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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,879 miles

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2010 BMW X5 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2010 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 112015


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 BMW X5. While driving 50 mph, the engine lost power and the vehicle would not move forward. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the tranmission had to be changed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 062016


  • 107,815 miles
The car loss power and shutdown with me twice while driving on the highway. (95 North)error messages "electrical system malfunction continue driving is not possible. Have the system checked by the nearest BMW center", "transmission malfunction"," restraint system malfunction", "fault in passenger-restraint system" the second time that happened to me, I had the car towed by aaa at 5am after work. The car parking brake was luck, so aaa had to drag the into the flat bed, this is a serious issue BMW makes a lot of money therefore should be held accountable and fix the issue before someone get kill. The cause is water getting into the trunk and socking all the electrical wires in the truck of the car causing everything to go crazy. BMW is aware of the issue. I saw a few class action case against BMW for the issues I have here.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #2

Jan 232016


  • 62,000 miles
Was driving on the freeway at 100 km / H when three high pop arrival. Went out to edge. There was oil on the road. I got a tow truck and moved the car to the workshop. It found that out the drive shaft had given him. It entered and broke the oil pan of the machine. I've seen many posts about this problem but my car is not under warranty. But I see many BMW owners around the world have received this repair of BMW. This is a very expensive repair.

- Grindavik, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 062012

X5 6-cyl Diesel

  • 19,700 miles
Park distance control issue. Upon selection of reverse, park distance control (pdc) seem to function properly, giving correct visual and audible alerts to objects. Upon transition to drive, however, pdc malfunctions in the following manner: 1) visual alert on control display indicates in red, alerting me to an object in close proximity, even when no object in near 2) continuous audible tone corresponding to red display. This continuous tone/alert is displayed for up to 20 seconds, upon which time both indications cease.

- Ona, WV, USA

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