really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,255 miles

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2011 BMW X5 fuel system problems

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2011 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 122016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2011 BMW X5. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 16V746000 (fuel system, gasoline). The dealer stated that the part was not in production. In addition, vehicle sputtered. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and was unable to provide a reasonable time frame to supply the part to the dealer. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #11

Oct 132016


  • miles
In-tank fuel pump. BMW has not scheduled a service appointment to resolve issue. Recall campaign no. 16V-746, they claim no parts are available.

- Hingham, MA, USA

problem #10

Oct 152015


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2011 BMW X5. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V071000 (air bags), 16V3110090 (power train), 16V364000 (air bags) and 16V746000 (air bags, fuel/propulsion). However, the parts to do 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. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #9

Nov 222016


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 BMW X5. The contact stated that the engine failed and smoke emitted under the hood while driving. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for inspection where it was diagnosed that the fuel diesel heather failed, causing the vehicle to overheat. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V339000 (fuel system, diesel). The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Wurstboro, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 042016


  • 73,000 miles
The vehicle experienced a high pressure fuel pump failure. Upon merging on to a highway the following symptoms occurred: Backfiring, loss of power, misfires, and reduced engine performance. The vehicle was unable to maintain nominal fuel pressure in the fuel rail. The high pressure fuel pump was replaced as per BMW service documentation which required the replacement of the throttle body gasket, and 2 aluminum bolts securing wiring harness to the engine block. There were numerous fault codes present. All were consequential except for "002C01 high pressure fuel, plausibility pressure too low".

- Woodbridge, CT, USA

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problem #7

Jan 012016


  • 69,000 miles
My 2011 X5 has an egr cooler leak, which is leaking diesel exhaust under the hood andinto the cabin of the car. The engine and egr cooler is covered in black soot and there is a strong diesel exhaust smell under the hood and in the cabin of the car. The egr cooler is leaking diesel exhaust constantly while the car is running. BMW service center and a third party service center have confirmed this issue and said that they have encountered many cases with the same issue. They do not know why a recall has not been issued because diesel exhaust can cause cancer and poses a significant health risk. BMW has recalled the egr valve but not the egr cooler.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 252015


  • 61,001 miles


The high pressure fuel pump along with high pressure fuel pump sensor and injector has failed, causing the engine to reduce power and making it an unsafe condition to drive at highway speed.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 272015


  • 53,500 miles
For the past year or more, driving any distance started fits of yawning. On occasion it has been difficult to stay awake. On July 27, 2015 I apparently blacked out in very heavy traffic and woke up having collided with the vehicle in front of me. Diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I believed this was my problem, and unrelated to my vehicle. However, my car took 31 days to repair, and while driving the rental car this yawning never again occurred. Yesterday (September 24, 2015) it happened again. No collision, but great difficulty getting home, even with the driver's window open for maximum fresh air. I am convinced that the vehicle is leaking carbon monoxide into the passenger cabin. It's going back to the dealer today

- Shenandoah, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 202015


  • 36,000 miles
Vehicle shut down on busy road had it towed to work shop.mechanic said hpfp fuel pump failure common problem.rallye BMW said no warranty refuse to change it.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 022015


  • 55,000 miles
Severe acceleration delay from a stop pulling out into traffic nearly caused me to be broadsided. During the first 1/2 to 1 second after depressing the accelerator there is little to no reaction from the vehicle. After this pause, which is well beyond what could cause an accident, the vehicle surges uncontrollably. I found myself sideways on a wet paved road. My natural inclination after the pause was to press for more gas, any other reaction would have left me sitting in the middle of oncoming traffic. This complaint is well documented when researching BMW acceleration lag or throttle tip in on the internet. It is incredible that BMW would be able to allow such unsafe programing of their vehicles. This is sure to have caused accidents. I was lucky, others may not be.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #2

Mar 192015


  • 63,000 miles
U joint failure, driveshaft failure, hit oil pan and caused damage, then hit transmission and blew it out.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #1

Dec 262012

X5 6-cyl

  • 8,554 miles
On December 26, 2012, while driving North at a high speed in heavy traffic in the second lane on a four lane segment of highway 11 kenoelehua highway at its merging junction with the highway 130 keaau bypass road, an engine partial malfunction occurred causing deceleration and a complete engine shut down on the road shoulder. On January 4, 2013, after retrieving the vehicle from replacement of the low pressure fuel pump pursuant to the December 26, 2012 malfunction, while driving North at a high speed in heavy traffic on highway 19 queen kaahumanu highway after recovering the vehicle from the BMW of Hawaii repair shop, an engine partial malfunction occurred causing a deceleration and a complete engine shut down on the road shoulder.

- Hilo, HI, USA

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