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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 BMW X5 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 242006

X5 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 55 mph on a dark rural road, the vehicle lost all lights and power. Eventually the engine completely died. After 25 minutes, the vehicle was restarted, and was taken to a dealer where the ignition switch was replaced. The problem was that the ignition switch was replaced a year ago for intermittent start problems. The contact's spouse was very concerned about the safety of driving the vehicle with the family.

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 232006

X5 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55 mph on a country road at night, there was a loss of the headlights followed by the engine stalling without warning. The engine restarted after several attempts, and an extended period of time. There were no further incidents of headlight failure. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer, who determined the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Placerville, CA, USA

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