Electrical System Problems of BMW X5
BMW X5 owners have reported 34 problems linked to electrical system (under the electrical system category).
#1 - Electrical System problem of the 2012 BMW X5
The car was a 2012 BMW X5. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 5UXZW0C51C_. Door locked itself with key inside, and can not open. It was 02/13/13 when this electrical system issue happened.
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#2 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5
The car involved was a 2006 BMW X5. Driver's side heated seat shorted while driving. It caused a small fire and burned a hole through the leather seat when heated seat was turned on. This electrical system issue occurred Jan. 27, 2013.
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#3 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 BMW X5
The car is a 2010 BMW X5. I was driving my X5, 90 minutes from home, when I noticed my steering was unusually stiff. It was 5 degrees outside, so I assumed it might have been too cold. I was able to move over to the right lane, and turn onto the nearest side street. At that point I got a code saying "battery discharge". I assumed it had something to do with the keyless ignition, so I shut it off and tried to turn it back on. It didn't work, and it gave me the same warning again. In addition, the onboard system was giving messages of each of the systems that was shutting down, ultimately, with everything shutting off, including the emergency lights. I had to have the car towed. After the dealership looked at the car the next day, they told me this was part of a recall for the idler pulley bolt. I looked this up, and discovered the letter dated Nov. 26th describing this recall from BMW to NHTSA. We started the purchasing process of this vehicle on Nov. 26th, ultimately purchasing it on Nov. 30th. The carfax did not show this recall repair when we purchased it. My dealership is claiming they repaired it that week, before we picked it up, (again, no mention of a repair). My concern is this: if it was repaired in November, this repair failed. If they ignored this recall and sold me the car, that would be negligent. Furthermore, we had the car into the dealership in January 2013 for a tire issue. If they had not done the repair in November, certainly they were responsible to repair it then. Obviously they didn't. Now, the car completely fails, and is in the shop. This repair took 3 days! I am unsure of the safely, as well as this failure being just a pulley bolt. I am aware of the most recent recall of Feb. 19th, for electrical problems, but at this time, doesn't include the X5? the pulley bolt problem doesn't seem to fully describe the loss of steering and power I experienced. The failure date was February 19, 2013.
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#4 - Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5
The car involved is a 2011 BMW X5. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 5UXZV4C5XB_. Started the car and the engine light came on with "engine malfunction - reduced power" and drove a few hundred yards and then the car completely died. The 2011 BMW X5 35i premium just died - no power whatsoever. Because there was no power, the car could not be put into neutral to be put on a flatbed. The X5 had to be put on a crane and lifted onto a flatbed tow truck. Bought this vehicle in the u. S. And is u. S. Spec (car was in the u. S. For 2 years) - shipped the car to germany and this is where the incident happened (car been in germany just a few months). BMW of munich said that there is a bolt that can break off - which it did - munich requested the local dealer to take the engine apart to see if that was the fault and they confirmed it was. BMW is replacing our engine because of this fault. However, the recall as of now is only for the X5 diesels. The recall should be expanded. Had we been on the autobahn where there aren't many speed limit areas, this could have resulted in a fatal crash if someone going 100+mph rammed behind us from our car dying of cathostrophic failure. At 16,000 miles the vehicle should not need a new engine. This issue happened on 02/07/13.
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#5 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5
The car involved was a 2006 BMW X5. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 5UXFA13536_. My vehicles rear doors will not open from the inside or outside. The lock goes up and down, but the doors will not open. The rear passenger door stopped working on the 12th of December 2012 and the rear driver side door stopped working today 18 December 2012. The driver side door stopped working this morning when I dropped my daughter off for school. She was unable to get out of the back seat after multiple unlocking attempts of the rear driver side door. I had to have her climb into the front seat in order to get out of the car. That is terrifying to think that she would not have been able to get out in an emergency, fire, or accident. After doing some research online I found that this seems to be an ongoing issue with this model and other BMW models. I am assuming and concerned that my front driver side and passenger side door will do the same. Myself and family need to be able to get out of the vehicle along with all the other consumers that own these vehicles. Its just not safe. I have had other vehicles that were older with more mileage and never had an issue with doors not opening. This is a safety issue and hazard. I have contacted BMW and I am waiting on a reply on how they plan to rectify this issue. This problem occurred on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
#6 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 5UXFA13516_. Just purchased the certified pre owned BMW X5. 2006 model and had it 1 day and the passenger side airbag light came on and would not go off. Returned car to BMW of dallas to have repaired. Approximately 40000 miles later at 68000 miles same light is on and will not go out. This problem occurred on 12/15/09.
#7 - Electrical System problem of the 2003 BMW X5
The car involved is a 2003 BMW X5. The pixels on the instrument cluster and the radio display are faded out which makes the visibility on these items extremely difficult. This is a known issue that has been brought to Bmwusa's attention and discussed on many BMW forums, yet the manufacturer and its supplier (siemans vdo) refuse to fix. It was Thu., Aug. 23, 2012 when this electrical system issue happened.
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#8 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5
The car involved was a 2005 BMW X5. Last Saturday while driving down the highway our (2005 X5) air conditioner began smoking, especially on the passenger side. We pulled over and within 10 minutes the entire cab was engulfed in flames (no flames under the hood). We were able to get out of the vehicle before the flames erupted. The vehicle is totaled, along with approximately $12,000. 00 in personal contents. It was Saturday, August 4, 2012 when this electrical system issue happened.
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#9 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5
The vehicle involved is a 2006 BMW X5 sav. The VIN of this vehicle is 5UXFA13546_. Tail lights assembly (sockets) on both sides burns and melts easily causing bulbs to die. This electrical system issue occurred 04/20/2011.
#10 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 BMW X5
The car involved is a 2009 BMW X5. The VIN of the car is 5UXFE83519_. The idrive system on the X5 controls the reverse camera and park distance sensors. My vehicle currently has 36,000 miles. The reverse camera and park distance system has a major lag when engaging from park to reverse when you would want to use it. The lag can be measured in minutes, and takes away a major safety feature. BMW's response is that the system takes time to warm up, but other cars I've driven by other manufacturers have zero lag. The failure date was Apr. 24, 2012.
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#11 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5
The car involved was a 2008 BMW X5. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 5UXFE435X8_. I was left stranded on the 695 baltimore beltway after my vehicle displayed an over-heating signal in my dash. A few seconds later, the engine shut down and a red "engine overheated" signal appeared on my dash and I was only able to drive less than 5 miles an hour to move to safety (in the midst of many cars flying by me doing well over 65 mph). Very scary situation. The other scary situation is that I am 3,000 miles out of warranty for this issue and I feel that because my vehicle is not the only reported incident of this type, BMW should repair the problem at no cost to me. A part such as this should not fail at 53000 miles. This electrical system problem happened on Friday, Apr. 6, 2012.
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#12 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5
The vehicle involved was a 2005 BMW X5. Bought the my car about 3 months ago, I noticed water leaking from the top console, I took it back the dealer and they cant find the problem. Its been leaking off and on. A few weeks ago I noticed about an inch of water deposit in the trunk area, some fuse were wet and other electronics from the water dripping good thing it did not cause a fire. I took it to BMW and they said either I need a new sunroof cassette($5000) or new water drains(($1300) which they claimed was missing on one side, not sure if the car came out of production with one missing water drain. Who would spend that amount of money on some repairs that`s not even guarantee to fix the leak? I`m just concerned that this problem is fire hazard. It was Saturday, November 26, 2011 when this electrical system issue happened.
#13 - Electrical System problem of the 2003 BMW X5
The car was a 2003 BMW X5. The left rear tail light continues to work intermittently. The 'check brake, check rear light' warning illuminates even after bulbs have been replaced. I have replaced the bulbs numerous times, with the most recent being a few days ago. Yet, the warning message reappeared this evening. The problem is similar to those recently investigated by NHTSA on other BMW models such as the 3 series and is a common complaint in BMW forums and other forums on the internet. The failure date was Friday, January 13, 2012.
#14 - Electrical System problem of the 2003 BMW X5
The car involved was a 2003 BMW X5. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 5UXFA53563_. The right rear brake light bulb shorts out. Instrument warning for rear brake / tail lights activates. Problem occurs multiple times due to an apparent flaw in the brake light assembly circuit and plastic that forms the split circuit for positive (+) negative (-) connection points to bulb socket leads. To repair - the metal assembly needs to be bent outward (direction away from tail light lens) to increase tension between bulb socket electrical connections and metal plate of tail light assembly. Problem seems to be caused by weakened plastic that causes the metal plate in tail light assemble to loosen creating inadequate back spring tension between the plate and socket connectors. Recall on BMW 3 series for: no. 11v-438: lamps in rear quarter panel 2002-2005 3 series is described as the exact problem. This issue happened on Mar. 1, 2009.
#15 - Electrical System problem of the 2003 BMW X5
The vehicle involved is a 2003 BMW X5. I was driving the vehicle in stop and go traffic, the vehicle lost all power forcing me to come to complete stop in the middle of the highway. This occurred 3 other times in the past 4 months , the other incidents were in the parking lot. The car starts up and runs perfectly before and after. I am concerned about my safety. Searching for a solution, I found that BMW has service bulletin to address this issue. I am surprised that there is no recall on this since it is a huge safety concern. This issue happened on 06/25/2012.
#16 - Electrical System problem of the 2000 BMW X5
The car involved is a 2000 BMW X5. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was WBAFA53561_. This is not the first time. The right hand side,
passenger's front window failed to operate. This is an electrical system component. This electrical system issue occurred Monday, Mar. 5, 2012.
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#17 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 BMW X5
The car involved was a 2009 BMW X5. The VIN of the car is 5UXFE435X9_. The fuel gauge does not register "full" when the tank is indeed full. The needle will creep towards "full", but stops short of full. The car has run out of gas with the fuel gauge registering half full. Dealer has replaced both fuel pumps and fuel sensors/sending units as well as an electronic junction box to no avail. Likelihood of becoming stranded is high, in addition to never knowing how much fuel is actually in the tank. Must guess by keeping track of miles traveled after last fill-up. In addition, rear lift gate will not function (very) intermittently with "comfort access" option. Must use key to manually open the lift gate. Dealer has not been able to reproduce this phenomenon in the shop, but it continues to occur and has occurred since the car was brand new. It was Monday, August 15, 2011 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#18 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 BMW X5
On 13 July, 2011, with only 56,201 miles, our BMW X5 suffered what an independent BMW auto repair shop later diagnosed as a "total electrical meltdown involving almost all powertrain components and data bus system. "
symptoms upon startup that morning included a level control system malfunction light, a transmission malfunction warning, a parking brake malfunction warning, a passenger restraint malfunction warning, an all-wheel drive, dsc, abs, and emergency abv malfunction warning, as well as rapid windshield wiper movement and an intermittent engine start button. I am an officer in the united states navy, on active duty, and I deployed that morning for almost six weeks; I have recently returned. The burden of coordinating an automobile tow and repair that day was left to my wife, the mother of our two young children. To say that this was an inconvenience to her is a gross understatement. We purchased the BMW based on its previous reputation for quality, and we paid much more for this vehicle than we would have for something like a Honda odyssey or a Toyota sienna. We were willing to pay more with the understanding that, during my long and frequent absences in the service of our country, my wife and family would have a reliable and safe vehicle. I feel this decision to purchase this BMW product was a mistake, and one I never intend to repeat. The vehicle was only 6,000 miles outside of the 50,000 mile warranty, and yet none of the $1,781. 31 invoice was covered by BMW; it was covered solely by my savings. I can not in good conscience recommend any BMW product to any of my friends or colleagues. The failure date was July 13, 2011.
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#19 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 BMW X5
The car involved is a 2007 BMW X5. The VIN of the car is 4USFE43587_. BMW recalled X5 from 2008-2011 for water pump failure. My X5 is 2007 and it is identical model as 2008-2011 BMW X5. Same design and same water pump part. However BMW manufacturer said it will not be covered by recall because it is not 2008-2011 model. This does not make sense that they do not recall 2007 X5 even if it is identical car to 2008-2011 BMW X5. This electrical system problem happened on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.
#20 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5
The vehicle was a 2005 BMW X5. The VIN of the problem X5 is 5UXFA13565_. Resistance in the electrical contacts on rear brake light is causing my brake light to intermittent stop working. This problem occurred on Wednesday, August 17, 2011.
#21 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 BMW X5
The VIN of this vehicle was 4USFE83577_. The vehicle is a 2007 BMW X5. The contact stated during rainy weather, water leaked into the satellite radio receiver module and caused severe damage. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis where they informed the cotnact that the satellite module would need to be replaced. The part was not in stock and the vehicle would be repaired when the part became available. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. Updated 07/06/11. It was 09/10/10 when this electrical system issue happened.
#22 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5
The car involved was a 2006 BMW X5. The tail light assembly on my BMW is defective, which causes the brake light to not work, which is dangerous when driving. A quick search on the internet turns up that this is a very common problem in X5's, and I think BMW should be responsible for replacing these assemblies, not the customer. This is extremely dangerous, and we should not have to foot the bill for a material defect in their products. It was May. 1, 2011 when this electrical system issue happened.
#23 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5
The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 BMW X5. VIN of the vehicle was 5UXFE43568_. I purchased a 2008 X5 new in oct 07. In sept 08 I started to have major problems with the brake system. Squealing-low pedal,3 major brake system repairs,1 minor repair and it needs to be towed in again because the problem remains. The service manager of the selling dealer advised Bmwusa to replace the vehicle due to the dangerous and numerous problems with this car. Bmwusa marketing refused-what mechanical expertise do they possess-none and they continue to put my safety in danger and ignore the problem. Just an example in oct 2008 the brake pads were 10mm-in April 09 they were 2mm and BMW told me I was safe to drive 1700 miles from FL to NY. A florida dealer had to replace every rotor-pad and sensor,and less than 2 weeks later the rear brakes and sensors needed replacement again but so much for Bmwusa knowing anything or caring. These people are useless and dangerous--do not buy an X5 from this company,because even after their own svc manager states to replace the vehicle they say there is nothing wrong and don't give a damn about your safety. Stay away from BMW. Damage resulting = this car cost almost 60k, the kids finished college so it was time to buy a car I always wanted--im out all this money,cant drive the car with this problem and BMW cares less--since when should a marketing guy make decisions about mechanical problems,and then over the advice of a trained service manager. This issue happened on May. 18, 2009.
#24 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5
Danger! fire hazard on 2006 BMW X5. Heated seats get extremly hot on driver side left side under the drivers buttocks and thigh. Smell of burnt plastic and fumes in cabin. This electrical system problem happened on Jan. 11, 2011.
#25 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5
The car is a 2006 BMW X5. The VIN of this X5 is 5UXFA13536_. Heated seats were getting hotter the past couple of uses. . . Until today when I warmed up the car (approximately 3 minutes). I was putting my daughter in her safety seat in the rear passenger side. When I opened the door, the cabin of the vehicle was filled with thick white smoke. I removed my daughter and proceed to ascertain where the smoke was coming from. There was a swirling funnel of smoke coming from the front driver side. I opened the driver side door and observed the driver seat leather burning (fizzling amber fire). I looked over to the seat warmer light and it was on. I turned it off and had to put out the fire by batting my hands against the fire while holding my daughter in the other. The fire left my hands charred and the entire interior of the car smelling like smoke. This problem occurred on February 16, 2011.
#26 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5
The vehicle was a 2005 BMW X5. For a period of about two weeks while driving and using the drivers seat heater my wife experienced excessive heat on the left side of the seat. On the date of the incident while driving she experienced a very painful burning sensation on her left leg and could smell something burning in the vehicle. She shutoff the seat heater and applied a scarf under her leg to stop the burning sensation. Upon notifying the dealer service department she was advised that this was caused by normal wear and tear and that he was currently dealing with another incident so he could give her a quote right away. While at work the next day she was talking with a customer and he said he experienced the same problem but didn't get it repaired because it cost to much to replace the seat. Upon taking the vehicle in for service the service employee advised that he had also seen this before and that it was from wear and tear. It should be noted that our insurance covered this except for $50 as the vehicle is a very low mileage vehicle. It has only been driven by my wife who is a small female about 130 lbs. The vehicle is in excellent condition with no wear and tear and is serviced regularly. The vehicle has never been in an accident. I have taken digital photos which I can provide that will show there is no wear or tear on the seat in the burned/melted area. We feel that this is a very dangerous situation that seems to be a reoccurring problem and is being brushed off as "wear and tear". This incident could have resulted in my wife being injured by burning or being distracted while driving and ending up in an accident. This electrical system issue occurred Wednesday, December 22, 2010.
#27 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5
The car involved was a 2005 BMW X5. VIN of the vehicle was 5UXFB53575_. BMW x-5 2005 heated seats turn instantly burning hot to the touch. Resulting charred black seat underneath leather exterior. This can cause a fire or and individual be burned. BMW charged $200. 00 to verify there is a problem but unwilling to recall. The seat underneath the leather is burned black and lucky is did not start fire. This problem occurred on 01/06/09.
#28 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 BMW X5
The car is a 2004 BMW X5. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 5UX7V53534_. The consumer experienced sudden acceleration. There were random problems when the vehicle was accelerated from stop. The electronic system would fail 3-5 times per week. The problem was unable to be solved. It was 12/02/03 when this electrical system issue happened.
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#29 - Electrical System problem of the 2004 BMW X5
The vehicle having this issue was a 2004 BMW X5. The VIN of this X5 is 5UXFA13534_. Brake lights keep failing due to metal used for connections or computer allowing too much electrical juice to connection. This happens every few months when the metal connection turns black. It now has melted & damaged the tail lite unit and the entire tail lite assembly must be replaced to fix it. The unit is very expensive. I have not replaced it. I have been scraping the black off the metal connector for probably 4 years. Now the mechanic says the entire tail lite assembly needs to be replaced. I have not replaced it. I ask if there was a recall and they said no. This issue happened on Monday, May. 1, 2006.
#30 - Electrical System problem of the 2002 BMW X5
The car involved was a 2002 BMW X5. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 5UXFA53552_. Electrical system continuously fails,causing the interior lights, side rear mirror, trunk latch, and automatic locks etc to malfunction. Dealership cannot fix or find the cause. It was Friday, Dec. 27, 2002 when this electrical system issue occurred.
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#31 - Electrical System problem of the 2002 BMW X5
The vehicle involved is a 2002 BMW X5. Onboard computer readout is missing lights. More and more lights are starting to fail. The service guy has a simple solution, buy a new board. . . . Nice a relatively new car needs an expensive part that just failed on it's own. This problem occurred on Sunday, July 28, 2002.
#32 - Electrical System problem of the 2001 BMW X5
The vehicle was a 2001 BMW X5. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is WBAFA53551_. Electrical problems. Such as right rear brake light keeps going out and vehicle brakes feel like thier not stopping, left turn signal fast, steering wheel doesn't extend fully, during winter months the front and rear thermostat do not work. Door handles freezes. This electrical system problem happened on June 13, 2001.
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#33 - Electrical System problem of the 2001 BMW X5
The car involved was a 2001 BMW X5. The VIN of this vehicle is WBAFA53571_. Consumer stated her vehicle has caught fire twice, and it locked her inside. She also stated that her aux. Fan was the cause of the fires. She stated the fan was changed 4 times. It was told to her and her husband that these were electrical fires. She stated that she had an appointment with the customer svc rep of BMW, and their svc rep the following week to try to fix her vehicle. This problem occurred on Friday, Aug. 8, 2003.
Other Electrical System related problems of BMW X5:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Electrical System problems||34|
|Ignition Switch problems||3|
|Dashboard Failed problems||2|
|Ignition Module problems||2|
|Dash Wiring problems||1|
|Battery Cable problems||1|
|Instrument Panel problems||1|
|Electrical Failure problems||1|
|Battery Dead problems||1|
|Horn Assembly problems||1|
|Underhood Wiring problems||1|
|Car Will Not Start problems||1|