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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 01-13-2013, 04:35 PM
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Smells like wiper fluid...

Hi All,
I picked up a 2012 X5d about a month ago from the performance center in SC. Love everything about it, but had a question for all of the experts. When I clean my windshield using the windshield wiper fluid, I can actually smell the fluid, kind of a windexy like smell inside the car. Is this normal? I thought it was weird the first time, but each time I get the smell and it's pretty strong. Any advise is appreciated. Thanks in advance
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:16 PM
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Yeah this is normal. The cabin intake filter is located under where the hood meets the windshield. Perhaps use a fluid with a better smell?
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:21 PM
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Normal. This happens on most German cars I've owned. Just sprayed the windscreen on the Benz today and got a nice whiff of it. Factory fill wiper fluid has a pretty strong odor (cleans really well too!).
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:46 AM
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Totally normal. My 2012 Audi A6 does this as well.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:17 AM
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switch to recirc and you wont smell
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:09 PM
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Keep in mind the fact that the fluid is being heated also. I'll smell it sometimes when I start the car.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:16 PM
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Like others have stated is normal, for some reason factory fluid is stronger in smell. I personally don't mind it lol
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:48 PM
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It's normal. I like the smell so much that I only fill up with the BMW concentrated fluid. Cleans great also.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:34 PM
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I love the BMW concentrate fluid. Smells like strawberries.

I went and bought myself 50 bottles of that stuff (at $1.50 each). Should last me a while.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:54 AM
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Huh, the factory washer fluid smells like rubbing alcohol to me.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:04 PM
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I love the BMW concentrate fluid. Smells like strawberries.

I went and bought myself 50 bottles of that stuff (at $1.50 each). Should last me a while.
50 bottles? clean much?
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:28 PM
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Now that's an awesome feature. Someone needs to come up with fruity scented washer fluid. Gotta love the 'design' of these cars.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:37 AM
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Leave the recirc in auto. Whenever I try to wash the windshield, it ends up closing the vent automatically. You can actually hear it.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:38 PM
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Good to know this is "normal". However , I can smell the wiper fluid (like rubbing alcohol ) whenever I make a hard right. I thought it might be siphon action from the reservoir or spill over. Has anyone else experienced this?
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