hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,876 miles

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2005 BMW X5 engine problems

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2005 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 162016


  • 155,000 miles


I was at a stop sign then accelerated onto a round-A-bout when the vehicle stopped it would not accelerate even though my foot was on the gas pedal and the car was still on. I tried signaling my emergency lights but the whole inside of the dashboard was going on & off not letting me signal anything. I put the vehicle in park & turned off the car. When I tried turning it back on it would just click and all lights would turn on. I waited for 20 min then tried to start it again & it did start but then sounded like it was dying out and eventually would shut off, there was more than a half tank of gas in the vehicle.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #9

Sep 302016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW X5. When turning the vehicle, an abnormal clicking noise was heard from the front end of the vehicle while driving 20-30 mph. The service engine and air bag warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front axles were defective and needed to be replaced. The illumination of the warning indicators was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were not provided.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 032016


  • 118,000 miles
The 2005 X5 BMW V8 has given me all kinds of problems. From replacing engine, transmission, catalytic converter, valve gaskets to fuel injector and ignition problems. The car shuts off while still on drive and sometimes in motion. Car has all types of problem and continues to drain me financially

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 222016


  • 15 miles


Engine cooling system, driver side door damage and transmission failure issues. Sound of a kick in the back of the car when starting motion.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #6

Feb 082014


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW X5. After the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that the vehicle was leaking oil without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the valve cover gasket was leaking oil onto the engine and needed to be replaced, along with the timing chain cover, alternator bracket, and oil pressure switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 042016


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact also stated that the vehicle began to hesitate to start. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure could not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 64,000.

- Park Ridge, IL, USA

problem #4

May 042015


  • 80,250 miles


Excess smoking upon starting. One week later excess smoking continuously..so much smoke I could not use car.

- Glen Head, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 152015

X5 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Engine iced up and hydro-locked from condensate. Stalled in traffic with slippery roads, in front of a logging truck. Very narrowly escaped collision. Found many incidents of this on internet and it appears that BMW has allowed this to continue over time and is not acknowledging issue. Repair shop I'm using has dealt with many incidents of this, too. Used for 17 mile each way daily commute so short trip-related problems should not be an issue.

- Rice Lake, WI, USA

problem #2

Jan 082014

X5 6-cyl

  • 83,500 miles
On 1/6/14 I went outside and started up vehicle and let it warm up for a bit and then I drove about 2miles and car was acting funny as I drove it. It didn't want to go so I gave it some gas and RPM's revved up but odometer was moving up and down all crazy. I left vehicle cranked as I went into store and drove it back home. Didn't want to turn it off in case it didn't start back up. On 1/8/14 I went out and cranked car to warm up for a minute and then put car into drive and heard a loud pop. I then put car back into park. Car acted as if it didn't want to stay started so I gave it some gas and then a bunch of smoke came out from exhaust pipes. Turned car off and let all smoke clear and tried to restart car but it wouldn't turn over. Had car towed to import specialty and 2 days later they informed me this is a common issue with make & model that the diaphragm bust and the tcc valve breaks and throws oil everywhere. Thank goodness I bought a extended warranty that covers power train but not this issue $1,725 on the low side to just clean oil out and then we will be able to look further into car to see if engine is salvageable or not. I am in a rental car paying for that, repairs to start are just $1.725.00 plus.... car payment. We don't know if warranty will cover this after they find out what happened per mgr at import specialty. I have called BMW nashville for goodwill assistance because of year of car per [xxx] they can't help. This is a know issue with this car and BMW needs to reimburse consumers who have had to shell out monies to fix this issue and other repairs because of this issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jul 052013

X5 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I bought this SUV last week for my kids to drive after researching and test-driving various makes and models for months: BMW X5 4,4I, Mercedes ML430, Porsche cayenne, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The BMW won in the end because I have had several 3-series with 200,000K on it that run like new. The previous owner assured me that there were no problems with this SUV and sold it to me in as-is excellent condition. She also assured me that it had been serviced by a BMW dealer with a full inspection on June 13, 2013. I also had it inspected by an indy mechanic. Two days after I bought it it started blowing clouds of blue smoke on acceleration, intermittently. I immediately contacted the seller who told me that she had mentioned this to the BMW dealership during the June 13, 2013 inspection, and that they could not detect or isolate the source of the problem but, they told her that it was nothing to worry about. I then contacted the dealership to pull the service records which verify this to be true. Upon researching this issue online, I found several technical service bulletins about it (PCV, ccv for the N62 engine and osv for the M54 engine) as well as hundreds of complaints from consumers - everything from blowing smoke to blown engines related to these pressure release valves. How can a dealer not know to check the pressure release valve when there is so much consumer history and technical literature on it"?" this just blows my mind!!! I would not have bought this vehicle had I known about its pre-exiting condition because I would have researched it and been scared off by the degree to which people have been affected / hurt by it! this is clearly a design flaw. What will is take for BMW to get its #$&* together and recall vehicles affected by these M54 and N62 engines!

- Saskatoon, AP, USA

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