2002 BMW X5 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 BMW X5

2002 BMW X5 Problems

Front Outer CV Boots May Tear and Leak at 60,000 Miles

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.

Water Pump May Develop Coolant Leak

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 have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Oil Leaks From Engine Area

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.

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2002 BMW X5 Questions

HI, ENGINE OIL LEAKING BUT NOT FROM THE VALVE COVER GASKET. WHAT IS THE REASON? (2 answers)

IT IS LEAKING SEVERELY AS I CAN SEE OIL MARKS WHEREVER I PARK. I ALREADY GOT THE VALUE COVER GASKET FIXED BUT STILL THE SAME. IS THERE ANY OTHER GASKET FOR OIL FILTER OR ANYTHING ELSE WHICH CAUSES OIL LEAKS?

Transmission goes into safe mode (1 answer)

The car shifts well and after it gets warm the transmission goes into safe mode and starts off in 3rd gear.

i attempted to start my vehicle yesterday, the alarm sounded and car won't start (1 answer)

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2002 BMW X5 Recalls

Recall 03V032000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE CONNECTION OF THE SAFETY BELT BUCKLE TO THE STEEL ROPE OF THE TENSIONER DOES NOT MEET BMW SPECIFICATIONS. IN SEVERE FRONTAL CRASHES, THIS CONNECTION CAN DETACH.
BMW Recalls 2000-2002 X5 Vehicles Due to an Issue Securing the Front Brake Line

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 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 so...
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...

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