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#437 of 678 BMWX5 Vibration going up hill 2000rpm 45mph
Jun 21, 2006 (7:04 am)
Recently I took my 2004 x5 to Otto's BMW in West Chester PA for vibration on floor/gas peddle which occurs every time I go up a hill at 40-45 mph 2000rpm- more of a fluttering like the car is underpowered. They told me to step on the peddle to avoid it. Only problem is I live in a Police State where they patrol that hill every day. They said they felt the problem too, but gave me no answers on how to fix it other than break the law by speeding. UNBELIEVABLE.
#438 of 678 transmission problems
Jun 22, 2006 (7:34 pm)
I have a 2005 X5 4.4. If I am sitting on a hill at a dead stop and push the gas, the transmission clunks and jerks the whole car. It feels like the rear end just fell out. Took to dealership twice, they think it is my imagination. Is there a fix?
#439 of 678 Re: transmission problems [stc1]
Jun 23, 2006 (7:33 am)
I've got a 2004 X5 with 4.4. This also happens to me from time to time. First time it happened I thought somebody hit me from behind. If you search the internet you will find that this is a known problem among X5 owners, seems to be more common with 4.4. No known fix. No BMW dealership is every able to find the cause (or so it seems based on the posts of X5 owners. BMW of Dallas (aka John Roberts BMW) is unable to identify any flaw. If you find out what the problem is then please let me know. Otherwise, and most probably, you are just going to have to live with it.
Jun 26, 2006 (7:04 am)
I put my 2003 530 (E39) in storage every winter and drive a 2001 X5 (4.4).
I use a BMW (trickle) Charger which plugs into the 110v wall outlet and the 12v socket in the dash. After three winters of use, I have never had a dead battery and it always starts the first time in the sprine. I highly recommend this charger which I purchased from my BMW dealer. It has an easy to understand interface - if the light is green all is well.
I am glad to report that my experience with both vehicles has been excellent - the 530 has had no problems whatsoever, and with the X-5 (75k miles) overall problems have been minimal, and mostly under warranty.
I am going out to look at a 2006 X-5 replacement today.
The BMW service department at my local Dealer here in Utica, NY, "Don's Ford/BMW", has been excellent. The sales people are great as well.
#441 of 678 Re: ealership says X5 rotors must ALWAYS be changed with pads, help [kellywarren]
Jun 26, 2006 (7:19 am)
Yes, it is true that BMW rotors must be replaced/changed when changing the pads. This is because the rotors do not have enough material to be "turned" as they used to be years ago, due to tight tolerances.
Other issues may be warping of the rotors if they are not turned correctly or the effect of heat (during braking)over time.
In general, I question whether rotors could be manufactured "thicker" initially to allow turning when the pads need replacing.
I am not sure whether this is a ploy to (1) sell more rotors, (2) because there is a actual bonafide reason, or (3) there isn't enough money in turning rotors, (4) it has become an environmental/health issue for the shop technicians doing the "turning" of rotors.
I suspect that it may be a little of each.
One thing to consider in all of this is that cost is only an issue for BMW vehicles that are "Out of Warranty" - this is a "covered" charge for "In Warranty."
Hope that this answers your question.
#442 of 678 Re: BMW X5 Oil and filter change
Jun 26, 2006 (7:30 am)
A standard oil/filter change for an X5 4.4 (8 quarts of BMW Synthetic Oil + Filter) at a BMW dealer should be around $90.00-100.00, plus tax, depending on the shop's hourly service rate.
My advise: Ask what else they are changing/servicing for $285. If they tell you that it is only for oil and a filter, go elsewhere.
#443 of 678 Re: transmission problems [kellywarren]
Jun 30, 2006 (3:21 pm)
I have a 2005 X5 4.4i, I had the same problem when I first got the car. The first time, my dealer reset the software for the transmission and it works for a while and happened again. The second time, they re-problem the software again and it seems to be ok now.
Hope this help.
#444 of 678 Battery Drain/Bluetooth
Jul 05, 2006 (2:50 pm)
Well, Last week I purchase a brand-new 2006 x5 3.0. Absolutely love it, beautiful car. And this is what I have always wanted. Well, 6 days later it's being towed because the battery is dead. The service people replaced the battery saying it was faulty. But I noticed that my bluetooth was ALWAYS on--27/7--, even if the car was off. In fact it found my cel phone even if I was out in my back yard, FAR from the car. Well the dealer fixed it so when the car is off the bluetooth shuts off now as well. Do you think that this could have been the source of the drain, or am in for a "long and winding road" with this SAV??
#445 of 678 2006 X5 4.4i ~~ GAS CONSUMPTION ~~
Aug 02, 2006 (10:37 pm)
I am new to these boards, but have enjoyed reading many of your posts. I recently purchased (2 weeks ago) a new BMW X5 4.4i (2006). I love the car, HOWEVER, I am concerned about the gas mileage I am getting with it. On the window sticker it shows the mileage as "16 / 22", however every time I fill up (24 gallons of premium petrol) I am only able to drive 290ish miles, before the yellow fuel tank indicator light goes on. I drive for maybe 10 miles, then refuel, (it takes another 24 gallons) and the same thing happens.
I live in Los Angeles, and at least half of the miles I drive are on the freeway with a average speed of 65 - 70 MPH. I know I should be getting at LEAST a good 450 miles per fillup, and I don't know what I should do.
I am spending oodles of $$$ every 4 days putting fuel in the car, and I feel that BMW has not truthfully disclosed this car's fuel efficiency. If I would have known that I was going to get 13 miles per gallon I would have not bought the V8, and would have settled for the V6.
Can someone please tell me what my options are, and what I should do? Shall I go to the dealership, and if so, what should I say? No joke, this care is costing me a lot of money.
Any help would be appreciated,