Last post on Feb 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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BMW X5, Auto Repair, Engine, Oil, Transmission, SUV
#75 of 78 Re: 2005 X3 Hydro locks [slwagner]
Feb 15, 2011 (6:59 am)
All Sports Engineering in Moorhead
#76 of 78 2001 BMW X5 OIL SEPERATOR
Feb 19, 2011 (5:13 am)
I was driving one morning, when all of sudden my car started rocking back and forth, then a big white cloud of smoke came out of the exhaust and the car broke down. I took it to one mechanic who told me I needed a new engine. I wanted to get a second opinion so I had it towed to another shop and that mechanic told me it was the oil seperator and he just fixed 3 other X5's with the same problem. This is a defect and BMW should do something to rectify it. I was also told that the cold weather and not being driven enough was the cause. This is suppose to be the ultimate driving machine and it can't handle cold weather.
#78 of 78 Re: 2001 BMW X5 OIL SEPERATOR [wr1224]
Feb 24, 2011 (7:52 pm)
Everyone that is having a problem with their oil separator call the National Highway Safety Administration hotline or file a complaint online: http://www.nhtsa.gov
Also call BMW of North America – ask for a supervisor in customer care. I apologize but I cannot post phone numbers or names on this blog.
I have filed a formal complaint with the NHSA. You need to have your VIN number, the approximate mileage when the problem first occurred and the current mileage on your vehicle.
I have also filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, and the Ohio State Attorney General's office.
Make no mistake about it: this is a design flaw with BMW and a major safety issue.
I have had 4 oil separators go bad over the last 4 years. The only way this issue is going to be escalated from a "service bulletin" to a full blown recall is to call the National Highway Safety Administration! Please do it NOW!
This problem greatly depreciates the resale value of our vehicles not to mention the out of pocket costs due to repairs, lost wages, and towing to mention a few. None of us in good conscience could sell our vehicles in a Northern Climate and pass this problem on to the next owner - we need to unite and pass the problem back to the source: BMW.