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Electrical System Problems of BMW X5 - part 1

BMW X5 owners have reported 96 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5 1
Failure Date: 03/24/2017

My heated seat catched on fire. Driver side seat left side rear. I got burned as I was driving on a parking lot. I realized that my pants have a whole as well as of the seat.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5 2
Failure Date: 12/16/2016

I was at a stop sign then accelerated onto a round-a-bout when the vehicle stopped it would not accelerate even though my foot was on the gas pedal and the car was still on. I tried signaling my emergency lights but the whole inside of the dashboard was going on & off not letting me signal anything. I put the vehicle in park & turned off the car. When I tried turning it back on it would just click and all lights would turn on. I waited for 20 min then tried to start it again & it did start but then sounded like it was dying out and eventually would shut off, there was more than a half tank of gas in the vehicle.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 3
Failure Date: 10/10/2016

While driving with the heat on, there's a burning smell that come through the vents. Continue driving with heat on long enough and despite the smell, the right side(passenger) began to smoke, so bad you cant see to drive. . . While driving and you press on the gas to accelerate, it's not a smooth transition, u cant beat a Honda. . . While driving every now and then u hear a loud screeching sound till you turn your car off. . . In stationary position with the car on, its makes loud engine running sounds. . . The car also pulls to the right. . .

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 BMW X5 4
Failure Date: 10/07/2016

Check engine light comes on whenever the gas cap is opened when re-fueling and a noticeable burnt smell is noticed inside the vehicle. I have to have it towed to the nearest repair shop servicing BMW near me. Please see photos attached. I incurred about $2230 in repair charges. From then on, the problem hasn't re-occured.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 BMW X5 5
Failure Date: 09/02/2016

Water damage. The vehicle has taken water in the rear trunk area. When looked at, there is a puddle of standing water covering the electronic components such as the radio amplifier and other electronics. Vehicle was stationary and not moving. Water seems to occur only when raining. Radio and speakers do not work and give off a ruffling sound even when key is out of the ignition. We have disconnected the battery from the car to prevent any further damages.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 BMW X5 6
Failure Date: 08/30/2016

Sudden failure of water pump at 72k miles without warning while driving at 35 mph. Vehicle lost power steering, became impossible to drive. Pulled over. BMW said well known issue but BMW not willing to provide any assistance. Very dangerous defect. Takata air bag recall - listed on Bmws website as available but BMW service center said still not available. Want to sell the car but cannot because buyers are aware of the recall and do not wish to purchase the vehicle. BMW also refuses to purchase the vehicle as a trade in. Will owners be compensated? rear air springs failed at 72k miles. BMW said known issue but not willing to provide any assistance.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 BMW X5 7
Failure Date: 08/21/2016

Vehicle mileage 56,341mi. Vehicle engine would crank but not start after coming out of business while running errands. Dash warning message "engine malfunction" was present. Codes read via generic obd2 device were p10e4, p10f5,p10e5,b2aaa. These codes are related to the valvetronic system in the engine. Checked related fuses and no problem. Had to get vehicle towed to dealer. Dealer diagnosed that the valvetronic system error. Vehicle was first reprogrammed and issue remained. Valvetronic system was replaced due to dtcs that led them to believe eccentric shaft was stuck. Talking with the technician the eccentric shaft was not stuck and he assumed the actuator\ motor had failed. Per BMW instructions the entire system was replaced though. Technician stated that he has done many replacements of valvetronic systems and the parts were already in stock which raised a flag to me. The engine was reassembled and the engine would still not start. There were faults left in the engine control unit. Apparently the engine control unit was damaged by actuator\ motor that was drawing high current. (confirmed by BMW service engineer) engine control unit was replaced and reprogrammed and engine is now reported to be in operational condition. BMW and dealer has discounted the service and provided a loaner vehicle but based on information from the technician this entire repair could possibly be a recallable item as it can leave the end user stranded and with a healthy repair bill with a vehicle that is not too far out of warranty. Repair bill has been uploaded.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 BMW X5 8
Failure Date: 06/06/2016

The car loss power and shutdown with me twice while driving on the highway. (95 north)error messages "electrical system malfunction continue driving is not possible. Have the system checked by the nearest BMW center", "transmission malfunction"," restraint system malfunction", "fault in passenger-restraint system" the second time that happened to me , I had the car towed by aaa at 5am after work. The car parking brake was luck , so aaa had to drag the into the flat bed, this is a serious issue BMW makes a lot of money therefore should be held accountable and fix the issue before someone get kill. The cause is water getting into the trunk and socking all the electrical wires in the truck of the car causing everything to go crazy. BMW is aware of the issue. I saw a few class action case against BMW for the issues I have here.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2001 BMW X5 9
Failure Date: 04/30/2016

04/30/16 I bought the SUV las month and have every thing original every thing was fine until today it caught on fire on the pasenger side under the glove compartment a 30 min after parking it on the drive way I hear the alarm and saw alot of smog coming from the truck at soon as I open the door.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 BMW X5 10
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5 11
Failure Date: 03/24/2016

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

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 BMW X5 12
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 13
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5 14
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 15
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 BMW X5 16
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 BMW X5 17
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 18
Failure Date: 12/28/2015

My dashboard light flick engine , abs,parking break will shut off vehicle less than 10min driving with caution.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 BMW X5 19
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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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