really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,641 miles

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2012 BMW X5 engine problems

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2012 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 012014

X5 6-cyl

  • miles


2012 BMW X5. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle stalled several times. The last dealer, told the consumer the stalling was due to bad gas.

- Oneida, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 152013


  • miles
I tried to start up the car, it started, I drove a few feet, and then failed. I received a warning message saying that the engine malfunctioned. I was in the middle of the parking lot so I managed to get it to start again, it barely moved, and then failed again. One more time I was able to start it and get it into a parking space. I tried to start it up multiple times again but nothing happened. I called BMW to have it towed.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

Jul 162011


  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2012 BMW X5. The contact stated that the engine roms would fluctuate repeatedly as the vehicle would attempt to stall. The dual exhaust system failed and only the driver's side exhaust was operable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times and the manufacturer was contacted. The manufacturer advised the contact that there were no failure within the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5 and the current mileage was 7,500.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 042012

X5 8-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle sporadically suffers from engine failure when executing a sharp turn. This has happened so far on three separate and distinct instances during its first 1,000 miles of service, under the operation of two different drivers, with several passenger witnesses on one occasion. When these failures happen, the vehicle engine stalls or otherwise shuts itself off, which leads to loss of power steering in mid-turn and loss of braking. The only way to recover control of the vehicle is to let it coast to a stop, then put the vehicle in park, then push the ignition button to re-start the car.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 232011


  • 8,200 miles
I leased my 2012 BMW X5 35I in May 2011. I was driving on the interstate with 2 toddlers at around 65 mph, when the car suddenly lost power and the message displayed "engine malfunction, reduced power". I pulled over on the shoulder, and tried to re-start the car, but it won't start. When it did start after multiple attempts, the car shook vigorously and then turned off. I initiated the sos call via the BMW assist feature in the car. For some reason, the call failed multiple times, and the data could not be transferred. When the call did go through, the car could not send my exact coordinates to the reps to help me get a tow truck. After trying for about 30 min to get help from the BMW assist, I tried to restart the car, which started normally as if nothing ever happened. The in-built diagnosis said "all systems ok". I got on the interstate, and as I reached around 60 mph, the engine stalled again with the same message "engine malfunction...". for the next 1.5 hours, I tried to call the BMW assist over my phone to get help. The said the tow truck should come in the next hour. For about 2 hours, the 2 toddlers and 3 adults were sitting by the interstate. When the tow truck did not show up, I called the BMW assist reps again, to be told that the truck shall take another 45 minutes to reach us. I then called my friend to take everybody home, and I stayed with the car. I then tried to drive at about 40 mph and take the car to the dealer, only to be pulled over by the highway patrol. He said I was violating the law by driving at 40 mph in a 70 mph zone. I then called my insurance company to get a tow truck, which arrived in 30 min. The next day my wife took the car to the dealer, and the report sheet they provided said that the high pressure pump was faulty, and that they have replaced it. I am yet to take my car on the interstate to check the performance at 65 mph.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

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