Comfortable, refined, and high-tech, the X5 feels a little, well, less BMW-like than previous generations. While still competent and enjoyable to drive, BMW dialed back the sharp handling and taut ride of previous models in the X5's 2014 redesign, trading some of their sporty feel for a cushier ride. The cabin is luxurious, solid, and quiet, including offering a third-row seat.
Alerts
There are 3 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 2017 BMW X5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Replaced by BMW under warranty."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 BMW X5)
Automatic climate control

"A/C does not cool down car on hot day. Is not powerful enough compared to previous BMW X5 owned."

Anonymous, CT (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The front passenger climate control didn't work properly. It would oscillate from cold to hot and not hold the temperature setting. It started 6 months ago. When I called to schedule an oil change I mentioned it to the technician and he said "oh yeah there's a recall on that", if I hadn't brought it up I'm not sure if they would have let me know. This went on 4 months before I brought it to their attention. They of course fixed it free of charge."

Anonymous, KS (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC stopped cooling. Evaporator core had to be replaced due to manufacturing defect which caused refrigerant leak."

Anonymous, NM (2017 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 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

"Exterior and interior door seals leaking and water collecting in passenger side door and carpet. Has been to the dealer for fixing (they told us the interior leak was not covered by warranty?? ) but it has noe been fixed, Will return to the dealer again."

Anonymous, OH (2017 BMW X5 M 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Dried out padding on the tailgate"

Kevin H., UT (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"There was a rattle coming from under the back seat when the car was moving. The dealership found a loose bracket. They tightened it and the noise went away. I had them look at it during a routine oil change"

Anonymous, NY (2017 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Front trim, passenger side, was rattling/squeaking."

Anonymous, CT (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"The car's overheating warning went off while I was driving and the car lost power even though the temperature gauge did not indicate a problem. I had to have the car towed to the BMW dealership that determined it was a defective water pump. Even though this seemed like a simple repair, it took them 2 weeks to fix the problem"

Eric T., CA (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"My car went into overheating mode in the middle of driving up a hill and I could go no faster than a couple of miles per hour even though the temperature gauge did not show that the motor was running hot. It took BMW two weeks to order a new water pump and install it as they determined the water pump was defective"

Eric T., CA (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"My car stopped running (would only go around 5mph) while I was driving so I had to stop and call BMW Assistance. They sent the tow truck to the wrong place. Even though the water pump is a common part, the dealership took over 2 weeks to replace the water pump and they did not replace my vehicle with a like loaner car."

Eric T., CA (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 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

Display screen goes blank

"At various locations throughout the City of Milwaukee, the entertainment/phone/navigation system will freeze and then automatically reset itself leaving the system useless for a period of 5-10 minutes."

Anonymous, WI (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Doesn't always attach to my phone. Sometimes have to restart car to fix it."

Anonymous, AK (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"GPS and Phone and presets would recycle and shut down every 6 minutes while I was on a long 600 mile trip. Software had to be reloaded at dealers and I had to reenter every preference."

Anonymous, MA (2017 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

Squeaking

"Started w/in 14 months of owning ( 11/2017)"

Anonymous, MN (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"For some reason this survey is listing 2 BMY X5s to me. I only have one BMWX5."

Anonymous, MN (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Driver's seat control module had to be replaced."

Anonymous, KY (2017 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"Some sort of electrical short/failure caused the rear heated seats and the rear climate control to stop working."

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"During Heavy rain 2+ inches an hour, with lots of water puddling on the hwy, I55 S the engine went into limp home mode. Ie, dropped cylinders. Happened two separate times. A rest stop and A restart of the engine fixed the issue. Dealer ship never found anything."

Anonymous, MS (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Problem(s) fueling the tank

"The fuel tank door refused to open. I was to low on gas to get home or to a dealer. I had to brake the fuel door off to put fuel in the tank/"

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

Ball joints

"replaced driver's side ball joint"

Edward O., IL (2017 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Front strut leaked from the moment we bought the car. Dealer replaced strut without any issues."

J J., CA (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"It seams like if the x5 3.0 is driven in HEAVY rain, 2 plus inches per hour for more than 1 hour 1.5 to be exact. It will missfire, drop that cyl and go into limp home mode. Solutions, restart, grab lunch, restart let idle to evaporate water and travel on. It's happened twice. I'll add a shield in front of the air intake before the next trip in rainy season."

Larry M., MS (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Same issue, never found out what happened Computer or electronic ign."

Anonymous, MS (2017 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 injection system

"3 fuel injectors failed in the middle of Wyoming. Had to be towed to Denver to get repair. Waited 3 days for parts. No parts in stock at dealer. No loaner car available from dealer."

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Differential

"The differential housing was leaking oil. Dealer replaced right differential housing at no charge."

Anonymous, CA (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl 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.

Transmission Minor

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

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
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
EQUIPMENT, TIRES
May 18, 2017
The incorrect tire size on the label does not comply with FMVSS number 110.
Summary:
BMW North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2017 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M vehicles. The vehicles are equipped with 21-inch tires, however the Tire Information Label states that the vehicles are equipped with 20-inch tires. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
BMW has notified the affected owners and is providing them with a corrected tire information placard, free of charge. The recall began June 15, 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: 17V327000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 24
AIR BAGS
Mar 17, 2017
If the inflator cannot vent properly, the inflator may rupture, resulting in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants and causing serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, Inc. (BMW) is recalling certain 2017 X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 xDrive35d, and X5 xDrive40e vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with passenger frontal air bag modules using certain air bag inflators that may not vent properly in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag.
What should you do:
BMW has notified owners, and dealers will replace the air bag modules, free of charge. The recall began on March 20, 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: 17V189000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 36
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