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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,872 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.

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2013 BMW X5 engine problems

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2013 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 122016


  • 52,000 miles


Takata aribag has not been resolved. Going on 8 months. Engine shuts down.

- Atlantic Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 082014

X5 8-cyl

  • 5,990 miles
Engine stalled while vehicle at complete stop, with air conditioning on. The vehicle had been driven at various speeds for several miles and parked, then restarted when the incident occurred.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 242013


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 BMW X5. The contact stated while traveling approximately 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder of the road and failed to restart. The contact also mentioned that the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 9,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Birmingham, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 182012

X5 8-cyl

  • 500 miles
Vehicle developed significantly reduced fuel mileage after the first 500 miles. In town range dropped by 40% to 7.8 mpg over the same route, independent of gasoline source or grade. Exhaust gases are very hot and exhibit a pronounced sulfuric, gunpowder like smell. Electrical fans constantly on during city driving attempting to cool the engine. Excessive carbon build up on exhaust components. Engine exhibiting rich running condition. A persistent mechanical engine whine developed emanating from the oil pump, possibly the alternator area of the engine compartment, peaking at 1700-1900 RPM under load. At 1,200 miles, the 8 speed automatic transmission developed erratic shift behavior between 1st-3rd gears. At fairly constant speed, the transmission is shifting between 1st and second gear, alternating up shifting and downshifting without establishing proper gear. Coming to a stop, vehicle surges revolutions by up to 500 RPM on the 3-2 downshift and up to 800 RPM on the 2-1 downshift, causing a sudden and abrupt halt, engine braking effect. Behavior is most pronounced in standard D transmission mode, minimized in ds mode and completely absent in manual mode with automatic downshift. At 2,200 miles, gunpowder like exhaust gas smell more pronounced and evident while average fuel mileage dropped to 6.4 mpg over the same course. Transmission experienced two incidents of failing to up shift into second gear followed by a mechanical clunk and sharp jolt after finally getting in gear. Vehicle does not exhibit any stored or active fault codes within the on-board diagnostics.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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