With the X5's redesign, BMW has dialed back the sharp handling and taut ride of previous models, trading some of their sporty feel for a cushier ride that makes it seem, well, less BMW-like. The cabin is now more luxurious, solid, and quiet. Fit and finish are impeccable, and it's loaded with an array of up-to-date electronic features.
Alerts
There are 2 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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2016 BMW X5 has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Electric System
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Climate 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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2016 BMW X5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Tailgate rattled"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle in rear storage area. Determined to be tonneau cover assembly - replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2016 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Service kept car for a week. When returned said it was a faulty bushing that was replaced. Car continued to have the noise/rattle coming from the trunk area. Brought car again and was told that noise was from tailgate and adjusted. No noise for 3-4 weeks. Noise returned again"

Anonymous, NY (2016 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Coins in cup holder got under center console. They don't just lie there. They continually roll around. It cost $400 or more to remove them. The service people told me they see this all of the time. It seems insane not to fix this"

Joseph O., MS (2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear hatch rattles and creaks. Repaired once and glass was removed and replaced. Creaks still occurring"

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl 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

"Sensors do not always beep when close to an object"

Anonymous, WA (2016 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"The right side of the split screen froze up. Had to take to dealer tom have "fixed" it was under warranty so there was no cost, only the time and inconvenience to take to dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2016 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The entire head unit would freeze up and then restart. BMW USA sent in a new head unit and replaced it under warranty"

Steven W., LA (2016 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Display went dark. Dealer fixed"

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Steering wheel controls

"Steering lift and telescoping system failed - replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2016 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

Headlights

"Automatic high beam malfunction. Dealer has not been able to fix. Still an issue"

Anonymous, NH (2016 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Fuel door wouldn't open due to faulty pressure sensor. System was replace under warranty after 4 days at the dealer repair facility"

William J., NC (2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

Seat controls - movement

"Died....they told me I spilled something on box which is under the seat which caused it to corrode...there was no evidence of a spill of anything"

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"dealer took 30 days to replace a short in the hybrid battery"

Anonymous, NY (2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Trim on windows turned purple and pink...they told me I went to the wrong car wash. Car was less than 2 months old"

Anonymous, CA (2016 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.

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.

Engine Minor

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

Brakes

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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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
PROVIDED BY
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL:GAS RECIRCULATION VALVE (EGR VALVE)
Oct 25 2018
The melting intake manifold can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2013-2018 BMW 328d and 328d xDrive, 2014-2018 328d Sports Wagon and 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, 2014-2016 535d and 535d xDrive, 2015 740Ld xDrive, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d SAV and 2014-2017 X5 xDrive35d SAV vehicles equipped with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) module with an integrated cooler. If the EGR cooler leaks internally, the coolant can mix with diesel engine soot. The high EGR temperatures may result in these particles possibly smoldering and melting the intake manifold.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the EGR cooler as necessary. If a leak has already occurred, the engine intake manifold will also be replaced. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall began May 13, 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: 18V755000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 44368
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Dec 21 2016
If the vehicle unexpectedly shifts to neutral, there would be an increased risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2016 X5 xDrive40e vehicles manufactured July 29, 2015, to September 9, 2015. The affected vehicles have a Digital Motor Electronic (DME) control unit that may have a loose electrical ground cable, possibly causing an under-voltage condition which would result in the transmission shifting to neutral.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the ground cable, free of charge. The recall began February 6, 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: 16V919000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8
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