definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,070 miles

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2008 BMW X5 fuel system problems

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2008 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 012014

X5 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


When I was driving around 30 mph and about to merge onto the highway, an orange warning sign came up that the engine was overheating and then immediately afterward a red sign came up stating that the engine was overheated and I could hear the loud noise from the fan. Immediately after that the vehicle stalled and I had to pull over to the shoulder. I waited for about 15 min. And when I restarted the vehicle, the fan was still loud and the red engine overheated sign came up again. I then had the vehicle towed to a repair facility. They diagnosed the issue as a defective electric water pump and said that the water pump and thermostat need to be replaced. The estimate for repair including parts and labor is around $1700. The vehicle is beyond the 4 year, 50000 miles warranty and apparently there are no recalls for this issue. Searching the internet, I am seeing numerous complaints from 2008 BMW X5 owners who experienced this exact same issue and had the same diagnosis. This is a very serious safety issue - when driving on a busy highway and suddenly losing all power in the vehicle, very few drivers would be lucky enough to pull over safely and avoid a serious accident. I request that the NHTSA consider this serious safety issue from a recall perspective due to the potential harm it can do to the lives of motorists who may not be lucky enough to avoid a serious crash. I believe the manufacturer should be held accountable for the basic safety of the vehicle. They should the needful to help owners fix the issue proactively, before it causes harm to more motorists.

- Boxboro, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 282014

X5 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 bwi X5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure was recurring. In addition, the contact stated that the when accelerating, the vehicle would resist and feel as if it was attempting to stall. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the mechanic diagnosed that the exhaust senor and fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 3/28/14 the consumer stated the first incident happened in August 2013, with no warning on the highway. It was determined the water pump failed. Updated 04/22/14

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 072010


  • 39,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW X5. While driving approximately 30 mph making a left turn the vehicle stalled. She stated that the fuel gauge displayed the incorrect amount of fuel without warning. The fuel gauge displayed more fuel than what was in the fuel tank. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who replaced the fuel sensor. The failure and current mileages were 39,400.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 172009


  • 33,350 miles
Driving on highway 60mph and suddenly lost engine power. My SUV started slowing and felt like car was locking up ie. Steering wheel was harder to move. Pushing accelerator pedal did not bring any speed back to slowing SUV. I was able to get to right side shoulder from middle lane and called BMW assist for help. They were not able to help at my location in Wisconsin at 8pm but did call police to keep traffic away from us (myself and 5 young children) until a friend came to pick us up. The car had to remain overnight on the highway until a flatbed truck was available to take it away the following morning. Once the engine was turned off it would not restart and needed 2 men to move it which is why it couldn't be taken away that evening. Once taken to the BMW dealer, international autos in milwaukee, wi, they told me the fuel pump had failed and they replaced it. The 2008 BMW X5 3.0si had a little over 33,000 miles on it at the time. This has not happened again after replacement of fuel pump.

- Bellaire, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 152009


  • 5,600 miles
Car engine died while driving at 50 miles/hr.

- Novi, MI, USA

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