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BMW X5 Maintenance and Repair



  • 1av8r1av8r Posts: 3
    I you find any help getting yours replace let me know. I think there should be a class action lawsuit against BMW North America. Lets find a lawyer that has a bad X5 like ours maybe he can help. I am sure there is one out there as bad as these things are. They should change the company name from BMW to BMM (Bring MORE MONEY!!)
  • cefuscefus Posts: 45
    For your wipers acking like that means the smallest wire from your wiper motor is not sending the reset signal to the GM(zke) that wire goes to just three places; wiper motor,GM(zke) and the rain sensor. Take a ohnm meter and check between the wiper motor(smallest wire) I think its black and green up to your rain sensor, same color wire and see if you have continuity. if you let me know and I can tell you what to check next.
    With your tail lights do they go off and stay off for awhile or what?
    With the windows is it all the windows or some and which ones?
    IF you have a vacuum leak try this, with the engine running take a spray bottle of rubbing alchol and spray on the hose, if you have a leak on the air intake side you will hear the rev up some.
    For you lean running you may also have a bad O2 sensor
    For the dealership telling you need a new harness don't buy into it.
    And from the sound of it I would try to find another dealership sounds like these guys are clueless and dont care
    Email me with this info put in the subject heading BMW X5, I'm working 12 to 16 hr days so it maybe a few days before I can get back to you
  • I have a 2005 X-5 that I'd like to install a BMW trailer hitch on. I can remove everything the instructions tell me to remove, but I can't see the park distance control sensors inside the bumper to see what kind of clips or connection is on each, I'm also in need of how the rubber is attached to the metal structure of the vehicle. Any help will be very much appreciated. kkkahn ">
  • yagit1yagit1 Posts: 11
    Hi, i'd like to know if anybody here has been using the trickle charger, i just bought one as this was recommended by the manager of the service dept because my car always have a dead battery if i leave my car for a long period of time (5 days-he said is long enough to drain the battery which of course to me does not make sense because i have read posts saying they never have a dead battery problem in situations like this.) If you have been using this charger can u please tell me the do's & don'ts of using this? Thanks and also can anyone tell me which of the companies offering extended warranties is best, i have an 2002 X-5 3.0 with 31,000 miles on it...thanks, again!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    Your car's battery should hold a charge for at least 2-3 weeks while not in use, so I think maybe you have a problem there.

    Trickle chargers? Just plug 'em in. Read the instructions. Most are designed so that they cannot overcharge a battery---they'll just shut themselves off.

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  • yagit1yagit1 Posts: 11
    thanks for ur quick response, i'm pretty sure i have a problem with my car but the service guys insist that i should not leave it for not more than 5 days, can u tell me what to do so i can at least know where the problem lies, my warranty is running out mid of this year, also just to let u know my car's battery has been changed twice since i bot my car in 2002... :confuse:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    It would be interesting to measure how much current is leaving your battery when the car is not in use.

    You should not accept the excuse that a car's battery goes dead in 5 days, if in fact that's what they are telling you.

    Something is wrong there.

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  • mlock6mlock6 Posts: 22
    Is there anything I can do to reduce the firmness of the ride? Unfortunately, I have a sport pkg. with prem as well. My wife wants to sell the car if nothing can be done about the hard ride. The car only has 3,600 miles on it. Any ideas???

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    different tires and wheels or perhaps you can change the struts...but then you are in essence removing the very things you paid for originally, the sport pkg. But a less aggressive tire would make quite a difference I think.

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  • kscctsksccts Posts: 140
    Hard ride...what was her last car...a Buick? ;)
  • mlock6mlock6 Posts: 22
    Last car was a 530 series D.A.!!!
    Thanks for the response.
  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    I was talking to a BMW service tech, and he was talking about X5s and their draining batteries....

    He said that it's often the "blower resistor" that is the culprit. The easiest way to tell if that's the problem is to put something very light (like a feather or something) in front of the vents when you leave the car. Then observe the car after it is off. If the feather moves, then the blower's still going, and that's what's draining the battery.

    Just wanted to pass this along, FWIW. :)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    Pretty soon these cars are going to start thinking for themselves. I read recently that new luxury cars have 70 computers of various sorts onboard and 35 million lines of computer code.

    Can you say "bug"?

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  • 1av8r1av8r Posts: 3
    Cephus here is a copy of my original letter. My biggest concern right now is the transmission. the problem is in my first letter. I have a 2001 BMW X5 3.0 and have had nothing but problems since day one. I have a lot of the same complaints as others vibration at a stop with car in drive, then goes away when put in neutral etc. The car has quite a few other problems I have not heard others complain of. For instance, When you park the car and lock the doors and come back later the front windows will be half way down. The windshield wipers will not reset to the park position about 99% of the time. It has been at the dealer at least 3 times to repair these with no avail. Recently the back brake lights have been intermittent. Now they are completely out, the dealer says that it might need complete new wiring harness or a new light bezzel he isn't sure yet. Also recently when you put the car in drive there has been a pause of about 3 seconds until the car will move almost like the transmission is slipping then it catches. Now also does it in reverse and in drive the pause is up to about 6 seconds until it takes off. The dealer says there are no fault codes and would like the car for 3 days so he can observe it and research it more. Does he think I am going pay for 3 days of labor just for an estimate to get a repair. Also the check engine light has been on for 2 months when i took it to him he reset the light and said it might need an engine wiring harness. Now today he says it has a vacuum leak somewhere and the engine is running lean and that is what is causing it. MY Dealer is Yark Automotive in Toledo Ohio and they treat me like absolute crap. They act like I don't have a freaking clue. I do work on airplanes and do have a clue. They never call me with info about my repairs I had to call 3 times alone just today they never called. When they diagnosed the check engine light the last time with the decree that it may need and engine wire harness they never even called me. My brother picked up the car for me and I saw it on the paper work and had to call them. There service is a JOKE. I did not purchase the car from them and they treat me like crap even when the car was under warranty. I have the extended maintenance to 100,000 miles but that is just for oil changes. I just can't believe a car with 62,000 miles is having such transmission problems with no fault codes, needs an engine wiring harness, and needs a wiring harness for brake lights. This car is a piece of crap. Do you have any suggestions as to what might be causing all of this. It is almost as though I have pissed them off my service guys so they are doing whatever they can to DICK with me and run my bill up. I have to drive the car over 50 miles to get service there,but it is the closest dealer. I have had a lot of problems when it was under warranty but they just acted like they didn't really care. They would say things like well we looked at it and can't duplicate it or they are all like that. I have an old 93 dodge truck with 123,000 miles and it doesn't vibrate like this thing. Doesn't BMW really care about keeping it's clientelle. I can tell you your customer service at dealerships is so poor and there products are so unreliable I would not even think of buying another BMW. They just turn there heads like there are plenty of other people to sell to so why deal with the vehicles with problems. I am amazed at the lack of concern from BMW on the same consistent problems with the X5 that BMW knows it has but will not address.

    Kraig N.
  • your dealers know s..t about cars ... and you at bmw na do nothing ses light was on i took the car in they said the problem was an oil leak and a fan..did the work ,charge me 1600 $ and as soon as i drove off the lot the light was back on ...took the car back and they said that they found the problem by exchanging my air flow sensor with a good one ...and it will be 558$ to fix...first of all do they have to change parts to see what the problem is ?...and second ..why do we have to pay for work that in my oppinion is not realyy high prices...because the bmw mechanincs are incompetent?
  • i bought the same bosch air flow meter with 205 $ got it next day ..25 shipping...put it up myself ..1 scrue 4 clamps ..2 minutes...before you do that deconect the negative battery cable ..the hardest part of the job cause the battery is underneath the spare wheel..but anyway 558 is a bit much...
  • see my other posts ...before i changed the air flow sensor(meter) my car stalled to can get it from 205 dollars and free shipping ..i got it overnited for 25 $...same sensor bosch like i had in my car ..and it`s the same like land rover uses too..very easy to instal...disconect the negative battry terminal first...10 mintops job...
  • mzmtamzmta Posts: 1
    Hello all I was browsing around and found this forum and figured it could be quite helpful to me.This past Oct.05 I purchased a 2001 X5 3.0. with 68k miles I'm now up to 71K+(maybe 72 not sure) and the amber bar with a oil service warning have come on.I called and made a service appointment with the local BMW dealer for what I was told would be a oil service and I'm not entirely sure, OK I'm not sure at all what does it consist of and what I should expect.I would like to know if anyone would be so kind as to tell me or point me in the right direction with a few links for continued research before I get there? I'd like as much info as possible especially @285 bucks which I seem to think is kinda steep for just a oil and filter change but hey what do I know right now that's why I'm asking for help.. Also is it just me or is the engine really loud (hope it's not the engine)because it seems so loud to me upon acceleration like a real truck is it a quiet engine? I don't remember from my test drives.
  • lion2000lion2000 Posts: 22
    Without any warning, my 2001 X5 transmission shaft broke in the middle of an intersection. Looking at the mileage, 74,300 miles (no extended warranty).
    At the BMW dealer, I asked dealer to negotiate with the MFG rep. My positions are
    1. All major services are done at BMW dealer, all repair/service papers (a thick stack) are presented to the dealer. No service skipped.
    2. A loyal customer, previously owned BMW, wife also has a new BMW.
    3. Had Accura Legend for 8 years over 120K miles, no mechanical progblem at all. Paid a premium for a top quality product and do not expect such a major mechanical break down. Want BMW to take care the repair.

    The word back is BMW will cover 25% of the total repair cost. I talked with some friends, they think BMW should pick up the whole thing, expecially when the shaft is covered inside of the transmission box, no other drive train repair was done previously. But the dealer refuse to do any further negotiation.

    Anyone had related experience? What should I do besides agrees to picking up 75% of the repair? Thanks for your assistance.
  • gaga4gaga4 Posts: 2 in same boat...transmission fell out last year wiper probs now and the front axle about to break due to cracked front boots...its a crap car....over warranty its a bleeder.....trying to sell mine now....I had probs last year with Grady BMW in Mobile just in Pensacola Sandy Sansing a winner good people...real good up north and car is falling apart .....
  • gaga4gaga4 Posts: 2
    my trans broke 117 miles over warranty BMW replaced entire transmission I was bill was still $850 but better than is a lemon for me....
  • I just bought a 2005 4.4 with about 13500 miles and I am having some of the same problems. Did you get your problem resolved? I have taken it to the dealer and they said that they did something with the progamming but I am still experiencing the same problems.
  • deephsdeephs Posts: 2
    My SAV is under warranty and I am getting a lot of run arounds for Vibration, Moon roof problems.
    Onlu mechanical problem I had under 20,000 miles is ABS, ALL wheel Drive system and Hydraulic suspension went down all at same time.
    Dealer replaced the Suspension.
    NAV system went down. Delaer rewired the line and replaced the system.
    In terms of Vibration, they play dumb.
    I had to repeatedly visit the dealer 3 times for them to admit there is a problem with Moon roof and 5 visits later problem has gotten worse from rattle and squeaks to leak, yeap leaky moon roof. Sales Manager states that rattles and squeaks are known problem and I do not understand why it took 3 visits to admit there is a problem.

    looks like BMW of NA is riding too high to value our business. They want to push customers away and the persistent customers get their problems looked at but there is no gurantee it will be fixed.

    My personal finding is Certified techs are no better then pop mom shop G-monkey.

    For those who are in need to replace their 255-55R18 tires on X5 4.4i with sports package go with Yoko Geolander G052.
    They are good in all weather condition and drive much better then stock B-Stone Turanza.

    Make sure Balancing is done right.

    On scale of 1-10 Yoko are 9.5 ( deducting .5 for balancing issue) and B-Stone Turanzas are 3.5.

    BMW Prospects: Stop if you are thinking of Buying X5 or any BMW vehicles, they might be great in handling but will fail you over and over in reliability and service.

    Final word from my dealer is that BMW cares less if you have 1 or million problems.

    BMW is too busy doind ADs and propoganda on how good their vehicles are. Truth is they can't even come close to Lexus quality, reliability and value.

    Its been a total waste of my money and time, I wish I never bought this crap and had stuck to Lexus.

    15 trips and counting... do I need to say any more?

    Cephus, I hope your problem is resolved by now.
    Next time you buy any new vehicle stick to Geico, they have Mechanical coverage costs about 25 / premium with 250 deductible.
    This repair would have been covered by GEICO.

    Please note: I am not associated with BMW, Lexus or GEICO.
    I am just an Unfortunate BMW owner.

  • deephsdeephs Posts: 2
    Give these issues serious attention and try to visit dealer consecutively do not pause this process... I am out of luck as I exceeded 18 months or 4 trips clause for my SAV to qualify as a lemon.
    You still have time take full advnatage and make sure get everything in writing on the owrk order no codes or gibbrish words.
    Refer to your local or state Lemon law.
    I wish I knew this piece of info in time.
    I am stuck with a Lemon.

    BMW sucks!
  • Read a couple of posts similar to this problem, but not quite exactly. I've had a recurring problem with water dripping down onto the front passenger side floor mat from the rear right corner (closest to door) of the glove compartment. Water is not leaking into the glove compartment at all. Rather its coming down part of the dash where the glove compartment is hinged, around that and onto the floor mat. Everything in the immediate vicinity is dry (like the fuse panel...whew!) except for the lip of the glove compartment on the right side, where it meets the dash when closed. I can't find any leaks around the door. I do have a sunroof, but can't see how a water leak there could find its way to my glove compartment. Is there a drain somewhere that I need to unclog? This happens only when its raining.

    I'd appreciate any advice!

  • Is this true. The service rep @ BMW of Dallas (formerly John Roberts BMW) says the car (X5 2002 3.0 w/ 20k miles only driven by my elderly mother) is designed to have the rotors changed every time the pads are changed. Rep says the pads are made of a soft metal that is designed to wear down with the pads. This sounds suspicious to me. Never heard of anything like this before. Is this true? Thanks for the help.

    Kelly Warren
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    Perhaps you misunderstood. Many modern cars mandate no "turning" of rotors IF...IF...they are scored or grooved. But you don't replace perfectly smooth, straight and clean rotors that are within specification.

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  • No. I have not misunderstood. I used to be a motorhead myself prior to my present incarnation. I've owned >100 cars myself in my 39 years, including several other German makes (although this and the other X5 (a 2004 4.4 w/ 20k which I consider to be my daily driver) are only the 4th and 5th BMWs that I've owned (had a couple of 3 series in the 80's as well as a 3.0csi before that).

    According to the dealership (BMW of Dallas) every time that the pads are changed the rotors must also be changed. No exceptions. According to the service rep (Beth) the pads are designed to wear down into the metal of the rotors such that by the time the pads need to be changed, the metal surfaces of the rotors are damaged (by design) and thus the rotors themselves must also be replaced. To me this sounds like a load of cr-p. However, not having any experience w/ BMW in the last 16 years I am not 100% sure that this is not true. Let me restate again what I have been told: even if the rotors look good, they must still be replaced. I asked "what if I change the pads before they have damaged the rotors" and was told "no, the rotors will always have to be replaced because the pads by design are intended to cut into the surface of the rotors and you will never, ever have a rotor that does not need to be replaced after the car has undergone sufficient breaking to wear through the pads."

    Let me also let you know that it was not me that dropped off the car but rather my elderly mom. I only found out that this work had been done after she phoned me this morning to say that the X5 was in the shop. I called BMW of Dallas after the fact and spoke with the service rep after the was done.

    Now, to repeat my question for anyone with expertise in BMW brakes:

    Do the rotors always need to be replaced when the pads or replaced or have I been fed a load of cr-p?


    Kelly Warren
  • suv800suv800 Posts: 41
    Good Day Everyone:

    I have the 2006 X5 4.4 for about 6 months now.
    Does anyone know why the 1st gear not accelerating at it top speed? When I at a fully stop, then step on gas, seems not moving well. But after about 3 seconds, it runs well on 2nd gear and on.
    Is it the problem with the 1st gear? or it needs a new updated firmware?
  • citerinciterin Posts: 1
    Just bought a 2001 3.0 manual and since a rain storm in Boston noticed the exact problem you just had serviced.

    BMW advised this is not covered under extended warranty; curious what you paid to have the water leak corrected?

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