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2012 BMW X5 xDrive Recalls

RepairPal provides easy-to-read analysis of 9 official 2012 BMW X5 xDrive recalls. Find out if your 2012 BMW X5 xDrive needs service due to a recalled defect and learn how to fix it.

RepairPal Expert Overview on March 2, 2017

The front driveshaft universal joint can fail due to water and debris contaminating it, causing excessive wear. This would prevent the front wheels from being driven, affecting vehicle traction possibly leading to an accident. Driving with a broken joint may damage other vehicle components also.

Recall repairs on your BMW must be performed by a BMW dealership. BMW will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in April, 2017. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local BMW dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

RepairPal Expert Overview on January 12, 2017

The passenger frontal air bag assembly is deployed by an inflator which contains propellant that makes the air bag deploy. This propellant may degrade over time, especially when exposed to humidity and temperature cycling. As a result, the inflator may rupture on deployment, which can send metal shrapnel through the air bag, striking vehicle occupants. This could result in serious injury or death.

Recall repairs on your BMW must be performed by a BMW dealership. BMW will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in March, 2016. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local BMW dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

RepairPal Expert Overview on February 5, 2016

The inflator that deploys the driver's frontal air bag in the event of an accident may rupture and spray metal fragments onto vehicle occupants. This can increase risk of serious injury or death.

Recalls on your BMW must be performed by a BMW dealership. BMW will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles in March, 2016, but repair parts will not be immediately available. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local BMW dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

RepairPal Expert Overview on April 10, 2014

The bolts that secure the housing for the internal engine timing components can loosen over time, possibly breaking. This can cause the engine to stall.

BMW notified owners of affected vehicles starting in April 2014. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

RepairPal Expert Overview on November 27, 2012

On X5 models equipped with a diesel engine, the vehicle may unexpectedly lose power steering due to an engine drive belt issue.

BMW will notify owners of affected vehicles during January 2013. An abnormal engine noise may develop prior to failure of the power steering or there may be no symptom related to the recall. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

RepairPal Expert Overview on June 12, 2012

Certain vehicles may develop a power steering fluid leak from the steering gear.

BMW will notify owners of affected vehicles during July, 2012. If you notice a loss of power steering fluid, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

RepairPal Expert Overview on April 5, 2012

Vehicles equipped with an 8 or 12 cylinder engine are being recalled because the circuit board for the electric water pump can overheat. This could lead to a fire.

BMW will notify owners of affected vehicles during April, 2012. There may be no symptoms related to this recall, or you may notice a burning smell from under the hood. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

RepairPal Expert Overview on January 20, 2012

On six automatic transmission equipped vehicles, the transmission's parking lock may not function when the shifter is in the "P" position.

BMW will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning February 2, 2012. If you experience the vehicle rolling while in "Park," or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

RepairPal Expert Overview on June 22, 2011

On vehicles equipped with a diesel engine, the drive belt tensioner may fail. This could result in a sudden loss of power steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

This should be considered a high priority recall. The drive belt tensioner could fail without warning. Please contact your BMW dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.