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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.
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Reliability

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, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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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 about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

“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)

“Car inoperable”

Russell S., NY (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)

“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)
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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“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)

“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)

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

“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)
Wiper motor or washer

“washer lines blocked”

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

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)

“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)

“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)

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

“CD DRIVE WENT BAD. DEALER REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY”

Bob G., CA (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)

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)
Wheel bearings

“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)

“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)

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)

“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)

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

Distributor or rotor failure

“Another item that wasn't covered”

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

“Grounding strap let go, vehicle wouldn't start”

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

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

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)
Differential

“Completely wear axle”

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

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

“One front caliper froze”

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

“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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

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)

“Failed. Not cooling”

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“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)

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)

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

“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)

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)

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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
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AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 14 2019
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M vehicles, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M vehicles, 2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d vehicles and 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall began March 14, 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: 19V017000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 83016
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
May 23 2018
If the idler pulley bolt breaks, the vehicle may unexpectedly lose power-assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2009-2013 X5 xDrive 35d diesel vehicles. The engine idler pulley bolt may loosen over time and break.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the idler pulley bolt with an improved part, free of charge. The recall began March 11, 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: 18V336000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33214
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Apr 18 2018
If the circuit board were to overheat, it can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2011-2012 BMW 550i, 550i xDrive, 550i Gran Turismo, 550i Gran Turismo xDrive, 750i, 750Li, 750i xDrive, 750Li xDrive, 760Li, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M, ActiveHybrid7, MINI Cooper S Convertible, John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible, Cooper S Countryman, Cooper S Countryman ALL4, Cooper S, JCW, Cooper S Clubman, JCW Clubman, Cooper S Roadster, JCW Roadster, Cooper S Coupe, JCW Coupe and Rolls-Royce Ghost, 2011 BMW X6 Hybrid and 2012 BMW 650i Coupe, 650i xDrive Coupe, 650i Convertible and 650i xDrive Convertible vehicles. The electric auxiliary water pump may fail and cause the circuit board to overheat.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the electric auxiliary water pump, free of charge. Depending on the model, there are currently limited parts available, however not all parts are available at this time. Owners will be notified of the recall beginning June 11, 2018, and will receive a second notification when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at BMW 1-800-525-7417, MINI at 1-866-825-1525, or Rolls-Royce at 1-877-877-3735. Note: BMW recommends that owners park their vehicle outdoors until the recall remedy has been performed.
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: 18V248000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 47806
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 09 2018
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, 2009-2010 X5 xDrive35d vehicles and 2009-2013 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M vehicles ever registered in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." BMW is also recalling certain 2007-2010 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X5 xDrive35d, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M vehicles ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." BMW is also recalling certain 2007-2009 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xdrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X5 xDrive35d, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M vehicles ever registered in the states of AK, CO, CT, ID, IA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, ND, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WY or "Zone C." These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger front air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 2018. 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: 18V030000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 41808
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL:CRANKCASE (PCV)
Oct 30 2017
An electrical short can cause the parts within the PCV valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2008-2011 128i and 2007-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles. The heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may short circuit.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PCV valve heater, free of charge. Interim letters were mailed on November 27, 2017. Owners will receive a second notification by the end of October 2018. 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: 17V683000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 740561
POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT
Mar 02 2017
If the front universal joint fails, the front wheels would not be driven, affecting vehicle traction. Additionally, continued driving of the vehicle with a broken front universal joint may damage other components. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC, (BMW) is recalling certain 2011-2013 X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M and X5 xDrive35d vehicles, 2011-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M vehicles, and 2011 x6 ActiveHybrid Vehicles. Water and debris may enter the front driveshaft's universal joint, causing excessive wear and possibly resulting in the joint's failure.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driveshaft, free of charge. The recall began on April 18, 2017. 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: 17V138000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 121909
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Oct 17 2016
The loose wires may cause the connector to melt, resulting in a fuel leak. Additionally, the fuel pump may stop working, possibly causing an engine stall and increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 BMW X5 3.0si, X5 4.8i, X5 M, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i and X5 xDrive50i, 2008-2011 X6 x Drive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M, 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid, 535i xDrive Gran Turismo, 535i Gran Turismo, 550i xDrive Gran Turismo and 550i Gran Turismo, 2011-2012 528i, 535i, 535i xDrive, 550i and 550i xDrive and 2012 535i ActiveHybrid, 640i Convertible, 650i Convertible, 650i xDrive Convertible, 650i Coupe and 650i Coupe xDrive vehicles. The affected vehicles have in-tank fuel pumps that may have insufficiently crimped wire contacts.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump module, free of charge. The recall began February 2017. 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: 16V746000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 136188
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
May 26 2016
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5M vehicles, 2009-2011 X5 xDrive35d vehicles, 2008-2011 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M vehicles, and 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, BMW is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5M vehicles, and 2008 BMW X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Vehicles of these model years and models that were not originally sold or ever registered in either Zones A or B are not subject to this safety recall. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator or air bag module, free of charge. The recall began July 28, 2017. 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: 16V364000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 97738
POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT
May 17 2016
If the front universal joint fails, the front wheels would not be driven, affecting vehicle traction. Additionally, continued driving of the vehicle with a broken front universal joint may damage other components. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2011 X5 xDrive 35i, xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M vehicles manufactured April 5, 2010, to November 20, 2010, 2011 X5 xDrive35d diesel vehicles manufactured April 7, 2010, to November 20, 2010, and 2011 X6 Active Hybrid vehicles manufactured April 15, 2010, to November 17, 2010. The affected vehicles have a front driveshaft universal joint that may not seal out water and debris from getting in and damaging the joint, which could lead to its failure.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driveshaft, free of charge. The recall began on July 8, 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: 16V311000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 21493
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Feb 05 2016
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles and 1 Series M coupes, 2006-2011 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive Sedans, 2009-2011 335d sedans, 2006-2012 325xiT, 328i and 328xi sports wagons, 2007-2013 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive, 335is and M3 Coupes and Convertibles, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SAVs, 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i SAVs, 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M SAVs, 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d SAVs, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SACs, 2010-2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i SACs and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module or inflator depending on the vehicle model, free of charge. The recall began March 9, 2018. 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: 16V071000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 840000
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Apr 10 2014
If the bolts loosen or break the engine may have reduced power or stall. An engine stall increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 328i Coupe, 328i Convertible, 328i Sports Wagon and Z4 sDrive 30i, 2011-2012 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, 335i Sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i, 2011 335i xDrive Sedan, 335i Coupe, 335i Convertible, 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 535i xDrive Sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i, 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, and X5 xDrive 30i, 2012 640i Coupe, and 640i Convertible and 2010-2012 535i Gran Turismo vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the four VANOS housing bolts for both VANOS units (intake and exhaust), free of charge. In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline 6 cylinder engines not covered by this recall, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition. The recall began on September 24, 2014. Owners may contact BMW 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: 14V176000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 156137
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Nov 27 2012
If the engine belt idler pulley bolt breaks, the vehicle may unexpectedly lose power-assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 X5 xDrive 35d SAV diesel vehicles manufactured September 1, 2008, through November 15, 2012. The engine belt idler pulley bolt could loosen and break over time.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace and tighten the idler pulley bolt. The recall began on January 15, 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V550000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 29800
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:OTHER FUEL TYPES:TURBO-CHARGER
Oct 20 2011
THIS COULD LEAD TO A SMOLDERING OF THE PUMP OR AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT OR VEHICLE FIRE.
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 5-SERIES, MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO, MODEL YEAR 2009-2011 7-SERIES, MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 X5 SAV, AND MODEL YEAR 2008-2011 X6 SAV VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 8- OR 12-CYLINDER, TURBOCHARGED, ENGINES BECAUSE THE CIRCUIT BOARD FOR THE ELECTRIC AUXILIARY WATER PUMP CAN OVERHEAT.
What should you do:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AUXILIARY WATER PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 19, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
THIS RECALL WAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL VEHICLES IN APRIL 2012.SEE RECALL NO. 12V161.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V521000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 32084
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:DIESEL
Jun 23 2011
IF THE BELT TENSIONER FAILS, THERE COULD BE A SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER STEERING ASSISTANCE, IF POWER STEERING ASSIST IS LOST, MANUAL STEERING CAPABILITY IS STILL RETAINED AND COULD INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011, X5 DIESEL SPORTS ACTIVITY VEHICLES (SAV) MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 31, 2011, THROUGH MAY 19, 2011. DUE TO A COMPONENT MANUFACTURING ERROR AT THE SUPPLIER, THE WELDS IN THE BELT TENSIONER COULD HAVE INCIPIENT CRACKS. OVER TIME, THIS COULD LEAD A MALFUNCTION OF THE BELT TENSIONER.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ENGINE BELT TENSIONER FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417, OR VIA EMAIL AT CUSTOMERRELATIONS@BMWUSA.COM.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V332000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 923
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Jun 02 2010
IMPROPER TIRE INFLATION CAN RESULT IN PREMATURE TIRE FAILURE OR REDUCED VEHICLE HANDLING PERFORMANCE, EITHER OF WHICH CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 X5 SAV AND X6 SAV PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 1 THROUGH MAY 8, 2010. THE TIRE LABEL DOES NOT CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THE VEHICLES ARE EQUIPPED WITH 20-INCH WHEELS, BUT THE LABEL STATES THAT THE VEHICLES WERE EQUIPPED WITH 19-INCH WHEELS AND THE STATED TIRE PRESSURE IS INCORRECT FOR THE EQUIPPED WHEELS.
What should you do:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND PROVIDE CORRECT LABELS FREE OF CHARGE. THE OWNER WILL HAVE THE OPTION TO AFFIX THE LABEL THEMSELVES OR THEY MAY TAKE THEIR VEHICLE TO A BMW DEALER WHO WILL AFFIX THE LABEL FOR THEM AT NO COST. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 8, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V233000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 296
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