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2003 BMW X5

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2003 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.

2003 BMW X5 Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, June 23, 2003

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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 Questions and Answers

brooklyn alf, 2003 BMW X5, Brooklyn, NY

i want to know what could cause bluish grey smoke to all of sudden come billowing out of the both exhaust pipes at the same time after riding in the car for about 3or 4 miles and 10 or so minutes o...

harleymayr, 2003 BMW X5, V8, Salinas, CA

Removed the fan clutch and shroud. Removed the belt tensioner pulley and the six bolts around the retaining ring that holds the alternator in the housing. Removed th electrical connections. Seems t...

blbruning, 2003 BMW X5, Nevada City, CA

The window is stuck in the down position. The motor can be heard making noise.. is the window out of track and can you tell me how to remove the door panel. To get to the window or is there a diff...

Visitor, 2003 BMW X5, Teaneck, NJ

the horn blow and stop at it will

MrBerisha, 2003 BMW X5, 4.4L V8, Augusta, GA

Recently my "BC" light came on as I was trying to set the clock on my radio. It stays on after the car is turned off. Anyone know what this is? Car: BMW X5 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 Monday, I have put more than 5 quarts of oil in it. I am going to take it to the dealership for them to find out what is going with the truck.

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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