BMW X5 xDrive Repair and Maintenance
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BMW X5 xDrive ProblemsCheck Engine Light with Code P30FF and Rattle from Engine
The BMW X5 xDrive35i turbo engine suffers from waste gate issues which become progressively worse with normal driving and especially with harsh driving conditions.
The turbocharger uses exhaust gas to create air pressure which is then forced into the engine. When there is no demand for power, the exhaust gases are released into the exhaust through a waste gate to prevent the turbo from speeding up.
“Waste gate rattle” or “Turbo rattle” is a result of excessive movement between the waste gate and the waste gate seat. This is a progressive issue with the following symptoms:
- Rattling at cold start
- Rattling upon deceleration
- Loss of power
- Check Engine Light Illumination
- Manufacturer Specific OBD trouble code P30FF
- Very poor engine performance and MPG
Adjustment of the waste gate actuator can solve the issue, but the issue will return. If adjustment does not correct the issue, the turbocharger waste gate must be rebuilt with new bushings, or the turbocharger must be replaced. BMW has replaced many turbocharger assemblies under warranty to correct this issue.
BMW X5 xDrive QuestionsWater in oil (1 answer)
Engine overheated. Oil doesn't look right?
Cooling fan came on repeatedly, then it said it was hot. Shut off engine. No leaks coming from it
The cost is $18,000ish and $19,000ish with a 36/36 warranty? I check CarFax for the history. Shows it was a lease and had 3 prior owners. Each kept the maintenance up. No history of accidents or concerns. Is this a good buy?
BMW X5 xDrive RecallsFuel Leaks And Vehicle Stalls From In Tank Fuel Pump Wiring Concern
The in-tank fuel pump may have wire contacts that are not properly crimped, resulting in the wiring connector melting, fuel leakage and vehicle stalling. Dealers will replace the fuel pump module free of charge to resolve the concern.
The driver's frontal air bag inflator may not be welded properly and may separate upon air bag deployment. This would cause metal fragments to strike occupants, causing injury or death. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.
The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator or air bag module free of charge to resolve the concern.