hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,585 miles

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2004 BMW X5 drivetrain problems

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2004 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #6

May 152017


  • 50 miles


Have accident.because my BMW X5 2004 when start the engine..the car jump. And problems with trasmission not work good when L star driving the car jump the speeds not work good the gears 2 months ago L hit.the front car.because my car jump.in have to pay.the owner the other cars.have to many accidents with BMW X5 2004..please you can help me..thank you very much.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #5

May 122017


  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW X5. While driving 35 mph, a loud noise came from the front end of the vehicle and it shook violently. The failure occurred without warning. The contact pulled over to the nearest independent mechanic who diagnosed that the power train drive shaft unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The independent mechanic contacted the BMW dealer and had the vehicle towed to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired since the VIN was not included in a recall. The manufacturer advised the contact to call NHTSA. The failure mileage was 152,000.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #4

Jun 122013

X5 8-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
The BMW X5 is very poorly made and BMW does not stand behind any issues or care. My 2004 BMW X5 has the known jerking at low speeds, turns which feels like you have been hit in the [xxx] end. I also was going to work and lost all my coolant, the water pump and coolant pipe need replaced/repaired which is not a cheap job..it is more than the value/cost of this vehicle(if done at a BMW dealer). These issues are known and very common. BMW should issue recalls for these problems or give assistance for repairs instead of constantly making excuses and giving reasons on why they will not help! I have been and will continue to do anything I can to get assistance for my repairs and hopefully many others. BMW does not care about their buyers, unless it is a new vehicle and you do all your dealings with a BMW service department which I feel is unfair, customers should be able to choose any good mechanic instead of having to travel to and/or pay BMW outrageous fees for repairs. It is not safe to have these issues and run out of coolant(anywhere anyway from home) or to constantly have the massive jerk with the transmission. BMW needs to issue recalls and stand behind the tranny, coolant pipe, and water pump issues and failures. The BMW is not worth the money, they are made poorly, very expensive to repair, and have horrible customer service. BMW says the "internet and people say alot of things but that does not mean its a problem" and as I said to them...when many many people have the same issues then yes, it is a real problem!!!! it is not like people are asking for assistance or recalls on minor or normal repairs and maintenence!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Shamokin , PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012006


  • 16,300 miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled. Immediately after, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was later towed to the dealer. After diagnosis, the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 16,300. The current mileage was approximately 66,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012012


  • 74,160 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW X5. The contact stated that the gear shifter failed. The vehicle's gear did not illuminate to display which gear the vehicle was shifted into. The vehicle went into limp mode as a result. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the gear circuit range failed and the computer needed to be reprogrammed. The failure and current mileages were 74,160.

- Germantown , WI, USA

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problem #1

Jun 052011

X5 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
1. did a 3 point turn and then pulled onto a 45 mph road way 2. front tires locked up and I skidded to a stop, even after I depressed the clutch. 3. front differential failure, was replace to correct the problem 4. fortunately the person following me was not tailgating so no accident.

- York, PA, USA

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