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Quick, agile and well-appointed, this iteration of the BMW X5 was available with either gasoline or diesel powerplants, so we tested one of each. Base models were updated with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This brought improved acceleration and fuel economy. The X5 is sporty to drive, with capable braking and handling. But a stiff and choppy ride counts against it.
Alerts
There are 12 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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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

Quick, agile and well-appointed, this iteration of the BMW X5 was available with either gasoline or diesel powerplants, so we tested one of each. Base models were updated with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This brought improved acceleration and fuel economy. The X5 is sporty to drive, with capable braking and handling. But a stiff and choppy ride counts against it. Overly heavy steering can also be a hindrance at low speeds, or when parking. Some controls are confusing too. The third-row seat is suited only for children.

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 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (265 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (400 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (555 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 BMW X5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

“On one or two occasions, engine almost stalled and then ran rough with a lot of knocking for a while after strong acceleration”

Paul L., NJ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“Made noise and idled rough”

Anonymous, IL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Engine gaskets had to be replaced at just over 50,000 miles because of an oil leak. Seems crazy to me based on the miles driven”

Anonymous, AZ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Oil leak by oil filter required front engine tear down to access gasket to replace. $600”

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“An oil leak on the engine block”

Anonymous, KS (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Covered by purchased extended warranty”

Randy S., NJ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Oil pump”

Anonymous, OR (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Paid $4000.00 for oil leak”

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The car has been at the dealer for internal oil leaks for 45 days this year. Internal oil leaks in to the turbos”

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“The dealer service dept found the oil leak and replaced the filter housing gasket costing $1,070”

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Had to replace oil filter housing at 59,000 miles due to a persistent oil leak. A dye traced the leak”

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Engine computer

“The engine simply stopped running because of a computer fault. Nothing was wrong with the engine, some sort of sensor failed that triggered an engine problem, which resulted in reduced power for a few miles (warning message from computer) then it ju”

Anonymous, VA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“As part of a recall they had to reset the computer twice”

John J., IL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The Check Engine Light has come on several times. The dealer cannot determine why and cannot fix the problem. It keeps appearing”

Anonymous, ON (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

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

“repeated failure and replacement of several different emissions items”

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“check engine light was on. car had reduced power. covered under warranty”

Anonymous, KY (2012 BMW X5)

“Urea system sensor failed. Replaced under warenty”

Anonymous, OR (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“The EGR bracket was replaced under a recall mandated by BMW”

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“EGR pump failed”

Steven L., NH (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Recall to replace entire fuel injection system. All 8 injectors, piping, pump,were replaced at no expense to owner”

Stephen C., MA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“BMW had a campaign on the 5.0 engine for the fuel injectors and other parts related”

Anonymous, WA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“BMW replaced all injectors and spark plugs which were fouled after engine codes were thrown. Injectors were on the 4th part revision since the vehicle was new. BMW service has admitted this is a problem area. BWW paid for all costs even though the”

Anonymous, VA (2012 BMW X5 M 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“All injectors had to be replaced. Caused excess soot”

Craig C., NJ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Fuel pump

“I took the car to the dealership for general maintenance and they found an issue with the fuel pump. Luckily the replacement was covered under warranty, so it cost me nothing instead of the actual cost of over $3,000”

Anonymous, VT (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Had to replace components that have to do with Diesel DEF fluid”

Anonymous, MD (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“issue with a bad sensor causing me to bring the car back to BMW twice”

Anonymous, TN (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Numerous emission items have been replaced and BMW would not cover under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2012 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Oil pump seals”

Anonymous, OR (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“replaced weather strip around rear end gate”

Anonymous, BC (2012 BMW X5)

“Noise relates to AC”

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Back tail gate rattles with normal road driving”

Anonymous, CO (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Hear squeaks in the trunk area while driving”

Darren S., WA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“rear hatch occasionally rattles. no repair by the dealer because they can not replicated the sound”

Anonymous, KY (2012 BMW X5)

“In the rear passenger side, squeaks occurs when driving over the bump. The noise comes from the upper side roof and window”

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Interior creaks all the time. Plastics are very noisy”

Ed W., CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“The vehicle is less than three years old, and the hatch rattles. Everything sounds loose and not properly sealed”

Kelly P., TX (2012 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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“USB entertainment interface had to be replaced”

Anthony E., CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Worst navigation system I've ever experienced. It cannot find nearly any point of interest by name. Its directions to addresses is rarely ever the shortest, and its also very buggy (i.e. telling you to make a U-Turn while traveling 65mph on the highway)”

Anonymous, NC (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The GPS System is quite buggy. It rarely ever takes the best route, rarely ever finds points of interest, and it even once told me to take a U-turn on the high way”

Anonymous, NC (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Seems as if only one phone can be paired. When the other gets knocked out, hard to pair it back without dealer doing it”

Anonymous, TN (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Phone will not connect with bluetooth especially with multiple phones being used. Have to return to dealer to have connected. Repaired under warranty”

Deborah W., VA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“Surround view camera failed during heavy rain”

Ed W., CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Display screen freezes up

“menu stops working”

Anonymous, IL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Radio

“The radio loses programming when the car is turned off”

George W., WA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The radio and seat settings are different sporadically after starting the vehicle. The settings will randomly change, and preset radio stations will be deleted”

Kelly P., TX (2012 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

Antilock system (ABS)

“Electrical control module failure. ABS system indicated failure however it could have just been the module and not an actual braking system failure”

Anonymous, RI (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Parking brake

“The braking system would sometimes lock up when turning the car on not allowing me to move”

Anonymous, CT (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Parking brake is controlled by an electronic module that has failed. The repair cost is outrageous”

Anonymous, OK (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Parking brake failed and locked in the engaged position”

Anonymous, NY (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Squeaking

“The breaks on all the BMWs I have owned have brakes that squeak a lot”

Anonymous, AZ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Replaced rotors and pads”

Preston W., NY (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Squeaking started after front brake pads were replaced at 31K miles”

Anthony E., CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Brake light came on dealer said system need to be flushed. After svc brakes squealed VERY loud. After 2 visits and contacting US rep, dealer replaced front & rear brakes and calipers. Very low intermittent light squeal now”

Randy S., NJ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Wore out at 44k miles”

Kevin J., IA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“This is my second BMW X5 that had head gasket failure. To repair they have to drop the engine to repair.... Very expensive, luckily this time it was under warranty”

John J., IL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Timing belt or chain

“One of the pulleys for the belt driving the alternator and power steering unit sheered off while driving”

Darren S., WA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Recalled under service bulletin number B001314, the recall may take several days for each vehicle involved and could include replacement of the fuel injectors, mass airflow sensors, battery, crankcase vent lines, fuel pressure sensor, the engine's va”

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“Oil leaks in to the turbo”

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“Turbo cooler went out”

John J., IL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“some parts and sensors were replaced, vehicle was not inoperable only warning lights on”

Anonymous, BC (2012 BMW X5)

“One of the radiators sustained a small puncture and leak which did not present visibly nor by adequate dash warning, but caused an overtemp condition that necessitated replacing both secondary turbo coolant pumps and associated hoses. $2400 total”

Anonymous, VA (2012 BMW X5 M 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“Oil leaks, engine overheating. Low oil light comes on prior to the 10,000 mile oil change. I believe they remedied this in the new models by requiring oil changes at 7000 miles. Constant problems with oil leaks”

Mary P., IL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 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

A/C compressor

“AC stopped cooling - since I live in AZ, not having a working AC system is not an option. The cost to repair was over $2,300 - this is crazy given that the car doesn't even have 70,000 miles. Given all the other issues (oil leak, coolant reservoir crack and a drivetrain recall) with this 'luxury' car, I'll be selling it and getting something more reliable”

Anonymous, AZ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

“AC can be very noisy at times and then the noise goes away. Very difficult to recreate. Auto climate control does not work well at all so one must manually adjust fan and temperature for best comfort”

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The system has multiple issues. Blows heat on the floor while blowing ice cold air from main front-facing vents at certain settings. Can blow high heat to the rear and under seats while blowing ice cold air up front. Too hard to adjust/figure out”

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

“Blower motor fun started to cycle between high and low every 15 sec. It was related to probably some sensor failure”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The air conditioning air was cold, but not enough air was being blown out of the vents. After driving the car for about 15 minutes, then the blower will turn on to the normal speed”

Erick M., CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

“Was expensive to fix”

Anonymous, MD (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Need to recharged every single summer even was new from first year”

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“the entire front electrical panel stopped working so I couldn't control anything from that panel including the heat / AC, etc. I could still control the radio through the steering wheel. The entire panel had to be replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

“One day the low coolant light came on. The next morning there was a pool of coolant on the garage floor. Had to have vehicle towed to dealer. Expansion tank ruptured and needed to be replaced”

Gregory B., FL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Car suddenly overheated on Freeway, and shut down with no notice”

Anonymous, GA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

“the clutch fan on water pump was cycling strangely for about a week then the whole car overheated; had to have towed to city dealership”

Brad R., OK (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Engine had been struggling to stay cool, despite it being he middle of a cold winter. The engine then overheated after approx 30 minutes of high speed highway driving. Did have to pull over and let the engine cool before returning home. Dealer promptly replaced the water pump under warranty and car has been running great ever since!”

John D., CO (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“It failed. Dealer service dept replaced it”

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Water pump failed at 44k miles. Dealership says they see a lot of water pump failures on this model between 40k-50k miles. Was covered by warranty”

Kevin J., IA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The auxiliary water pump used to cool the turbo units failed at 56K miles. Dealer had very difficult time troubleshooting this and after replacing it I got the same "high temp" warning on the iDrive screen. Two weeks at the shop to fix this. The part”

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 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

“multiple failures - would not start, battery not charging, ABS disabled. Many returns to the dealer to get it all fixed”

Anonymous, VA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“key not recognized multiple times by the car. Battery was changed but no difference”

Anonymous, CO (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Serious electrical problem involving entry, and rear door hatch”

Anonymous, TN (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Tire pressure monitor

“Was losing communication with the sensors. Needed battery replacement in the sensors”

Anonymous, AZ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“The locking system has a feature where you can disable the motion detector but lock the doors.. This permits you to lock the vehicle and leave your pets in the vehicle without activating the alarm. This is not possible and the dealer cannot fix it”

Anonymous, ON (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Heated or cooled seats

“heated seats have intermittent failures. Many visits to dealer to have them fixed”

Anonymous, VA (2012 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

“BMW explained poor alignment caused a need to replace all four tires, at an extreme cost. When getting the alignment repaired, they told us it didn't need an alignment”

Jason W., AB (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Electronic or air suspension

“Self leveling malfunction due to a punctured rear suspension airbag”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Intermittent fan noise. Web search said water pump. And it was replaced but dealer using extend warranty purchased with car”

Randy S., NJ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Ottawa roads are rough after a long winter. The entire front end suspension had to be replaced. All under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Wheel balance

“Sometimes the vehicles moves unvoluntary to the sides, mainly left. It also ocurrs when aplying the brakes”

Anonymous, PR (2012 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

Driveshaft or axle

“Second recall. Parts not available so we're driving on a known danger... Airbag was the other one. Going on a hope and a prayer that the front drivetrain doesn't separate”

Chris N., VA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Driveshaft 'fell apart' according to my mechanic. Have since received a recall from BMW regarding the driveshaft but have yet to have the vehicle examined by BMW. The driveshaft issue left me stranded and it damaged my exhaust system and oil pan when it fell apart while driving at interstate speeds”

Andrew R., IN (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
CV joint

“The joint to the power train rod broke and did substantial damage. Did not have the car for 6 months because of delay in BMW delay in getting the spare part. Estimated replacement cost $16,800 of damage”

Tom B., OK (2012 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 exterior trim or moldings

“Gasket came loose on sunroof and rear tailgate”

Anonymous, CT (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“I selected the category that was closest as my interior issue was related to labels on the buttons rubbing off that included the iDrive and rear tailgate buttons. BMW paid for this and I was without the car for several days”

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Wood look veneer above glove compartment on dash cracked along with same type of trim on lower portion of dash. Both corrected under warranty”

Deborah W., VA (2012 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Routine battery replacement 6 years old. $400 bill had to register the battery with cars computer 1 hour of labor”

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Spark plug wires were found to be deficient during a checkup. No explanation that I am aware of”

Paul L., NJ (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

“Check engine light came on. Repaired successfully on first try”

Anonymous, MA (2012 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

Transmission computer

“vehicle shifted roughly from 1st to 2nd, especially when starting from a slow roll”

Brian M., GA (2012 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.

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