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Electrical System Problems of BMW X5 - part 1

BMW X5 owners have reported 115 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2001 BMW X5 1
Failure Date: 11/26/2017

The tail lights on both sides and the signal on both size in the rear do not work the signal on the right side on the front does not work . I have change all the fuses in all the lightbulbs but continue to have this issue.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 2
Failure Date: 11/22/2017

Wires inside the comfort access door handles have apparently shorted out and are causing the driver side rear door handle to be very hot to the touch (measured at 134 deg f). Pembroke pines BMW and BMW na were notified in November. They advised that I would have pay $700 to have it replaced since it was out of warranty. Later they offered a 20% discount. An internet search revealed it is a common problem. I am concerned that the short may eventually cause the wires or other materials in the door to catch on fire. I measured and photographed the door handle and adjacent area. The door was 84. 8 degrees f while the door handle was 134 degrees f.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 BMW X5 3
Failure Date: 11/01/2017

While driving on highway traveling at 55 mph the vehicle lost power steering and brakes without warning. The dashboard it up simultaneously with the brake and steering problem. Havining nowhere to pull over safely; I slowed down and continued on to a safe location. Inintially, I could not turn ignition off. The vehicle is brand new, having only 385 miles on odometer. Vehicle continued to loose all power, and by the time the tow truck arrived vehicle rear door would not open and could not get car into neutral. I was terrified while this was happening and continue to try to understand how this could happen without warning while driving. There were absolutely no warning indicators prior to incident. Vehicle is at bww dealer being checked. At this time I have no idea what caused the loss of power. However, I driven for 45 years and have never had car loose power controls while driving. What if it had happed at night? during a winter storm? again, I was terrified.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5 4
Failure Date: 11/01/2017

Both taillight housing circuit boards shorts out. Burns between housing and adapter . Thus causes a break in the circuit and you don't have any taillights. This is a safety concern and is illegal to go with no taillights.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 BMW X5 5
Failure Date: 10/18/2017

On October 18, 2017 at approximately 7:50pm, my 2014 BMW X5 spontaneously ignited in my garage - the fire from the explosion destroyed all contents in my garage, including a second car and the fire and smoke damage destroyed the house and most of the contents. The vehicle was turned off and parked in my garage; the garage was closed. I parked the car in my garage at 7:30pm and the explosion happened around 7:50pm. The car was in perfect condition, I had just purchased it on June 27, 2017, it was certified with 16,000 miles on it and I only put 5000 miles on it within that 3. 5 month time period. There were no signal or warning indicators on, ever; it wasn't even due for an oil change. The car drove fine that day and nothing was amiss. The fire investigators are fairly certain the abs control unit (a part manufactured by bosch) was faulty and shorted, thus causing the fire. The investigator said this is the 150th case he's seen of this specific control unit starting a fire. I was in the shower during the explosion, my two autistic children, ages 7 and 10, were sleeping. (my husband was not home at the time). Thankfully I was able to escape with my children unharmed. The whole experience has been incredibly traumatic for my two children, both of whom have severe autism. We moved into a new home, but most of our belongings have been destroyed and we are literally starting from scratch. . Read more...

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 BMW X5 6
Failure Date: 09/24/2017

The vehicle had it's check engine light illuminate when started cold, roughly 83k miles. Dealer ran diagnostic test and said the fluid level sensor in the scr passive tabk had failed and required replacement. 6 months prior, the cel had come on, and was related to the scr active tank sensor. BMW extended the warranty on the active tank only to 10y/120k miles. If BMW is aware of a defect in the active tank, and the same parts are present in the passive, they should extend the warranty of the passive tank module as well.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 BMW X5 7
Failure Date: 09/15/2017

I have discovered a serious problem with my 2007 X5. I live in south florida and after a heavy rain, I noticed that the trunk of my car was filled with water. I removed 3. 5 gallons of water. I went to start the car but as you can imagine with the battery and electronic components being covered in that much water, it was unsuccessful. Once I had removed the water and let it dry out I charged the battery and was able to start the car. When I got it to start, the dashboard lit up like a christmas tree. My abs, traction control, brake, check engine, 4x4 lights all lit up amongst some other warning lights. I was unable to put the car in drive or reverse and had to manually push it in the garage. The car is stuck in a limp mode/safe mode. After I had done some research on the issue I discovered that this is a well known problem for BMW�s. I learned that there was a us district court ruling against this issue and that BMW 5 series cars between 2004-2010 were covered in a recall. The recall is due to faulty water drain tubes coming from the sunroof and when they get clogged the water drains into the trunk where the battery is located amongst other important electronic elements. I have contacted my local BMW dealer as well as BMW of north America and although they are quite aware of this issue there�s nothing they can do for me as the recall pertains only to the 5 series vehicles. It�s frustrating that BMW is well aware of the problem but because the class action lawsuit specifies only 5 series cars they can use that as a loophole and leave others to pay for the repairs.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 BMW X5 8
Failure Date: 07/14/2017

Faulty door lock actuators cause doors to lock but not unlock with button or key fob. Happened after dealer charged to replace junction box module.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 9
Failure Date: 07/11/2017

Water pump I was driving down the highway when I got the signal to drive slow or moderate because the engine it's getting hot I pulled over turn off the car got outside to smoke a cigarette and I could smell something burning more like wire burning.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 10
Failure Date: 06/30/2017

Takata recall I have replace my key fob two time in one year each time it cost me $275. 00 by BMW why can't BMW replace the key with a $2. 00 like all its other models. Only the 2008 models cost that much.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 BMW X5 11
Failure Date: 06/29/2017

My wife was driving my vehicle to get car wash. All of a sudden she lost power steering and the car battery warning came on. The idler pulley bolt snapped. Luckily my wife did not crash. She was driving 60mph and lost power steering. She is pregnant and had 2 kids in car. Now I've replaced this bolt again. I put purchased a new idler pulley bolt with loc tite. I replaced it and met every specification that NHTSA required. Basically it only require more torque and loc tite. This time it snapped in my drive way thank goodness. This is a serious traffic safety situation, I've read multiple forums where people have had work done at dealership and the bolt is snapping 3 days later. Obviously BMW did not fix the problem.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 12
Failure Date: 06/15/2017

Fire occurred in the driver side door (top speaker) shortly after starting the engine and driving down the road. The vehicle had a strong odor and smoke was pouring out. I immediately pulled over and located the source of the smoke and saw a flame. I took a photo of the flame to document it. I shut off the radio and the flame and smoke dissipated.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 BMW X5 13
Failure Date: 06/11/2017

I heard the engine fan going at max speed. About a mile later, warning messages came on to drive the car moderately and then to pull over and turn it off. Said the engine temperature was too high. Electronic water pump failure.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 BMW X5 14
Failure Date: 06/01/2017

The contact owns a 2004 BMW X5. While attempting to start the vehicle, the engine stalled without warning and the oil service and battery indicators illuminated. The dealer was not notified. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 157,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 BMW X5 15
Failure Date: 05/05/2017

On the night of may 5th, 2017, while I was driving my 2014 BMW X5, at the mileage of 6800 miles. A burning smell came out first. 2 minutes after the smoke came out. I asked my kids get out of the car. Another 2 minutes later, the fire came out from the bottom of the engine. The fire was too big then we called seattle fire department to extinguish it. So far, geico said this car is totaled. But BMW north America did not pay too much care with this accident. Just saying the primarily responsibility is geico despite I keep to reminder her "my car is under warranty". As of today, I have heard nothing from BMW north America telling what to do for me. Geico rent a temp car for me.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 16
Failure Date: 05/01/2017

Water leakage on driver side rear- as well as accumulating in spare tire well submerging battery in 3 inches of water. Hi-fi amplifier - bluetooth- navigation- radio- sos damaged from this. All windows shut and vehicle filled with water.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5 17
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 2010 BMW X5 18
Failure Date: 12/29/2016

My car sat in the driveway for a couple of days and when I went to use it, I discovered that the interior right rear quarter panel was melted and the interior was covered in soot. I contacted my insurance company and it was towed to a repair shop for evaluation. It was declared a total loss.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5 19
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 20
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. . .

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 BMW X5 21
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 BMW X5 22
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.

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

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 BMW X5 25
Failure Date: 08/02/2016

Doors randomly open while the vehicle is in motion. I was not able to duplicate in the dealership to have the issue fixed.

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