We liked the 2007-2013's X5's handling, smooth engine, comfortable seats and impeccable fit and finish. But overall, we think the complicated controls and stiff suspension will frustrate most buyers. A turbodiesel is available.
Alerts
There are 17 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard; rear side available.
Road Test

We liked the 2007-2013's X5's handling, smooth engine, comfortable seats and impeccable fit and finish. But overall, we think the complicated controls and stiff suspension will frustrate most buyers. A turbodiesel is available.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (265 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (555 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (400 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 BMW X5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

"EGR and DPF systems are absolutely stupid to have on diesel engines. Almost all manufacturers have continuous problems with these systems."

Kris G., MO (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The BMW diesel fluid injection system is a major problem. I had the X5 in the dealership 3 times in a week. The check engine light was on for months due to the active tank pump sensors. This is the subject of a class action lawsuit and BMW extended the warranty on the whole system to 10 years and 120,000 miles. I am glad there was an extended warranty as the repairs over 18 months would have cost about $5500. BMWs are UNRELIABLE and very EXPENSIVE to repair. The are so over-engineered that the expert mechanics at the dealerships cannot fix them. BMW's test drive after repairs is 5 miles. All three repairs triggered the check engine light in less than 10 miles after I left the dealership."

Tony H., AZ (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"the solution for the diesel had to be added not long after annual service, part not available, three trips to fix"

A G., NC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Had to replace converter. Fortunately covered under warranty"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Sensor failure - covered under waranty"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Check engine light came on. Dealer diagnosed as failed catalytic converter and replace. Light returned a few days later and dealer replaced O2 sensors"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Diesel exhaust gas recirculation issues. Stupid EPA regulations requiring diesel exhaust recirculation, works well on gas engines but causes continuous problems on diesels due to the soot and gunky nature of the unburnt material. It just deposits o"

Kris G., MO (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"This was a result of a check engine light and replaced under warranty"

N S., QC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Engine Light on, the mechanic says it is a sensor in the DEF Container"

William C., PA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"PCV valve failed, indicated by squealing through the crankshaft seal. Replaced the valve cover and seal (with integrated PCV valve) and resolved issue."

Peter T., MN (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Diesel exhaust system sensor and tank failure at 65,000 mi"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"My vehicle is a diesel. It has a sending unit on it that controls the distribution of the diesel exhaust fluid. The unit went bad at about 72000 miles. Luckily it was covered by BMW as my warranty had expired at 50000. The repair would have cost $3000 per the dealer. It cost me nothing"

James B., FL (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Very expensive repair of 5000 Plus to replace emission module"

Jasvinder S., NJ (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"ENGINE LIGHT THROTTLE BODY"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Fuel injection system

"I had 3 injectors go within 5 months at over $800 each plus labour. Seems the previous owner never took it back to the dealer and there was a crack in the cowling that let water into the injector coils!"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"diesel blue Def injector went out,"

Michael P., AR (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Fuel pump

"fuel distribution system had a short that caused the engine to stop running and could not be started"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"X5 is a Diesel, NOX sensors had to be replaced. BMW USA made these an extended warranty item but not BMW Canada which was frustrating"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"2 sensors in the NOX system for the Diesel engine failed, causing the car to go into limp mode."

Robert M., CT (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The fuel tank sensor went bad and the car gave us limited miles to drive before it would not operate. The part was expensive because it was attached to the fuel tank"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The diesel sensors had to be replaced twice in 18 months"

Tony H., AZ (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"One of the Deisel Exhaust Fluid Sensors malfunctioned and had to be replaced. The cost was 1100$"

Ernest M., GA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Check engine light has come on 3 times in last 8 months. Each time it has been an emission issue"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The engine lost power and it would have been dangerous to try to drive it any distance. The dealership said it was a clogged air filter and bad sensor for the emissions system. The engine warning light remains on, even after three trips to the dealer, where they told us they turned it off and nothing was wrong."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Gas tank sensor was defective and needed to be replaced"

Javier O., MD (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"O2 sensor has failed repeatedly"

Piergiorgio B., ON (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Have two times replaced sensors since I purchased the vehicle and the second time last summer"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"HAD TO RETURN THE SUV 8 TIMES FOR THE SAME ENGINE LIGHT COMING ON. THEY COULDN'T FIND THE ISSUE. CHANGED OUT 5 EMISSION SENSORS AND DIDN'T RESOLVE THE ENGINE LIGHT COMING ON. TURNS OUT TO BE THROTTLE BODY"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil pan gasket covered under extended warranty"

Anonymous, BC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I was advised by a BMW employee to replace the oil filter housing gasket to prevent future significant problems. Cost was $994.76."

Alan K., NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The dealer told me that a BMW V8 uses up to a quart of oil every 700 miles. I can’t remember ever adding oil to my Honda’s"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"ring around filter leaked"

Anonymous, NM (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Apparently a seal associated with the oil filter, but located inside the engine was detected to be leaking. No external leaks observed. Cost: $771"

Vandenberg D., CO (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace the oil filter housing gaskets"

Philip D., CT (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"oil leaked into the coolant system"

Anonymous, WA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"seal for oil sending unit, and a second seal for oil pan, and the rocker arm cover pan and seal"

Louis C., NC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Known issue with X5 4.4l V8 engine."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Even though it was a very small oil leak, again, because of the design of the car, it would have leaked on other areas of the car that would have created a problem. Cost to fix was $1,800"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leaks has been a major problem. Engine light and oil light came up almost every month in the last 8 months. These leaks are apparently internal not external"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Car developed a major oil leak in the turbo oil feed line. Caused major repairs. More than $5k"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"When I bought the X5 it had a slow coolant leak. I pressed the dealership to fix it. Six weeks later it was fixed. No cost to me."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"This took the dealer 5 weeks to fix."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Cooling fan

"cooling fan runs after engine is shut off because of electrical failure"

Adrian D., CA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Overheating

"Car inoperable"

Russell S., NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"coolant line to turbo ruptured, oil leak from turbo, $2600 to repair"

Frank C., TN (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Water pump

"Car inoperable"

Russell S., NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed on I-95 North during Xmas trip"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump was not working properly. Had it replaced by the BMW dealer"

Gary A., NH (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"water pump was failing at purchase of vehicle, so had replaced as part of sale"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water Pump replacement at 70K miles, seems a little soon for that to happen, $1,600 dollars for repair"

Frank C., TN (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

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

"Keep getting a false warning while backing up"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Backup camera stopped working due to electronic issue"

Chad T., MN (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
CD player

"The cd will accept cd but will not play."

Richard G., NJ (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"CD DRIVE WENT BAD. DEALER REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY"

Bob G., CA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Display screen freezes up

"The system will not start when the outside temp is higher than 80. I get a orange screen that changes from orange to BMW and back. It can take over 10 minutes to start up"

Richard G., NJ (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Will not pair"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Bluetooth drops calls all the time"

Anonymous, NE (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Voice control commands

"the entire electronics package is way too complicated and requires too many steps to do something safely while not diverting attention from driving. The voice system is basically useless"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

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

Body control module

"It Was an RDC Module, died, and every warning light in the car came on, it drove, but I had it transported to the dealership"

William C., PA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"fog lights stayed on after car was off, draining the battery to the point that it needed to be replaced. new battery cost $500"

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Keyless entry

"Have had to have system software updated several times in order to get systems to function. No explanation from dealer or BMW why this is happening"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"system to touch door handles to unlock door failed"

Brad A., TN (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Brake warning and Engine warning lights came on on 2 separate occasions. Module was replaced under warranty"

Richard W., FL (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The engine warning light will not remain off. We have made three trips to the dealer (120 miles away), where we were told each time that nothing is wrong. Now, when the car is turned off, the low oil warning is shown on the dash; but when the old level is checked, it is fine."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper blades worked continuously without the ability to turn them off. They kept working even if the vehicle was turned completely off."

Hauger D., WA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"washer lines blocked"

Anonymous, NE (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Slight water loss of unknown origin at this time"

John M., FL (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seal around the panorama roof has begun leaking after 6 years since new."

Mark J., FL (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"rattles coming from the back liftgate area. cannot isolate what is making the noise."

Scott N., NE (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"the tailgate had a rattle (when going over minor bumps at a slow rate) that seemed to be easily repaired, but it comes back. The dealer was very familiar with this - some there said that this was a regular problem w/ this model...I've had it repaired"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rattles occur in the tailgate area. The dealership can't find anything wrong , but the rattles persist. There is also a loud clunk when rounding a corner. Again the dealer has been "unresponsive." The car is now out of warranty. I'll live with it"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Have a rattle at slow speeds under light braking that the dealership has not been able to locate the source. # visits to the dealership and still not remedied yet"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Rear lift gate does not sound as though it is firmly seated in frame. No leaks, but make clunking noise when going over rough terrain or street gutters."

Mark J., FL (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 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

Alternator

"Bearings wore out and the alternator had to be replaced at a cost 0f $1300"

James B., NJ (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Battery cables

"Battery cable from the negative side to the frame had completely rusted off and had to be replaced along with the battery. When this happened, the vehicle was completely "dead in the water". The glove compartment wouldn't even open!"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Coil

"With the coil failure the care goes into limp mode and doesn't activate the turbo. Very annoying!"

Anonymous, NV (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Distributor or rotor failure

"Another item that wasn't covered"

Donna S., CT (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Electronic ignition

"Had to replace the Plugs and condensers per the local BMW dealer service dept. I am certain this was the right diagnosis as the same deler service dept had to replace a defective fuel injector at the same service call. The injector was damaged when the other dealer pulled your engine for the recall"

David C., WA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Grounding strap let go, vehicle wouldn't start"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

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

Electronic or air suspension

"All four failed last year after less than 100,000 km leaving the vehicle undriveable. Cost over $1000 to replace from the dealer who could not even provide a loaner. Unacceptable!"

Piergiorgio B., ON (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Failure of air shock/suspension on one wheel, which subsequently needed replaced again, soon thereafter"

Brad B., OH (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Shocks or struts

"Strut mount bushing went soft, causing clunks when driving over bumps"

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Wheel bearings

"Noisy"

Anonymous, QC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Failed wheel bearing caused uneven tire wear. Have annoying road noise"

Alan K., NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"bearings went bad, very loud noise, expense to replace, seems to be common on BMW X5's"

Michael P., AR (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Frozen front left calipers."

Anonymous, QC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"One front caliper froze"

Anonymous, QC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Rear brake pad worn down to less than 10% remaining, in less than 45,000 miles. Dealer told me this is due to the size of the car, The front brake pads did not wear as fast per dealer because The front brake system is much more robust than the rear I consider this a known design flaw BMW should cover as the rear brake pads are known to wear prematurely, but only after car is off warranty."

David C., WA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Rotors

"I just had all four rotors replaced because they were badly rusted out plus new pads on the rear which had been completely worn out. I regularly have the vehicle serviced and no issue was discovered on the last service (a month before) by the same de"

N S., QC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Had to replace both rotors/brakes after 60k miles. Extremely expensive to replace. Seems early to have to replace rotors"

Angela L., IA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 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

"the car had excess oil use and through a consumer campaign the entire engine was rebuilt"

Shannon A., GA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Head gasket

"The engine light went in and the car completely seized twice. The car has only 52000 miles And seems to have problems every 5 months. I purchased the extended warranty for 3,290. So much wasn't covered. Some was covered. Expensive engine things that shouldn't have gone wrong. My old Jeep had so few problems. So over priced with so many problems"

Donna S., CT (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"coolant supply to turbo system is leaking and not covered under extended maintenance and service warranty"

Adrian D., CA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"The secondary water pump or turbo coolers failed. This was not covered by our Delta Platinum warranty. The Turbo unit has been replaced within the last 24 months by the BMW warranty"

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"turbo charger is leaking oil. the dealership failed to recognize the problem On time. Even though I went to the dealership about 6 times in the last 6 months with the oil light coming up. Now they diagnose as turbo failure and oil leak and giving an estimate of $13,000 for repairs, as soon as the extended warranty expired at 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"excessive white smoke when car is started in the morning"

Oriris M., FL (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Valve sticking, allowing diesel exhaust into the cabin while idling, especially when cold outside"

Chad T., MN (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Other/unsure

"BMW's recall"

Anonymous, QC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"TATA recall"

Frank C., TN (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

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

"The squirrel blower was squeaking and needed to be replaced."

Rick S., TX (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Fan started whining intermittently 6 months ago. It stopped for a few months, then became continuous after being parked at the coast for a few days."

Edward D., OR (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Evaporator

"Failed. Not cooling"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"The AC was no longer cooling. Because of the design of the car, it was very labor intensive to fix a simple problem. It cost about $2,400 to fix it"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 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

"Leak of differential fluid at both drive shafts."

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Completely wear axle"

Javier O., MD (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"Just received a recall notice that the drive train is at risk"

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Recall on front drive shaft, replaced at no charge by BMW"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"The transmission stutters"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Transmission computer

"Called a valve body. The valve body when new is coded with the VIN of your specific car. It can never be recoded again. When it fails, you have to buy a brand new one that has never been coded before. The dealer is the only one who can do this coding. BMW does not rebuild transmissions, they only replace. To replace the transmission with valve body at dealer is $7000. We bought a used transmission and valve body for $1700. The xmsn works fine but we didn't know about the valve body situation (described above) at the time. This is probably why xmsn dealers give warranty (2 years) on the xmsn but it excludes the valve body. We tried using our previous valve body with the replacement xmsn but it seems our previous valve body was also broken. We had to buy a new valve body, another $1000. Each time we tried to program the valve body, it meant a tow to the dealer. And when the first 2 vb's didn't work, it meant a tow back home. Once we got the new vb, the dealer coded it and it worked... only after filled completely w/ xmsn fluid, a step the dealer forgot to do. We did it when we drove it home. Now it's fine. Not everyone can research, buy, and install used parts like we did. The $7K dealer price tag was motivation. It was a month without our car, very inconvenient."

Dawn K., AZ (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The car started shifting hard into gear while driving. Eventually, it wouldn't go into reverse at all. Dealer said needed new xmsn. BMW does not rebuild transmissions, they only replace. To replace the transmission with valve body at dealer is $7000. The valve body is the computer brains of the xmsn, and when new is coded with the VIN of your specific car. It can never be recoded again. When it fails, you have to buy a brand new one that has never been coded before. The dealer is the only one who can do this coding. We didn't know this at the time. This is probably why xmsn dealers give warranty (2 years) on the xmsn but it excludes the valve body. We bought a used transmission and valve body for $1700. The problem remained. We tried using our previous valve body with the replacement xmsn but it seems our previous valve body was also broken. We had to buy a new valve body, another $1000. Each time we tried to program the valve body, it meant a tow to the dealer. And when the first 2 vb's didn't work, it meant a tow back home. Once we got the new vb, the dealer coded it and it worked... only after filled completely w/ xmsn fluid, a step the dealer forgot to do. We did it when we drove it home. Now it's fine. The shifting issue remained until the new vb was properly coded and the fluid was filled. Only then did it start to shift properly. Not everyone can research, buy, and install used parts like we can. The $7K dealer price tag was motivation. It was a month without our car, very inconvenient."

Dawn K., AZ (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"transmission drive shaft broke at freeway speed. Drive shaft was a recall item that I had not received a notice on. It was covered completely by BMW. This failure damaged the transmission which BMW replaced for free. We were without a vehicle for two weeks."

Hauger D., WA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i 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 interior trim or moldings

"Spare tire compartment latch was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

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

"Door lock on driver side and subsequently on passenger side became stuck causing inability to open or close door"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
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