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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,865 miles

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2004 BMW X5 drivetrain problems

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2004 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 122013

X5 8-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


The BMW X5 is very poorly made and BMW does not stand behind any issues or care. My 2004 BMW X5 has the known jerking at low speeds, turns which feels like you have been hit in the [xxx] end. I also was going to work and lost all my coolant, the water pump and coolant pipe need replaced/repaired which is not a cheap is more than the value/cost of this vehicle(if done at a BMW dealer). These issues are known and very common. BMW should issue recalls for these problems or give assistance for repairs instead of constantly making excuses and giving reasons on why they will not help! I have been and will continue to do anything I can to get assistance for my repairs and hopefully many others. BMW does not care about their buyers, unless it is a new vehicle and you do all your dealings with a BMW service department which I feel is unfair, customers should be able to choose any good mechanic instead of having to travel to and/or pay BMW outrageous fees for repairs. It is not safe to have these issues and run out of coolant(anywhere anyway from home) or to constantly have the massive jerk with the transmission. BMW needs to issue recalls and stand behind the tranny, coolant pipe, and water pump issues and failures. The BMW is not worth the money, they are made poorly, very expensive to repair, and have horrible customer service. BMW says the "internet and people say alot of things but that does not mean its a problem" and as I said to them...when many many people have the same issues then yes, it is a real problem!!!! it is not like people are asking for assistance or recalls on minor or normal repairs and maintenence!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Shamokin , PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012006


  • 16,300 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled. Immediately after, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was later towed to the dealer. After diagnosis, the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 16,300. The current mileage was approximately 66,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012012


  • 74,160 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW X5. The contact stated that the gear shifter failed. The vehicle's gear did not illuminate to display which gear the vehicle was shifted into. The vehicle went into limp mode as a result. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the gear circuit range failed and the computer needed to be reprogrammed. The failure and current mileages were 74,160.

- Germantown , WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 052011

X5 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
1. did a 3 point turn and then pulled onto a 45 mph road way 2. front tires locked up and I skidded to a stop, even after I depressed the clutch. 3. front differential failure, was replace to correct the problem 4. fortunately the person following me was not tailgating so no accident.

- York, PA, USA

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