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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,000 miles

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2001 BMW X5 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 082011


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 BMW X5. The contact stated that upon starting the ignition, there was a delayed response before the vehicle would accelerate. A chime sounded prior to the failure and the ┐transmission fail-safe prog. Warning message displayed on the instrument panel. In addition, the transmission would exhibit hesitation when the contact was accelerating from a complete stop. The failure recurred whenever the engine was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. A trouble code detected a malfunction with the transmission. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign number 01V196000 (power train), however the VIN was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 062013


  • 114,000 miles
I was at a intersection to a high way, about to merge in to on coming traffic, when I hit the gas to accelerate the front drive shaft going to the transfer case stripped, along with the transaxle gear. The car stop dead in the middle of the road and would not move.

- North Garden, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052011


  • 98,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2001 BMW X5. The contact stated the engine will rev, but will not move when going in reverse up a hill without getting a push. The vehicle works in reverse at any other time. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told there was an internal problem with the transmission and it would need to be replaced. The failure mileage was 98,000.rl

- West Hartford, CT, USA

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