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BMW X5, Auto Body, Engine, Suspension, SUV
#572 of 685 2003 X5 - Dangerous stalling
Aug 14, 2009 (5:10 am)
I made the mistake of buying a used 2003 BMW X5 from Carmax in Feb. 2007, with the extended warranty for $1,800. Since having the car, it has stalled in traffic about 13 times, massively shakes when the brakes are applied, and the transmission is slipping. Carmax said they fixed the rotors only to have the car shake again after 5 months. About two weeks ago, with my two year old in the car, it stalled in traffic and we were almost run over by a dump truck. Needless to say, my family has not been in the car since. I took the car to Carmax three times, and they never duplicated the stall, so, nothing was fixed. I took it to a BMW mechanic who said that this was a common problem and he wanted to do a software update. The Carmax warranty refused to cover the update and insuated that my mechanic should have lied and told him that he got it stall. Carmax then told me that they would send the car to a BMW dealership and have them look at the car. To make a long story short, no one could make the car stall, so, they would not do any work on the car and told me it was my problem, even though they knew it was an idling problem. I am now stuck with a car that I cannot have my family in and will most likely be out of a few thousand dollars to sell. I would recommend that you never buy a car from Carmax, and if you do, don't waste your money on the fraudulent warranty. I also recommend never buying a BMW, constant problems.
#573 of 685 Re: Rear window regulator [hilo1]
Aug 24, 2009 (10:34 am)
This is a common problem on 2001 and 2002 X5s These were defective from the factory and failure not related to usage. The good news is the glass does not break.
your car can't be secured until repairs are made.
#574 of 685 Leaking Washer Fluid
Aug 27, 2009 (12:44 pm)
I have a 2005 X5 3.0 with around 45k miles and I have a leak from the bottom of the washer fluid tank. The leak is not from the tank itself but I can see the fluid dripping from the joint between the tank and the outlet. I called the dealer and they said basically they have to replace the entire washer fluid tank assembly (not the motor) and it will cost around $200-$250. This is after I told them where the leak was, else they wanted a $250 diagnostic to look at it because they think they have to rip out everything to identify where the leak is. I have an easycare extended warranty but pipes, tubes and leaks to plastics are not covered itseems. Wanted to check if anyone else heard of this kind of a an issue and if there is a quick fix other than replacing the entire thing. Thanks in advance.
#575 of 685 Broken pieces into coolant reservior
Aug 27, 2009 (6:58 pm)
I would take fluid leak to a service station for such minor repair.
By the way, I had a leak on the coolant reservior cap. The worst part is the broken plastic and the rubber ring dropped into the reservior. (I hate BMW plastic parts!! Maybe that is why it is sports "activity", not utility vehiecle.) Does anyone know if this is going to break the water pump or create problem for thermostat? Thanks for the reply.
#576 of 685 Re: Leaking Washer Fluid [kris2]
Aug 31, 2009 (1:11 pm)
Thanks lion2000. I got the leak fixed this morning under extended warranty that I have (EasyCare). Something near the rear pump got cracked and was leaking the washer fluid from close to the tank. They replaced the rear pump and the dealership charged 118 to the extended warranty firm. Probably it was much cheaper than replacing the tank but on a different note I wonder if extended warranty companies (like insurance companies and doctors) have a discounted rate for repairs.
#577 of 685 2005 X5 Independent Ventilation
Sep 02, 2009 (7:44 am)
Yesterday my 2005 X5 independent ventilation started on its own( when the suv is parked, keys out ignition) and now I can't get it to stop. I have followed the manual's instruction on putting key to position 1 and then pressing the left side of the BC button and I see that "Vent On" is showing. When I press it to "Vent Off" the BC light lights up momentarily and it reverts back to "vent on" and I can't keep it in the "vent off" setting. Any ideas? should I reset the OBC and if so, how? I have pulled the fuse to the blower in the meantime to stop my battery from going dead.
#578 of 685 1 headlamp is aimed too high
Sep 08, 2009 (12:20 pm)
Does anyone know how to adjust the angle of the headlamps on a BMW x5?
#579 of 685 BMW X5 Battery Replacement
Sep 09, 2009 (8:03 am)
We have a 2003 BMW X5 which has been somewhat of a great car, but is no longer under warranty. I am hearing horror stories about the cost of replacing the car's battery. Can anyone shed some light on the cost of battery replacement and the location/access available to the battery?
#580 of 685 Re: BMW X5 Battery Replacement [jford63366]
Sep 09, 2009 (8:57 am)
A compatible battery from Auto Zone is $95 and the battery is under the spare tire.
#581 of 685 X5 Self-Leveling Suspension Inactive warning
Sep 12, 2009 (3:40 pm)
I have a 2006 X5. Yesterday, the Self-Leveling Suspension Inactive warning, like this:
SELFLEVEL SUSP. INACT
showed up in the Check Control. After I stopped the engine and restarted it, the message was not on any more. I have not seen it since then.
On the manual (page 95), ask driver to check to see if the rear of the vehicle is visibly lower than the front. For my case, I did not see nor experience anything strange in term of the vehicle level and the driving of the vehicle.
Anybody had such experience with your X5 before? Does this indicate any serious problems to come? Any advice?
I googled the similar cases. I saw many people complained such message,but few really had problem. One guy suggested, check the 30A fuse for the Air Suspension, and just pull it and reinsert it.
I will call BMW service center to ask how to handle later.