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Electrical System Problems of BMW X5 - part 1

BMW X5 owners have reported 85 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 BMW X5 1
Failure Date: 04/16/2016

The contact owns a 2009 BMW X5. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The steering wheel became difficult to turn and the gear selector shifted from the drive position to the neutral position. Afterwards, the engine light illuminated. The contact could not restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic, but was not able to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5 2
Failure Date: 03/24/2016

Rear brake lights keep going out, in motion, got pulled over by police.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 BMW X5 3
Failure Date: 03/12/2016

While both in city driving as well as in the rules the car braked spontaneously with no one or nothing in sight. The road conditions were clear there was no one or nothing on the road that should have caused the pedestrian indicator to cause the car to apply the brakes. This happened on two different occasions and both occasions the roads were clear and on unobstructed. This occurred while I and my husband we're driving at speeds of approximately 30 to 35 mph. This is a potential hazard because sets spontaneous breaking can cause a rear end collision.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5 4
Failure Date: 02/20/2016

My drivers side seat ( cushion) caught on fire when I turned on the heated seats. I first smelled a burning / plastic smell. Then I felt my glutes and hamstring getting warm. I looked down ( I was driving) and saw an orange ember on the seat. I pulled over as soon as I could, hot out of the car, and saw that the seat was actually burning. Luckily I had a bottle of water in the car and put out the flame and turned off the seat. I called the dealer- got a quote to repair. BMW will not take responsibility for this. I have a small burn on my leg, and a good size hole in the seat. I like my heated seats living in the northeast during winter months. Very disappointed that BMW refuses to address this dangerous issue.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5 5
Failure Date: 02/18/2016

While I was replacing my angel eyes I noticed that the wire insulation was gone. I could see brown and white wires all in the light housing. Now its just bare copper wire.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 6
Failure Date: 02/08/2016

After parking SUV, drivers side door will not unlock/open with double pull, however, using unlock button (unlocks all doors) door will unlock. In an accident, especially one involving fire, this could be a fatal safety issue. Worked fine up until yesterday, now it won't unlock; made three trips in the vehicle yesterday and the issue occurred all three times after parking.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 BMW X5 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
Failure Date: 11/28/2015

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

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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,.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 20
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 21
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 BMW X5 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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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