really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,603 miles

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2006 BMW X5 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 BMW X5 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

May 092013


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. The contact stated that the while driving 10 mph, the contact attempted to brake but the brake pedal seized. The vehicle did stop, but hesitated to respond. The failure recurred at different speeds. The vehicle was inspected at an independent repair shop where it was determined that the failure was caused by oil that was present in the brake booster. The vacuum pump leaked oil into the brake booster, causing the brake assist to fail. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- Nashville , TN, USA

problem #3

Mar 212013

X5 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Very disappointed in BMW this time. My brakes system suddenly failed, causing my vehicle to crash into a poll in the street parking. Front bumper was completely damaged. Right after, we found out that the brakes were not working properly, has to keep full force on brake to keep at full stop. We called BMW service they said to just bring the car as they recently recalled my car for recall for this issue. We took the car to BMW service, after they checked my VIN # they said my car was actually not covered in that recall, even though it was the same problem. This incident could have been worst, someone could have been seriously injured or killed as a result to this sudden loss of brake assist. Called BMW, but they are not willing to do anything at this point until a official recall is posted for 2006 year X5 4.4 models. Now I have body damage and a $1,500 brake repair estimate I have to deal with. "not good BMW. Not good." Please consider this as a recall guys, every X5 4.4 owner should get this preventive maintenance, I see many other people complaining about the same issue.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Apr 122013


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the contact applied the brakes but the vehicle failed to decelerate. The contact had to apply both feet to the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The test results showed a defective brake booster. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 192013


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. The contact stated that oil was leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis who informed the contact that the brake vacuum pump would need to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the contact was informed that the VIN was not included in the manufacturer's recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 46,000.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

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