really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
141,500 miles

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2001 BMW X5 accessories - interior problems

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2001 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 152014


  • 138,000 miles


The airbag warning light on the instrument cluster turned on when I had a passenger in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. It would go off after a few start cycles with no passengers, but then come back on the next time a passenger was in the front passenger seat. I was able to read the codes which indirectly indicated a fault in the occupancy sensor mat in the front passenger seat. I replaced the sensor mat and related wiring interface and the warning light and errors have not returned. There are many owners groups that discuss the apparent high failure rate of these occupancy sensor mats and we have noted that more recent X5 models were recalled, but that earlier models were not. I suspect that the earlier models have the same - or a related - problem.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 012010

X5 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Failure of driver seat heating mechanism. Hole burned in bottom seat cushion and burn to occupant's (me) leg. This appears to be due to a short or break in the heating element. On-line research I've done indicates this is a widespread problem with this vehicle.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

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