really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,354 miles

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2005 BMW X5 seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 BMW X5 Owner Comments

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

Jan 192015

X5 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Fasten seatbelt chime and disabled airbag light appear even though passenger's seatbelt is fastened. Symptoms occur whether seat is occupied or unoccupied.

- Lexington , SC, USA

problem #7

Jul 132014


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW X5. The contact stated that while the driver was at a complete stop, another driver failed to yield the right of way and crashed into the passenger side causing the vehicle to spin several times. The driver's side frontal air bags failed to deploy. Additionally, the passenger front and rear curtain air bags partially deployed. The driver suffered injuries to the head, the back, and the feet that required medical attention. The contact did not disclose if a police report was filed or not. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 102014


  • miles


The contact owns 2006 BMW X5. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 13V564000 (air bag). However, the parts needed for repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 082005


  • 800 miles
Driving on I-95 at 65 miles per hour. Hit on passenger side, rear quarter panel from another car attempting to change lanes without seeing my auto. My car went into a high speed spin resulting in the car leaving the highway causing a head on, high impact crash into a canal. Air bag(s) did not deploy, however all windows, sunroof, and trunk automatically opened allowing easy exit.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

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problem #4

May 242014


  • 128,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2005 BMW X5. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated and displayed that it was deactivated when the passenger seat was occupied. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact stated that there was a manufacturer's recall for the failure but the vehicle was not included. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 192012


  • miles


I was going approximately 40 miles an hour when the vehicle in front of me made a panic stop and I crashed into the back of it. My air bags never deployed. The insurance adjuster said my car is totaled and there was something wrong with my air bags because they should deployed. I hurt my knee pretty bad from it hitting the dash.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 092012


  • 101,899 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the driver and side air bags deployed without the vehicle impacting any objects. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was able to be driven to the contacts home. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,899.

- Edgewater, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 082008

X5 6-cyl

  • 35,487 miles
10/8/2008 vehicle airbag warning light. Dealer service center replaced a coil spring in driver side airbag. 6/22/2009 vehicle airbag warning light. Dealer troubleshoot and decided to replace the drivers side airbag 5/11/2011 vehicle airbag warning light. Dealer diagnosed as issue with passenger side seat occupancy sensor. I decided to get another opinion. Airbag warning light remained off for about 60 days after this diagnostic, but no repairs were done. Sept 2011 vehicle airbag warning light. Diagnosed by an independent mechanic as issue with drivers side airbag (code 01) and passenger side seat occupancy (code 70). 2/28/12 vehicle airbag warning light. Diagnosed by dealer service center as slip ring issue on the drivers side and seat occupancy sensor on the passenger side. Declined repairs as I suspected this was a warranty issue, but dealership disagreed. 9/20/12 vehicle airbag warning light. Diagnosed by an independent mechanic as a faulty drivers side airbag and a faulty seat occupancy sensor. Research has shown me that the seat occupancy sensor in the 2006 version of this vehicle is an issue under recall or notice, while this model year (2005) is not. I also am very concerned about the nagging issues with the drivers side airbag that has been repaired twice and diagnosed differently multiple times. The complaint is in two parts. (1) seat occupancy sensor - should be under recall (2) drivers side airbag on this vehicle - dealer never diagnosed or fixed correctly and is still a safety concern. I am not sure if others with this model year have had similar issues.

- Roswell, GA, USA

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