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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,900 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 engine problems

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2006 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 312014


  • 108,000 miles


I already filed complaints for a failed brake booster, master cylinder pump, water pump leaking coolant, power steering pump leaking oil. I failed to mention that the valve gasket cover also needed to be replaced as oil was spewing all over the engine. At this point, this vehicle should be recalled in its entirety.

- West Babylon, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 112014

X5 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Complete BMW diagnostic done in October 2013, repairs done except brakes. While stopped at red light at northside dr. & 8th street(approx.) my X5 shut off & would not crank until 10 minutes later. Fire truck was on an emergency & my X5 blocked it's motion. Immediately took X5 to auto repair, rented a car & no problem diagnosed. 06/02/14, on my way to bible study, stopped at light, stuttered upon gas petal push to drive. Drove up hill & X5 shut off then dash light read stop! oil pressure, coasted to nearest lot. Oil added then drove for 5 more minutes, stopped for officer to direct school zone traffic, shut off again. Engine turns on but won't completely start. Police pushed me into nearest parking lot.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 112012

X5 6-cyl

  • 88,601 miles
While driving my truck on a very cold day (0 degrees) in Chicago, white smoke began emitting from the exhaust and the truck totally stopped running in the middle of heavy traffic. It would not restart and it had to be towed. It was determined that the cranckcase breather box/oil separator stopped working causing oil to spew everywhere within my exhaust. This also ruined my spark plugs. This is a well documented defect in the X5, and there should be a recall related to this. It seems to occur as soon as the manufacturer or extended warranty expires and it is related to cold weather.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 232011


  • 73,000 miles
Oil separator problem with 2006 BMW X5, caused engine to shut down in the middle of the highway. I'm told that this is a problem when driving in cold weather and there is nothing I can do to fix it. $1500 repair and still no assurance it won't happen again.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

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