Electrical System Problems of BMW X5 - part 1

BMW X5 owners have reported 122 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of BMW X5 based on all problems reported for the X5.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 BMW X5 1
Failure Date: 04/14/2018

My 2009 X5 with 127000 miles recently indicated a burnt out brake light. While replacing the light, I found the rear upper right brake light was burnt out, the taillight itself is melted, and the socket is severely melted and scorched. On further investigation, the opposite side (left/driver's side) was also melted! checking online, this appears to be a common problem. I am afraid this could be a fire hazard and was surprised to learn there is not an outstanding recall on the taillights for this vehicle.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 BMW X5 2
Failure Date: 03/28/2018

Vehicle fire was parked for a couple of days and owner went to car and notice that the interior of the vehicle had a past tense fire. The airbags were deployed expect for the one on the passenger side door. No exterior damage noted to the vehicle or in the engine compartment. The fire origin was on the passenger side dashboard behind the glove compartment and airbag, please contact sioux city fire rescue for further information.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 BMW X5 3
Failure Date: 03/27/2018

Drivers door not opening or closing properly. The inside door handle malfunctions not allowing driver to open door. In some cases after opening door the door actuator does not work properly an maintains door in locked position which prevents closure of door. Both situations are safety concerns with not being able to exit vehicle and/or close door. Issues happen frequently but are hard to reproduce. The only work around is to repeatedly press the door unlock button until door opens or closes. This problem always occurs when stopped and vehicle is in park.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 BMW X5 4
Failure Date: 02/02/2018

BMW went to north haven CT dealer for recalls such as passenger air bag however they didn't complete I am very upset as I have a teenager whom will be sitting in the front seat . I want to escalate.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 BMW X5 5
Failure Date: 12/19/2017

Scr active tank heating issue.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2001 BMW X5 6
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 7
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 8
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5 9
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 10
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 2016 BMW X5 11
Failure Date: 10/03/2017

While driving, all of sudden, dashboard becomes blank. I brought this point to BMW bellevue dealer. It was confirmed that there was no issue identified. However, it occurred a couple of times in a year. Since I was driving 35-speed limit road, I pulled the vehicle and stopped the enginer and then restart. The issue disappread. I'm not sure what would be the consequences of it when I'm driving at highways or at high speed.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 BMW X5 12
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 13
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 BMW X5 14
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 15
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 16
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 17
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 2017 BMW X5 18
Failure Date: 06/17/2017

Wife was rear ended causing loss of power and control to vehicle pushing her over train tracks in the vehicle with no control.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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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