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#422 of 678 Re: 2001 BMW X5 Tons of Problems [1av8r]
Apr 25, 2006 (11:19 am)
My SAV is under warranty and I am getting a lot of run arounds for Vibration, Moon roof problems.
Onlu mechanical problem I had under 20,000 miles is ABS, ALL wheel Drive system and Hydraulic suspension went down all at same time.
Dealer replaced the Suspension.
NAV system went down. Delaer rewired the line and replaced the system.
In terms of Vibration, they play dumb.
I had to repeatedly visit the dealer 3 times for them to admit there is a problem with Moon roof and 5 visits later problem has gotten worse from rattle and squeaks to leak, yeap leaky moon roof. Sales Manager states that rattles and squeaks are known problem and I do not understand why it took 3 visits to admit there is a problem.
looks like BMW of NA is riding too high to value our business. They want to push customers away and the persistent customers get their problems looked at but there is no gurantee it will be fixed.
My personal finding is Certified techs are no better then pop mom shop G-monkey.
For those who are in need to replace their 255-55R18 tires on X5 4.4i with sports package go with Yoko Geolander G052.
They are good in all weather condition and drive much better then stock B-Stone Turanza.
Make sure Balancing is done right.
On scale of 1-10 Yoko are 9.5 ( deducting .5 for balancing issue) and B-Stone Turanzas are 3.5.
BMW Prospects: Stop if you are thinking of Buying X5 or any BMW vehicles, they might be great in handling but will fail you over and over in reliability and service.
Final word from my dealer is that BMW cares less if you have 1 or million problems.
BMW is too busy doind ADs and propoganda on how good their vehicles are. Truth is they can't even come close to Lexus quality, reliability and value.
Its been a total waste of my money and time, I wish I never bought this crap and had stuck to Lexus.
15 trips and counting... do I need to say any more?
Cephus, I hope your problem is resolved by now.
Next time you buy any new vehicle stick to Geico, they have Mechanical coverage costs about 25 / premium with 250 deductible.
This repair would have been covered by GEICO.
Please note: I am not associated with BMW, Lexus or GEICO.
I am just an Unfortunate BMW owner.
#423 of 678 Re: tranny or throttle problem? [smartlis2]
Apr 25, 2006 (11:27 am)
Give these issues serious attention and try to visit dealer consecutively do not pause this process... I am out of luck as I exceeded 18 months or 4 trips clause for my SAV to qualify as a lemon.
You still have time take full advnatage and make sure get everything in writing on the owrk order no codes or gibbrish words.
Refer to your local or state Lemon law.
I wish I knew this piece of info in time.
I am stuck with a Lemon.
#424 of 678 X5 water leaking onto front passenger foot well
Apr 29, 2006 (7:35 am)
Read a couple of posts similar to this problem, but not quite exactly. I've had a recurring problem with water dripping down onto the front passenger side floor mat from the rear right corner (closest to door) of the glove compartment. Water is not leaking into the glove compartment at all. Rather its coming down part of the dash where the glove compartment is hinged, around that and onto the floor mat. Everything in the immediate vicinity is dry (like the fuse panel...whew!) except for the lip of the glove compartment on the right side, where it meets the dash when closed. I can't find any leaks around the door. I do have a sunroof, but can't see how a water leak there could find its way to my glove compartment. Is there a drain somewhere that I need to unclog? This happens only when its raining.
I'd appreciate any advice!
#425 of 678 dealership says X5 rotors must ALWAYS be changed with pads, help
Apr 29, 2006 (10:05 am)
Is this true. The service rep BMW of Dallas (formerly John Roberts BMW) says the car (X5 2002 3.0 w/ 20k miles only driven by my elderly mother) is designed to have the rotors changed every time the pads are changed. Rep says the pads are made of a soft metal that is designed to wear down with the pads. This sounds suspicious to me. Never heard of anything like this before. Is this true? Thanks for the help.
#426 of 678 Re: dealership says X5 rotors must ALWAYS be changed with pads, help [kellywarren]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Apr 29, 2006 (10:46 am)
Perhaps you misunderstood. Many modern cars mandate no "turning" of rotors IF...IF...they are scored or grooved. But you don't replace perfectly smooth, straight and clean rotors that are within specification.
#427 of 678 Re: dealership says X5 rotors must ALWAYS be changed with pads, help [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 29, 2006 (11:58 am)
No. I have not misunderstood. I used to be a motorhead myself prior to my present incarnation. I've owned >100 cars myself in my 39 years, including several other German makes (although this and the other X5 (a 2004 4.4 w/ 20k which I consider to be my daily driver) are only the 4th and 5th BMWs that I've owned (had a couple of 3 series in the 80's as well as a 3.0csi before that).
According to the dealership (BMW of Dallas) every time that the pads are changed the rotors must also be changed. No exceptions. According to the service rep (Beth) the pads are designed to wear down into the metal of the rotors such that by the time the pads need to be changed, the metal surfaces of the rotors are damaged (by design) and thus the rotors themselves must also be replaced. To me this sounds like a load of cr-p. However, not having any experience w/ BMW in the last 16 years I am not 100% sure that this is not true. Let me restate again what I have been told: even if the rotors look good, they must still be replaced. I asked "what if I change the pads before they have damaged the rotors" and was told "no, the rotors will always have to be replaced because the pads by design are intended to cut into the surface of the rotors and you will never, ever have a rotor that does not need to be replaced after the car has undergone sufficient breaking to wear through the pads."
Let me also let you know that it was not me that dropped off the car but rather my elderly mom. I only found out that this work had been done after she phoned me this morning to say that the X5 was in the shop. I called BMW of Dallas after the fact and spoke with the service rep after the was done.
Now, to repeat my question for anyone with expertise in BMW brakes:
Do the rotors always need to be replaced when the pads or replaced or have I been fed a load of cr-p?
#429 of 678 2006 BMW X5 4.4 1st Gear Slows Down
May 13, 2006 (6:22 am)
Good Day Everyone:
I have the 2006 X5 4.4 for about 6 months now.
Does anyone know why the 1st gear not accelerating at it top speed? When I at a fully stop, then step on gas, seems not moving well. But after about 3 seconds, it runs well on 2nd gear and on.
Is it the problem with the 1st gear? or it needs a new updated firmware?
#430 of 678 Re: Cabledude... [burrsr]
May 14, 2006 (12:28 am)
Just bought a 2001 3.0 manual and since a rain storm in Boston noticed the exact problem you just had serviced.
BMW advised this is not covered under extended warranty; curious what you paid to have the water leak corrected?
#431 of 678 Re: 2001 BMW X5 Tons of Problems [1av8r]
May 21, 2006 (9:42 am)
i agree with you 200%. you would think you are getting a better vehicle since you are paying a premium price for it. although my x5 has not having so many problems as yours, it is bad enough to be the 2nd worest vehicle i have ever had (the worest one is my 323i, i have spent over $5000 to repair so far). as far as reliability, german auto makers are the worest in comparison to the japanese and american. i guess they are simply overwhelmed by the hi-tech application in the auto industry. the bmw dealership and service are well below the luxary-car-dealership standards, and is the worest among all.