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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,351 miles

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2008 BMW X5 engine problems

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2008 BMW X5 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

Apr 152014

X5

  • 49,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at 35 mph a loud noise started coming from engine compartment, sounded as if the fan was running at warp speed. A few miles later a warning came on stating engine was running hot, I pulled off to the side of the road and allowed it to cool down. After it cooled down I drove 2 more miles to my office and called a tow truck to send to BMW dealership. BMW informed me the electric water pump went out and need replacement at a cost of $1400. Internet shows 38,000 recalls of X-5 for water pump problem but just my luck my car is excluded. I am waiting on a response from BMW usa regarding my request to have issue covered. My vehicle has only 40,000 miles and we have already replaced the fuel pump, the fuel pump relay and now the water pump. This car was over $70,000 when purchased and you would think they would stand behind their product.

- Kihei, HI, USA

problem #19

Feb 092013

X5

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving my car under normal conditions, around 40mph and all of a sudden I started to loose the power to my car to the point that it shut down in the middle of the road. I called my husband and there was nothing we could do to start the car to move it to the side. It had to be towed to the dealership to reset some electronics and was told its a safety issue on the car. I asked them to explain to me what would happen if I was on the New Jersey turnpike or staten island expressway or route 17 in NJ what would happen. No explanation well I can explain it. I would probably be rear ended and cause a pile up. I think this needs to be looked into. I wonder how many times this has happened and the accidents it has caused.

- Carlstadt, NJ, USA

problem #18

Mar 192014

X5

  • 74,000 miles
Car was driven at 25 mph. Stopped at destination for approx 10 min. When restarted made loud blower sound but kept driving at 25 mph. After about 10-15 secs, message came that " engine is overheated and drive at moderate speeds". in about 10 secs after that, message changed to " engine overheated, stop to let it cool down". stopped immediately. Called an independent mechanic who advised hat car be towed to their garage problem has still not been diagnosed. Car is very well maintained.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #17

Feb 152014

X5

  • 69,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On February 15, 2014 at approximately 10:00 am, my 2008 X5 3.0si had an overheating engine problem in the middle of a blizzard-like conditions in the mountains of North Carolina where my family and I were vacationing. This was a very unsafe situation for me, my wife and three young children who were accompanying me. The car entered into a "safe mode", slowed down to almost a complete halt, just with enough time for me to pull off to the side of a steep mountain road in the middle of freezing temperatures. Then I had to try to find a safe way out of this situation. We had to stay in the car for several hours trying to keep warm until I could get a towing service to take the car back to the closest BMW service center (85 miles away) and find a car rental so I could get my family to a safe place (I.e. home, 115 miles away). The service center fixed my car at a cost of $1,400, and they traced the problem back to an electric water pump failure. This is extremely frustrating because the vehicle had manufacturer`S warranty until barely three months ago, and this expensive and vital engine part fails conveniently soon afterwards. This electric water pump ought to have a life expectancy of more than 6 years/69,000 miles. In short, my family and I were put in a dangerous situation, and I had to spend more than $1,800 (including towing and car rental charges) out of my pocket because of a notoriously bad BMW part (the subject of numerous recalls and technical service bulletins in other BMW X5S).

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #16

Jan 282014

X5 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 bwi X5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure was recurring. In addition, the contact stated that the when accelerating, the vehicle would resist and feel as if it was attempting to stall. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the mechanic diagnosed that the exhaust senor and fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 3/28/14 the consumer stated the first incident happened in August 2013, with no warning on the highway. It was determined the water pump failed. Updated 04/22/14

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #15

Sep 132013

X5 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving on the highway at 65mph suddenly the vehicle display the message that the engine temperature was too hot and advise me to pull over. Within 2 seconds, the car slow itself down in the middle of traffic despite my foot was pressing on the gas pedal. I had to immediately pull over to the shoulder to get out of traffic. I had the car towed to the BMW and it turn out the water pump had stop pumping water to the engine, causing it to overheat. BMW charged me $1200 to fix it bit I feel like there should be a recall for this issue since a quick internet search reveal numerous people who have the exact same problem as mine. I also found out that BMW did issue a recall for the same year and model as mine but only on the less popular, bigger engine version.

- Grafton, WI, USA

problem #14

Mar 012013

X5 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. The contact stated the windshield wipers continued to move while the engine was off, and the vehicle also stalled without warning. The dealer reset the main computer, removed the dashboard and replaced the windshield relay module; however, the repairs did not correct the failures; therefore, the dealer advised there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage were 91,000. Updated 10/31/13

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #13

Aug 212013

X5

  • 104,000 miles
This morning when I started the vehicle I noticed a loud sound coming from the bottom of the engine near the pulleys. It sounded if though something was coming a loose. When I got out to check it the sound cleared or toned down. It sounded like it was coming from the water pump. While traveling on the freeway a low coolant light came on. I pulled off and checked the coolant level and it was in between low and max. I filled the coolant level up to max. The low coolant light remained on after parking it for two hours. I'm taking it to the dealer in the morning to see if its what I think it is, ( the water pump ). there should be a recall on this issue, I've read too many complaints. Can anybody help me with any updated info on this?

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #12

Jun 072013

X5 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Was driving about 65 miles when the warning light came engine malfunction notification, engine overheated... to drive moderately. I pulled over waited a few minutes and drove off again. 5 minutes later light comes back up and says engine overheated stop...call for service. Car now in shop.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #11

May 302013

X5 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving the vehicle at apx 65 mph, check engine light came on, red indicator light came on, and engine overheating notification displayed. Vehicle slowed to 20mph and would not drive. After sitting for 20 minutes, attempted to restart vehicle, overheating message still present. Vehicle was towed to shop, where diagnosed with faulty water pump. Called BMW to notify them of the problem, and mentioned recall 11V521000 - offered no assistance. Incident happened at apx 60K miles.

- Lyndhurst, OH, USA

problem #10

May 182013

X5 6-cyl

  • 49,324 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2008 BMW X5 with 49K miles was traveling at 65 mph on freeway when yellow engine overheat warning came on along with instruction to drive moderately. After 20 seconds, red alert came on indicating engine overheated and car stalled to 20 mph on busy freeway. The car was stopped on side of freeway and allowed to cool down for 10 minutes. When car was restarted, same warnings came on, and car had to be stopped. The breakdown cause was diagnosed to a failed water pump.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 252013

X5 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Will in the middle lane of 3 lanes of traffic, the yellow engine overheat light appeared. Within a few minutes that yellow light turned to red engine overheat, turn off the vehicle to cool down. I did my best to exit the highway and pull over without causing an accident. I waited nearly 2 hours before I could get towed off to the side of the highway. I had the vehicle diagnosed and the BMW of austin dealership advised I will need a water pump replaced to the tune of $766!! since my car has over 50K miles, I am outside the warranty. I know there was a recall for the 2010-2011 V8 version of the same car I have for the same faulty part--electric water pump. I believe this same failure affects my 2008 4.8I X5 sav. Please do something to help those of us who have put our lives at risk on highways with this sudden water pump failures.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 252013

X5 6-cyl

  • 31,300 miles
Check engine light came on - vehicle stalled abruptly. After some minutes waiting for the car to cool down, the vehicle was able to drive to a nearby parking area. The vehicle would not go further. Contacted nearest dealer who was 345 miles away. They agreed to tow the vehicle to get it fixed. The problem was a faulty water pump. The water pump, coolant and thermostat were replaced under warranty. We paid a deductible and the car was repaired. Judging by the number of complaints about this issue and the existing recall for the same vehicle model years 2010-2011, BMW should extend the recall to all affected E70 (X5) models including this 2008 one. We should not have to pay a deductible on what is clearly a dangerous defect. Had the vehicle been traveling on the highway at speed, an accident could have occurred given the way it stalled.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #7

Feb 172013

X5 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,494 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated with a message stating that the engine was overheating. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where it was confirmed that the water pump failed. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 36,494. Updated 03/20/13 the consumer stated the failure might be related to recall campign number 11V-521: Electric auxiliary water pump. Updated 05/08/2013

- Iselin, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jan 242013

X5

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, he heard a loud noise coming from the engine and the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that the vehicle overheated and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the water pump and thermostat had to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V521000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 28,000.

- Lawrence , NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 242013

X5

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the check engine light illuminated as the engine overheated and caused the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who advised that the electric auxiliary water pump and the thermostat needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that there were no recalls for the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #4

Jan 182013

X5

  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the engine warning indicator continuously illuminated. The contact maneuvered to the shoulder where the engine was shut down. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the failure was contributed to the water pump and thermostat. The vehicle was currently being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 47,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Rockville Center, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 232012

X5

  • 26,734 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. While driving approximately 55 mph, the engine warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact maneuvered to the side of the road and turned the engine off. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who advised that the water pump would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 26,734.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 222012

X5 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
The water pumped failed in the middle of a 4 lane divided hwy the vehicle is a 2008 BMW X5 and only has 47000 miles on it.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 112012

X5

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. The contact stated that the vehicle overheated and lost power. The failure recurred three times before the contact had reached his destination. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis where the dealer advised the contact that the water pump would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Mira, FL, USA

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