BMW X5 Issues

Craigavon, UK

#1 Sep 3, 2008

I would like some advice with regards to some issues I have had with a new shape BMW X5.

I took delivery of the X5 last May after owning the previous shape X5 which I loved.

The problems I have had are:

- rusting roof rails
- rear door handles sticking when open
- parking brake issue - took three visits to the dealer to correct.
- gear selector warning lights issue - still not resolved
- all parking sensors have had to be replaced
- washer system not working - took two visits to fix

Now the more alarming issues:

- when turning the steering wheel to the right there it feels like it is rubbing against something - two visits still not fixed.
- run flat tyre ruptured on the motorway. Went to get this repaced and discovered the alloy wheel was cracked - there is not point of impact where the crack started. Whilst it was with the dealer they discover the other rear alloy was cracked

I am now at a point where I want to throw the keys at the dealer and demand a new car.

Has anybody else had issues like this?


London, UK

#2 Dec 18, 2008
Hi, despite what many are saying regarding BMW alloys cracking due to pot hole etc it is actually a result of the tyre being driven on flat as soon as there has no air the tyre will rapidly heat up, a conventional tyre would break up and allow this heat to disperse however the runflat tyres dont and as a result the alloy wheels are heated to a point in whick they crack this is a very common problem throughout the bmw range . the tyres must be regulary check for pressure the tyre monitoring rpa system can only detect a sudden lose of air and as tyres loose air over time without having punctures its not easy to see if a runflat tyre is low on pressure
Derek Kent UK

Birmingham, UK

#3 Mar 15, 2009
Just reading your comments on cracking wheels i have had 3 wheels replaced at BMWs cost.
I am running 20 inch Y spoke on a 07 X5 with 40,000 miles on i had the bullshit about pot holes when my wheels were replaced there was no damage
to the alloys bar the crack on the inside BMW have to except this a manufacturing fault i am not leaving it alone till they do???
please forward any info on this issue or contact me on below email
[email protected]


#4 Oct 7, 2009
Hi. Can I chat to you about this??

[email protected]
Bob Stockport

Glasgow, UK

#5 Oct 27, 2009
What would a new x5 wing mirror cost anybody?
Dave m

Manchester, UK

#6 Nov 11, 2009
I have an e60 540 with the 19 inch double spoke 172 spider alloys 6 months ago I thought I puncture I'm not using runflats by the way, when tyre fitter removed tyre found no puncture but found a crack in the alloy wheel on the inside edge of wheel goin into where the tyre bead seals hence why the tyre was going down slowly. The alloy was also deformed slightly so as I thought pothole etc so I didn't speak to dealers about it I just purchased a new genuine alloy , last week I had a puncture nail in tyre on other side rear when fitter took of repair puncture there were to similar cracks no other damage or signs of impact crack nearly into bead were tyre seals again !!! Onto dealers now and there has recently been a watchdog program on tv about poor quality of BMW alloys so here we go again at loggerheads with BMW I bet yet again !!!!


#7 Nov 11, 2009
I have just had the same thing on the front alloy of an E60 M5. Replacement rims are 795. There are no replacements in the UK or Germany showing on the dealers spares computer!!
I am going to get mine welded if there is no distortion. I have never hit a pot hole or hit a kerb - these are not run flats either. There is no alternative other than repair, I am not going to buy non OEM. Thanks BMW.

London, UK

#8 Nov 14, 2009
Hi can you help me I the BMW television in my car now that everything is going digital is their a mod you can get to convert to digital.

Thank you


Thank you

abby hussain

Leicester, UK

#9 Feb 3, 2010
I have just paid 32k for 57 reg x5,As i was bringing the car home from dealers my tyes needed air then two days later again when i took to get checked the alloy (Y SPOKE) WAS CRACKED.I have told dealer to fix the problem but they will not.they are saying once i leave there showroom not there problem.
ANY ADVICE,[email protected]

Aberdeen, UK

#10 Feb 4, 2010
Hi can you help me I have purchased an X5 last year which included a television with the computer and GPS, etc, now that everything has gone digital is their a mod you can get to convert it to digital television, when I last spoke to BMW they said good question I have heard nothing back form BMW..
Thank you

Brackley, UK

#11 Feb 21, 2010
my 55plate x5 was pulling to the left - took it to the dealer, who told me that i had cracked the alloy, and possibly damaged the driving column, i hadnt hit anything - but guessed i must have some time back - wheel + driving column =, i was grateful that the new alloy rectified the problem, however, now, reading above sounds like i shouldnt have paid for the wheel either. I had a 535d touring prior to the X5, and for some reason the tyre wear on the x5 is ++++ more than the 535d (which i had dms chipped). Has anyone else noticed the excessive wear of tyres, and punctures - again, my wife and I have put the punctures down to the nature of the 'school run' we live in a remote village. However, we also own a ML, which we use for the same amount of driving on the same route - and to date it hasnt had a puncture nor the need to change any tyres in the same 12 month period ?? [email protected]
Michael Johnson

Deer Park, TX

#12 May 3, 2010
I recently tried to install two different LED tail light assemblies but the tail lights won't illuminate. The brake lights, turn signals and backup lights work fine though. When I check the voltage for the tail lights, there is only 3.9VDC which so happens to illuminate the OEM tail lights. Any idea why the new LED lights don't work?
jason k

Maidstone, UK

#14 Nov 5, 2011
can someone plz give me advice; i have a 55 plate x5 and recently changed the rear tyres size from 235/65/17 to 265/65/17 and as soon as i did i lost all traction control. when i changed them back to the original 235/65/17 the traction control was as normal.

my question is, is there any sencors that have to be re-set in order to put wider tyres on the rear of the car and if so how do i go about re-settingt them.

many thanks, Jason

London, UK

#15 Jan 11, 2013
Bob Stockport wrote:
What would a new x5 wing mirror cost anybody?
mine cost 300+

Carmel, IN

#16 May 13, 2013
Jon: I do not own an X5 because when I did my research on SUV's the X5 was too often listed as a "Worst Pick". The problems you describe were mentioned in this and other forums. Looks good, drives good, but she's a hangar queen to be avoided. The X5 is a lemon! Save the hate mail please. Instead, do your own research, come to your own conclusions. The massive depreciation says it all.

Nottingham, UK

#17 Feb 24, 2014
Hi I seem to have a slight delay when pulling out of a junction in my 54 plate bmw x5 diesel just wondered if anyone has any ideas why

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