really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
254,987 miles

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2009 BMW X5 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2009 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 162016


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 BMW X5. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The steering wheel became difficult to turn and the gear selector shifted from the drive position to the neutral position. Afterwards, the engine light illuminated. The contact could not restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic, but was not able to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 162014


  • 44,960 miles
Driving through the neighbor hood after some rain, ended up driving through a few inches of rain water, while the opposite traffic struck the same puddle, it caused the front of intake system right under the hood to suck in water causing the BMW SUV to light up multiple sensors, loose alot of power and 4X4 traction stability to act up. The rainwater that got ingested almost causing the engine to hydrolock or sieze up. The SUV became undepedable due to all the error codes acting lighting up and causing the SUV to run at low power.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

May 182013

X5 8-cyl

  • 640,000 miles
I was driving on the 95 South, between exit 28 to 39( willmington area, MA) yesterday ( 5/18/13) about 6:30pm. I was on fast lane, driving about 70 mph, suddenly the car lost power, the dashboard warning sign showing power output down. The speed of car suddenly dropped, I had to pull over to breakdown lane, but the cars behind me could not stop quick enough, it collided with my back bumper, luckily no personal injury, and the car only got slight scratch. Thanks to the cars behind me slowed down in time. It was so scare for me, never had such thing as loss of power before on highway. There must be something wrong with the BMW electronic design. To avoid other accidents, please investigate this thoroughly. It could cause fatal results if happens to someone else. Thanks.

- Andover, MA, USA

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