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BMW X5 Window Fails to Open or Close

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

Average Mileage: 100,425 mi (45,500 mi - 137,000 mi)


Door window fails to open or close. This is a very common problem with these BMWs.

You will need to replace the window regulator to fix this. Same problem and solution for all windows. 

  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    2001 X5 4.4, I replaced all four regulators over 2 1/2 years. The driver side went out 2 times. Have a tip to save money on regulator replacement. Call a local auto glass replacement company. I saved $ 205.00 from my shop mechanics's price. They came to me and did the work at my work. the did it in 1-1/2 hours. Much more convenient.

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  • bull_john13, , 100,000 mi

    Window wont open or close. Problem: Window actuator broken. Solution: disassembly of door & replacement of actuator. I've done 3 of these. The front doors were 550/each,at 50K, 75K. The rear at 100K was $700

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  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    I am still have to deal with this problem. AS long as I don't roll the window all the way DOWN, then I can roll it back up to close. But if it goese all the way down, it gets stuck. I am planning to replace the LF window regulator soon

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  • Visitor, , 45,500 mi

    I've had all four window regulators repaired at least 2-times and two of them 3-times. Cost me approximatelley $400 everytime except the first time when it was repaired under warranty.

    45k, 57k, 60k, 65k, 95k, 110k, 167k

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  • Visitor, , 118,500 mi

    Front passenger window made a loud grinding sound going up and down. Took it back to dealer and they bought a $40 part on ebay and had a windshield installation guy pull the door apart and replace whatever piece was broken.

    Sorry I don't know the name of the part, but whatever they did fixed it. And the repair cost THEM much less than what many people are charged.

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  • Wholeo1955, , 132,000 mi

    I also have had to replace three of the four, so it's maybe just me I am the only one that uses the vehicle and these fail all by themselves, if they were used all the time I would understand why!!!! But when they only get lowered a little bit in warm weather and just 5 times a year at the most and yes 550 - 675 a range they will not explane why the

    difference in prices

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  • aayeni80, , 137,000 mi

    Coolant leak, oil leak, window not coming up.

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  • Visitor, , 75,000 mi

    driver side window goes down but wont go up. rear driver side window wont go down at all. no crunching sound heard.

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  • Visitor,

    Replaced at 45k, 57k, 80k,...miles. Have changed at least 10 regulators, 2x each on rear doors and 3x each on front doors.Over $3,800 spent on regulators, two covered under warranty, at 195k miles now.

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  • Visitor, , 101,100 mi

    Driver side front and passanger side rear window regulators failed and needed to be replaced.

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