hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,018 miles

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2005 BMW X5 brakes problems

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2005 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 012016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 BMW X5. The contact stated there was a leak and the brakes failed. The dealer diagnosed that the brake vacuum pump fractured and leaked to the brake line, which caused a failure with the brake booster. The dealer diagnosed that the brake booster needed to be replaced. The manufacturer provided no solution and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V045000 (service brakes, service brakes, hydraulic). The failure mileage was not available.

- Glen Gardner, NJ, USA

problem #6

Mar 212015

X5 8-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
The car was driving fine until I went to use the brakes as a slow speed 5-25mph. The brake pedal got really hard and the car was not stopping. I was coming up to a red light and there was a car in front of me I almost hit, because the car was not stopping as normal. This condition seems to be only when driving really slow, or just starting. There were no indicator lights (brake light). I checked the brake fluid and all other fluids, which were at acceptable levels. I turned off the car and back on to see if it was the computer or ABS system, this did not help. I took the car to my mechanic (independent) and he explained that it was the vacuum pump that had an oil leak. This pushed the oil up the vacuum line and into the break booster. So I need to replace the vacuum pump, vacuum line, and brake booster. He and I did a check and found a recall on the same engine in different BMW models in that year and after 2007 in the same model. I researched online and found other people with the same issue I have and they came to the same conclusion the it is weird that the 2005 X5 4.4 V8 is not in the recalls, even though it is exhibiting the same issues as other BMW make and models that have the same issue that have been recalled. I am concerned, because this is a dangerous issue that BMW and the NHTSA is aware of (because of recalls), but the 2005 V8 X5 does not fall under this recall"??"

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 302014


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, brake fluid started to leak and the brakes failed without warning. The contact replaced the brake fluid and drove the vehicle home. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 05V367000 (service brakes, hydraulic) but did not confirm if the vehicle was included. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000.

- Quincy , MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 302012


  • miles


My breaks went out the lights goes on and off the wioers dont work the outside lights goes on and off at night I have a outrageous ciolant leak and mire I have drove the car in about 5 months or longer and still making payments now the car is completely dead I don't know what to do me and the kids gers soaked because I H a ve walk them to and from school everyday it sucks so im making payments for something I can use ive had coils replaced everything it vibrates really bad when I come to a stop light ibhave had no accident or anything just problems

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 052013

X5 8-cyl

  • 110,128 miles
I noticed the recall on the brake system for 2007 -2010 BMW X5, but think they should include other years of same model. My brake light came on saying check brake linings. Had the brake pads redone and after leaving was almost in 4 accidents due to the brake boosters failing. After full analysts from BMW they said $1800 to replace, but have never had any problems with my brakes until they were replaced.

- Midvale , UT, USA

problem #2

Jun 052013

X5 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I just got my X5 out of the shop two weeks ago due to a engine oil leak which cost 1700 to repair and now the brake booster system has went out which is another 1200 to repair. This vehicle has had two recalls for this same problem however the 2005 was not included in the recall the first recall was for 2000-2002 and the second recall which was just in February of this year was for 2007-2010 obviously the fix did not work and they need to include all vehicles from 2000 until 2010. When I called BMW all the girl on the phone could say is your X5 was not included in the recall.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #1

May 212012

X5 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The brake booster has failed twice now on this 2005 BMW X5. BMW has recalled other models in the same model year for the same problem, but refuses to repair the problem to my vehicle. This failure of the brake booster has put my family in danger and has costed me thousands of dollars.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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