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BMW X5 Water Pump May Develop Coolant Leak

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: 61,291 mi (30,000 mi - 110,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 54,500 mi

    The 2008 X5 3.0L started to sound like a jet engine with the super loud fan noise.

    I thought the car was going to blow up.

    Took the car in for repair, and luckily the engine hadn't overheated yet.

    They found that the water pump was faulty, which caused the wiring to burn out, and caused damage to the fuse box.

    If I had driven the car any more, it would have caused significant damage to the engine of the vehicle.

    After the $1400 repair for water pump, thermostat, and the fuse box wiring, I found out there is a recall for only the V8 - V12 engines for this car???? (just type in "2008 BMW X5 water pump recall" on google)

    I find it very strange that they would only recall the other engines that are not as popular when the 6 cylinder has more cars on the road.

    Also, I just found out there is another recall "DMTL Pump" which causes the engine light to turn on and cause system failures. (This prevented me from getting my emissions passed)

    After speaking to several BMW reps, they informed me the recalls only occur when a sufficient number of people complain about it. 1-800-525-7417

    Hopefully, we can get enough people with the problems to raise this issue with BMW.

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

    My 2009 (year not listed in the box above, so I had to pick that 2008) X5 just had the water pump replaced yesterday (Nov 31, 2013) as it started all of a sudden to produce loud noise from the fan blowing at the top speed the day before. I looked at the coolant and it was well below the min level; the car just had had a brake service a couple of weeks ago and I would assume they would have topped off the coolant. The cost of the replacement was over $1200. I wonder if the low coolant level cause the pump to fail. I was told there was no leaking of coolant. Haveing read many reports on the web about the X5 water pump problem, I think it's a shame that BMW's product should have this persistent quality problem. Is there any way we can bring the complaint to the BMW management?

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  • Visitor, , 4.4L V8, 110,000 mi

    waterpump bearing making noise coolent from sensor or expansiontank possibly a hose. needs a tune up

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  • Visitor, , 6 Cylinder, 66,000 mi

    Same thing

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 46,000 mi

    water pump failure caused overheated engine and stranded on freeway!

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 74,000 mi

    Cooling fan started running at top speedn, high temp warning came on, car went into safe mode and reduced speed, got home and parked it. My mechanic picked up today and let me know we had low coolant, resevoir had a leak and water pump is bad. No estimate to repair yet.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 33,000 mi

    My car only has 33000 miles and already has this problem.It cost me too much money to have it replaced.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 56,000 mi

    water pump and thermostat had to be replaced- car overheated

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 41,782 mi

    Replaced water pump and thermostat on my 2009 X5 with only 41k miles. No coolant leaks, just overheated and shut down. Total cost including the tow was $1423.00.

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  • Visitor, , 6 Cylinder, 90,000 mi

    Engine overheatind... Bad water pump!!!!!!

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