hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,786 miles

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2008 BMW X5 brakes problems

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2008 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 092016


  • 94,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. While driving 20 mph, the brakes malfunctioned and the vehicle failed to stop. The brake pads stiffened and the parking brake had to be engaged in order to stop the vehicle. In addition, the brake warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed, but not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 13V045000 (service brakes, service brakes, hydraulic) as a possible cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 94,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #10

Dec 282015


  • miles
My dashboard light flick engine, ABS, parking break will shut off vehicle less than 10min driving with caution.

- Wyandanch, NY, USA

problem #9

Dec 222015


  • 93,000 miles
When the vehicle is moving a relatively slow speeds, it requires an excessive amount of pressure to be placed on the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. Also, when the vehicle is stopped, , it takes an excessive amount of pressure on the brake pedal to keep it stopped while in gear for example stopped at a traffic light. It is experiencing a loss of power assist in the braking system. My vehicle was covered by a recall issued in 2013 but I never received any notice of the recall, and therefore did not get it repaired as it was working normally. In mid-December 2015 the problem began and I took it to the repair shop who diagnosed the problem. However, BMW says that since it has been more than 2 years since the recall, they will not repair the problem at no charge. The brake issue was noted to be a safety issue which could result in a traffic crash due to loss of power assist in braking. Since I never received any notice of the safety recall, I believe BMW should pay for the necessary repairs to my vehicle to return it to safe operation.

- Dania Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 092015


  • 61,500 miles


Started the car and got "parking brake malfunction" message. The parking brake could not be disengaged and car couldn't move. Followed instruction to release the parking brake so the car can be moved. The car is movable after that, but the parking brake no longer worked.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012015


  • 61,000 miles
While driving the brake pedal became inoperable. It was very difficult to press the pedal to get the vehicle to slow down and impossible to get it to stop without adding complete pressure. We had to shift the vehicle down to 1 low manual transmission to slow down enough to stop completely. From that point, the brake pedal did not work at all so the vehicle is inoperable due to safety reasons. I checked for recall's and my model year was recalled for this exact problem, however I do not have a V8 engine, so BMW is stating I do not qualify for a recall. It's the same part, the vacuum assist braking system. See attached recall number: NHTSA vehicle safety recalls ________________________________________ recall number: 13V045000 recall date: 02/07/2013 component: Service brakes, hydraulic:power assist problem summary: BMW is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 X5 sav vehicles, manufactured September 12, 2006, through March 18, 2010 and equipped with an 8-cylinder engine. The brake vacuum pump may leak a small amount of lubricating oil into the hose. The contamination could result in a loss of power assist braking. Consequence: The loss of power assist in braking could increase stopping distance and lead to a vehicle crash. What owners should do: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake vacuum line with one that contains a check valve, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at customerrelations@bmwusa.com.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #6

May 052015


  • 91,000 miles
The rear brake lights mounted in the tailgate failed. This is due to a known fault on the E70 model, where the poor quality sealant and method used to prevent the ingress of water into the lamp housing fails. This leads to corrosion of the connector housings and the failure of the unit which must be replaced in its entirity at great cost. As BMW are aware of this happening (indeed they issued a service bulletin admitting same ) si B 63 11 10 and the item is a safety component, I feel the cars should be recalled and the work undertaken at the cost of BMW and not the unfortunate owners. They should at the very least, replace the seals with the updated item (a neoprene gasket rather than something resembling bathroom caulk) at the next sheduled service before the driver finds themselves with two failed brake light units?

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #5

Jan 272014


  • 19,150 miles


The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle decelerated independently and engaged into limp mode. The vehicle then stalled as the parking brake and engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was able to be restarted and was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the braking system failed and there was an xdrive malfunction. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 10V518000(fuel system, gasoline ) that could have been related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 19,150.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 172013

X5 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
My car is stock inside my garage with a parking brake malfunction error. The parking brakes will not release even when I tried manually. I had to tow the car to the dealer to fix the problem. I called BMW us but they told me that there are no recalls to fix this common problem which many owner are complaining about.

- Los Osos, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 032013

X5 8-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
I had recall service done at seattle BMW. Brake boost hose replaced on May 2013 they said they don't have brake booster part yet so they going to call me. Today I take my car to sk motorsport in bellingham wa. They said oil leak on brake boost pump. So I called seattle BMW. They told me to call nwbmw. So I called them they said they don't have recall so told me to fix with my money.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 122013


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. The contact stated that engine oil was leaking from the vehicle continuously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the failure was contributed to the brake vacuum. The vehicle was not repaired, however was serviced recently under NHTSA campaign id number 13V045000 (service brakes, service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 101,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Columeiana, AL, USA

problem #1

Oct 262012


  • 112,000 miles
My brake lights were out. BMW has indicated that both sockets have melted to the point that they can't remove anything without breaking things. I did some research online and found that people have had this same thing and fires have started. Worth investigating!

- Hoboken, NJ, USA

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