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Electrical System Problems of BMW X5 - part 1

BMW X5 owners have reported 63 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 1
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 2
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?.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 BMW X5 3
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 BMW X5 4
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 5
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 6
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 2014 BMW X5 7
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 8
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 9
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 10
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2001 BMW X5 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5 16
Failure Date: 01/29/2014

Started X5 up and turned on driver 's seat warmer. Let car warm up for 5 minutes and commenced to drive away. One minute down the road I smell smoke like an electrical fire. I feel my left hip getting hot at the same time. I stop car and look down and see a dull red glow from the seat. Immediately turn off heater and get out of car. The driver seat warmer had shorted and burned a hole through the leather seat along the left side of the seat. How hot was it! my pants had been burnt and had a small red mark on my skin. Think goodness I was not severely burned due to the area of my pants that was burnt was also the left back pocket area so the interior pocket fabric help protect me. Wow! will BMW fix this?????.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 BMW X5 17
Failure Date: 01/05/2014

The contact owns a 2004 BMW X5. The contact stated that the service engine soon warning lamp kept flashing intermittently for an extended period of time. As the failure progressed, the vehicle started riding roughly, shaking, and vibrating. The first time the vehicle was taken to the dealer, the technician reset the code, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who replaced the coil springs and the spark plugs. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer a third time since the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure several times. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 BMW X5 18
Failure Date: 12/31/2013

The contact owns a 2011 BMW X5. The contact stated that the steering wheel would sporadically become difficult to turn. Additionally, there was an electrical failure within the instrument panel. The failure was recurring. The check engine warning light was also illuminated whenever the contact reversed from his driveway. The contact also stated that the vehicle could not be shifted from park to reverse or drive. The vehicle was towed twice to an authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the idle pulley bolt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred twice. The authorized dealer replaced the idler pulley belt a third time and the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5 19
Failure Date: 12/24/2013

Driver's side heated seat turned on and thereafter became dangerously hot and burned through the driver's coat.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 20
Failure Date: 12/17/2013

My car is stock inside my garage with a parking brake malfunction error. The parking brakes will not release even when I tried manually. I had to tow the car to the dealer to fix the problem. I called BMW us but they told me that there are no recalls to fix this common problem which many owner are complaining about.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 BMW X5 21
Failure Date: 12/11/2013

I have leased brand new 2014 BMW X5 on 12/09/2013. Suddenly after 2 days, it has broken. Heated steering function stopped working. Service department of my selling dealer kept the vehicle overnight and found out something is broken and the broken part has to be replaced. They said it would be going to take at least end of January 2014(this is what they told verbally). Neither service department of the selling dealer nor the manufacturer, guarantee when it can fix and refused to provide document evidence on that. Right now 2014 BMW X5s are on the road without having the replacement parts to fix in case of issues. In my case it is heated steering wheel, but I'm not sure the electronics of this vehicle since it has broken so new and it is taking longer time to fix which nobody knows when. What I believe is manufacturers should not release their vehicles, unless they have full control on their production lines. Also I ask document evidence from manufacturer and selling dealers service department, by confirming that this vehicle is safe to drive. They are refusing to provide such document. I really doubt that 2014 BMW X5s are still good enough to hit the road. Btw, the vehicle is still on temporary tags. Since the vehicle was so new when it broke and the time it is going to fix it is a uncertain, I feel really unsafe on this vehicles appreciate if you could investigate this. Thank you.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 BMW X5 22
Failure Date: 12/01/2013

Passenger occupancy sensor fails, causing air bag to become inoperative and airbag light to appear on dash. In case of accident, the airbag will not deploy. Dealer wants nearly 2000 dollars to fix, though they say it had "already been repaired in 2008" when the vehicle was two years old; dealer confirmed that they hear this complaint all of the time. Recall campaign 08v384000 addresses this issue for some BMW models/seats, but does not adequately address all models and years that have the problem. For the X5 model, for example, the "comfort seat" is covered, but the standard seat, which has the very same problem (not related to the comfort system) is not. Please widen the coverage of the campaign to include all models and years affected by this widespread problem.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 23
Failure Date: 11/05/2013

The X5 displayed a digital message on the dash front panel stating: "left brake light malfunction". I removed the panel where the back tail lights are located and found that the driver's brake light plastic carrier, where the bulb sits, was burnt brown, melted and cracked open. I then proceeded to check the passenger side and to my surprise, I found that the same exact circumstance had happened. I believe the bulb is too hot and too close to the plastic carrier, causing the melting. In my opinion, on top of maybe causing an accident due the malfunction of the brake lights, it is an electrical issue, that in the worst case scenario can cause a fire. I believe this matter should be investigated by the agency. I called BMW ag, manufacturers and they replied that they don't have a recall for this vehicle with this specific problem. I owe a 528i, 2010 as well, and I received a recall letter last week to take it back for, as they stated > this recall involves the bulb carrier ("bulb holder") within the rear lamp. Within the bulb carrier, the electrical contacts may be susceptible to corrosion due to aging and environmental influences. I took the 528i to the dealership today and both tail lights bulb carriers were replaced, due to the recall notice I received, so it was fixed to standards. I took 8 very clear pictures of the melted plastic bulb carrier of the X5, 2008, I can send you if needed, to back up my complaint. Thanks for the kind attention you give to this matter and hoping to hear from you in a very near future, I remain, v/r, BMW X5, 2008, owner.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 BMW X5 24
Failure Date: 09/13/2013

I was driving on the highway at 65mph suddenly the vehicle display the message that the engine temperature was too hot and advise me to pull over. Within 2 seconds, the car slow itself down in in the middle of traffic despite my foot was pressing on the gas pedal. I had to immediately pull over to the shoulder to get out of traffic. I had the car towed to the BMW and it turn out the water pump had stop pumping water to the engine, causing it to overheat. BMW charged me $1200 to fix it bit I feel like there should be a recall for this issue since a quick internet search reveal numerous people who have the exact same problem as mine. I also found out that BMW did issue a recall for the same year and model as mine but only on the less popular, bigger engine version.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2001 BMW X5 25
Failure Date: 08/14/2013

The contact owns a 2001 BMW X5i. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, there was a constant illumination of the engine warning indicator. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis where the technician detected that the tachometer was faulty and displayed an inaccurate reading. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The failure mileage was unavailable.

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