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#194 of 214 Problems With My 07 X5 ON Snow/Ice...is it tired or my driving??
Dec 18, 2008 (9:36 pm)
I have a 2007 bmw x5, and the last two weeks here in the Seattle area, we've been hit with snow storm after snow storm and not its icy. I've had a few instances, where I am going up a hill and then i start spinning and cant get up! Then, I was going down a hill, but had stopped and started slidding. I am just not sure why I am slipping, is it the tires (19")all seasson OR My driving?
If i am going down a hill and slip i usually just downship and that works. But going up hill I dont think that works??
If you have any helpful tips or experience with this please let me know. I was just hoping a 75k car would do better on snow/ice. thanks!
#195 of 214 Re: Problems With My 07 X5 ON Snow/Ice...is it tired or my driving?? [kpeters]
Dec 18, 2008 (10:08 pm)
I've lived in Colorado my whole life. I have owned a '94 318I, 95 318TI, '02 325XI and currently own a '03 X5 and a 2008 535XI Wagon. I have always put snow tires on all my Bimmers for winter and they are fantastic in the snow. Even my 318I and Ti, which were rear-wheel drive only went very well in the snow. DO NOT be fooled by "All Season" tires for winter/snow/ice driving. They are not good in these cold and freezing conditions. I buy combo wheels &snow tires for winters on both cars. This makes it very easy to swap out and in the end you are not out any extra money as you are not running either sets all year round. It's simply the initial cost.
VERY IMPORTANT...Also, get into your X5 Owners Manual and read about the DSC and DTC traction settings. There are certain instances where you will need to turn these functions OFF in slippery/low traction conditions. Your manual and/or your dealer will also know.
More importantly on the snow tires they help you to STOP faster/better in the snow. Stopping and turning is GREATLY enhanced with these style tires in the snow. I have run Blizzaks and Michelin Alpins and have had great luck with them both. Worth every penny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#196 of 214 Re: Problems With My 07 X5 ON Snow/Ice...is it tired or my driving?? [kpeters]
Dec 31, 2008 (7:40 pm)
The price of the car has nothing to do with how well it performs in snow/ice. The tires you have on the car are the most important thing. All-season tires can only do so much in snow/ice. Switch to a good set of winter tires and you'll instantly see a difference in how the car behaves.
#197 of 214 Interesting Morning
Jan 28, 2009 (8:39 pm)
So my Dad and his 2 (1.5 year old) Great Danes are driving to work in their 2007 X5 3.0si on a snowy, slushy morning here in the suburbs of New York City. The LOW COOLANT warning comes on. My Dad pulls over to change direction and head to WIDE WORLD OF CARS BMW where he got the truck from. He pulls over and the warning goes away. 10 minutes later while driving on the Tappan Zee Bridge, he gets another warning that says LOW COOLANT, ENGINE IS OVERHEATING, PLEASE DRIVE AT MODERATE SPEEDS. Well since he was going 30 mph (due to the inclement weather), he figured he could get across the bridge, pull over, and call roadside assistance. Slowly the car started slowing itself down, bucking, and then STOPPED! It stopped in the middle of the bridge.
The first truck from the New York State Thruway Authority comes out and says he's going to push my Dad to the other side of the bridge. Well, the car won't turn on and the transmission won't shift into neutral. Next comes the tow truck. No good. Then they call the flatbed in... they can't figure out how to get the X5 into Neutral!
At this point he called me and I was on my way to work (I work for my Dad) in my 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH. He tells me the whole story and asks if I can come and get him. Him yes, but there is no way 2 Great Danes are fitting in my Prelude. So I turn around and get my wife's X3 (good thing nyccarguy jr. has no school today hence mrs. nyccarguy has no work). I cross the bridge and make my way back toward the tollbooth.
They yanked the truck onto the flatbed. Getting the truck into neutral was a ridiculous process. I read in the owner's manual to take the mat out of the cupholders, twist a cap off, then get a tool from the back (by the spare tire) to release the transmission.
I load up my Dad and the dogs into my wife's X3 and send them on their way. They unload me off one flat bed and put me on another. I go with the tow truck driver to WIDE WORLD OF CARS BMW.
Turns out my Dad drove over a piece of wood that got lodged into his radiator. A few other things under the truck were damamged. SO far we are talking about $3300 in parts alone and they aren't done pulling the truck apart.
WIDE WORLD OF CARS service department stepped up big time for us. Our regualr service advisor wasn't in today, but I was taken care of and they even gave me a loaner (328i Coupe w/ X drive). I can't say enough good things about how well I was treated.
#198 of 214 Re: Interesting Morning [nyccarguy]
Jan 28, 2009 (9:18 pm)
All I can say is "Wow!" Nice story.
SUVs and Smart Shopper
Feb 04, 2009 (8:37 pm)
So the radiator, condensor, lower front bumper, and some other juicy parts have to be replaced on my Dad's '07 X5 to the tune of around $5000.
I can't believe the insurance company. Our service advisor sent them pictures and a detailed estimate that included parts and labor for both the service department and the body shop. For whatever reason the body shop labor is less expensive than the labor in the service department. The insurance company called the service advisor and said they want the body shop to do all the work on the car! Is that unbelievable?! The service advisor explained to the adjuster that the body shop doesn't do mechanical work and the body guys aren't trained by BMW to make mechanical repairs. SHEESH! ANything for them (insurance) to save a few bucks
#200 of 214 2007 X5 - High Battery Drain
Feb 15, 2009 (8:21 am)
I have an 07 X5 and just recently, I went to go start it on a Monday morning (after not driving it for only one day) and it wouldn't start. Had the car jump started and two weeks later the same thing happened. I took it into BMW for service and after two days I got it back - allegedly fixed. NOT SO! After driving it yesterday morning to the store, I went to start it just two hours later and the battery was dead again! Is anyone else having this problem? I will be getting another jump tomorrow and, AGAIN, taking into service.
#201 of 214 Re: 2007 X5 - High Battery Drain [dfresca]
Mar 22, 2009 (4:34 pm)
I'm having constant dead battery problems on my X5. I've been to the dealer several times, one time replaced the battery completely (under warranty). Still no positive results and it's still dying.
It's to the point that if I don't drive it for a couple of days I'm planning to have to jump start it. I can't see how I'll buy another BMW again.
#202 of 214 I'm at the point where I can say that I'm a disappointed BMW owner
Apr 03, 2009 (4:29 pm)
My '07 X5 is the 2nd BMW I've owned. I had an '04 330ci with 41K miles which I traded in for the X5. I've had it for a year this month. I'd say that it's been in the shop at least half a dozen times, if not more. The current problem is my engine light came on. The Techs said that there was a problem with the 'Vanos' system.. something I never heard of until I Googled it. If you own a BMW, you have a Vanos system too. So, this was Monday. Thursday the system was put back together after having it torn apart. According to my Service Advisor.. the Fault code hasn't cleared. A software download/upgrade didn't resolve it, nor did another task performed on it. It is now Friday after 5. My Service Advisor says they've exhausted their efforts, and have to contact BMW Support on Monday. I'm driving this piece of crap Nissan Rogue which I shouldn't be too tough on, it currently runs better than my car. THIS might be reason why I'll never buy another Bimmer.. more to come..
#203 of 214 2007 X5 Battery Drain
Feb 01, 2010 (2:04 pm)
My X5 was not driven for 3 weeks because I was out of town & the battery was dead when I came back...in Dec it was weak after I was gone for one week...my service dept here in Yakima said I should have on a trickle charger whatever that is...my husbands Range Rover's battery did not die after 2 weeks...what is up with this?