hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,125 miles

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2006 BMW X5 body / paint problems

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2006 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 182016


  • 120,000 miles


Driving on the highway about 50 mph, no vehicles near us, no trees, not even a bridge around us and we heard loud gunshot-type explosion and the small window to the panoramic sunroof just exploded. There was not an impact of any kind from the outside. The glass is broke from the inside with no puncture whatsoever. Glass is now falling and also blowing off the car. The cover shade is currently keeping it from coming in the car, but not for long.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 122012

X5 6-cyl

  • 122,500 miles
My vehicles rear doors will not open from the inside or outside. The lock goes up and down, but the doors will not open. The rear passenger door stopped working on the 12th of December 2012 and the rear driver side door stopped working today 18 December 2012. The driver side door stopped working this morning when I dropped my daughter off for school. She was unable to get out of the back seat after multiple unlocking attempts of the rear driver side door. I had to have her climb into the front seat in order to get out of the car. That is terrifying to think that she would not have been able to get out in an emergency, fire, or accident. After doing some research online I found that this seems to be an ongoing issue with this model and other BMW models. I am assuming and concerned that my front driver side and passenger side door will do the same. Myself and family need to be able to get out of the vehicle along with all the other consumers that own these vehicles. Its just not safe. I have had other vehicles that were older with more mileage and never had an issue with doors not opening. This is a safety issue and hazard. I have contacted BMW and I am waiting on a reply on how they plan to rectify this issue.

- Southfield , MI, USA

problem #2

Nov 152011


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. While parked, the contact attempted to open the front driver's door from the exterior but it would not open. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic test. The mechanic stated that the door handle was broken and would have to be replaced. After the repair, the failure occurred on the front passenger side and the rear driver's side doors. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 062010


  • 65,000 miles
Shattering or exploding sunroofs on BMW vehicles. Upon doing my on-line research, it has become apparent that on several models of BMW vehicles, including the X-5, a large number of sunroofs have shattered while the vehicle is being driven. In the case of the vehicle owned by my firm, the sunroof was closed, there were no construction trucks in front of the vehicle nor any overpasses within miles of the vehicle when it shattered. In this instance, there was a police officer behind the vehicle who witnessed the scene and rendered assistance to the driver. Despite the abundance of glass in and around the vehicle, no one was physically injured by the flying glass.

- Westminster, MD, USA

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