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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,200 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.

2006 BMW X5 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 052013

X5 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the brake power assist failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the brake vacuum pump, brake hose, and brake booster needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V367000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 85,000.... updated 08/19/13

- Jenkintown, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 112010


  • 55,800 miles
1. brake light came on in 2006 BMW X5 on 8/1/10. 2. the vehicle was taken to BMW dealer to be repaired, on inspection they found "both front axle -cv boots split and spraying grease on brake calipers". the vehicle was repaired to BMW standard 3. on 8/11/10 the vehicle was in an accident- the brakes was sluggish and did not respond.

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 122010


  • 18,000 miles
We have a 2006 BMW X5 that we have had 5 sets of front brake rotors replaced for warping. When the rotors warp you get a sever shake in the front end with high speed braking that may cause loss of control of the vehicle. I have contacted BMW of North America about the issue and they confirmed they know it is an issue but said they are not going to try to resolve the issue. They will only offer a 2 year warranty on the rotor so it will not cost the customer to replace it. These parts fail after approximately 10,000 miles. My wife has almost lost control of the car on the expressway due to this issue. It need to be addressed.

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #1

Dec 242008


  • 50,000 miles
This is about a leased 2006 BMW X5. I was parking the car, & had applied the footbrake when the car began to accelerate. I floored the brake pedal again, but the car did not stop, so I applied the handbrake & still it did not stop. It crashed through some bushes, over a concrete sidewalk & into the street which luckily had no traffic. I was able to slam the gearshift into reverse & turned off the ignition to stop the car while at a right angle to the lane markers in the road. Very lucky that there was no oncoming traffic at that hour. I restarted the car, put it into reverse gear & backed over the same path & into the parking lot & pulled the handbrake & turned off the ignition. I called braman BMW of w. palm beach to tow the car away since I was unwilling to drive it anymore. Their head mechanic, prior to inspecting the car, during a 3-way phone call with me & joe of braman BMW in w. palm beach, stated that he concluded (before he ever looked at the car) that I was at fault & that I must have mistakenly pushed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal. They called me on Monday, December 29, said they test drove it & found nothing wrong. They said they would call BMW's national office & get back to me. So far I have had no call back.

- Juno Beach, FL, USA

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