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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,950 miles

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2012 BMW X5 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2012 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 172015


  • 48,500 miles


I was hit by a car turning left in front of me. Left front side and door hit. Wheel knocked at angle under car. Steering wheel airbag burned my right hand when it deployed.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 052013


  • miles
The vehicle reverse unexpectedly resulting in crashing the owner when unloading grocery. The owner of the vehicle in hospitalize and underwent surgery. The owner broke both of his femur bones and right knee cap.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 122013

X5 6-cyl Diesel

  • 17,350 miles
While driving at 70 mph on the freeway, my sunroof spontaneously shattered into a million pieces. No other vehicles were around and no falling debris was nearby. The sunroof exploded outward with a loud bang, like a gunshot. Glass rained down inside the car and my passenger and I were cut while trying to remove pieces of glass from the interior.

- Blaine, WA, USA

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