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 14 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2012 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)

"Check engine light lit and stayed lit for no apparent reason. After approximately 5000 miles light went out and has remained out."

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

"this is a diesel, and car was at dealer about 3 weeks for them to find/fix."

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

"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)

"Issue with the diesel fuel additive holding tank. Problem was corrected by the dealer at no cost through a hidden extended warranty program."

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

"during service - technician caused leak in fuel system - 5 tries before resolved - safety hazard"

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

"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)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"car only had partial power. Had to drive 50 or under to the dealer to repair. Cost $1500 for some little part."

David T., WI (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)

"This is a diesel X5. The small turbo has needed replacement TWICE in the past two years. The NO2 sensor has needed replacement once in the past two years. The particulate filter now also needs replaced. These are all very expensive fixes. In total, we will have spent almost 20k in maintenance and repair of critical systems since purchasing this car 4 years ago."

Anonymous, CO (2012 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Idler arm recall,not done yet, has not broken."

Clifford G., CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
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)
Engine knock or ping

"Check engine light on. Very very rough ride."

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

"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)

"The engine began to stall and run rough. The dealer had it for over a week (gave me a rental for free). Had to replace a hose that cost over $2,000. It is running perfect now. Just disappointed, as take good care of car and have the recommended oil changes, etc."

Anonymous, OH (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Oil leaks

"The oil leak was internal, and is a design flaw in the N63 twin turbo engine. It has been repaired under warranty three times on this specific vehicle, but there is no permanent fix. BMW has yet to issue a recall that permanently resolves this situation."

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

"These haven't cost me any money to repair YET, but likely will be between $1000 and 3000, according to the dealership."

Anonymous, MN (2012 BMW X5)

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)
Calipers

"The caliper was under warranty but not available so had to wait a week for the part"

Sharon T., ON (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"Wore out at 44k miles"

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

"New disks and calipers"

John P., IL (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)
Premature brake wear

"The brakes had to be replaced much before the date recommended and there should be no reason from the driver for the brakes to have undue wear on them."

Sharon T., ON (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
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)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Faulty springs on heads"

Anonymous, OR (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine needed replaced due to connecting rod bearing failure."

Anonymous, MA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
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)
Turbo or supercharger

"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)

"turbo chargers were leaking oil - if not treated, could have oil could have gotten into catalytic converter system resulting in huge repair costs (according to my trusted mechanic). BMW split the cost to put in new turbo chargers (thanks to a relationship my mechanic had with the BMW dealership) - I still had to pay almost $3,000. So many things have gone wrong with this car and I have learned because it's a BMW, repairs are very expensive. I am selling this car."

Anonymous, VA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 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)

"Began overheating on the interstate and then lost power. Had to pull over and shut down every few blocks to get home."

Anonymous, MN (2012 BMW X5)
Water pump

"Faulty electric water pump,quit working"

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

"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)

"Got a warning light to not drive any further because the cooling pump was not working"

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

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

Alignment

"After the warrantee expired, I learned the alignment was way off and resulted in excessive tire wear. Based on the extent of the damage, this problem existed well before the warrantee's expiration and should have been identified and reported to me. BMW should also have fixed the problem at that time at no cost to me. This is just another example of BMW's poor customer care/service."

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

"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)
Ball joints

"Lower control arm has a ball joint on one end. Both wore out completely and the part required replacement, not warrantied. Also replaced tie rod ends, and the sway bar, a basically whole front end shot. Vehicle has been a complete lemon right from the start."

Ian M., AB (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Electronic or air suspension

"Rear self leveling air suspension had leaked. The air pump had to be replaced as well. There was one bad air tube that needed replacement."

Henry Y., CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Both rear air bag suspension components had to be replaced, vehicle sagged deeply one the side the bag was leaking. Apparently a chronic problem with this vehicle."

Ian M., AB (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"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)
Shocks or struts

"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)
Springs or torsion bars

"Both rear springs cracked in two places resulting lost ride height recoil"

Richard R., MA (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)

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)

"Part of the system that controls the ducting of the air failed causing the front driver's side air vents to not receive any air."

Bob T., CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
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)
Electrical failure

"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)
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)

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)
Squeaks or rattles

"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

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)
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)
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)

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)

"Battery 7 years old, wore out. we were able to start it and drive to dealer for replacement."

Clifford G., CA (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Had to change spark plugs for a shocking $2100. Could not find another service station since this is a BMW diesel."

Brian W., MS (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Problem with glow plugs. In shop now. Engine light on."

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

"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)
Starter

"Car completely failed to start after check engine light went on. Had to tow for service. This has been the worst car I’ve owned in 20 years."

Brian W., MS (2012 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

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)
Body control module

"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)
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)
Keyless entry

"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)

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

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)
Driveshaft or axle

"The right front axle was defective and replaced through a recall; however, the resulting tire damage and misalignment was not. This the second problem I've had with the car that was initially identified during the warrantee period but was not deemed serious, or needing repair, until after the warrantee expired."

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

"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)
Stability control (ESC)

"Level Control indicator constantly going off. When diagnosed the technician could not find the air leak or a bad sensor."

Aaron G., NC (2012 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust recirculatory failed twice causing noxious fumes to enter the passenger compartment"

Anonymous, RI (2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
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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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 15 2020
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 2009-2012 X5 xDrive35d, 2008-2012 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M, 2007-2012 X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M and 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid vehicles equipped with non-desiccated, passenger frontal air bag inflators containing phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSPI-2) propellant that were used as interim remedy parts for previous Takata recalls. These inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger front air bag, free of charge. The recall began March 11, 2020. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V016000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4007
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 15 2020
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 2008-2013 128i and 135i Convertibles, 128i, 135i, and M Coupes, 2007-2010 X3 30si and X3 xDrive30i, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i, 2007-2013 328i, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335is, 335i xDrive and M3 Coupes, 2006-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive and M3, 2009-2011 335D, 2006-2012 325xi, 328i, 328xi and 328i xDrive, 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid, 2007-2013 328i, 335i, 335is, M3 Coupes, X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M, 2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d and 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M vehicles equipped with non-desiccated driver frontal air bag inflators containing phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) that were used as interim remedy parts for previous Takata recalls. These inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver air bag. On X5 and X6 vehicles, only the inflator will be replaced. All repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began March 11, 2020. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V017000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 59965
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
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:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
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
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
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 10 2017
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 2012 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M 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 2009 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M vehicles, 2008-2009 X6 xDrive 35i, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M, and 2009 X5 xDrive35d 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." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, BMW is recalling certain 2007-2008 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M vehicles, and 2008 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 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 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 front passenger air bag inflator or air bag module, free of charge. Interim letters were mailed March 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. 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: 17V020000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 48951
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
STEERING
Jun 13 2012
LEAKING POWER STEERING FLUID CAN SPRAY ONTO HOT EXHAUST PARTS, INCREASING THE RISK OF AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE.
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 X5 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A DIESEL ENGINE AND 2013 X5 AND X6 VEHICLES. DUE TO A MACHINING ERROR OF THE STEERING GEAR SURFACE, POWER STEERING FLUID MAY LEAK.
What should you do:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT, AND IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE STEERING GEAR FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 20, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V267000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2642
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:OTHER FUEL TYPES:TURBO/SUPERCHARGER
Apr 10 2012
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, 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO, MODEL YEAR 2012 6-SERIES CONVERTIBLE, 7-SERIES, X5 SAV, AND 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 APRIL 30, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
THIS RECALL IS AN EXPANSION OF SAFETY RECALL 11V521.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V161000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2846
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Jan 23 2012
IF THE DRIVER BELIEVES THAT THE TRANSMISSION IS IN PARK AND DOES NOT USE THE PARKING BRAKE, THE VEHICLE COULD ROLL AWAY AFTER EXITING THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH OR INJURY.
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 X5 XDRIVE 35I SPORTS ACTIVITY VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 19, 2011, THROUGH DECEMBER 21, 2011. DUE TO A MANUFACTURING ERROR, ENGAGEMENT OF THE TRANSMISSION¿S PARKING LOCK MAY NOT OCCUR EVEN IF THE ¿P¿ POSITION HAS BEEN SELECTED AND IS DISPLAYED.
What should you do:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 2, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES 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: 12V019000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6
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