Water Pump May Develop Coolant Leak on BMW X5

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.

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Average mileage: 71,624 (13,300–170,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 4.4L V8, 4.6L V8, 4.8L V8, 6 Cylinder, V8
9 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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2005 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 114,000 mi,
While stuck in traffic on a cool evening, I heard a loud pop and then while smoke or steam poured out of the engine. There was no warning from the temperature gauge. The cause of the problem was the reservoir canister which cracked and spilled out the remaining coolant and water. Before this event, the dashboard only sent out one or two warnings regarding "check coolant level". I replaced the coolant and water. The engine has had two episode in which it started to sputter and run sluggish. It sent out a "Service Engine Soon" light. The X5 couldn't drive faster than 60 MPH and had a loss of power. Once the light shut off, the car returned back to normal. Currently, I have to replace the coolant/water daily. It requires less than previously, but this must be checked daily. I already went through 2 gallons of coolant/water in two weeks. The light has indicated the coolant level is low. Any suggestions what is going on with the engine. There is also a slight puddle of fluid underneath the vehicle. It seems to have a small leak somewhere. Hopefully, this leak is not the water pump. I'm not sure where to start as cost is a major issue right now.
2008 BMW X5 - 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.
2008 BMW X5 - 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?
2007 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 56,000 mi,
water pump and thermostat had to be replaced- car overheated
2008 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 70,000 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, water pump is bad. Part is made out of plastic
2002 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 90,000 mi,
Check engine light came on and I took it in to get checked. They noticed that the water pump was about to come off and had to replace water pump. Seems a very common problem. Just glad engine didn't overheat and cost me more money. Should be a recall on this as if engine seizes while on highway it can be very dangerous.
2008 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 80,000 mi,
replaced water pump and thermostat and hoses but coolant is currently leaking
2003 BMW X5 - 4.4L V8 110,000 mi,
waterpump bearing making noise coolent from sensor or expansiontank possibly a hose. needs a tune up
2008 BMW X5 - 6 Cylinder 66,000 mi,
Same thing
2008 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 46,000 mi,
water pump failure caused overheated engine and stranded on freeway!
2008 BMW X5 - 4.8L V8 72,000 mi,
My x5 bmw 4.8i leak green liquid
2008 BMW X5 - 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.
2008 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 112,450 mi,
Engine overheated was told water pump and circuit board to include thermostat a $1400 dollar repair
2008 BMW X5 - 4.8L V8 69,000 mi,
2009 X5 for me. Was leaking coolant and light kept coming on. Water pump needed replacing. $900
2008 BMW X5 - 6 Cylinder 30,000 mi,
2011 X5 3.5L twin booster 6 cylinder - 30,000 miles - engine overheated out of nowhere, reduced speed/prevented acceleration and immediately after stopped completely. Needed new water pump, thermostat, hoses, screen, bolts, antifreeze system.... $1,700! Sounds much more expensive than the rest of you here, maybe because of location or year of service (April 2015).
2008 BMW X5 - 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.
2007 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder
Engine light on warning and then big loud fan
2008 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder 75,000 mi,
Coolant light came on and after filling coolant, noticed low idling engine. Turned out to need coolant pump replacement as well as some other tangential parts needing replacement.
2008 BMW X5 - 3.0L 6 Cylinder
X5 with 54,000 miles. Water pump broke....took to BMW....$1973!
2008 BMW X5 - V8 70,000 mi,
This is actually a 2009 E70. Water pump, expansion tank, alternator all failed at the same time. Replaced water pump, expansion tank, all coolant hoses, caps etc., alternator (220 AMP), battery, drive belt all for $2350 at a non-dealer shop.