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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,017 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 172011

X5 6-cyl

  • 89,075 miles


Resistance in the electrical contacts on rear brake light is causing my brake light to intermittent stop working.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 132011

X5 8-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
2005 BMW X-5 brakes fail to stop vehicle due to malfunction of the hydraulic brake booster. This is an ongoing problem. It will require buying a new brake booster and paying for its installation, cost of over $1000. The same problem has caused the recall of BMW 7 series from several model years.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 272010


  • 87,976 miles
The contact owns 2005 BMW X5 4.4. the contact was driving 10 mph when the power assist for the brakes failed. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where they replaced the vacuum pump and brake booster due to an oil leak. The manufacturer was contacted and they stated that they were aware of the failure but they were not taking responsibility since his vehicle was not included in the voluntary manufacturers recall. The failure mileage was 87,976 and the current mileage was 89,000.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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