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#528 of 678 Engine Problems? Please help
Sep 06, 2008 (8:27 am)
Hi i have an x5 4.4i, 2004.
I noticed a couple of days ago that the gas comsumption has significantly gotten worse, as i was using up almost a quarter of a tank in a day (around 30-40 miles of driving) and usually i can get like 400-450 from a tank. (and it wasnt like i was flooring it the whole time either) Then, when i went to fill it up yesterday, i was expecting to see a range of about 480 for the car, as i had EMPTIED the tank, including the reserve that doesnt show up on the gas meter. Instead, it said 365. I usually put in plus, and think its dumb to put regular in a bmw (always telling my parents not to) but the price difference was almost 30 cents so i went for the regular. As soon as i began to drive, under acceleration the car would shudder and studder, and the engine was running very roughly, and maybe 10 seconds later the service engine soon light came on and was flashing. I pulled over for maybe 5 minutes, and then kept going and after that nothing has happened so far. I'm really worried about something being wrong because im pretty sure the regular gas didnt have anything to do with it, a mercedes dealer in our area puts regular in their cars and they run fine, just dont perform as well. Does anyone have any idea why that would have happened, and why the gas milage has dropped so badly? Do you think there could be a leak in the gas tank or in a gas line or something?
Thanks so muchh
#529 of 678 Re: 2004 X5 burns [sherig]
Sep 16, 2008 (1:59 pm)
My wife's 2004 X5 caught fire last week for what I believe to be the exact same reason. The front right turn-signal was stuck on and my wife said that she noticed a burning smell. She parked the car, and went into her office. Within 30 minutes, the underside of the dash was on fire. Fortunately, the fire dept. got to it before the fire spread. Sometime within the last year or so, the front right turn-signal was stuck on and BMW replaced the LCM under warranty. I believe that the same part went bad and now, 15k miles out of warranty, caused the fire. Additionally, the alarm sounded, the hood popped open, and three airbags were deployed. If my insurance company does not cover the damage fully, we are going to go straight to BMW NA for some restitution. Here is a link to another forum featuring X5 owners who had the same problem.
#530 of 678 Re: Engine Problems? Please help [quattroporte12]
Sep 16, 2008 (2:17 pm)
I have to admit that I am a high maintenance guy, so is my X5! Due to the prices, I tried regular unleaded 87, the first two week was OK, and then engine started to stall especially when you try to accelerate. Engine light comes on and off. The octan of 87 is too low to ignite in the engine. So, BMW designed this high maintenance engine, we have to feed it expensive food! I checked manual, the engine REQUIRES premium unleaded gas.
Sep 28, 2008 (1:05 pm)
hove can i reset the service engine light on my 2002 bmwx5
Sep 28, 2008 (4:48 pm)
HELLP whit reseting the service engine light on a 2002 bmwx5
Sep 28, 2008 (5:15 pm)
On that car you will need the BMW SII (Service Interval Indicator) tool to reset the light.
#534 of 678 Any 2007 & 2008 owners have problems?
Oct 13, 2008 (6:49 am)
I'd like to hear from any 2007 or 2008 owners out there about any issues you've had with your X5. I'm getting ready to finalize negotiations with Chrysler on my '08 Commander to buy me out through lemon law.
I've settled on the X5 and the Land Rover LR3. (Please, no replies about how different the vehicles are. My only concerns are luxury and how much I like the vehicle as I live in the city and don't off-road or tow.) I had an '06 X5 that I loved and never had an issue with but, since the LR3 now has an electric steering wheel adjustment, I'm torn between which one I like better. I get a good deal from BMW because of my relationship with them but one of my best friends runs the LR store just a mile from my office and I know I can get a good deal from him too and if I do have problems, it would be closer than the BMW store, which is about 5 miles away.
I know everything about both vehicles as far as equipment, drive, capabilities, etc, however I haven't heard much about problems with the '08. I'm a 24 month leaser so I'm not really so worried about problems with 2 or 3 year old vehicles, just wondering if anyone out there has had initial problems, like I've had with my Commander since day one.
#535 of 678 New 2008 X5 steering wheel column does not move up
Oct 29, 2008 (7:40 pm)
i just bought a new 2008 X5 recently, and i noticed that the steering wheel
does not move up whenever enter the car any more. I can still adjust it with
the switch, but it is very annoying that it stops working after just few drives?
This seems to happen after a trip to the dealer to put on the leather/din-dan
protection. Is there any one who has any idea what could go wrong?
#536 of 678 Re: New 2008 X5 steering wheel column does not move up [stanton08]
Oct 29, 2008 (8:22 pm)
Yes! This happened to me!
What I discovered was that someone (probably the dealership) changed a setting on either the seat or steering wheel and now the car is not sure it's you.
To fix it - I held the button on the seat that I had my setting stored into. In my case it was button "1" (there are two buttons, 1 and 2 - and a memory set button above them all). Once I did that - all was back to normal. I would assume that if you have not stored your settings in the memory - then if you set your steering wheel and then store it - it should start to work again.
That's my 2 cents!
#537 of 678 Re: New 2008 X5 steering wheel column does not move up [bmwx5guy]
Oct 30, 2008 (5:59 pm)
Thanks a lot for the information!! I first tried to push the '1' memory button
but nothing changed. Then I tried to save the current positions into '1', but
still not work. I then tried to move the steering wheel up and down, adjust
the seat back and forth, etc., then save --- and then it finally works. It seems
that the memory was quite confused and all messed up. By the way,
after this was fixed, i then noticed that my blue tooth phone setting was
all gone!! I re-paired it over again, and finally everything seems to work....
Thanks again -- it saves me a trip to the dealership.