BMWs are high-priced vehicles, but, for the most part, they’re fun to drive. We expect maintenance costs and repair work with BMW SUVs. But cars shouldn’t be pits of doom that has you putting more money into it than you did when you bought it.
Out of all the BMWs, the X5 has had the most complaints. From the engine to electronics, to the transmission, the X5 has had the highest-priced repairs from models 2008 to 2013. CarComplaints.com shows some of those reported by BMW owners.
BMW X5’s stalling problem
Many BMW owners filed complaints about their vehicles. While driving down the road, usually at a lower speed, but sometimes at higher ones, the vehicle will just stall out.
Warning lights sometimes come on, other times they don’t. Without power, the driver has to find a way to creep over to the side of the road, out of traffic, to try to restart the car. It doesn’t restart, so they have to have it towed to a dealership repair shop or mechanic. Some owners were told that there was nothing wrong with the car.
Dealerships that investigated the problem further, found that there was an engine malfunction that made it seize, which put it into a limp mode, or safe mode. In most cases, the only fix was to replace the entire engine.
Obviously, a BMW engine isn’t cheap, so some owners faced a bill of about $7,000 and up to resolve the issue. Some got lucky and had it covered under warranty.
BMW X5 water leaks into the interior ruining electronics
One problem many BMWs have faced is water leaking from the drain tubes in the sunroof. Whether the water comes from a car wash or from sitting outside in a downpour of rain, the water won’t drain properly and finds its way into the interior of the vehicle.
Some owners are lucky and the water only damages a little of the carpet or gets on the floor mats. Most drivers aren’t so lucky, though. The water is notorious for getting into the areas on the passenger side where the electrical components are, which ultimately ruins them.
Owners won’t see the water and try to start their vehicles only to find out that it won’t start. Sometimes they can’t even get into the vehicle at all. The keys just won’t work. Once the water in the car dries up, some drivers can get it started without issue.
However, most find that the electronics are simply toasted, and they need to be replaced. Installing all-new electrical equipment is costly, though. Depending on how much damage occurred, the price could be as much as $10,000. BMW has taken on the repairs, but only for the models before the 2010 model year.
Transmission malfunction problems
Another expensive problem that arose in the BMW X5 is a transmission malfunction. Drivers reported issues, which include erratic shifting or a transmission warning light will show up on the dashboard. Sometimes, if you’re low on transmission fluid, the car will go into the limp mode to protect it from getting damaged.
The common issues of the transmission, according to Youcanic.com, have to deal with the mechatronic sleeve or the bridge seal adapter. Fluid may leak around the sleeve connector coming from the transmission unit, causing the level to get too low to drive.
The seal adapter can get cracked causing all sorts of transmission issues. The dealership usually recommends a complete replacement of the transmission or a rebuild of the faulty one. Costs can be as high as $5,500 to repair the problem.
The BMW X5 has improved over the years since these problems plagued the SUV. While things are going well, there’s still a fair amount of issues that continue to plague the engine today with the newer models. However, the amount of complaints has decreased significantly.
Owners appear to be more satisfied with their purchases, so hopefully, with more improvements, the X5 can have a complete turnaround and these issues can be a thing of the past.