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BMW X5 Maintenance and Repair



  • janiex5janiex5 Posts: 1
    The rear tires on my 2000 4.4 wear out every 12k to 15k miles. The front tires last 35k. This is one of the first X5 built. Could the back differential be geared for a 3.0? The X5 was origionaly delivered with 3 front wheels and 1 rear wheel. The dealer exchanged the 1 incorrect wheel for the correct one after the first 15K miles when the tire dealer (replacing the warn out tires) noticed the error.
  • homeounerhomeouner Posts: 145
    My son is going to buy a BMW X5, W/ 4.2L v8 in spite of all the negative comments read in this post. Its loaded W/ 62,000 mls. We examined it top to bottom yesterday. The label on the radiator housing reads to use only BMW synthetic oil. We dont know what the previous owner used, is it ok to switch to regular oil? The low coolant lite is lit, but the bobber and visual inspection show proper coolent level? WE have not located the oil filter yet, Iam sure there is one. We could not find the dip stick to check the trans. oil, then we saw the label on the trans. pan where the oil is good for the life of the trans. If its not leaking on the ground you dont need to worry about it??? Looking at the battery there is a doomed container on top of the tire W/ a compressor and controls & tubing leading to 2 cyls. in the trunk area? Why?
  • ddeliseddelise Posts: 339
    Hello -

    My mother-in-law's X5 is about 2 months from being out of warranty. Do you know if it is possible to purchase a BMW extended warranty, and if so, what pricing should we be looking at?

    Thanks - Damon
  • homeounerhomeouner Posts: 145
    Re: extended warrantee. I looked into an extended warranty for a 2001 X5 W/ 62K, at a Virginia Beach dealer, they ask apx. $3000.00 for a 2 yr. 24,000 mls.
  • hilo1hilo1 Posts: 3
    On my 2002 X5 4.4, I've had to replace the power window regulators on both rear doors within the last 6 months. I have only 22K miles and the rear windows rarely got used. While raising the power window, there's a cracking noise and the motor runs and the window drops into the door unable to be closed. Anyone else with this problem?
  • homeounerhomeouner Posts: 145
    This is a continuation post #267; during our exam. of the X5 we wanted to remove the four wheels to see the brake pads & get a better view of the disks and running gear. After removing the 5 lug bolts the wheels were staying in place? After much pulling- tugging -kicking, several good blows W/ a #10 lb. sledge on the tire, each wheel then fell off. The short pilot hub on the steel disk had rust build up against the snug fitting bore of the wheel. This is supposed to be a No. Carolina car. Any way, never saw this before.
  • homeounerhomeouner Posts: 145
    The label under the hood on top of the radiator cover reads to use only BMW synthetic oil in the engine. Can regular oil be used without any problems.
  • I have a 2001 X5 with 44k on it. The local dealer in Allentown, PA offers an extended warranty through GE for about $2800, would give 3 more years of protection to a total of 75k miles. Does this make sense? Anybody know of a better deal, either near me or on the net?
  • kobayashikobayashi Posts: 50
    I believe the only way to get an offical extended BMW factory warranty is through the BMW CPO program (6/100K). You can by an extension of the BMW scheduled maintenance coverage as long as the vehicle is within the original factory warranty period when purchased.

    Third party warranties are available though dealers and elsewhere, but they are not BMW factory warranties and need to be closely examined for coverage details and exclusions.
  • kobayashikobayashi Posts: 50
    BMW's maintenance monitoring system computes oil change intervals on individual driving habits and other factors, but assumes synthetic oil is used. I do not think it would cause specific problems per se, but would effect the ability to follow the maintenance indicators.

    The requirement for synthetic oil is not the place to economize with a BMW.
  • kobayashikobayashi Posts: 50
    Leaving a CD in the radio unit will not effect battery usage. The radio power turns off when the ignition is at the "0" poistion and no power is used by the unit regardless of whether media is in the loading tray or not.

    Now, if it is a heavy metal CD that could possibly effect power .......;-)
  • njbmwx5njbmwx5 Posts: 3
    My wife purchased a 2001 BMW X5 3.0 in June of 2004 with approximately 44,000 miles still under manufacture's warranty. The vehicle was checked by BMW of Turnersville (New Jersey) for its routine check-up at approximately 49,000 miles. On Monday, April 11, 2005, approximately 5:00pm as she was pulling into the school to pick-up my daughter, the vehicle, as my wife describes, started to slow down and buck back and forth until it went into gear again with a lot of noise. She drove a few feet more to clear the traffic behind her and parked the vehicle. She started the vehicle and it started up as it normally did. But when she tried to put the vehicle into gear she heard a loud noise. My wife called me and stated the incident that just occurred. I told her to call a tow truck and have the vehicle shipped to the BMW dealership. When I arrived on the scene, I started the vehicle and it started up fine with no lamp warnings. But as I tried to move the vehicle into gear I heard loud noise that seem to be coming from the transmission. Still, no warning lamps showed that anything was wrong with the vehicle. Also, I noticed that while the transmission was in the (P- park) gear, the vehicle continued to move backwards at a slow pace due to the slight decline on the road. I had to literally, keep a foot on the brake and set the parking brake in order for the vehicle to stop moving. My question is, this vehicle is only 4 years old and I ran a carfax report prior to purchasing the vehicle from a Chevy dealer in NY State which came back fine. It just turned past 59,000 miles. Currently, the BMW (NJ) Dealership diagnosed the problem, but will have to drop the transmission in order to diagnose the problem further. Upon further investigation, the dealer seems to think that the differential was tampered with. Or that someone had did some differential work done on the vehicle. The only front end work that was done on the vehicle was when the same BMW dealership replaced the control arm that failed at 49,000 miles. So now the dealership is telling me that second party warranty company will not fix the problem because of some type of work, they think, was done to the front end. They also said that a screw was missing from somewhere. I'm still fighting with the dealership to correct this problem and have it fixed.
  • kobayashikobayashi Posts: 50
    I assume it is not a BMW CPO warranty and is out of drivetrain warranty, as you mentioned a Chevy dealer.

    You have two issues to deal with - the third party warranty plan and your local BMW dealer. First, I would find the exact specifics of your warranty - read the fine print and know the exact problem. Second, the dealer needs to give you a clear and specific diagnosis and proposed resolution. Do not depend on the BMW service department to decide if the warranty company will pay - you will need to push this directly when you know the exact issue.

    Last step once unsatisfied by the dealer is to call BMW (800) 831-1117 or email at
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    It seems highly unusual that a dealer would want to stick it to you instead of the third party warranty company. What would be his motivation for telling the third party warranty company that they should not cover the work that needed to be done?

    Wouldn't most dealers just go ahead and do the work, take the money and run?

    If it were a BMW warranty then I would understand, but a BMW dealer and a third party warranty (BLANK CHECK)??

    Just doesn't compute.

    Or your BMW dealer may just be crooked enough to bill you and the third party.
  • njbmwx5njbmwx5 Posts: 3
    On Friday, April 15, 2005, I received a report from the BMW dealership in reference to my wife's vehicle. I was told it was the front differential. A few hours later I was called by the BMW dealership who stated that the warranty company will not pay for damages caused by the driveshaft. I called the dealership back and explained to the service department that they told me it was a front differential, not the driveshaft. He then started to explain about how the assembly of the differential and driveshaft is all put together. I must be honest, I don't know that much about the driveshaft on the BMW, but I did tell him that he told me that it was front differential and not the driveshaft. I called my warranty company and they told me that if is the front differential, all cost would be paid and they will start a claim. The dealership has yet to call them back. I believe in some ways, the dealership wants me to pay the cost of the repair, which is $4800 and not the warranty company. Any input on the difference between the front differential and the driveshaft on the 2001 BMW X5.
  • x5x5x5x5x5x5 Posts: 9

    I would like to buy a CD changer from eBay and install it in my 2001 BMW X 5. What model number should I look for? How hard is it to install?

    What about upgrading the navigation system from a CD to a DVD?

    Thank you,

  • hilo1hilo1 Posts: 3
    With the car off and and the key removed, the radio will work if you press the on/off knob. Maybe the knob was accidentally hit and the radio was left on to drain the battery.
  • njbmwx5njbmwx5 Posts: 3
    Yes, I have a 2001 BMW X5 and my light seems to always stay on as well. I always thought that it was suppose to. Now, you have me wondering? Maybe it varies by model and excessories?
  • bmwnabmwna Posts: 32
    I'm with BMW of North America, LLC and read about your disappointment with your window regulators. Please be assured that we do everything in our power to consistently improve the quality of our BMWs and our BMW original parts.

    Here's some information on the new window regulators you have installed in your X5:

    All BMW authorized parts and accessories are warranted against defects in materials or workmanship for the balance of the New Limited Vehicle Warranty, or two years starting on the date of sale for parts sold after April 1, 2003, whichever is greater.

    If you have any more questions regarding the Original Parts and Accessory Warranty, you can reach us at (800) 831-1117 and mention Reference # 200511000467 so that we can help you more efficiently.
  • cefuscefus Posts: 45
    If your X5 is still under warranty I would still use the reconmended oil, If not I would use any very good market oil. As for your coolant lite check at your coolant resvoir there should be a 2 pin black connector connected to a grey piece at your coolant level tank, check there, if it is connected take it off and place a jumper wire across the 2 holes in the connector going to your tank, your instrument cluster should not read low level now, if it does then you have a broken wire from there to you instrument cluster, is the light does go out then you have a bad level for the black tank and tubing that is for your air suspension it should have either a 221 0r 220 option if it has that compressor back there. if you do not see a switch up near your main light switch then u have a single axle air system, that is use for leveling the car when you have a heavy load in the back
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