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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,836 miles

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2001 BMW X5 lights problems

lights problem

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2001 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 062011


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 BMW X5. The contact stated that both brake lights failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where both brake light bulbs and holders were replaced; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician stated that there was a short within the brake light system and both wiring harnesses needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 262003

X5 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,672 miles
Consumer called complaining about rear brake lights staying on all the time. Brake lights would stay on, and consumer was almost rear ended three times.manufacturer was contacted, and stated that they could not find the cause of problem, but will still try to find it.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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