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BMW X5, SUV
#21 of 61 Any 2007 or 2008 problems?
Oct 13, 2008 (5:51 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.
Oct 13, 2008 (1:08 pm)
I just have to say I love my X5. I bought a brand new '08 in March and I did have one problem with the wiring harness which was immediately repaired. Other than that, it's been great. It's fast, gets great gas mileage for an SUV, is roomy, drives like a dream and has every bell and whistle. I did get it loaded. I love it to pieces and could not be more satisfied.
Good luck to you.
#23 of 61 Re: TRANS.FAIL-SAFE PROG [smacar01]
May 03, 2009 (4:55 pm)
smacar01 Thanks for this information. I seems my X5 4.4 2003 has exactly this problem, it has same symtoms, often when I start it it just doesn't start, after trying again keeping the key in the ignition position it's start but showing this message TRANS. FAIL-SAFE PROG, when this message is shown I notice that the car do not set the transmission in Parking light position. Always when happend this what I do is turn off the car and start it again until it starting normally without showing this message and setting the transmission in the Parking position correctly. After that a drive normally but when I stop and put the transmission in Parking position the message comes again and I have to again turn it off and start it again with same procedure. What I need is some detail advice of what my dealer should do so I can save some money, could you help me? Thanks in advance
#24 of 61 TRANS.FAIL-SAFE PROG on BMX X5 2001 year
Jun 12, 2009 (9:40 am)
my 2001 X5 4.4 is now started to exhibit these symptons also. I foun d the recall email from 6/14/2001, I called the BMW hotline at 1800-831-1117 they said my VIn number was not involved in this recall. I purchased this vehicvle in April 2003. Does anyone know if the BMW hotline is given my a true story or is it they just dont want to cover the reapir. the origila recall # was 01V196000. Has anyone had similar issue and had to pay for the repairs . what exackly is the cost? Thanks in adviance... BMWX5er1......
#25 of 61 BMW X5 Computer Malfunction
Jul 31, 2009 (8:55 pm)
I am a long time BMW owner and I have a 2009 X5 which is my second one.. The computer has malfunctioned twice while driving on the highway. The car becomes barely drivable and is clearly unsafe. The computer has been replaced once and the car is back at the dealer for the same problem. I bought the car to take to the mountains. I have no confidence that I can do that with this car. When the computer goes out the car is useless and unsafe
#26 of 61 Re: BMW X5 Computer Malfunction [caltagbob]
Aug 20, 2009 (5:14 pm)
Thanks for the feedback. I have seen similar comments about the new X5s on the Xpost site, mostly electronics. It is sad that you buy a new X5 and can't trust it to go longer distance, it defeats the purpose.
I had a conversation with a BMW employee today, privately. His comment was that the X5 electronics is more complicated than the earlier models, still is a main problem. As far as I can remember, it has always been a problem since my 325i days. I look at as a trade off for performance!!
To follow up my last posting since Mar '08. I had
two front axle assembly (CV joints),
and DSC module replaced. VERY $$$$$!!!
It is time to say good bye to my beloved and troubling X5! Any suggestion on a SUV that is reliable and have good handling/performance? I am not keen on features, as it always brings trouble along. Thanks for reading and your feedback.
#27 of 61 Re: BMW X5 Computer Malfunction [lion2000]
Sep 04, 2009 (12:29 pm)
How many miles on your vehicle now? How old is it now? Sounds well used.
#28 of 61 Re: BMW X5 Computer Malfunction [00boxsters]
Sep 04, 2009 (12:50 pm)
My BMW X5 is a 2009 model with less than 9,000 miles. For a BMW I doubt that is "well used". Now the navigation malfunctions!
#29 of 61 Re: BMW X5 Computer Malfunction [caltagbob]
Sep 07, 2009 (1:11 pm)
I was replying to lion2000 who I think has over 100000miles on his previous model X BMW. Check above.
Sorry but You may have gotten a lemon Bob.
#30 of 61 Re: BMW X5 Computer Malfunction [caltagbob]
Sep 26, 2009 (5:11 pm)
I was at the dealership for my brand new X3 which has a myriad of strange behaviors. The guy I sat next to was in for what he said was his 2 year old X5. He said he had paid for it outright, cash for $62K and change. He said he brought it in, on average, once every month but even with whatever it had wrong with it, it probably didn't meet the fairly tough lemon laws standards which had to do with safety issues not with dealing with your brand new, premium car.
This is anecdotal. Your mileage may vary. He was livid. That makes two of us.
All I can say is: Caveat BMW. NEVER AGAIN.