BMW x5 Rear Axle Drive Failure

Asked by Oct 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM about the 2007 BMW X5 3.0si

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi , i am wondering if you can advise me. I have a e70 x5 3.0 Diesel. I upgraded rims
exactly 1 year ago to 20" staggered Vossen rims . Yesterday the Diff broke and i am
in the process of trying to source a new diff .

My mechanic is suggesting that the cause of the diff (rear axle drive)  failure is the
wider Rims and tyres that i had put on. I am not sure since i see the sport package
came with those same sized rims and tyress i used.

Do you agree that the wider rims and tyres caused the diff (rear axle drive)  to fail ?  I
am worried as i dont want the same to happen again.

I will admit that since i upgraded , i normally get the traction light blinking at time when
the road is slightly uneven when accelerating.

If you can advise me i will be very thakful.

Thanks
Khemy

4 Answers

25,005

I don't even want to know what the cost to repair this would be on a BMW. Did your mechanic give you a quote on repairs? Guessing you can afford this, since you saying that you don't want this to happen AGAIN. Best advice I can give you is to stick to OEM specs to avoid issues like this in the future. Wider rims and tires caused this mess.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

What confuses me is the sport package comes with the staggered rims and tyres .

223,305

I read that this is a common problem on the 06'-07' models only. BMW redesigned the rear dif in 08' to address the design flaw. You can't rebuild the rear differential as BMW does not sell the parts separately. Sorry

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I am purchasing a new diff. Will the 08 diff work ? Do you think the problem will reoccur if I leave the existing rims and tires on if I use the 08 diff ?

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • BMW X5 Electrical 1 answer

    About 3 months ago my 2003 X5 security alarm started going off randomly for no apparent reason. The only way to keep it from happening was to leave the car unlocked. Then about 6 wks ago my fob ...

    2003 BMW X5 3.0i

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Hi, I have a 2007 x5, 3.0. It currently has 66246 2 answers

    Hi, I have a 2007 x5, 3.0. It currently has 66246 kilometers on it. While I was driving all the electric components including the odometer, display screen, audio completely shut down. I pulled over t...

    2007 BMW X5 3.0si

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • How do i reset fault codes on a BMW X5 2007 mod D ? 2 answers

    First I got a parking brake failure, then the car wouldnt start, and now I have park brake, 4 x 4 , dtc, brakepads failure codes and cant start the car.

    2007 BMW X5 3.0si

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Smoking from engine compartment, losing oil 2 answers

    while driving notice lite smoke condition venting from engine,smells like oil burning, checked oil found to be a few quarts low. Please help and give repair guide..

    2001 BMW X5 4.4i

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • My car has run less than 10,000km and it says DSC failure . Why ? 2 answers

    When driving, I have been getting the DSC failure alarm and Run Flat tyre alarm. BMW says the DSC unit has failed. Its costing me USD 5000/- The KM run is very limited. Can BMW allow such failures

    2014 BMW 5 Series

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

X5

Looking for a Used X5 in your area?

CarGurus has 15,262 nationwide X5 listings starting at $2,950.

ZIP:

Search BMW X5 Questions

BMW X5 Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,360
#2 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 660
#3 Asiamah6910
Asiamah6910
Reputation 490
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW X3
309 Great Deals out of 13,086 listings starting at $2,950
Used BMW 5 Series
592 Great Deals out of 14,877 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW X6
67 Great Deals out of 1,556 listings starting at $15,990
Used BMW 3 Series
1,371 Great Deals out of 37,814 listings starting at $1,700
Used Mercedes-Benz M-Class
197 Great Deals out of 5,507 listings starting at $1,395
Used Audi Q7
95 Great Deals out of 4,013 listings starting at $6,300
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
840 Great Deals out of 68,654 listings starting at $864
Used Acura MDX
313 Great Deals out of 17,199 listings starting at $1,200
Used Porsche Cayenne
86 Great Deals out of 5,676 listings starting at $3,999
Used Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
186 Great Deals out of 4,426 listings starting at $8,800
Used BMW 7 Series
164 Great Deals out of 5,944 listings starting at $3,400
Used Land Rover Range Rover
99 Great Deals out of 4,863 listings starting at $5,000
Used Land Rover Range Rover Sport
193 Great Deals out of 6,100 listings starting at $5,199

Used Cars For Sale

2017 BMW X5 For Sale
6,436 listings starting at $51,992
2016 BMW X5 For Sale
42 Great Deals out of 735 listings starting at $37,900
2015 BMW X5 For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 457 listings starting at $28,988
2014 BMW X5 For Sale
84 Great Deals out of 1,268 listings starting at $28,800
2013 BMW X5 For Sale
100 Great Deals out of 1,550 listings starting at $14,999