2003 BMW X5 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 BMW X5

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2003 BMW X5 Problems

Coolant Loss Due to Leak from Expansion Tank

An engine coolant leak may develop from the expansion tank resulting in engine overheating. When a cooling system component fails the entire cooling system should be inspected. It is not uncommon to find additional component have failed or are leaking.

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.

Shuddering at 60km/hr and around 80km

My old X5 automatic, is starting to shudder at lowish revs around 60km/hr and 80 to 90km/hr depending on the gear it has selected. If you change the revs or speed it goes away, but then is back when you slow or speed up.
Feels to me like a transmission problem, I would appreciate any ideas.

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.

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2003 BMW X5 Questions

x5 has rough idle and check engine light after an oil change at NTB (2 answers)

This car has been great with no problems until I took it to NTB to have oil changed, then 2 days later began getting rough idle and the check engine light came on and then began flashing. They forgot to put the oil dip stick back when changing the oil, and had to replace several gaskets and the ...

Repair cost for coolant tank (1 answer)

Why is my coolant leaking and oil leaking and my check fluid level coming on? (1 answer)

I have replaced the expansion tank but the new one is leaking also

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2003 BMW X5 Recalls

Driver's Front Air Bag Defective

In a crash that deploys the driver's front air bag, the inflator of the air bag can rupture, causing metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the front driver's air bag module free of charge to correct the concern.

Brake Line May Be Too Close to the Steering Shaft Joint

A brake line may be too close to the steering shaft, which may allow the brake line to contact the shaft and eventually suffer damage and corrosion. A loss of brake fluid would illuminate the warning light as well as increase stopping distance, which could lead to a crash. Dealers will inspect the distance between the brake line and steering shaft joint, and increase the distance if needed. The recall began June 23, 2003.

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2003 BMW X5 Reviews

I pruchased a 2003 BMW X5 and just about three years later, I had to replace the transmission and now I constately getting the warnings of Stop! Engine oil pressure but the truck do have oil within and I do not know if I should continue to drive the truck or not because I do not want to cause any damage to the engine. I do keep oil in the truck just in case. But between thursday and Mond...
Many costly repairs. Transmission $1000,battery $350 door latch $150 Brake lights $50 . Had car for 3 months. You pay dearly for nice style. Hondas are better because it goes a long ways with no repairs.
I have had a lot of steering problems

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