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2002 BMW X5

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2002 BMW X5 Problems

Engine -- Verified

Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.

Engine -- Verified

The low coolant light may illuminate and/or the engine may overheat as a result of a coolant leak from the water pump. The leaking pump will require replacement and the entire cooling system should be inspected for leaks as it is not uncommon to find multiple leaks on higher mileage vehicles.
Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and ...

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front thrust rod bushings—also referred to as tension strut bushings—are known to fail occasionally. The oil-filled rubber mounts weaken and crack over time, causing a mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering wheel when going over bumps.

Engine -- Verified

The thermostat may fail resulting in engine overheating and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacement of the thermostat along with a complete inspection of the cooling system will be necessary to correct this concern.
Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Drive Train -- Verified

After 60,000 miles, the front outer half-shaft boots tend to tear and leak grease. In most cases, only the boot will have to be replaced; however, if it is not repaired soon enough, the half-shaft may need to be replaced. The front outer boots are put under heavy stress because of their involvement with the suspension when making turns.

2002 BMW X5 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., March 19, 2003


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Brakes, February 14, 2003

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The front brake line where it is mounted at the front strut could become detached, allowing the brake hose to contact the tire. This contact may cause the brake hose to wear and leak, which can cause brake loss. Dealers will install an additional retainer clip to secure the brake line and make sure there has been no damage to the hoses.

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2002 BMW X5 Questions and Answers

dog13, 2002 BMW X5, 6 Cylinder, Nashville, TN

about 2 days ago my service engine soon light came on and remains on. just prior to this light the check filler cap light came on but was replaced by the service engine light. Are the two events r...

blackjade, 2002 BMW X5, 6 Cylinder, Huntingtown, MD

interior lights won't go off, and front window washer solution does not work either.

MikeFor, 2002 BMW X5, V8, Reno, NV

Driving down the road in BMW X5 (97,000) and transmission failure light comes on and transmission goes into neutral. No prior problems with unit and no slippage. Just have new CV joints and brakes ...

mrwright72, 2002 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, San Ramon, CA

My car was weak to start this morning and when I went out tonight to go home it was completely dead. My clock was blank and all my gauges were wrong. Do you think this is my battery or something mo...

MikeFor, 2002 BMW X5, 4.4L V8, Reno, NV

Replaced battery and now steering wheel will not adjust.Can hear motor straining but it appears to be locked in place.

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2002 BMW X5 Reviews

If you are going to own an X5 (mine is a 2003 with 98k), you MUST find a reliable mechanic outside of a dealership. I have a guy here in Houston at a little shack who is a wizard and is honest. The dealers are absolute thiefs both in their overcharging and willingness to find new, expenseive issues every time they pop the hood. These are wonderful cars but they will have minor issues with some regularity (as noted in these other posts) -- save 75% on these repairs by going outside the dealer.

Overall great car, but I have had serious electrical issues with this car from day one. First the LEDs in the center console went out, the the doors wouldn't catch when closed (only in the winter oddly enough), then the sunroof would open at random times. Now, today, the windshield wipers suddenly just stopped in the middle of a downpour while we were on the highway. Otherwise, it's driven very nicely. Repairs are extremely costly though. Choose wisely!

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