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2004 BMW X5

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2004 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.

2004 BMW X5 Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, November 10, 2003

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On certain vehicles, the bolts that secure the front differential, right output housing flange at the engine, and the right-hand engine support, may have been insufficiently tightened during vehicle assembly. With prolonged driving, these bolts could become loose and cause damage to the engine and transmission housings. The right output shaft could become disconnected, affecting the ability to control the vehicle, which could result in a crash. Dealers will inspect and retighten the affected drivetrain fasteners. The recall began on November 28, 2003.

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Engine, September 9, 2004

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An in-tank fuel line may have been attached incorrectly. Even though the fuel gauge indicates that fuel is present in the tank, the engine could stall under certain driving conditions. Stalling of the engine while driving increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the in-tank suction jet pump fuel line and if necessary, reattach it according to specifications. This recall is scheduled to begin during September 2004.

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Engine, July 16, 2004

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The digital management control (EMC) unit may not have been produced according to specification. The engine may stall and not restart. As a result, a loss of power steering, and after repeated actuation of the brake pedal, a loss of brake power assist will occur. These conditions could result in a vehicle crash. Dealers will install a new (EMC) unit to correct this issue. This recall began on July 16, 2004.

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Engine, September 8, 2004

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On certain vehicles with a 3.0L engine and manual transmission, if the vehicle is moving slowly in first gear, with the accelerator pedal held in a constant position of low engine speed, with the clutch pedal held in a partially depressed position, the engine speed may increase. The vehicle could accelerate unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reprogram the vehicle's engine management control unit to correct this concern. This recall began during September 2004.

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2004 BMW X5 Questions and Answers

jtov, 2004 BMW X5, V8, Draper, UT

Anyone know what the problem is when the warning light comes on that says "suspension level inact" the car returns to its lowered position. I am hoping it is not costly to repair.


carlrob, 2004 BMW X5, 4.4L V8, Mckinney, TX

My x5 4.4l smokes from both tailpipes only after being fully warm and idling for a few minutes. Could it be PCV?

carlrob, 2004 BMW X5, 4.4L V8, Mckinney, TX

When traveling from 30 to 50, the transmission acts like it wants to shift, but only (hiccups). Any ideas?

carlrob, 2004 BMW X5, Mckinney, TX

Where do I find the PCV valve on the 4.4L?

Snappmoney, 2004 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, Norristown, PA

So far my air conditioning has been great since I got the vehicle in late 2008. Just Monday morning, my air conditioner STOPPED blowing cool/cold air! It continues to blow when I turn it on; its ju...

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2004 BMW X5 Reviews

my 2004 x 5 looks great, but so many problems at only 58k .this may be my last bmw.

2004 x5 4.2 has many minor issues around 100K despite regular routine maintenance. Blower fan running right now despite having parked in the drive a 7:30 p, great riding mobile.

This vehicle is my life line when it comes to my occupation. I am so impressed with the reliability! I have 155,000 miles and counting. It is still like a new car

Fantastic car. Especially love the tailgate on this model. Drives like a dream in rain & snow.

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