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4.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,073 miles

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2001 BMW X5 miscellaneous problems

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2001 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 032005

X5 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1. had car serviced at 60,000 miles, only 3 weeks later the green dashes started appearing again and staying on, as if I needed to have car serviced. Called dealer and they said not to worry, this has been know to happen, just ignore it. 2. very loud noise from sun roof (closed) while traveling on freeway and leaks during car washes" dealer said they can replace the seal and this should fix the problem. 3. brake light indicator on dash comes on and off, as if bulb is out, but just replaced bulb, then replaced again, sometimes this brake light works and sometimes it doesn't. 4. window on front passenger window would not go back up after opened, then a day later, the door would not open or close. Dealer replaced the window mechanism that controls both the door handle and the window at my cost mind you the rear window and door had been done only a year before. The dealer told me that this happens on all german cars, doesn't matter the age of car or make. How frustrating - spend $45,000 and know windows will eventually quit working?" 5. front right headlamp gets moisture in it and it takes 3-5 days to clear up. 6. driver cup holders, what is up with that - can only put one cup in it, when try to put 2 in, they overlap, very frustrating when driving. 7. storage in front minimal and a hassle, you have to reach back and sort of behind you to get into compartment - dangerous while driving. 8. leather seats are very hard, need a plushier leather. 9. wheels, brake "dust" gets all over the wheels much much more than any other luxury car I have ever had. 10. cargo cover in rear needs work, check out the one Lexus uses in RX30. 11. need more cargo space - compared to RX330 and the Volvo X90, space is extremely small. 12. disappointed in my car - want to sell it, will not buy another BMW.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #2

Aug 152003

X5

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
I took delivery of my new X5 4.4, on August 28, 2000. There were light brown spots on the entire vehicle. Because of the late hour in the evening, I was told that I could bring the car back at my convenience to be cleaned. I did this and many of the spots were removed. Unfortunately the spots between the panels could not be removed. I tried to have the car privately detailed (as I usually do) and the detailer said that he could not get between the panels to remove all of the spots. The original spots were gone on most of the car, and new spots appeared. This has been a cronic problem. The spots can for the most part be removed, but they do come back and if they are not removed they grow larger and in some cases darker. BMW of North America has sent the regional rep to look at my car and he (steve) deemed it and external factor. Possibly road tar. It was delivered to me with spots, and there were spots everywhere on the vehicle. Most are removable, but they come back and grow. Range rover had a rust problem on their vehicles and they could not fix the problem, they replaced the vehicle. BMW is ignoring the problem. Please email me if you have a similar defect on your BMW (jsb3@attbi.com)

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152003

X5

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
I took delivery of my new X5 4.4, on August 28, 2000. There were light brown spots on the entire vehicle. Because of the late hour in the evening, I was told that I could bring the car back at my convenience to be cleaned. I did this and many of the spots were removed. Unfortunately the spots between the panels could not be removed. I tried to have the car privately detailed (as I usually do) and the detailer said that he could not get between the panels to remove all of the spots. The original spots were gone on most of the car, and new spots appeared. This has been a cronic problem. The spots can for the most part be removed, but they do come back and if they are not removed they grow larger and in some cases darker. BMW of North America has sent the regional rep to look at my car and he (steve) deemed it and external factor. Possibly road tar. It was delivered to me with spots, and there were spots everywhere on the vehicle. Most are removable, but they come back and grow. Range rover had a rust problem on their vehicles and they could not fix the problem, they replaced the vehicle. BMW is ignoring the problem. Please email me if you have a similar defect on your BMW (jsb3@attbi.com)

- Newton, MA, USA

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