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BMW X5 Maintenance and Repair

izuluizulu Posts: 1
I have recently purchased a new X5. Since
ownership (8 weeks), the car has
been back to the dealer 4 times for the same
problem - remote locking only
works intermittently.

Have you heard of anyone else having the same
problems? - I live in Chicago
and they think it may be a frequency interference
with the antenna. At
least 5 other cars are known to have this problem.
It seems that the BMW Series 7 also has this
problem in Chicago.

Otherwise, this is a great car!


  • piercejapierceja Posts: 6
    Yes, you can read much more about this on the other X5 posts and also at
  • sherrykaysherrykay Posts: 1
    On 4/25/00, my new X-5 chugged, flashed the 'service engine soon' and stopped running. I had driven it for less than 1 month and it had less than a half tank of gas for the first time since I had received it. Roadside assistance towed my new vehicle to the dealer for repair. As of 5/26/00, my dealer has been unable to receive or get confirmation that the part needed for repair is available to be shipped. They continue to hope for it to be available soon - the issue is no inventory of parts and apparently, diminished
    motivation to pull one off the assembly line.

    This problem relates to the mechanism/valve that siphons gas from one side of the tank to the other.

    Issues for a buyer to be aware of when purchasing a first year model year - this kind of
    delay is disappointing.

    Any other owners with similar problems?
  • jjcalijjcali Posts: 2
    I would absolutely raise hell at the dealership every day, all day until they replaced your vehicle entirely! Why should you be so severely inconvenienced for BMW's lack of inventory support for their sales? Reminds me of my friend's MB 600 convert - he was paying $120K to drive the dealer's Ford Taurus for one week out of every month!
  • imfree00imfree00 Posts: 22
    I would also raise hell with BMWNA. I think dealers have limited clout with corporate, but you, as a consumer, must go to the top to get action. A "Ralph Nader response" is appropriate right now-Give 'em Hell! Please let us know how this turns out. We need to stick together. Good luck.
  • PeterunPeterun Posts: 83
    I had ordered an X/5 several months ago and was to take delivery of it yesterday. Decided to drive the SAV prior to writing the check. In twenty minutes, the truck stalled seven times . . . .always when turning full circle. Seems that there is not enough boost in rpm's when the steering wheel is at full lock and the A/C is on. I wondered, as did my salesperson, if this is indiginous to this vehicle at this time. So . . . I passed on taking delivery until this problem is corrected. Any info. on this from anyone out there? Pete
  • piercejapierceja Posts: 6
    Did they fix your fuel tank problem? What was the result?
  • PeterunPeterun Posts: 83
    Nope, vehicle has been in since Sunday . . . no fix, no determination of what's not working correctly. I've decided to pass on this truck for now. Pete
  • bmwfan1bmwfan1 Posts: 4
    Holy smoke! I'm glad I tuned in. I was heading out to the dealership in the next few weeks to order the 2001 3.0i. BRAKES! I'm very interested to hear how the fuel tank issue turned out. Anyone else with bad experiences that I might want to think about. (It's too bad...the X5 is the best looking truck on the road.)
  • tellutellu Posts: 1
    I am thinking of ordering the 2001 x5 3.0 should I?
  • mbml55amgmbml55amg Posts: 57
    Absolutely maybe!
  • imfree00imfree00 Posts: 22
    Every first model year vehicle is likely to have some problems, even my '86 Acura Legend was not perfect. You just have to play the percentages. How much trouble can you tolerate from these very complex, high strung sporty types? The trade off is the pleasure of driving a fantastic work of art.
  • imfree is right. There is alway first year glitches with any products including BMW and MB. Considering some of the few problems on the X5 thus far, they are very minor. Most of it was software related. The most troubling would be manufacturing, build quality, mechanical issues. It maybe too soon to speak of, but the X5 have seen very little of these.
  • x5fan1x5fan1 Posts: 1
    About two weeks ago I got delivery of my 3.0i. Drove it for 75 miles and noticed a noise coming from the front end .... bad front wheelbearing. Dealer was very apologetic, and the service department went above and beyond. It took a week to get the part, and another 2 days to get the tool to install the bearing(s) - they decided to replace both. Anyone else have this issue or was I the lucky one to receive a "one of" ? ps: I still LOVE IT!
  • arhoustonarhouston Posts: 1
    I've been driving my 2001 3.0 for a couple of weeks and have had no problems at all. I would highly recommend the vehicle. The complaints appear to be very isolated by comparison to most vehicles, especially the 1st model year.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,697

    I am not sure what that means, that you have to have FORD reliability as back up for the superlative MB ??
  • herman8herman8 Posts: 1
    Thanks guys...glad I tune in this board. I have been wondering which one to buy: a X5 3.0L, ML 320 or the RX (my last choice.) As I am approaching my self-imposed decision deadline (when my Accord will be 5-year old), I feel like I may go for the more reliable RX... I am afraid that domestic workmanhip just can't beat the [non-permissible content removed]'.
  • imfree00imfree00 Posts: 22
    You're my kinda guy. Go for reliability if you wish. German types can't get close to that. If you were wild and crazy, maybe, just maybe you would take a leap into fun driving. It's a difficult decision. Good luck, it's only money.
  • musafirmusafir Posts: 27
    If you are going for a japanese suv wait for Acura MDX, it will be better than RX.
  • abc007abc007 Posts: 1
    I don't like Rx because they are all over the street. So I ordered my X5 3.0
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