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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,795 miles

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2003 BMW X5 exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2003 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 032011


  • 74,200 miles


The contact owns a 2003 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph there was smoke coming from under the hood and exhaust pipe. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the oil separator was leaking and drained onto the exhaust pipe and engine abnormally, causing the failure. The contact stated that the failure would only occur in cold temperatures. The oil separator was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 74,200.

- Park Ridge, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 222011

X5 6-cyl

  • 77,390 miles
Drive one mile one 1 in 22 degree weather BMW 2003 X5 begin to blow thick white smoke from exhaust pipes and engine shut down. There were no indicator lights that warn there was a problem.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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