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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,115 miles

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2004 BMW X5 accessories - exterior problems

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2004 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 152014


  • 98,230 miles


As per the below BMW service bulletin, I have a defective sunroof cassette as it doesn't have adequate water management and causes water to leak into the front and rear compartments and can cause electrical control modules to get wet and become damaged. This is a safety hazard caused by the potential flooding. Si B 54 06 06 special roofs November 2006 technical service this service information bulletin supersedes S.I. B54 06 06 dated August 2006. Designates changes to this revision subject water leak from panoramic sunroof model E53 (X5 sav), E61 (5 series sport wagon) and E83 (X3 sav) equipped with panoramic sunroof (S402A) situation customer may complain of a water leak from the overhead console area during heavy rain or when driving/parking on a steep slope facing downhill. Cause possible causes: A.obstructed or damaged drains or drain tubes. B.void in the windshield urethane bead. C.excessive gaps between the glass panels and the perimeter seal. D.inadequate water management system in the sunroof cassette.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 212004


  • miles
2004 BMW X5 steering vibrates and pulls slightly to the left, cigarette lighter came apart, center console opens on its own. ** answer required*** when the consumer looked under the vehicle, he noticed one side of the vehicle was lower than the other, which may have been the cause of the vehicle pulling to right and the horrendous vibration. The seat frame was loud because it moved back and fourth and did not fully lay flat. The sunroof leaked. The lights flashed on and off at regular intervals, the left rear window was inoperative, the right rear door never opened, the horn starting blaring on and off for no reason. The audio controls on the steering wheel did not work. The key sometimes did not unlock or lock the doors.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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