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BMW X5, SUV
Jan 21, 2010 (1:33 pm)
I have a 2001 bmw x5 4.4. I had the battery go dead on me and then I had a jump after that the car started fine, but i still purchased a new battery. a month later the car would not start and they replaced the battery, 3 weeks later it does not start and always after it sits overnight. I had the charging system checked and the starter and all the power system. 3weeks later it would not start for the next two days needing a jump. my license plate bulb also burned out but i replaced the bulb and it still would not work. Do you all think I have short draining the battery overnight, because thats when it happens! I am at wits end on this mystery.
#45 of 61 self level inactive warning
Feb 26, 2010 (11:29 am)
I have a BMW X-5 2001 4.4 and The self level inactive warning message came on and it stayed on. I talked with the dealer and hesaid if its level it is probably just a sensor, but he gave me no remedy! Did anyone else have this warning message come on? What did you do?
#46 of 61 Re: trans.failsafe error BMW X5 2004 4.4 [cartrouble13]
Jun 09, 2010 (7:22 pm)
Hello, i have about the same problem on my 2004 X5 4.4i. Did you find the root cause?
#47 of 61 Re: trans.failsafe error BMW X5 2004 4.4 [t1l0u]
Jun 10, 2010 (5:40 am)
Yes! The problem was the regulator in the alternator. The problem was intermittent so when I had the car checked they said the alternator was fine. The problem kept recurring every few weeks. Finally a new mechanic said it had to be the alternator (which I had replaced less than a year before). I had the company that supplied the alternator test it - they had it on the bench running at max output for almost 2 days before the problem showed up. Since it has been replaced about 8 months ago there has been no recurrence. Hope this helps.
#48 of 61 Ultimate piece of S...T!
Sep 04, 2010 (9:33 am)
60000 dollar garbage! My first ever X5, V8 still has 12000 MLS on it since purchased in 2008. Why? Because it spends more time at BMW service than I can get my hands on it!!!
Do yourself a favor and research before buying it!!!
#49 of 61 Re: Ultimate piece of S...T! [ih8bmw]
Sep 04, 2010 (10:21 am)
Will this be another one hit wonder???
#50 of 61 Re: trans.failsafe error BMW X5 2004 4.4 [cartrouble13]
Sep 06, 2010 (8:01 am)
I had the trans failsafe message appear before. Shutdown and restart cleared it. That was over a year ago. Recently it started doing it more frequently. I read a thread about the alternator/regulator causing a similar problem so I hooked up a scan guage to the OBD port that displays voltage. It read 10.9-11.4 volts while driving. That seemed low. I hooked a regular volt meter to the battery post under hood, it read 13.5 volts with engine running and 12 with engine off. That seemed right. I rechecked the guage connected to the OBD again and it now read 13.4 volts with engine running. That is a definate inconsistency which needs further investigation. Also, I've had an intermittent problem with trans initiating a shift or a disengage then re-engage( can't determine which because it doesn't complete a shift and it happens very quickly, like a hiccup). This happens around 30-40 mph when the automatic trans is in 5th gear. The last time the trans failsafe message appeared, it would not restart. It acted like a dead battery. A few minutes later it started, but the clock lost its program. The service engine light came on, but the car ran great and no more transmission hiccup. I checked code, it was P1890 trans control. I think the symtoms are related. A year ago, dealer had told me the hiccup problem was the trans valve body. They said $5500. I don't believe them. I will post results after looking into regulator and connections.
#51 of 61 Re: Battery problems [steubenville]
Dec 12, 2010 (6:02 pm)
Hi I am having similar problems with my 04 X5 its going to the dealer on tues. Did you get your issue solved?
#53 of 61 Re: Battery problems [chansen194]
Dec 12, 2010 (7:48 pm)