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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,387 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 BMW X6 engine problems

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2012 BMW X6 Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 012016


  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 BMW X6. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, a warning message that the vehicle had over heated immediately displayed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the turbo coolant pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Dec 302015


  • 50,001 miles
The contact owns a 2012 BMW X6. While driving 55 mph, the transmission failed to shift to the lower gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure, but the diagnostic produced a fault code. The contact was informed that the electric auxiliary water pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V161000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,001.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 072011

X6 8-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Was slowing vehicle while entering onto interstate ramp at a sharp left. Vehicle shifted into neutral and shut down engine. No ability to steer or brake. Also happened while sitting a traffic light.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #2

Jan 012012

X6 8-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
Vehicle has been smoking, burning oil and leaving a black residue on tail pipes and on paint around tailpipes since approximately 6 months old. BMW service advised oil usage was normal for vehicle and refused to investigate further. Oil consumption has continued to increase to as much as 6 quarts in less than 5,000 miles. Having serious engine malfunctions with engine shut down, without warning and without ability to compensate for traffic conditions. Believe there is an inherent defect in the engine and that car is a danger. BMW service simply checks for visible oil leaks but refuses to investigate further.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #1

Nov 262014

X6 8-cyl

  • 46,932 miles
Engine malfunction. Engine operating at reduced output. Engine has malfunctioned numerous times. Shuts down to reduced output, without warning and without allowance for traffic conditions, only allowing for 4-5 mph travel. Extreme danger! BMW has a "customer care package" that is a recall, although they are not calling it a recall. However, all parts of recall have been replaced on vehicle and now having to drive a vehicle that has not been fixed, that I am afraid to drive in traffic and do not trust to have enough power to merge onto interstate. BMW is simply throwing parts at a serious problem that has the potential to harm thousands of people.

- Charleston , WV, USA

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