really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,845 miles

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2008 BMW X5 fuel system problems

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2008 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 222016


  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5.the contact received NHTSA campaign number: 16V364000 (air bags) and 16V746000 (fuel system, gasoline) however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #7

Jul 052016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V071000 (air bags), 16V364000 (air bags) and 16V746000 (fuel system, gasoline) and stated that the parts needed for the repairs were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Part distribution disconnect and VIN tool confirms part not available.

- Orangeburg, SC, USA

problem #6

Nov 152016


  • miles
Takata recall - it has been about 9 months and there is still no repair parts for the driver side airbag. No parts also for the passenger airbag and now fuel pump.

- Pinole, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 022016


  • 118,000 miles


On September 2, around midnight, after about 30 minutes of stop and go traffic at the border, my 2008 BMW sav X5 AWD 4dr 3.0I coughed, choked, stopped and refused to be revived. We were at the front of a long line of folks heading through customs into Canada. Yes, at the head of the line. It was so embarrassing! after fussing for another 30 minutes trying to get it into neutral, several able bodied Canadian customs officers pushed it into their country. The tow truck driver came another 40 minutes later and took us to a BMW service shop in montreal. Sirs, what's so hard to swallow about this breakdown is that we completed the routine maintenance service on the car just 7 days before at new country BMW in hartford, ct. With the exception of a negligible oil leak that they said was no problem, I was assured that my car was fine. But, it turns out that it was not; and like an increasingly large number of bmws, the fuel pump failed. What's more, it is clear to me now that, back in 2014, the car was failing to start and would cut off while driving around my town (I was too afraid to take it on the highway at that time). On more than one occasion, I took it in for servicing and eventually it was 'fixed (though the fuel pump was never replaced until this last failure). And so, I suspect that I have paid for a manufacturing defect at least three times and I'm sick of it. I think that BMW should reimburse me for the repair and the cost of towing and the rental to leave ca and return to pick up the car.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #4

Jun 232014


  • 10 miles
The car would not startor stall at the traffic light

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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problem #3

Oct 112015


  • 45,602 miles
In October of 2015 while making a right turn very slowly into a one lane drive thru, my BMW X5 accelerated climbed up a 2 foot wall that was on the drivers side rode the front drivers side wheel upon the wall. I tried to break and pull the hand brake the car would not stop. I turned the steering wheel to the right the car hopped off the wall on to the ground and I turned off the car. The car just accelerated so fast and hard my sister and I could not believe how it climbed the tile wall with one wheel and came down to the ground. Now I had just got the car back from the dealership 5 days earlier when they replaced the water pump and replaced the 2 front tires and did a wheel alignment a $2500 job. It was very scary luckily there was no people or another car close by. I immediately called the dealership and took it in the next morning. I explained what happened I felt that the car had a malfunction with the accelerator it made the car go so fast and hard. It wasn't just a crash into the wall it climbed the wall. Of course BMW said the engineer said there is nothing wrong with the brakes or drive shaft? what gets to me is that I just got the car back from the local dealership. I feel like the power of the vehicle was so strong and powerful there was no way that it could hop on the wall like that and not just crash straight into the wall. Oh side note the very next morning 10-12-2015 my sister heard on abc morning news that a BMW SUV just ran into a glass window at a store the car accelerated on it's own!

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Aug 292013


  • 80,000 miles
After the check engine light came on we took our vehicle to a local shop conway motors in everett, wa. Conway motors diagnosed the problem as a fuel pump and the wiring was burnt connecting the fuel pump. Mark at conway motors called BMW to see if there was a recall and was surprised when BMW parts in seattle stated there was not a recall but they were familiar with the problem and there had been other similar complaints with burnt wiring connected to the fuel pump. Mark advised we could not drive the vehicle and we were lucky the vehicle had not exploded. My wife drives this vehicle daily to work and BMW is aware of the issue but has not done a recall is totally unacceptable and put my wife's life in danger.

- Granite Falls, WA, USA

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