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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,202 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.

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2002 BMW X5 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 232012

X5 6-cyl

  • 137,405 miles


While driving in heavy traffic along I 90 the vehicle suddenly turned off. The cause was determined to be a faulty oil separator.

- Wynantskill, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 122011

X5 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
After vehicle is parked for a few hours, when you crank it and put the transmission in reverse it slips and does not want to engage. Problem does not appear when vehicle is in drive, only reverse so far. As the vehicle warms up the problem goes away.

- Hobe Sound, FL, USA

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