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BMW X5 Maintenance and Repair



  • cgartmancgartman Posts: 2
    We just started to hear a low level thumping when we are making left turns. It is coming from the left front and only when making left turns. Thinking it might have to do with the CV joint. Any ideas where I should start looking?
  • Huh. Who'd've thunk going back to the dealer?! Dur! :P Thanks!

    But just to satisfy my curiosity still, which one: 5W-30 or 0W-40?
  • coupedncalcoupedncal Posts: 252
    I am sure your owners manual has this info. Look it up there and let us know as well. :) I am betting it is 0 weight.
  • According to the BMW manual:
    "Your BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Center will be happy to answer detailed questions on BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil or approved synthetic oils.

    You can also call BMW of North America at 1-800-831-1117 or visit their website at to obtain this information."


    "Viscosity grades
    Viscosity is a measure of an oil's flow rating and is specified in SAE grades. The choice of right SAE grade is based on the climatic conditions in the region in which you normally drive your BMW.

    Approved oils belong to the SAE grades 5W-40 and 5W-30.

    These oils can be used for driving at all outside temperatures."

    What a bit of reading turns up! No mention on 0 grade though.
  • Hi There,
    I have a 2005 X5 w/ 27900 miles that will be going out of warranty due to age in Dec. 2008, All service records are present and have been done on schedule. Does anyone know what pricing is for the extended warranty for an extra 2 years and xxxxx miles??

    Your advice is much appreciated,

  • lion2000lion2000 Posts: 22
    My 2001 X5 was out of warranty in 2005. Back then, if I remember correctly, the warranty was $2,200/yr, and the coverage was not good. So, I did not buy.
  • Hi i have an x5 4.4i, 2004.
    I noticed a couple of days ago that the gas comsumption has significantly gotten worse, as i was using up almost a quarter of a tank in a day (around 30-40 miles of driving) and usually i can get like 400-450 from a tank. (and it wasnt like i was flooring it the whole time either) Then, when i went to fill it up yesterday, i was expecting to see a range of about 480 for the car, as i had EMPTIED the tank, including the reserve that doesnt show up on the gas meter. Instead, it said 365. I usually put in plus, and think its dumb to put regular in a bmw (always telling my parents not to) but the price difference was almost 30 cents so i went for the regular. As soon as i began to drive, under acceleration the car would shudder and studder, and the engine was running very roughly, and maybe 10 seconds later the service engine soon light came on and was flashing. I pulled over for maybe 5 minutes, and then kept going and after that nothing has happened so far. I'm really worried about something being wrong because im pretty sure the regular gas didnt have anything to do with it, a mercedes dealer in our area puts regular in their cars and they run fine, just dont perform as well. Does anyone have any idea why that would have happened, and why the gas milage has dropped so badly? Do you think there could be a leak in the gas tank or in a gas line or something?
    Thanks so muchh
  • dromdrom Posts: 1
    My wife's 2004 X5 caught fire last week for what I believe to be the exact same reason. The front right turn-signal was stuck on and my wife said that she noticed a burning smell. She parked the car, and went into her office. Within 30 minutes, the underside of the dash was on fire. Fortunately, the fire dept. got to it before the fire spread. Sometime within the last year or so, the front right turn-signal was stuck on and BMW replaced the LCM under warranty. I believe that the same part went bad and now, 15k miles out of warranty, caused the fire. Additionally, the alarm sounded, the hood popped open, and three airbags were deployed. If my insurance company does not cover the damage fully, we are going to go straight to BMW NA for some restitution. Here is a link to another forum featuring X5 owners who had the same problem.
  • I have to admit that I am a high maintenance guy, so is my X5! Due to the prices, I tried regular unleaded 87, the first two week was OK, and then engine started to stall especially when you try to accelerate. Engine light comes on and off. The octan of 87 is too low to ignite in the engine. So, BMW designed this high maintenance engine, we have to feed it expensive food! I checked manual, the engine REQUIRES premium unleaded gas.
  • hove can i reset the service engine light on my 2002 bmwx5
  • HELLP whit reseting the service engine light on a 2002 bmwx5
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,825
    On that car you will need the BMW SII (Service Interval Indicator) tool to reset the light.

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  • I'd like to hear from any 2007 or 2008 owners out there about any issues you've had with your X5. I'm getting ready to finalize negotiations with Chrysler on my '08 Commander to buy me out through lemon law.

    I've settled on the X5 and the Land Rover LR3. (Please, no replies about how different the vehicles are. My only concerns are luxury and how much I like the vehicle as I live in the city and don't off-road or tow.) I had an '06 X5 that I loved and never had an issue with but, since the LR3 now has an electric steering wheel adjustment, I'm torn between which one I like better. I get a good deal from BMW because of my relationship with them but one of my best friends runs the LR store just a mile from my office and I know I can get a good deal from him too and if I do have problems, it would be closer than the BMW store, which is about 5 miles away.

    I know everything about both vehicles as far as equipment, drive, capabilities, etc, however I haven't heard much about problems with the '08. I'm a 24 month leaser so I'm not really so worried about problems with 2 or 3 year old vehicles, just wondering if anyone out there has had initial problems, like I've had with my Commander since day one.

    Thanks, :)
  • i just bought a new 2008 X5 recently, and i noticed that the steering wheel
    does not move up whenever enter the car any more. I can still adjust it with
    the switch, but it is very annoying that it stops working after just few drives?

    This seems to happen after a trip to the dealer to put on the leather/din-dan
    protection. Is there any one who has any idea what could go wrong?

  • Yes! This happened to me!

    What I discovered was that someone (probably the dealership) changed a setting on either the seat or steering wheel and now the car is not sure it's you.

    To fix it - I held the button on the seat that I had my setting stored into. In my case it was button "1" (there are two buttons, 1 and 2 - and a memory set button above them all). Once I did that - all was back to normal. I would assume that if you have not stored your settings in the memory - then if you set your steering wheel and then store it - it should start to work again.

    That's my 2 cents!
  • Thanks a lot for the information!! I first tried to push the '1' memory button
    but nothing changed. Then I tried to save the current positions into '1', but
    still not work. I then tried to move the steering wheel up and down, adjust
    the seat back and forth, etc., then save --- and then it finally works. It seems
    that the memory was quite confused and all messed up. By the way,
    after this was fixed, i then noticed that my blue tooth phone setting was
    all gone!! I re-paired it over again, and finally everything seems to work....

    Thanks again -- it saves me a trip to the dealership.
  • 45514551 Posts: 1
    I have a BMW X5 3.0i and I am trying to replace the front axles. Could someone help me identify the size of the front axle nut socket?? Thanks
  • I think it was due to the join is plastic. Anybody feels that?
  • You will hear the click sound when you first step onto it. I took a look behind the pedal. The join is plastic. I think that is the problem and should be for all 2006 model. Is anybody botherd by that? Is there a way to eliminate the click sound? Can dealer fix it? Maybe applying some lubricant will take care of it?
  • yagit1yagit1 Posts: 11
    Hi! i always have this problem with my 2002 X5-the battery dies whenever i don't use my car-something's draining the battery -im going on vacation again for two weeks and im thinking of unplugging the battery while im away so the battery will not die...what disadvantage will it do to my car and will my car start as soon as i plug the battery back after two weeks...pls help...
  • dcnovadcnova Posts: 1
    Bought '09 X5 a few weeks ago, my brand new car left me stranded at airport the next day of the delivery, noticed white smoke come out of hood, had to have the car towed to the dealer's shop. Initially they told me that it's power steering problem will be fixed in a couple of days, then they told me that a technician from BMW NA is coming to evaluate the problem, now they tell me that, the parts have to arrive from Germany. It's been almost 3 weeks now, I can't help but wonder if the dealer/service telling me the real problem, oe did I purchase a lemon :cry:
  • MMsBMWMMsBMW Posts: 1
    Hi everyone, I just bought a used BMW X5 4.4i 2000 model SUV and the engine light shows. Before buying it I had it inspected by a proper BMW mechanic and one of the venting pipes at the back end of the engine had a hole - no big deal. After purchasing the X5 I had both of them changed and the engine system reset. The engine light dissapeared which was great but then after driving it for a day or so it showed again. I had it checked and this time the code indicated that there is a fuel and air mixture offset in the engine and that the gaskets need to be replaced and it's a big job. What should I do here, get it checked again or have the bolts tighten on the engine or have the gaskets replaced. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • x50825x50825 Posts: 1
    I too have an exact problem that you have described to a "T" during the rain for my 2004 X5. I took off the glove compartment to see where water leak was coming from. I could see water dripping from the top but I cannot see where it is coming up because there are too many things in the way to locate the source of the leak.

    I hope you have4 found the solution to the above. If you have, would you be so kind to share your resolution.
  • lion2000lion2000 Posts: 22
    I found my 2001 X5 draining of the electrical system with car parked is 1.2 to 1.5 Amp, quite large as standby current. Battery dies when it is old or getting weak. I was able to park for 2 weeks during vacation, no problem. But when battery is weak, I needed to jump start the car if I do not drive for 2 days. Changing battery solves the problem. I am on my second battery since last year.

    I also found that each time after I jump start the car, the text display segments on instrument panel started to go out. The jump start may hurt the display control unit. Anyone knows what to do to correct the display problem?
  • xm0399xm0399 Posts: 1

    I have the same issue when I accidentally refuel my X5 with regular unleaded and the engine running rough. So from that day, I am making sure that when I fill-up, it's the right gas. Also, don't forget to install the gas tank cap before to start the engine.
  • lion2000lion2000 Posts: 22
    Since I changed my work, I do not drive my 2001 X5 every day (once/3-4 days), the battery died. I replaced the original battery. 2 months later, the new battery died. Then I got my third battery, it then died in 1 month. What appears to me is the following:

    1. The brand new battery is fully charged, and it takes a while to drain all the charge. So the first dying event occurs after 1 month.
    2. Since I do not drive much, even once 3-4 days, the battery can not be charged to full each time after driving.
    3. I measured the battery current drain (with all interior lights off and engine shut off). First minute turning off the engine, it is ~2 Amps. After 1 minute and on, it is 1.2 Amps. At 1.2 A of standby current, it may be too much for the battery.

    My question is that anyone knows is 1.2A current too much as standby current?

    Thanks, //leo
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Over a four day period, you're using up 1.2×96 = 115.2 amp-hours. Normal fully-charged car batteries have a capacity of about 100 amp-hours so, yes, that drain rate does seem excessive.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,825
    My understanding is that anything over 400 milliamps is going to cause trouble.

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  • lion2000lion2000 Posts: 22
    I checked another bulletin board, X5world, and found some people claim the sleep current should be 0.038 A. The car IS going into the sleep mode, but something else is draining too much current. Some suggests to pull out fuse to see which circuit is causing the excessive drain. I will do so and post the results later.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Do let us know what you find out!

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