really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,860 miles

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2006 BMW X5 engine problems

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2006 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 202017


  • 20 miles


Takata recall white smoke comes from exhaust pipes when driving and fills the streets while driving on city streets in traffic and at idle. Other drivers behind me can¿T see due to the smoke coming from the exhaust.

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 162015


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2007 (na) BMW X5. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and various warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and an independent mechanic, but the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V479000 (engine and engine cooling). The contact also received notification for NHTSA campaign number: 16V071000 (air bags); however, the parts were unavailable beyond a reasonable time frame. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #5

Feb 042015


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. While the vehicle was idling, there was smoke coming from the passenger exhaust pipe. The vehicle was taken to both a dealer and independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the valve stem had a leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Riverbank, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 202015


  • 50,000 miles


Ccv (crank case ventilation) system froze leading to vcg (valve cover gasket) failure. BMW issued a sib for this in 2009 so they acknowledged the problem and revised the parts for cold weather climates. Unfortunately I am way out of warranty and this is out of pocket at $1000++. this was/is a design flaw because I had the cold weather ccv and it still failed. They blame it on not getting the vehicle up to operating temperature due to short trips! ridiculous on what was a $54K car when new.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #3

Jun 042012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. The contact stated that the engine failed and exhibited excessive oil consumption. In addition, smoke was seen coming from the exhaust. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer and they were told that the cylinders failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 82,000.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 222013


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, burning oil could be smelled and smoke emitted from the engine compartment. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder where it was discovered that the engine was covered in motor oil. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was determined that the crank case release valve failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 85,000. The VIN was not available.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 042012

X5 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Approximately 1 month after having our BMW serviced for an oil change at our local dealer, the "check engine oil level" light illuminated. We immediately called the dealer, and upon them looking at it, it was determined that the crankcase vent valve (oil separator), needs to be replaced, at a cost of $1,300. We have been having this light come on numerous times over the past couple of years, and always call the dealer when it does. Every time we call, they either tell me to top the oil off myself, or we bring it to the dealer for them to top off. Not once did someone mention that this issue could be a problem, and they continued to let us drive even though the engine could have been damaged in doing so. A very quick internet search reveals that this is a very common problem with these vehicles, and BMW's in general, and I think they should be held responsible and the part should be covered. I now have to get this done immediately, due to the fact that the car is burning so much oil daily, around a quart per 1,000 miles. I am reaching out to help get a recall on this issue. If there is any other information I can provide, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.

- Danbury, CT, USA

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