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About the X5
This is the iconic model in BMW's X range, and has recently been redesigned from the ground up. The latest iteration has expanded the range of functionality, the space and the sense of adventure that comes with this luxury car. There is also an optional third row of seats and an xOffroad pack, which includes four new off-road driving modes; a car for any occasion!
X5 Problems By Model Year
X5 Latest Problems
Tow bar electrics
2007 3.0
Posted: Aug 5, 2020
N/side door handle not working
2006 30 d auto
Posted: Nov 20, 2013
Power steering
2005 se auto diesel
Posted: Oct 31, 2011
Alarm and key remote not working
Posted: Aug 14, 2011
Damaged engine
Posted: May 5, 2011
BMW X5 Owner Reviews
3/ 10


2003 X5 3.0 D Sport; full BMW history bought Mar 07 from BMW dealer £24750
Great to drive but most unreliable car I've ever had
Faults so far:
Feb 10 rear light unit failed - cost £150
Oct 09 gearbox failed (v common)- cost me £4,000 !!
Jun 09 2 parking sensors failed (v common) cost £250
Sep 08 door mechanism broke (they all do this too) £170
Jul 08 front light unit failed - cost £160
servicing costs £2000 + tyres £800

car worth now £10,000. That's over £22,000 + fuel (26mpg) & insurance for 3 yrs (35,000 miles)

BMW know about the common faults but don't seem to care. When you have to climb into your £25k car thru the passenger door cos the driver's door mechanism has fallen apart you start to wonder about 'ultimate driving machine'

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X5 Recalls Issued Per Year
Latest BMW X5 Recalls
Recent Recall

On affected vehicles ingress of transmission fluid may occur to the integrated transmission control unit within the mechatronic module

Recalled on 20th of December, 2023

Affects builds between Mar 17, 2023 and Mar 17, 2023

Recent Recall

The driver and front passenger airbags may deploy with too much explosive force causing sharp metal fragments to be released into the cabin.

Recalled on 31st of August, 2023

Affects builds between Dec 7, 2006 and Jun 26, 2013

Undetected egr system leaks may cause thermal activity in the intake manifold

Recalled on 22nd of August, 2022

Affects builds between Mar 18, 2018 and Jul 25, 2020

The exhaust gas recirculation cooler may leak over time and cause thermal incident

Recalled on 1st of August, 2022

Affects builds between Apr 5, 2013 and Jun 30, 2018

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