definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,770 miles

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2003 BMW X5 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012009


  • 115,000 miles


I have a 2003 BMW X5 4.4. which seems to vibrate/jerk between 20 and 30 mph. The first time (2009) I went to the dealer they told me I needed to replace my tire which I did. This did not help. I went back to the dealer again and now they tell me I need to replace the transmission. After researching this issue online, I am learning many other BMW owners have this same problem. I am curious to know if this is a defect.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 012009


  • 80 miles
80K on my BMW X5 and the transmission needs replaced.

- Lakewood , WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152009


  • 68,000 miles
On 01/15/2009, the extremely chilly day, my wife drove the X5 on route 2 East bound around exit 58 in arlington, MA, the exhaust system suddenly emitted heavy white smoke, but the oil warning light did not turned on at all. My wife pulled over the car and turned off the engine immediately. 15 minutes later, she found the engine was disabled when she tried to restart it. After the car was towed to BMW service center, I was informed the car needs the following replacements ¿crank case vent valve ¿valve cover gaskets and spark plugs ¿transfer case the total cost is $1360+$3125= $4485.

- Burlington, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 162004

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving 70 mph vehicle stalled. Driver was able to pull over. Vehicle taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that transmission needed to be replaced.

- Stockton, CA, USA

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