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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 BMW X5 accessories - interior problems

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2005 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 012015


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 BMW X5. While driving approximately 15 mph with the seat heater activated, the front driver side seat began to get hot and there was a burning odor. The contact reduced the heat for the seat, but the failure recurred whenever the seat heating option was activated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Crofton, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 062009

X5 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
BMW X-5 2005 heated seats turn instantly burning hot to the touch. Resulting charred black seat underneath leather exterior. This can cause a fire or and individual be burned. BMW charged $200 to verify there is a problem but unwilling to recall. The seat underneath the leather is burned black and lucky is did not start fire.

- Utah, UT, USA

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