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The BMW X6 luxury crossover went on sale in April 2008 as a 2009 model year. BMW referes to the X6 as a Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) as it combines the attributes of an SUV (high ground clearance, xDrive and all-weather ability) with the stance, styling and roof line shape of a coupe. The E71 X6 was built off the E70 X5 (2007 - 2013) platform at BMW's Spartanburg, SC plant. Total worldwide sales were just over 235,000, sold mostly to the BRIC countries. US total sales was 34,082 vehicles.

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Old 08-13-2019, 07:31 PM
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Backend suspension concern

I have a 2012 X6 with 77,000 miles. I had some work done at the dealership and they cautioned me that these cars have a tendency to break down and get expensive at about this mileage. Recently, the backend of the car Started to drop. It was like the suspension was faulty. When I would get in the car, the suspension with then return back to its normal level. Recently it stopped going back to its normal level, so the backend is relatively flat/droopy. Has anyone had this problem? Any insight or solutions you might be able to share. Love the car, just wondering if its A money pit moving forward.

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Old 08-13-2019, 07:32 PM
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I have a 2012 X6 with 77,000 miles. I had some work done at the dealership and they cautioned me that these cars have a tendency to break down and get expensive at about this mileage. Recently, the backend of the car Started to drop. It was like the suspension was faulty. When I would get in the car, the suspension with then return back to its normal level. Recently it stopped going back to its normal level, so the backend is relatively flat/droopy. Has anyone had this problem? Any insight or solutions you might be able to share. Love the car, just wondering if its A money pit moving forward.



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Johnawe


Air suspension bags. Replace with Arnott. First thought.


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Old 08-13-2019, 07:47 PM
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Baby Unicorn Taco, I watched a video on the replacement of the rear air suspension spring. It seems a little complicated to do on my own, any guesstimate on what the cost would be at an import auto specialist? I like to avoid taking it to a dealer garage unless you think that's the best bet. In your opinion, Does the X6 Have a reputation of becoming high maintenance as it ages? My thought is to fix this, and then either trade in the car or get rid of it, but I'm torn because I like the car. Your thoughts are appreciated
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:34 AM
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BMWs in general will cost more as it ages but if you keep up with it or DIY itís not bad. Some depends on what engine you have. As far as the airbags are concerned, if thatís your issue then it is a pretty straightforward DIY job but a capable mechanic could also do it. Does not have to be a dealer. Air suspension bags on my X5 went out at 80,000 miles and have not again since. 160,000 now.


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A shop will probably charge 1 hour of labor per side. Plus parts.


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Old 08-14-2019, 07:33 AM
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Thank you

Baby Unicorn Taco,

I just wanted to Thank you for your insight. Youíre awesome and I appreciate your help!

Have a great day!

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Old 08-14-2019, 10:43 AM
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Looks like $800 all in with tax to replace both air suspension springs, with Arnott. The mechanic agreed that it would be one hour per side. Thanks again.
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Looks like $800 all in with tax to replace both air suspension springs, with Arnott. The mechanic agreed that it would be one hour per side. Thanks again.


$800 is a lot for that job. The springs are only about $125 each.


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