2012 BMW X5 SAV Power Train Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2012 BMW X5 SAV Power Train Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID1133986
 Internal NHTSA #10659874
 ManufacurerBMW of North America, LLC
 BrandBMW
 ModelX5 SAV
 Model Year2012
 File date30/07/14
 ComponentPOWER TRAIN
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemPurchased new 2012 x 5 in august 2011. In july 2014 car vibrated on turns in steering column and thought is was the new tires, they said it was the circumference on one of the tires, installed new set. Still the vibration occurred.... Turns out is transfer case and $6200. 00. They covered all but 1300. 00 of mine at the dealer level. Friend bought same vehicle in october 2011 same dealer and i explained problem to her and she had the same symptoms and almost identical mileage. Her transfer case also bad the same month mine was. She had to fight with bmw because she had over 75,000. At first her assistance on the replacement was denied, then after calls she actually had all but 500. 00ish paid. Dealer said they rarely had to replace a transfer case and it was a fluke- we didn't think so. Fast forward, both cars now 10,000 miles later each ( november 2014)"smoke" upon starting if they sit for a few days (the "steam" cloud is huge). We both had to add oil which they say is normal after an oil change less than 7000 miles ago. Dealer says it is normal on the oil addition and normal smoke- condensation- this time we took them in the same day and had them sit over the weekend. People jump back from mine because they are scared! Now a week later, both smell of antifreeze when left running a few minutes parked with the heat on. Too many coincidences. This is my third bmw- but first time with problems. Just read online about other transfer case issues with that model year. We believe as these models age, and people have more miles ( we are both realtors so we have very high mileage) this transfer case will fail. I believe it is a faulty part and needs to be recalled. At the rate we drive we will need another transfer case in 2 yrs.
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure74900
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateSTELLA, NC
VIN pattern 5UXZV4C59CLXXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?N
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase22/09/19
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesN
Cruise controlN
Number of cylinders6
Drive train typeAWD
Transmission type
 Vehicle speed5
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 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
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  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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