apr 2013 - Jan 2016
Jan 2014

56200 mi
Car running rough. Ignition coil replaced. 
Feb 2015

47000 mi

US $50
Ignition coils replaced under CPO warranty 
May 2015

52000 mi

US $250
Battery replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in Indiana, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

68000 mi

US $365
rear window regulator failed 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2014 - Mar 2017
Mar 2015

73160 mi

C $1600
Replaced, front thrust arms, ball joints and lower control arms 
Jul 2016

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 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 5-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2017
Jan 2014

48500 mi

US $1500
Buttons died on radio then screen went black no known repair at this time. 
Jun 2014

43000 mi
Navigation unit died new one ordered and coded. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

BMW 5-Series in Netherlands
Sep 2011 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

86800 mi

€250
rear suspension air chamber replacement 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Apr 2011 - Dec 2016
Dec 2013

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). 
Mar 2016

78000 mi

US $2700
Oil leak 
Dec 2016

90000 mi

US $2000
Leaking coolant, replaced reservoir 

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