Report: Water Pump May Develop Coolant Leak
BMW X5 Problem
Engine Affected: 3.0L 6 Cylinder
Average Mileage: 57,231 mi (30,000 mi - 105,000 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, 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.
Visitor, 2007 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 56,000 mi
water pump and thermostat had to be replaced- car overheated
Visitor, 2008 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 46,000 mi
water pump failure caused overheated engine and stranded on freeway!
Visitor, 2008 BMW X5, 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.
Visitor, 2008 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 58,335 mi
Coolant light came on. Replaced coolant. Leaked. Going to shop tomorrow.
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2008 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 47,000 mi
The water pump failed on my 2008 BMW X5@ 47000 miles. There is a recall for 2010 and for those with other engines but unfortunately not mine. I have put in a complaint with NHTSA.gov. Maybe other readers can add their complaints too and force BMW to fix the problem. It costs approximately $1300 to fix
Visitor, 2008 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 49,760 mi
Same problem, overheating indicators led to water pump failure diagnosis. After giving BMW $1,100, the problem was fixed.
Visitor, 2008 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 58,000 mi
Same exact problem. First, yellow light came on indicating overheat. Then the RED sign came on, telling me to STOP DRIVING. took it to the shop. After $1200, it was the water pump and thermostat changed also.
this is a weakness BMW should have addressed... such a low mileage !
Visitor, 2008 BMW X5, 3.0L 6 Cylinder, 53,000 mi
Same problem just as described above