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Electrical System Problems of BMW X5 - part 1

BMW X5 owners have reported 79 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 BMW X5 1
Failure Date: 01/26/2016

My vehicle has an electronic door lock/unlock mechanism that due to a malfunction will not allow the car to be unlocked from inside the vehicle. It locks automatically when driving and is supposed to unlock when the inside handle is used to open the door; however, it will not unlock and though BMW is aware of this malfunction (it is a commonly known defect), they will not authorize the dealer to repair. I feel this is a significant safety issue in that in the event of an emergency the driver will not be able to exit the vehicle. The door locks when the car is moving but will not unlock after the vehicle is placed in park.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 BMW X5 2
Failure Date: 01/01/2016

While driving the vehicle on city streets I lost power steering and had to bring the vehicle to a stop. I was unable to steer the car and discovered the serpentine belt had come off. BMW had already done a recall for this and I did upon dealer inspection discover the same bolt sheared causing the problem. The original recall notice was 12v550. I'm being charged 700 hundred dollars now to have the vehicle fixed.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 BMW X5 3
Failure Date: 12/09/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 BMW X5. The contact stated that water drained into the module on the rear driver's side compartment of the vehicle which caused the radio and navigation system to experience a short circuit failure. The contact stated that he was concerned that due to a design flaw in the draining system in the rear sunroof of the vehicle, that water could enter the compartment where the modules were located, causing an electrical failure, a vehicle stall, or an electrical fire. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that drain needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000. Ah.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 4
Failure Date: 11/28/2015

Engine stalled at traffic light. Unable to restart car. Everything completely locked down. Car had to be towed.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 5
Failure Date: 11/15/2015

The first occurrence was November 15 2015. The shut down happens intermittently without warning. After sitting 24 hours, the vehicle reboots and will start - it is then good for 7 days until it happens again. Several repair shops have diagnosed, but cannot identify/duplicate problem. Battery replaced, but did not remedy issue. First occurrence, vehicle was at complete stop - various messages on nav screen (warnings: transmission malfunction, warned if vehicle is turned off, will not start again); on dash all lights were illuminated. Turned vehicle off, did not start again, as noted on nav screen. Next day, started with no problem. Towed to shop, but could not duplicate. Drove one week, then park brake came on. Next day, same alerts-this time while driving. Did not restart after turning off. Was able to start after 24 hours, but could only drive a few feet before totally shutting down in middle of the street while make a u turn. Towed to shop that night. Next morning, shop could not duplicate, as vehicle ran smoothly. Following week, returned to shop for further testing. Battery replaced and registered. When picking up vehicle, noticed nav screen was black, would not illuminate. 4 days later, it came on, but went out again the following day. The next day, engine shut down on interstate. While waiting for tow, wipers came on, door locks and windows would not work. Could not roll down window or open door to talk to safety patrol. Patrol jump started vehicle. It was later towed to dealer (where purchased). Nav screen is still black, dvd and cd do not work (cd changer spits out cds). Shifts very hard between gears. I am very afraid to drive this vehicle, as it cuts off intermittently and without notice. However, I have no choice, as I recently purchased it in August 2015; and I have too much negative equity to trade it for another vehicle.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 BMW X5 6
Failure Date: 08/18/2015

The contact owns a 2012 BMW X5. While driving at 15 mph, the instrument panel lights illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The contact also mentioned that the power steering belt failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 BMW X5 7
Failure Date: 07/15/2015

Ok, so I own my 2010 BMW X5 35d and pretty much since the ownership I found that back up camera I have is working pretty strange: with worm weather outside it shows fuzzy, static, jumping picture. The warmer is outside the more fuzzier it is. So, I took it to the dealer and they found that cable coming from camera to head unit is getting bad from rubbing from chassis! I went online and found tons of complains like that - in 2-3 years old car and up all over the place - bad cable. It turned out that location for it is very bad and it always rub on part of chassis. Definitely bad design issue. Further more, to fix it I was quoted $1200, no more no less, something that is badly designed should be fixed for free! this is definitely safety concern as main idea for that camera - safety, but having it faulty after few years doesn't follow it main goal. Please investigate this and recall for the cable should be good solution.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 BMW X5 8
Failure Date: 07/12/2015

Car stalled while driving down the interstate. Car went into neutral and we were able to push button start. Exited the interstate and stayed on service to remain safe. Passenger restraint system notification appeared stating to remain in safety belts and contact service center. Car had bad smell and smoke came from rear hatch. Car in flames in less than one minute. We have police report, video, pictures, insurance reports etc. BMW needs to be accountable and others warned about these hazards,.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 9
Failure Date: 05/09/2015

My vehicles purchased last year from BMW local dealer {jackie cooper imports] is equipped with 8- or 12-cylinder, turbocharged engines . The circuit board for the electric auxiliary water pump overheated. This lead to a smoldering of the pump and an engine compartment . BMW was supposed to notify owners, replace the auxiliary water pump, thermostat, and coolant reservoir free of charge. The two safety recalls related to this problem apparently did not include my vehicle. Ref NHTSA compaign recall #11v521000 and NHTSA compaign recall # 12v161000. I have logged a complaint about this with the dealership, and their recall resolution department in vain. I am being charged for parts and labor which I belief should be free a snoted by the two recalls .

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 10
Failure Date: 05/05/2015

The rear brake lights mounted in the tailgate failed. This is due to a known fault on the e70 model, where the poor quality sealant and method used to prevent the ingress of water into the lamp housing fails. This leads to corrosion of the connector housings and the failure of the unit which must be replaced in its entirity at great cost. As BMW are aware of this happening (indeed they issued a service bulletin admitting same ) si b 63 11 10 and the item is a safety component, I feel the cars should be recalled and the work undertaken at the cost of BMW and not the unfortunate owners. They should at the very least, replace the seals with the updated item (a neoprene gasket rather than something resembling bathroom caulk) at the next sheduled service before the driver finds themselves with two failed brake light units?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 11
Failure Date: 05/04/2015

My wife and a toddler were driving home getting off the bridge and about to get on the on ramp to highway in nyc (bqe). All the sudden the car overheated and went into limp mode. Luckily there were no car behind her otherwise would be rear ended. She was able to pull to the right from the left lane and got onto local street to wait for it to cool down. This car had many close calls for serious or fatal accident. This car only has a little ok 40k miles. This is too early for a water pump to fail. This car is out of warranty and the cost of fix will be over $1000. The worst is my wife uses this car for work and drive the kid to school. Can Bmwna be contacted and put this failure into recall. Thanks.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 BMW X5 12
Failure Date: 03/02/2015

After changing the battery, the vehicle has no operating dash lights, gauge indications, turn signals, or bright lights. Additionally, the windshield wiper continuously swipes, but has no ability to spray washer fluid or change the speed of the swipe. These conditions render it difficult to drive and see through the windshield, especially at night, and prevents the operator from monitoring the vehicle, identifying ones speed, or signaling a turn. Moreover, the continuous windshield wiper action impairs one's ability to see and is also distracting; making it dangerous to drive the vehicle.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5 13
Failure Date: 02/01/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2005 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph with the heated seat activated, the front drivers side seat began to get hot and there was a burning odor. The contact reduced the heat for the seat but the failure recurred whenever the seat heating option was activated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. Djr.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 14
Failure Date: 01/28/2015

BMW X5 35i 2011 awd , I was on major deegan highway exiting at 230 st when the my BMW X5 35i 2011 awd sudden stopped and my heart when too my feet . The panel read "engine malfunction " I was in a daze not knowing what happen to the BMW X5 35i 2011 awd and why did it stop all of sudden !!! I started again at a very slow pace less than 10 mph and trying to get out of the way of traffic on the exit on 230 street , I made it too the veterans affairs hospital at 8:30 or 9:00 am in the morning . I called aaa to tow to a shop than I was found out this BMW X5 35i 2011 awd had a recall so I got it tow too portchester BMW where the vehicle is at now and don't when I will get back . If this is the problem with this BMW X5 35i 2011 awd this BMW X5 35i 2011 awd should never be on any us road at all its an accident ready to happen very dangerous ,very dangerous for a BMW X5 35i 2011 awd to have a sudden stop " engine malfunction " some one is going too die in this BMW X5 35i 2011 its too dangerous to drive and risk my life a us marine veteran . Take this BMW X5 35i 2011 off the roads of the united states before some want gets killed !!!!!!!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 BMW X5 15
Failure Date: 11/06/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 BMW X5. The contact stated once the speedometer reached 40 mph, the check engine light illuminated and the message board stated "engine malfunction stop the vehicle". The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the fuel supply system needed to be repaired. The failure had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. Jb.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 BMW X5 16
Failure Date: 10/16/2014

Driving through the neighbor hood after some rain, ended up driving through a few inches of rain water, while the opposite traffic struck the same puddle, it caused the front of intake system right under the hood to suck in water causing the BMW SUV to light up multiple sensors, loose alot of power and 4x4 traction stability to act up. The rainwater that got ingested almost causing the engine to hydrolock or sieze up. The SUV became undepedable due to all the error codes acting lighting up and causing the SUV to run at low power.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 BMW X5 17
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

I have the "comfort access" option (soft close doors) and like many other people, my doors will open on their own sometimes. Driving down the road doing 40 and suddenly one of the doors will pop open and the dashboard light will come on.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 18
Failure Date: 09/07/2014

While driving on interstate 95 in philadelphia pennsylvania just north of the airport my vehicle simply shut off in post game rush hour traffic. The engine stopped running and the power steering and power brakes failed. It was nothing short of a miracle that me and my son were not harmed and that we were able to muscle to car off the road. This car had 66,000 miles on the odometer and according to BMW, after my call, was not part of the 2008 X5's voluntary recall for this model year with normally aspriated in-line 6 cylinder engines to replace the low- pressure fuel pumps. Interestingly, in the BMW press release dated October 26, 2010 - 1130 am edt they stated that they had notified the ntsba that these pumps fail on my make and modle of which they recalled 20,800 cars, the engine will stop running and the driver will lose power assist for the steering and brakes. Wow, at 50 mph on a super highway that was a nightmare and extreamly dangerous.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 BMW X5 19
Failure Date: 08/14/2014

On 3 separate occasions the electric door locks have locked the car with the key fob inside the car. On the 1st occasion , a 2 y/o child had just been strapped into his car seat , a purse with the key inside the purse , was placed on the floor behind the driver's seat , the rear door was closed & all locks were activated . This occurred in the heat of summer & required another driver with a spare fob to quickly drive to the site of the parked car & avoid having to break a window . This was a very scary moment ! same thing happened ( no child in car ) ; all doors locked when a briefcase containing both key fobs was placed on back seat & rear door was closed . A call to BMW hot line resulted in the doors being unlocked via the airways . The same incident occured this week with only one key fob in the car . The vehicle was checked by the local dealer & no problems were found . It seems there is a potential problem & I wish to document such fact so as to hopefully prevent unexpected door lock activation with small children in the car.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 BMW X5 20
Failure Date: 08/13/2014

I am a certified fire investigator with virginia farm bureau, I received this loss 08/14/14. Insured stated that on 08/13/14 he was in his house and heard the car alarm to this BMW (diesel) sav X5 going off. He looked outside and saw the lights flashing and the windshield wipers going. No one was in the vehicle. He went outside and saw smoke and fire in the dash area, passenger side. He called 911 and the fire was quickly extinguished, but caused major fire damage to the dash area. BMW representative and an engineer hired by our company (forcon International) conducted a joint inspection. The fire damage was again localized to the passenger side dash area. It was determined the fire was the cause of some type of electrical issue. BMW denied it was their fault stating there was too much damage for them to accept liability. The vehicle has been shrink wrapped for future inspection and is currently being stored in a locked facility in richmond, va. The vehicle is still under warranty, there was nothing added on to the vehicle by the owner, it was all factory installed. Pictures are available and the owner would be more than willing to speak to someone with NHTSA if necessary.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2001 BMW X5 21
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2001 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, smoke began to emit into the vehicle and both the passenger and driver side airbag deployed. Shortly after safely exiting the vehicle, it engulfed into flames. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire after the vehicle was completely destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000. Pam.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 BMW X5 22
Failure Date: 07/27/2014

While returning home from chicago, around 3:30 pm on Sunday 07/26/14 - I was exiting I-88 on the route 31 exit ramp. Halfway up the ramp the trunk/hatch of the X5 opened on its own. The car was traveling approx. 28 - 30 mph when the hatch opened under its own control. Both of the drivers (my) hands were on the steering wheel turning the vehicle well away from the trunk controls located on the driver side door at the time. My dog was located in the back/trunk of the car when the hatch decided to open. Luckily he was sleeping at the time it opened as there is usually no holding him back when it comes to entering or exiting the car. Combine this with the fact that I think he was confused as to why the car was still moving at the time the hatch opened, that by the time I got the car pulled over and in park; the dog (sarge), was just on the verge of jumping out and I was able to catch him when he attempted to do so. I was fortunate that the car directly behind me on the ramp saw the dog and stopped so I was able to gather the dog and return him to the car safely. I then proceeded to close the trunk using the button located on the hatch. The hatch/door operated without incident for the remainder of the ride home. While I'm grateful that no one was was hurt or injured as result of this incident, the scene was still kind of terrifying. You're driving and the trunk on your SUV magically comes under power and opens on it's own? while the car was moving? with my dog in the trunk? what if I was doing 55 mph on the highway and I was in the middle lane of the highway? I previously scheduled the car for service because the trunk wouldn't open, but then it started working again, so I never brought the car in for service. So I've gone from the trunk not wanting to open to opening on it's own while the car is in drive and in motion.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 23
Failure Date: 04/19/2014

Right rear sunroof drain did not drain properly causing electrical malfunction including failure of all safety and dash gauges - (including speedometer, gas gauge) on interstate at freeway speed. Repairs exceed $1,500. 00.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5 24
Failure Date: 02/18/2014

Drivers side heated seat burned through leather seats on right side of seat at rib cage. Slightly burned driver. Had a electrical burning smell. Left about a 6 inch burn line in the seat. Very unattractive!.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 25
Failure Date: 02/15/2014

On February 15, 2014 at approximately 10:00 am, my 2008 X5 3. 0si had an overheating engine problem in the middle of a blizzard-like conditions in the mountains of north carolina where my family and I were vacationing. This was a very unsafe situation for me, my wife and three young children who were accompanying me. The car entered into a "safe mode", slowed down to almost a complete halt, just with enough time for me to pull off to the side of a steep mountain road in the middle of freezing temperatures. Then I had to try to find a safe way out of this situation. We had to stay in the car for several hours trying to keep warm until I could get a towing service to take the car back to the closest BMW service center (85 miles away) and find a car rental so I could get my family to a safe place (I. E. Home, 115 miles away). The service center fixed my car at a cost of $1,400, and they traced the problem back to an electric water pump failure. This is extremely frustrating because the vehicle had manufacturer`s warranty until barely three months ago, and this expensive and vital engine part fails conveniently soon afterwards. This electric water pump ought to have a life expectancy of more than 6 years/69,000 miles. In short, my family and I were put in a dangerous situation, and I had to spend more than $1,800 (including towing and car rental charges) out of my pocket because of a notoriously bad BMW part (the subject of numerous recalls and technical service bulletins in other BMW X5s).

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