hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,500 miles

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2005 BMW X5 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

May 312009


  • 71,000 miles
I bought a 2005 BMW X5 this May. I feel dizzy and nausea each time I drive it and I didn't know the reason until recently. I bought a gauss meter to check computer emf in my study room recently. Emf is showing as safe in front of every computer in my study room. To my surprise, it showed as danger after I started my BMW X5, even at the back row of the car. I tried it in another car I have, it showed as safe also. So I think this is the reason that caused the dizziness and the nausea. I am not sure what to do with it. I don't want to have any car accident due to dizziness.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 112008


  • miles
1: we bought this BMW 2005 X5 in June 2008 and brought it into the dealership in June 08 for routine full electrical and mechanical diagnostic check. Upon completion of repairs/diagnostics, which took almost a week, dealership told us that there were no electrical and mechanical issues. Within just a few days after receiving delivery of the vehicle after the "clean bill of health" from the dealer, the car completely died. This incident occurred in the morning right before work resulting in logistical, financial, and safety issues. The car had to be jump started and the battery was replaced. In addition, the fuel gauge does not work properly and was brought up multiple times with the dealer without resolution. Within a few days the same situation occurred, again resulting in logistical, financial, and safety issues and the battery was replaced. Over the next week, we noticed about 16 other electrical and mechanical issues and brought the car back to the same dealership. After receiving the car back from the dealership, we continued to have problems with the car. About 2 months later, the battery had to be replaced again as the car died again. Within another month, the car died yet again! again, it was the battery. Again, the battery had to be replaced. 2: the failure is, amongst multiple other issues, a chronic battery drain. 3: last repair, about 2 weeks ago, the tcu unit was replaced, along with the battery. So far, we are on our 5th battery in 4 months in a newer BMW X5! our fuel gauge still does not read full when full and is inaccurate. Dealer states that "this is the way all bmws are made".

- Deer Park, IL, USA

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