Distributed in the United States from model years 2007-2013, the BMW e70 X5 is a mid-sized crossover Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV). This model of Bimmer replaced the popular e53 X5, and featured a wealth of new upgrades. These included a double-wishbone suspension, third-row seating, and the state-of-the-art iDrive system. As with any new model of vehicle, there are sure to be some inherent bugs. In the case of the e70, there were a few common problems, including:
Bouncy, noisy suspension: This model of Bimmer utilizes the double-wishbone suspension and has been known to be bouncy or noisy, even on relatively smooth roads.
Transmission shifting problems: At around 50 mph, or during long drives or commutes, some Bimmers will not be able to shift into higher gears. Letting the engine cool will sometimes solve this problem.
Rear-view and top-view camera malfunctions: Even though a camera is working fine, the iDrive system may say that a camera is malfunctioning. Also, some camera mounts will become lose or fail completely.
Noisy cabin: Some owners have noticed cracking and popping noises coming from the climate system, especially when the AC is running.
iDrive failures: Controlling the climate, navigation and communication, the iDrive is integral to the BMW experience. In some e70s the iDrive malfunctions with faulty error messages, unwarranted resets and more.
For those owners who have Bimmers exhibiting problems such as this, we recommend visiting an independent German import service technician for assistance. They will have the experience and know-how to get your X5 E-70 back on the road.
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