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BMW X5 Check Engine Light and/or Engine Overheating

BMW X5 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Engines Affected: 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 4.4L V8, 4.8L V8, 6 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 80,323 mi (45,000 mi - 130,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor,

    I am so disappointed in the x5. So many times have my wife and I had to rely upon our Honda because of this malfunctioning "luxury" vehicle. If you are thinking about buying a BMW, don't...unless you have money to waste. This car has been in and out of the shop all year. First the ac would not work on one side, then it stalled at my wife's work due to computer problems. Last month we had to have the radiator replaced (two thousand dollars) and yesterday I was left stranded on the side of the road because it states the temperature was too high. My 95 Honda is much more reliable than a 2008 BMW, and I state that with all honesty. I barely got this dissapointing vehicle back to my garage today and I will keep you posted on the outcome.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 55,000 mi

    I purchased my 2008 BMW from Carmax on August 2012. Since then I have had so many issues with the car. In the beginning, the brakes were squeaking, the steering was tough. I had that repaired. On february 2013, the car was leaking the antifreeze; I had to get that repaired. Carmax stated it needed a new hose which was normal wear and tear and it could not be covered under my extended warranty. That was a total of $500.00 for a hose! On May 1, 2013, my car just randomly pops up stating my car is overheating and I need to pull over. No warning prior to that and about 10 seconds after the message displayed, my just shuts down. I had to get it towed to Carmax. Carmax stated it was a "thermostat" issue and that they would run a full diagnostic on it. After running a full diagnostic, they stated there wasn't anything wrong with the car and I shouldn't expect any more problems at all from it. The car then was ready for pickup on May 8th. Yesterday, May 22nd, my engine light comes on. I contacted Carmax and being as though my car was recently in the shop two weeks ago, I would of expected them to tell me to bring my car in immediately. Their response was, my car can't be seen until May 31st! This is the 4th issue in 8 months! This car is a bad purchase and I would not recommend it to anyone.

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  • gatoolman, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 57,000 mi

    2009 x5. AC stopped blowing cold on passanger side at 53000. Over heated at 57000. After seeing these postings with the exact same problem BMW needs to make things right

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  • Visitor, , 4.8L V8, 101,800 mi

    Engine light on due to bad thermostat.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 47,000 mi

    overheated, towed to dealership was told water pump failure to delivery the coolant, Replaced under warranty. But 1 month later.. engine light come/stay on, took to dealership, was told oxygen sensor went bad..will have it replace when part come in. Not sure what next... I will trade this junk in as soon as they fixed the problem. I am very disappointed BMW grand now.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 61,000 mi

    Car overheated, slowed and stopped. Towed to the dealership, was told water pump was not pushing coolant thru the system "fast enough"
    Was told I need to repace pump and thermostat for 1700.00

    I gotta do it...

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  • Visitor, , 4.8L V8

    Oil leak around engine. Plus coolant leak area unknow.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 115,000 mi

    Besides all the other problems truck overheated and now I'm screwed.over engineered junk

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 60,000 mi


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  • Baba Yaga, , 4.4L V8, 100,000 mi


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