BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: General driving notes

Closing the tailgate

Safety information


An open tailgate protrudes from the vehicle and can endanger occupants and other road users or damage the vehicle in the event of an accident, braking or evasive maneuvers. In addition, exhaust fumes may enter the vehicle interior.

There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Do not drive with the tailgate open.

Driving with the tailgate open

If driving with the tailgate open cannot be avoided:

Hot exhaust gas system


High temperatures can occur underneath the body, for instance caused by the exhaust gas system, while driving. Contact with the exhaust gas system can cause burns. There is a risk of injury. Do not touch the hot exhaust gas system, including the exhaust pipe.


If combustible materials, such as leaves or grass, come in contact with hot parts of the exhaust gas system, these materials can ignite.

There is a risk of fire and an injury hazard. Do not remove the heat shields installed and never apply undercoating to them. Make sure that no combustible materials can come in contact with hot vehicle parts while driving, at idle or during parking.

Mobile communication devices in the vehicle


Vehicle electronics and mobile phones can influence one another. There is radiation due to the transmission operations of mobile phones.

There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. If possible, in the car's interior use only mobile phones with direct connections to an external antenna in order to exclude mutual interference and deflect the radiation from the car's interior.


On wet or slushy roads, a wedge of water can form between the tires and road surface.

This phenomenon is referred to as aquaplaning.

It is characterized by a partial or complete loss of contact between the tires and the road surface, ultimately undermining your ability to steer and brake the vehicle.

Driving through water

General information

When driving through water, follow the following:

Safety information


When driving too quickly through too deep water, water can enter into the engine compartment, the electrical system or the transmission.

There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. When driving through water, do not exceed the maximum indicated water level and the maximum speed for driving through water.

Braking safely

General information

The vehicle is equipped with an Antilock Braking System ABS as a standard feature.

Perform emergency braking in situations that require such.

Steering is still responsive. You can still avoid any obstacles with a minimum of steering effort.

Pulsation of the brake pedal and sounds from the hydraulic circuits indicate that the Antilock Braking System ABS is in its active mode.

In certain braking situations, the perforated brake discs can emit functional noises. However, functional noises have no effect on the performance and operational reliability of the brake.

Objects in the area around the pedals


Objects in the driver's floor area can limit the pedal distance or block a depressed pedal.

There is a risk of accident. Stow objects in the vehicle such that they are secured and cannot enter into the driver's floor area. Use floor mats that are suitable for the vehicle and can be safely attached to the floor. Do not use loose floor mats and do not layer several floor mats.

Make sure that there is sufficient clearance for the pedals. Ensure that the floor mats are securely fastened again after they were removed, for instance for cleaning.

Pedal feel when driving off

After turning on the drive-ready state from the idle state, the pedal may feel unusual, short pedal distance. After the brake pedal has been fully released, the pedal will feel as usual again.

Driving in wet conditions

In case of wet roads, exposure to road salt, in heavy rain, gently press the brake pedal every few kilometers.

Ensure that this action does not endanger other road users.

The heat generated during braking dries brake discs and brake pads and protects them against corrosion.

In this way braking efficiency will be available when you need it.


General information

Drive long or steep downhill gradients in the gear that requires least braking effort. Otherwise, the brake system may overheat and reduce braking effect.

You can increase the engine's braking effect by shifting down, going all the way to first gear, if needed.

Safety information


Light but consistent pressure on the brake pedal can lead to high temperatures, brakes wearing out and possibly even brake system failure. There is a risk of accident. Avoid placing excessive stress on the brake system.


In idle state or with the engine switched off, safety functions, for instance engine braking effect, braking assistance and steering assistance, may not be available. There is a risk of accident. Do not attempt to drive in idle state or with the engine switched off.

Brake disc corrosion

Corrosion on the brake discs and contamination on the brake pads are increased by the following circumstances:

Corrosion buildup on the brake discs will cause a pulsating effect on the brakes in their response - generally this cannot be corrected.

Condensation water under the parked vehicle

When using the automatic climate control, condensation water develops and collects underneath the vehicle.

Flag bracket

Safety information


At high speeds, a mounted flag can cause damage to the vehicle, the flag bracket, and the flag itself. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Do not exceed a speed of 80 mph / 130 km/h. Remove flag before trips at high speeds.


Things to remember when driving

The flag bracket is located on the side of the vehicle.


1. Remove the protective cap.

2. Insert flag horizontally.

3. Turn the flag clockwise by 90º to lock the flag.


 Roof-mounted luggage rack

General information Installation only possible with roof rack. Roof racks are available as special accessories. Safety information Warning When driving with a roof load, for instance with roof-mounte

 Trailer towing

 General information

The permissible trailer loads, axle weights, drawbar node weights, and the permissible gross vehicle weight are specified in the technical data. The vehicle is equipped with an enhanced suspension sy


 Front Lid

REMOVING AND INSTALLING HOOD/BONNET WARNING: Danger of injury! Support engine hood in fully opened position with suitable apparatus. IMPORTANT: Removal of the hood/bonnet must be carried out with the assistance of a second person. NOTE: Carry over schematic representation to the relevant vehicle ty

 System Functions

The following system functions are described: Power management Electronic immobilizer Comfort start Air supply: 2-stage differentiated air intake system "DISA" Charge monitoring "Valvetronic" variable valve gear "VANOS" variable camshaft control Fuel supply system Fuel injection Ignition-

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