2005 BMW X5 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 BMW X5

2005 BMW X5 Problems

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.

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.

The front thrust rod bushingsalso referred to as tension strut bushingsare 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.

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2005 BMW X5 Questions

My X5 won't turn on. I turn the key and the motor doesn't start only lights turn on

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I need your assistance how to fix the problem on my BMW X5 E53 2005, experienced display on the dasboard "4x4 DSC in active" and engine fail safe mode. the signal will dissapear if engine stop and remove the ignition key.
I have change the transmission electronic module but d...

I replaced the tires and it helped but it didn't fix all of the vibration. I found evidence of grease loss around the front CV joints but i am not hearing the loud clunk when turning that is associated with CV joint failures . Does this sound like a wheel bearing problem ?I am not getting any...

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2005 BMW X5 Recalls

Certain aftermarket BMW bike carriers, P/N 82110393954, sold for use on 2005 BMW X3 and X5 vehicles. A pinch bolt exists between the bike arm bracket and the upright assembly of the hitch style bicycle rack. When moving the bike arm bracket to its down position, the pinch point has the potential of causing severe injury to the users finger or hand. BMW will provide a repair kit and instructions on repair.  The campaign # is 07E069000

 

Certain passenger vehicles may have been built with incorrectly manufactured transmission guide plate part. This may cause the parking  lock system to not activate when the transmission is placed in park. If the vehicle is parked on an incline and the parking brake is not engaged the vehicle may roll away causing an accident. The dealer will repair and replace the automatic transmission guide plate free of charge. The campaign # is 05V504000

On certain sport utility vehicles, the left front brake line bracket was not welded properly and may come loose resulting in brake line rubbing and possibly bursting. This will result in the loss of braking and could lead to an accident. Dealer will re-attach the brake line support bracket free of charge. The BMW campaign # is 05V367000

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2005 BMW X5 Reviews

Good car so far when it come engine and driving but sensors go off like crazy. Luckily my hubby learn to read code himself and understand the car but otherwise might be in the dealer. Must sensor were false alarms. Costly when in need of repair. Glad we have the opportunity to own a BMW but might be our last due to high repair cost and ton of unneeded sensors. BMW makes them complicated to repa...

This car looks pretty good, and handles well in the rain (what little we have seen) and snow (in the mountains). It's a comfortable on the open road, and carries quite a bit of gear. No problems at all with this very low-mileage vehicle (7.5K per year). In fact, I don't believe this '05 X-5 is even broken in yet. City driving mileage pathetic at 15mpg, and we've sen 20+ on the freeways. My...

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