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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,345 miles

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2001 BMW X5 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2001 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 022004

X5 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,780 miles


BMW X-5 coolant system failure with only 26,800 miles. The coolant reservoir and tubes to the radiator burned out. Also 3 power window regulators malfunctioned. At this moment fixed but unacceptable for the cost and engineering of the car. All parts were replaced and supposedly new. Did not see new or old parts.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 192004

X5 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,600 miles
Normal driving, radiator reservoir cracked during normal driving, leaking very hot radiator fluid, causing smoking, stopped vehicle, and had it towed.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 162001


  • miles
Coolant level warning light came on due to coolant leaking from the thermostat.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 082001


  • miles
Radiator fan had shorted out and caught on fire while driving 60mph. After stopping, had noticed smoke. Electrical wires to radiator fan had melted. Vehicle towed to dealership. Mechanic indicated to owner a technical service bulletin was listed for vehicle.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

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