2015 BMW 5 Series Reliability - Consumer Reports
There's a reason so many people aspire to own a BMW 5 Series, and this car won't disappoint. Handling is taut and agile, though the sedan has evolved to focus on luxury and refinement rather than overtly sporty driving. Its steering has lost some of the feel we've come to associate with previous 5 Series. The ride is comfortable and steady and the cabin is quiet.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 5 Series will have about average reliability when compared to the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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The 2015 BMW 5 Series has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 BMW 5 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The cable providing the video feed from the backup camera corroded and had to be replaced. This required removing the driver seat and took several days to obtain parts + complete. The service was covered under warranty but would have cost over $2,000 out of pocket."

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Front fender camera failed. Prevented use of camera and lane departure functionality"

Anonymous, NH (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"When I entered a street address (number) it would take me to that radio station, or say"no such frequency listed""

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"I can no longer use navigation screen for directions as the new system is not compatible"

Anonymous, MI (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The screen flashed when it was hot out"

Marianne R., CA (2015 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Keeps failing and there is a need to keep connecting to Bluetooth. For example, after each song etc. when played from YouTube or similar apps I need to disconnect and reconnect to Bluetooth"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Supposed to connect with iphone but has great difficulty being consistent"

Freeman D., GA (2015 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"HD2 radio stations do not work consistently - -cut in and out"

Anonymous, PA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Routine software updates

"Expensive at dealer; this should be free as part of maintenance service"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"Horrible sound"

Bret F., NY (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Most frequently system responds incorrectly, especially understanding addresses."

Anonymous, DC (2015 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Made clicking noise"

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes began fading too early."

Bret F., NY (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Brake rotors were replaced at 15000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Squeaking

"Extremely loud and persistent brake squealing. Emerges after brakes begin to warm under normal driving/braking conditions. The worst brake squeal I have ever experienced in any BMW I have owned."

Anonymous, TX (2015 BMW 5 Series M5 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"high pitched mild squeak when coming to a full stop"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"hard to align. uneven tire wear is a constant"

Anonymous, (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Noise from the R/F quarter. Tire was feathered and alignment was off."

Paul B., MA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"At less than 20000 miles the car had a significant vibration in the front end"

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i)
Tire wear is uneven

"OEM tires wore out very quickly (under 20k miles) and they wore unevenly even after alignment."

Anonymous, (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"OEM tires wore out very quickly under normal driving. Seemed to be hard getting alignment right. uneven wear as well"

Anonymous, (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"tilt sensor on alarm system causing alarm to go off"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Horn

"about 2 months ago it stopped working. It was first intermittent and then stopped working entirely"

Anonymous, (2015 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"the door will not unlock intermittently when using the inside handle. I have to use the door unlock button on the dash to unlock it."

Thomas F., CA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Keyless entry stopped working for a few days. Car had to be reset. Now is working fine"

Anonymous, NY (2015 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Recall"

Stan B., CA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Fuel injection system

"An injector failed, immediately brought car to dealer, Ibad injector was replaced under CPO warranty."

Anonymous, (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"It started failing, and was replaced by the BMW dealer"

B K., VA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"There is a new rattle that sounds like it is coming from the undercarriage of the car. I will bring it into the dealer soon to be explored."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Driver's seat was making a "crack" or "click" noise when body weight shifted during a turn. Noise has been repaired by dealer"

Jason M., CA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Didn't achieve high speed operation"

Walter R., NJ (2015 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"The A/C progressively became less efficient until it stopped cooling. I brought the car in for service and was told that the condenser was cracked. Parts + Labor cost $1,600 but was covered under an extended manufacturer warranty from BMW (purchased certified pre-owned with a CPO warranty + extended warranty)"

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Engine harness

"Engine light came on; was told harness needed to be replaced; took a week to complete work"

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Occasionally, the driver/passenger door will not unlock when you pull the door handle twice. The only way to unlock the door is pressing the center unlock button."

Timothy R., TX (2015 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Small amounts of oil/grease on garage floor"

Anonymous, MI (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Black looks great but the rock chips stand out"

Anonymous, (2015 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"The differential disconnected electronically after stopping at an intersection."

Alfred D., FL (2015 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL
Nov 19, 2021
A melting intake manifold increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2013-2018 328d, 328d xDrive, 2014-2018 328d Sports Wagon, 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, 2014-2016 535d, 535d xDrive, 2015 740Ld xDrive, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d SAV, and 2014-2017 X5 xDrive35d SAV diesel vehicles equipped with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) module with an integrated cooler. The EGR cooler may leak internally, causing coolant to mix with diesel engine soot, which could result in smoldering particles and a melting intake manifold.
What should you do:
Dealers will replace the EGR cooler and inspect the intake manifold, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed January 12, 2022. This recall includes all vehicles previously recalled under 18V-755. Vehicles previously recalled under 18V-755 will need to have the new remedy performed for this recall. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V907000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 50404
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL
Jul 29, 2021
Fuel pump failure can cause an engine stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2014-2018 328d, 328d xDrive, X5 xDrive35d, 2014-2016 535d, 535d xDrive, 2015 740Ld xDrive, and 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d vehicles. The high-pressure fuel pump may fail.
What should you do:
Dealers will replace the high-pressure fuel pump, free of charge. Interim owner notification letters were mailed on September 27, 2021. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V586000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11216
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Oct 25, 2018
The melting intake manifold can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2013-2018 BMW 328d and 328d xDrive, 2014-2018 328d Sports Wagon and 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, 2014-2016 535d and 535d xDrive, 2015 740Ld xDrive, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d SAV and 2014-2017 X5 xDrive35d SAV vehicles equipped with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) module with an integrated cooler. If the EGR cooler leaks internally, the coolant can mix with diesel engine soot. The high EGR temperatures may result in these particles possibly smoldering and melting the intake manifold.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the EGR cooler as necessary. If a leak has already occurred, the engine intake manifold will also be replaced. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall began May 13, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V755000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 44368
POWER TRAIN
Jul 19, 2016
Due to the improper weld, the driveshaft may fracture and fail, causing loss of drive to the rear wheels and a loss of propulsion. Additionally, if the car is turned off and exited without the parking brake applied, the car may roll. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 BMW M5 sedans manufactured September 4, 2014, through December 4, 2014, 2015 M6 coupes manufactured September 3, 2014, through December 3, 2014, 2015 M6 convertibles manufactured September 8, 2014, through December 4, 2014, and 2015 M6 Gran Coupe vehicles manufactured September3, 2014, through December 4, 2014. The affected vehicles have a driveshaft that may have been inadequately welded during manufacturing.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the driveshaft, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during September 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V540000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 956
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