2019 BMW 5 Series Reliability - Consumer Reports
BMW continues to focus on luxury, refinement, fuel efficiency and high tech for most of its models somewhat to the detriment of handling agility. Case in point: the redesigned 2017 5 Series is the most luxurious version ever of BMW's midsized sedan. The new car is essentially the same size as the outgoing model, but marginally lighter and roomier.
Alerts
There are 3 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 2019 BMW 5 Series has been recalled 3 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 2019 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

Apple CarPlay

"With the wireless carplay, most of the time it will connect, and then other times it will not connect at all."

Anonymous, MI (2019 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Poorly integrated with BMW’s own system, leaving some BMW system features unavailable Frequently says CarPlay features do not exist (which DO exist). Often won’t connect to phone. Worst BMW wants to charge $80 per year. Will not renew. Note: have had CarPlay in rental vehicles which seemed to work better."

Robert M., TX (2019 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"There are two issues, one being minor and the other very major. The minor issue relates to the display of information from a Bluetooth source--it does not always work correctly. The very major problem is that this car is a hybrid. After not driving the car for two weeks while on a cruise, the hybrid system would not work. There were confusing messages on the data screen, one said to not drive the car, but contact BMW, and when you cleared this, the next message said it was okay to drive the car, but it would have reduced power. This latter message was also displayed on the dashboard. Based on this I drove the car. After about 10-12 miles, the car quit on me, completely black. No display of any type. Would not restart. Fortunately, the emergency flashers did still work. So the car was towed to the BMW dealer. The short answer is that a glitch in the software portion that controls the big hybrid battery (controls the opening and closing of contacts for the different battery cells, or so I was told) allowed the contacts to open close when they should not. The BMW system keeps track of this and when it reached a limit, it shut down the hybrid system completely. This car, I was told, has no conventional alternator to charge the 12 volt system that supplies power to the car accessories, lights and even to the ignition. The 12 volt system gets charged from a bleed down from the 350 volt hybrid system, since the hybrid motor is located in the toque converter spot in the transmission. So normally, the 12 volt system would get charged as needed; however, when the hybrid system shut down, the only power the car had for lights, accessories and the car's gasoline engine ignition system was the power residing in the 12 volt battery. Since it was not getting charged, it ran out and the car just died, completely. The local BMW dealer got all its instructions on repairing the car from BMW central /main office in US. I am told that the software issue is fixed and all the software for the entire car has been reloaded (this has led to the MP3 interface working more erratically than before). However, my confidence in the car has been shaken. Just last summer I was driving in nowhere-ville in nothern Wyoming, where the nearest BMW dealer would have been several hundred miles away. To BMW's credit, they replace the entire hybrid system: drive motor, cables, big battery, control units--supposedly all of it. Since the car has been returned to me almost a month ago, I have not experienced any issues, except the MP3 interface display being more erratic---sometimes only part of the information is displayed. The car always seemed to struggle with interfacing smoothly by Bluetooth (worse than my 2011 Lexus did)."

Anonymous, KS (2019 BMW 5 Series 530e 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Voice control commands

"My voice commands for the GPS often do not get the right response. GPS not user friendly."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive 2.0-L 4 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

Gauges

"Fuel gauge displayed incorrect fuel level right out of the showroom. Took 3 days and many calls to have it taken back. Turned out to be simple re-calibration issue."

Anonymous, NY (2019 BMW 5 Series 530e 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Headlights

"The headlights worked fine when driving, so not a safety issue. However, the sensor for the automatic feature that turns on the lights when it gets dark went bad. When I would be parked with the accessories still on, or parked idling, the headlights would turn off and on as if they were trying to decide if it was dark enough to turn on or not. This would happen even if the car was just under a carport area during the day, and also happened when pulling into my garage at night (once the car stopped). This started after about a year of leasing the car. The dealer fixed it at no charge."

Anonymous, CA (2019 BMW 5 Series 530e 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Loose spoiler on trunk. Loose weatherstripping on driver door."

Charles M., IL (2019 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Twice the driver side door has needed replacement because it has come loose"

Anonymous, (2019 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine developed knocking noise which turned out to be piston slap on one bank (V8). triggered an engine replacement."

Anonymous, NB (2019 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Twice the engine has had coolant leaks. Was corrected twice under warranty. Just a hassle, minor leaks, but seems like it may be systemic."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 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

"Weather seal around sunroof causes noise periodically."

Anonymous, WI (2019 BMW 5 Series 540i 3.0-L 6 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.

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

Transmission Minor

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

Climate System

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

Brakes

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

Drive System

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

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.

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, POWER TRAIN
Dec 11, 2019
An electrical short circuit can cause the transmission to shift to neutral resulting in a loss of propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2019-2020 M5 and 2020 M8 Gran Coupe, M8 Coupe, and M8 Convertible vehicles. The transmission wiring harness can become damaged, resulting in an electrical short circuit.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace any damaged transmission harnesses. All harnesses will be rerouted and secured. These repairs will be performed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 3, 2020. 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: 19V883000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3012
BACK OVER PREVENTION
Sep 27, 2019
The lack of an image in the back-up camera display increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 540d, 2018-2020 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, M550i xDrive, M5, 530e, 530e xDrive, X3 sDrive, X3 xDrive, X3 M40i, X3 M, and 2019-2020 X4 xDrive, X4 M40i, X4 M, X7 xDrive, X7 M50i, 740Li, 740Li xDrive, 750Li, 750Li xDrive, 8 Series Convertible and Coupe 840i, 840i xDrive, M850i xDrive, X5 sDrive, X5 xDrive, X5 M50i, X6 xDrive, X6 M50i, 330i, 330i xDrive, M340i, M340i xDrive, Z4 sDrive, Z4 M40i, 740Le xDrive and 745Le xDrive, 2018-2019 640i xDrive Gran Turismo and Rolls-Royce Phantom, 2019 M850i xDrive Gran Coupe and Rolls-Royce Cullinan and 2020 Toyota Supra vehicles. The back-up camera and display settings can be adjusted such that the rear view image is no longer visible and the system will retain that setting the next time the vehicle is placed in reverse. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, "Rearview Mirrors."
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the back-up camera software, free of charge. The recall began November 8, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or Rolls-Royce at 1-877-877-3735. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.
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: 19V684000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 257473
ENGINE, FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER
Jul 03, 2019
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2020 750i xDrive, 2019 M850i xDrive Coupe, M850i xDrive Convertible, X5 xDrive50i, X7 xDrive50i, and M5 vehicles. The high pressure fuel pump may not have been properly attached to the engine, which may cause the fuel pump flange to crack, resulting in a fuel leak.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the high pressure fuel pumps, free of charge. The recall began August 27, 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: 19V513000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 115
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