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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Feb-27-2019, 01:36:19 AM   #1
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I'm looking at purchasing a 2011 X5 M Sport. While looking underneath the car, there is a minor oil stain on a cover for something (see pic). Any X5 owners have any ideas?



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I have a 2010 X5 Msport, there have been so many oil leaks, it is a siv. Off the top of my head...oil cooler gasket (behind alternator), vanos control oil rings, vacuum pump o-ring, oil temp sensor, valve cover gaskets, and oil pan gasket. And don't even get me started on coolant/cooling system, or transmission.

Granted my engine is different than the 2011 post LCI, I wouldn't touch a modern BMW out of warranty ever again. Many people come to me for recommendations on cars, and I say that same thing to all of them.
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I'm looking at purchasing a 2011 X5 M Sport. While looking underneath the car, there is a minor oil stain on a cover for something (see pic). Any X5 owners have any ideas?



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I think its a fluid leak.
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Old Wed, Feb-27-2019, 04:26:52 PM   #4
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I have a 2010 X5 Msport, there have been so many oil leaks, it is a siv. Off the top of my head...oil cooler gasket (behind alternator), vanos control oil rings, vacuum pump o-ring, oil temp sensor, valve cover gaskets, and oil pan gasket. And don't even get me started on coolant/cooling system, or transmission.

Granted my engine is different than the 2011 post LCI, I wouldn't touch a modern BMW out of warranty ever again. Many people come to me for recommendations on cars, and I say that same thing to all of them.
Shoulda gotten the diesel
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Shoulda gotten the diesel
Quick question...are the diesel's really terrible? Have a reasonably low mileage 2011 X5d available near me for a good price, but most research has pointed me to stay away from the M57Y. Mainly...too many parts/sensors that are simply too expensive and difficult to work on...make the E46 M3 look easy.

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Quick question...are the diesel's really terrible? Have a reasonably low mileage 2011 X5d available near me for a good price, but most research has pointed me to stay away from the M57Y. Mainly...too many parts/sensors that are simply too expensive and difficult to work on...make the E46 M3 look easy.
We just had this discussion in OT.

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Looked in OT forum...searched "diesel" and only found the "what SUV to buy for wife" thread. Sorry to drag this through totally off topic here.

No specifics on problems with BMW diesels...can you point me there? I'm generally focused on 2011-2013 X5, with a little effort and time can find good 70k mile examples around $15-16k. OTOH, also considering making the ~10k leap to a 2014/15 X5 for ~$25k, save some money on gas (better mileage all around). Plan to keep it until I run it into the ground or it breaks my bank account, whichever comes first.
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That picture does very little to help you with your oil leak. Put the car up in the air and remove the underbody covers. Then go from there. Also you dont mention what engine..
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It's the emissions systems that fail mostly. I live in a no emissions state so when the expensive components fail, the truck is getting a delete + tune. I prefer the diesel SUV for towing vs pickup which is why I went with the X5. Newer gen has the new engine and better transmission.

So far ownership 93k-118k I've replaced two rear self leveling airbags, a thermostat, and changed oil. I have a leaking high pressure PS line, need to do a transmission service, replace engine mounts, fix driver's side heated seat, and some more general maintenance.
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Shoulda gotten the diesel
I was actually looking specifically for one when I impulse bought this Msport because it had every option and was in what appeared to be perfect condition. 18 months down the line I parked it for almost a year to do all the repairs.

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So far ownership 93k-118k I've replaced two rear self leveling airbags, a thermostat, and changed oil. I have a leaking high pressure PS line, need to do a transmission service, replace engine mounts, fix driver's side heated seat, and some more general maintenance.
Yep, done all those things as well! What a POS. It sure is pretty though!
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