I purchased a new 2013 BMW X5 5.0i xDrive with the N64 Engine. I have had the following problems
1. Excessive Exhaust Smoke due to oil leaking through the valve guides.
2. OIL LEAKS due to the upper oil pan leaking
Both problems started at 48,000 miles ( I now have 53,000 miles). BMW Service refused to repair the problems because the vehicle was out of warranty.
BMW Dealer Service told me the following;
Value guide repair is $8,000. Possibly more.
Upper Oil Pan Repair is $3,200.
$11,200 in Repair for a low mileage vehicle is insane. Vehicles with this low of mileage should NOT be leaking and burning OIL for any reason. This is a design flaw in BMWs engineering, they should fix it.
xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
We bought this care used with low miles (30k) and unfortunately have had nothing but problems. It is constantly burning oil and we were told by the BMW dealer that “these 4.4L engines do this”. We literally burn through 4-5 quarts a month. Little did we know that there is now a class action lawsuit against BMW for this problem and BMW has agreed to settle for a $1000 credit towards the purchase of a new BMW. Ridiculous.
We have had so many problems in the past two years owning it...and have easily spent $6000+ on repairs in past 18 months. When it works it is literally a rocket ship and has every whistle and bell you can think of...but unfortunate this is by far the most unreliable vehicle that we have ever owned (this was our 3rd BMW...but first used one). I would be very unlikely to ever by another BMW after the experience with the xDrive5.0i 4.4L. X5. It’s an $80k car that is probably worth about $10k. Can’t warn people enough to stay away. I think I will stick with Mercedes from now on.
Update: Eventually The burning of oil in the oil loss became so bad we took it into another dealer. At this point they said it needed a new engine. And this was based upon the class action lawsuit regarding this engine. Unfortunately since the vehicle now had 70,000 miles on it, We would have to pay for the majority of it. Even though we started reporting it at 30,000 miles. If the vehicle and 30,000 miles on it when they said it needed a new engine, we would’ve gotten it for free. Still very distrustful of BMW. Both their dealers and corporate. We spoke to corporate who essentially said there was nothing they could do, which is A complete lie. We have documented evidence of us taking it to BMW dealers for service starting at 30,000 miles complaining of smoke coming out of the car and burning oil at a ridiculous rate. Too bad Bmw wouldn’t step up. We did get a new engine but had to pay over $3000 of it ourselves in addition to all the repairs that we’ve paid for issues related to the engine over the past three years. Even after the engine was replaced Bmw gave us an estimated trade-in value of like $12,000. On an $80,000 car with 70k miles on it. Ridiculous. Hope this new engine doesn’t turn around and feel like the last one.
Very over-rated, rough, not luxurious, safety
xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
After owning 15 cars over 9 brands, I wanted to try BMW. Unfortunately, it is a big disappointment. X5 5.0 plus is acceleration (it has the best acceleration among the cars I owned. The rest is disappointment: the ride is harsh (reviews praise it for good feel of the road, but it feels like nearly no suspension, after a while it feels punishing), it is very noisy (it sounds like 1970s cars or old delivery vehicles), the layout of the features is ridiculous (yes, you can learn which feature is where but any time you forget, you have to think hard where it was), it is very difficult to drive precisely (you release the breaks and the car jumps, moving forward by 2-3" is close to impossible), reliability is not good (we right away went back to the dealer with malfunctioning hatch, the light staying on, the lift mechanism broke, the battery drains at a crazy pace), the running boards make it extremely difficult for me to get into the car (I am above 6') and very uncomfortable for my wife (5'4"). The position of "Park" on the shift knob makes driving this car a big safety hazard: in all other cars you put the knob forward to "Park", but this car has "Rear Drive". When tired, the well-learned behavior kicks in: you push the know to the end and the cur starts going backward. I twice nearly hit two people, my wife has done it twice. I would bet that many serious accidents/injuries have happened and maybe even people got killed. I am going back to Lexus or Mercedes SUV. Sorry but after 1.5 years of owning it, I only convinced myself how bad this car is.