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BMW X5, Auto Body, Engine, Suspension, SUV
#489 of 678 Re: 2006 BMW X5 4.4 1st Gear Slows Down [maf1]
Nov 06, 2007 (12:05 pm)
I've had a similar issue with my 2004 X5 4.4L. Only during cold start though. Problem started out as only an upshift issue between gears 1->2. Dealer reprogrammed the transmission. Problem went away. 3 weeks later hard shifting from gears 2->1 only on first cold shift experienced. Dealer again inspected cause, and reprogramming could not resolve. They found the transmission was slipping only at that point, and replaced it under factory warranty. My X5 has 40K miles, and the transmission is from GM ironically.
#490 of 678 Re: 2007 X5 Electrical/Computer Problems [klp65]
Nov 07, 2007 (1:12 pm)
Mine has been at the dealership three times for the electronic brake malfunctioning. They have no idea why it is happening. they continue to change modules and re-program the vehicle. No solution on this end, other than I have contacted an attorney to look into the California lemon law.
#491 of 678 Rear Light Sockets
Nov 13, 2007 (6:51 pm)
I own an 2002 x-5 and a 2002 325. Both cars and my sister's 2001 500 series have had issues with the wiring melting onto the sockets in the tail lights. I had to relpace both sockets in my 325 and had the contact points cleaned up on one of my pack lights. The other side is too far gone and is ready for replacing. The service people at my dealership see this problem rather frequently and have admitted it is a design flaw. I anyone else finding this to be an issue? I feel BMW should be replacing these for us! Thanks!
#492 of 678 Considering 2008 BMW X5
Nov 15, 2007 (11:25 am)
Have heard that the I drive is too hard to learn is this true? would love to hear real world experiences. also is there an issue with finding someone to replace the RFT tires or using a car with these?
#493 of 678 Re: Considering 2008 BMW X5 [swebblucy]
Dec 14, 2007 (6:46 pm)
Is iDrive hard to learn? The answer, apparently, is that iDrive is hard to learn only if you're a journalist for an automotive magazine or for Consumer Reports. They complain incessantly about iDrive being too complicated, usually because they couldn't master it during their 20 minute test drive. A normal human being shouldn't have a problem with iDrive if they have basic computer experience.
The truth is that you will not learn 100% of the iDrive functions the first time you drive the car, but you should be able to learn 75% of the features after a couple drives. The important features (like stereo controls) that you use every day are easy to learn and most of those features also are controlled by buttons on the dashboard or steering wheel. Beyond that, there will be a few obscure options that you don't need to use on a daily basis and you can look those up when you need them (like the ability to use iDrive to check engine oil levels while driving on the highway, or re-setting your tire pressure monitor).
I've had several vehicles with iDrive since it first debuted. I like it because it provides extremely detailed control over the vehicle's features. It's great for people like me who want to configure the vehicle to my own personal preferences. But it requires some thought. You have to learn something new and there is a bit of a learning curve the first time you use it. Apparently, that's a problem for journalists.
#494 of 678 Re: Considering 2008 BMW X5 [swebblucy]
Dec 14, 2007 (7:12 pm)
You asked about issues with run flat tires ("rft"). One drawback to run flats is that they can contribute to a stiff ride because the sidewalls are reinforced and tend to be stiffer than a regular tire. Once you drive on them flat, they usually are damaged and have to be replaced. Cars with run flat tires usually ship with a convenience spare and not a full-sized spare. They are slightly more expensive to replace than regular tires.
But you don't need special equipment or skills to mount run flats on a wheel. You can replace run flat tires with regular tires (as long as they're the correct spec), so you aren't required to use them forever on a car the has run flats as original equipment.
#495 of 678 X5 loses power
Dec 15, 2007 (3:01 pm)
was driving along in my X5 when suddenly without warning my accelerator died on me i had no power at all it has been on the diagnostic machine BMW but cannot find the fault.Also when they pulled out the dip stick oil shoots into the air. any one know y ?
#496 of 678 Interesting problem with X5 key
Dec 24, 2007 (7:42 am)
My wife drives a 2004 X5 which we bought new and have never had a problem with in about 50,000 miles. I seldom drive the car but when I do I use my own key. Recently I get in the car and my key will turn in the column and lights, radio, air all come on but engine makes no attempt to start, it acts as if the battery were dead at that point. I remove my key and use hers, and the car starts immediately, no problem. By chance I have learned if I start the car with her key, I can immediately turn it off, replace with my key and it starts fine. I drive for 5 minutes or as of yesterday, a 3 hour 200 mile trip, and once I stop the car and remove the key, it will not restart the car unless I first use her key to start, then remove and replace with mine. Anyone seen anything like this? Is it a key issue or security system? Thanks, dh
#497 of 678 Re: Interesting problem with X5 key [david21]
Dec 28, 2007 (5:51 am)
Sounds as if you have a dead battery in your key. Your key worked at one time right?, I know the keys should recharge after being in the switch for awhile,but maybe you have let it get too low. Its like a car battery,let it get too low and it will never take a charge. hope this helps
#498 of 678 Re: 2007 X5 Electrical/Computer Problems [klp65]
Dec 28, 2007 (5:56 am)
If the seat occupanct sensor in the driver seat has gone out, then the car will not move. Have the dealership look in the DXC for the driver seat occupancy. If the car is in drive and you raise your bum out of the seat the car will go into park.