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

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Old 10-06-2012, 08:29 AM
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Steering Wheel Vibration when Idling and in Drive

Hi all,

I recently traded a 2007 X3 for a 2009 X5 with 65k km on it. I have noticed a slight vibration of the steering wheel when idling and in drive (e.g. stopped at a traffic light with foot on the brake). The vibration goes away upon moving. Also, there is no vibration when in park. A mechanic associated with the dealership that I bought the X5 from told me this is normal but I have a hard time believing this. Do you guys have any clue as to what might be causing this?

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:41 AM
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Is the vibration coming from the engine?
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:14 AM
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Is the vibration coming from the engine?
The engine sounds normal to me and no vibration is felt when it is in Park with engine running. I hope this answers your question.
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:32 PM
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When the AC ("Cooling function button") is off, there is no vibration.
Today was a colder day. I turned the AC off and noticed that there was no abnormal steering wheel vibration at all!
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:24 AM
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Hi there, I am experiencing the same vibration issue with my 2009 twin turbo. I have just put it down to the diesel engines harsher idle, particularly when in drive when there is load on the drivetrain. If anyone has a solution, here's two people that would love to hear of it!
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:27 AM
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Just discovered that at times, if I turn the AC off and back on, the vibration goes away.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:25 PM
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The vibration went away on its own

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:37 PM
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I felt the vibration in the steering wheel when it started and then took for a test drive. after driving for 20 min, i did not see any vibration....Can anybody help why this would happen.
This is was X5 I want to buy and i only tested once. it is still under factory warranty though
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:53 PM
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Good luck getting 'normal' vibrations fixed under warranty...

Most likely harmonics in the belts/components/engine mounts...as the rpm changes slightly it will either hit or miss the 'harmonic frequency' and you will feel (or not feel) the vibration. Rubber ages, idle speeds move, etc.... or maybe you just get used to it?



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Old 05-21-2013, 07:09 AM
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Are you suggesting I should stay away from this car. This SUV is loaded with good stuff but stuff adaptive drive gives me quiver if something goes wrong just after warranty expires- though I hear a lot of good recommendation for this adaptive drive thing. Thanks for you insight on it
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:37 AM
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Is this at a BMW dealer? Ask them to look into it.

"vbration" can be a total PITA. Even your self assessment that what you felt is "the same vibration" as the OP is hard to assess...
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:41 AM
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At BmW dealership. I called them up and I was told that there is no vibration in steering wheel while in park mode. I would trust this sales person- he agreed it was there last time and said it should be looked at if he sees that again. This vibration was felt she the car started after few days while standing at bmW dealership in their showroom. Should I worry now?
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:55 AM
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what would you be worried about? If the vibration itself bothers you, THAT is the worry.

If your worry is "this will lead to something eles" then you have a warranty for that.

It is the hard to describe, hard to diagnose, expensive to guess/fix vibration that would be the worry...
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