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2012 BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (11%)

Chart based on 57 repairs.
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2012 BMW 5-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (9%)

$100 - $499 (7%)

< $100 (82%)

Chart based on 45 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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2012 BMW 5-Series

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BMW 5-Series in Sweden
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

3720 mi
Drivetrain malfunction message, no progress on resolving the issue by dealer yet. 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 181hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Ireland
Jun 2012 - Feb 2015
Oct 2013

51000 mi
Premature wear of suspension. Worn components replaced under warranty. 
Dec 2013

58280 mi
Sidelight control unit had to be replaced due to intermittent error. Direction Indicator repeater units on front wings filled with condensation and were replaced. 
May 2014

73160 mi
Upper casings of both rear shock absorbers replaced under warranty as they had disconnected due to perished rubber at top of shock. Corrosion around external rubber door trim surrounding window of driver's door. 
Nov 2014

88660 mi

€50
Airbag in rear suspension failed and was replaced. 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 560hp 4.4L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in South Africa
Feb 2016 - Sep 2017
Dec 2016

40300 mi
Turbocharger coolant hoses leaking. They were replaced under Motorplan. 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 400hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2015 - Sep 2017
Jul 2017

41540 mi
Extreme oïl consumption (without leak), 1 liter/1500 km. nothing to do except changing engine. Cheaper to an oïl reserve !!! in the trunk. BMW Canada is saying that this is normal !!! 
BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
Apr 2015

37000 mi
BMW recall on all N63 engines. Replaced MAF, Turbos, spark plugs, coils, oil sensor, upper oil pan gasket. Replaced Batteey 
Jun 2015

40000 mi
Dealer replaced injectors from in index 11 to index 12 to address engine misfiring 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

12000 mi
Several fuel injectors leaking and fouled spark plugs. Dealer replaced injectors and spark plugs. 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 400hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2014 - Dec 2016
Jul 2014

22200 mi
All fuel injectors fixed after two were found to be bad. Check engine light came on and engine ran rough. 
Jan 2015 Battery would not stay charged, only was rated at 55% of cranking amps 
BMW 5-Series in Oklahoma, United States
Feb 2013 - Oct 2015
Oct 2013

20000 mi
Battery replaced. 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
May 2015 - Mar 2017
Feb 2017

62000 mi

US $210
Drivetrain Malfunction (DTM) when entering the on-ramp to the highway. This also triggered a CEL (Check Engine Light) and a P0306 Code (Cylinder 6 Misfire). The 550i also went into limp-mode on the highway on the way to the dealership for service. After a diagnostic test, and 3 days at the dealership, it was diagnosed a defective HPFP (High Pressure Fuel Pump), it was replaced under special warranty. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2011 - Jun 2017
Mar 2014

31620 mi
Battery defective, under warranty 
Feb 2016

58500 mi

C $700
TSB for N63 Customer Care Package. After the initial work was completed the check engine came on due to a VANOS exhaust fault. This was subsequently repaired at no charge 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 375hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Switzerland
Feb 2014 - Jul 2017
Apr 2015

26540 mi
left side front light washer didn't work and was repaired 
Mar 2017

49600 mi

$200
Windscreen replacement. It was probably a rock which hit it on autobahn. 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

14000 mi
Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) Malfunction 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
May 2012 - Sep 2017
Apr 2017

52000 mi
Had to have corrosion removed from all four chromed factory wheels. Tire bead not seating properly and losing air. 
BMW 5-Series in Florida, United States
Sep 2014 - Sep 2017
Aug 2015

58900 mi

US $790
Valve cover seal 
Oct 2016

77700 mi

US $125
Map holder in back of front seat had the plastic tabs break. 
Jun 2017

88125 mi

US $546
Engine oil filter housing --- replaced oil cooler seal at filter housing, oil filter stand gasket and intake man. gasket set 
Aug 2017

93000 mi

US $520
Noise coming from the timing chain and pulleys --- so replaced 
BMW 5-Series in South Carolina, United States
Jan 2013 - Oct 2015
Jan 2014

31900 mi
Battery died. 
Mar 2015

46000 mi
Speaker blown. Replaced under warranty. Brake system reprogrammed. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Sep 2017
Sep 2013

14000 mi
Window regulator making noise, slower than other windows. 
BMW 5-Series in Arizona, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2016
Apr 2013

47500 mi
passenger seats leather stitch wear. dealer ordered a new leather to replace. 
Aug 2013

210000 mi
The trunk won't close when pressing the button inside of the trunk lid. Dealer fixed it in one day. The trunk won't close when pressing the button inside of the trunk lid. Dealer fixed it in one day. 
BMW 5-Series in Mississippi, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2017
Aug 2012 Car veers off center extremely easily with the slightest crown of the road Car veers off center extremely easily with the slightest crown of the road. Wheels swapped, aligned, computer reprogrammed. Not entirely successful 
Feb 2016

37000 mi
Fog light lenses had "fogged up" 
Jun 2017

60000 mi
Rotors were warped again causing vibration. Got new ones for no charge since less than 2 yrs since repaired. (Warranty on the repair) 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2017
Apr 2017

70000 mi

US $200
Tire replaced. But... I was towing a trailer, hit a pothole at 65 mph, and drove 12 miles in heavy traffic before stopping. No loss of control. 
BMW 5-Series in Maryland, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2016
Jun 2014

6000 mi
Fuel pump 
Sep 2016

16000 mi

US $1057
Navigation and blind spot monitors. Neither fixed. 
BMW 5-Series in Washington, United States
Feb 2013 - Apr 2017
Mar 2013

7000 mi
GPS off by 1-2 blocks. BMW recalibrated the gps and installed new maps and is working great. 
BMW 5-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Dec 2015
Jan 2014

12220 mi
DMTL shorted 
BMW 5-Series in Switzerland
Feb 2012 - Sep 2017
Feb 2014

9920 mi
Damaged rear parking distance control detector 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Texas, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2015
May 2014

23700 mi
Alignment problems. Rear tyres worn, front tyres showing a lot of wear after 8K mile. 
BMW 5-Series in California, United States
May 2016 - Dec 2016
May 2016

47000 mi
Interior Cup holder broken 
Jul 2016

48700 mi
Car was repaired at last trip, but new problem started. Car loses power and would now accelerate above 80mph Turbo connection to the engines was not properly connected and got lose. It took a hour to fix or reconnect the turbo. 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Aug 2014

29300 mi
Thermostat went bad 
Sep 2015

45000 mi
The Turbo line had to be replaced. It was creating thick blue smoke from tailpipe. 
BMW 5-Series in New York, United States
Nov 2011 - Jul 2014
Oct 2012

8200 mi
Computer update to address false reading - engine light and gas cap not closed tightly 
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Mar 2015 - Sep 2017
Jun 2015

44000 mi
The turbo charger had a slight oil leak on the exhaust side that caused a plum of blue/white smoke on cold startup. The turbo oil line components were replaced. Problem fixed. 
Nov 2015

45300 mi
Muffler support brace disconnected. Brace replaced 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 215hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Norway
Mar 2013 - Jun 2014
Mar 2014

24800 mi
I suddenly got a pedestrian fault message when driving. I delivered the car to the dealer and they told me iit was due to a fault sensor which was changed. 

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2011.5 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 255hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Hungary
Nov 2011 - Dec 2013
Oct 2012

18160 mi
Free warranty service w/ oil and filter change. One issue is that the front passanger seat has a noise, when empty. Why? Probable cause: on one or two occasion a man @ 120-130 kg was travelling in it. 
Nov 2013

30460 mi
Car displayed that it needs to be refilled. It was losing cooling water just before its 2 year warranty period after approx. 52,000kms. Finally it was repaired at the dealer. 

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2012 BMW 5-Series Repair Histories

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