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Common 5 Series (incl. M5) Fault Codes
These are the most common 5 Series (incl. M5) fault codes that people are searching for.
Secondary Air Injection System MalfunctionLearn More
O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 2 Sensor 1)Learn More
Vehicle Speed Sensor MalfunctionLearn More
Engine Oil Pressure Sensor/Switch Range/PerformanceLearn More
Fuel Temperature Sensor A Circuit Range/PerformanceLearn More
Injector Circuit Malfunction - Cylinder 5Learn More
Diesel Particulate Filter Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 1Learn More
SCR NOx Catalyst Efficiency Below ThresholdLearn More
Exhaust Camshaft Position Timing - Over-Retarded (Bank 1)Learn More
Thermostat Heater Control Circuit LowLearn More
Thermostat Heater Control Circuit / OpenLearn More
Vehicle Speed Sensor Intermittent/Erratic/HighLearn More
Intake Manifold Runner Control (Stuck Open)Learn More
Port Air Circuit Malfunction/ (AIR) System Bank 2Learn More
Pedal Position Sensor 2 Range/Performance ProblemLearn More
Barometric/manifold pressure signal ratio out of rangeLearn More
Accelerator/Throttle Pedal Position Sensor FaultLearn More
Throttle Valve Mechanically StuckLearn More
Split Air #2 Circuit MalfunctionLearn More
Metering Oil Pump Stepping Motor Circuit MalfunctionLearn More
Exhaust Pressure Sensor Range/PerformanceLearn More
Cylinder 8 Misfire DetectedLearn More
SCP (J1850) Invalid or Missing Data for Primary IdLearn More
Cylinder Head Temp Sensor Low InputLearn More
Diagnostic Module Tank Leakage (DM-TL) Pump Too High During SwitchingLearn More
A/C Refrigerant Temperature Circuit HighLearn More
PRC Solenoid Circuit MalfunctionLearn More
Fuel Control (Bank 1 Sensor 1)Learn More
Coast Clutch Solenoid Inductive Signature MalfunctionLearn More
Electric Current Circuit MalfunctionLearn More
Air Pump Circuit Malfunction/ (AIR) System Bank 1Learn More
Diagnostic Module Tank Leakage (DM-TL) Pump Too HighLearn More
Fuel Rail Sensor In-Range Low FailureLearn More
Cylinder #8 High To Low Side OpenLearn More
MAP Cooling Control Circuit Signal LowLearn More
Engine Coolant Temperature Radiator Outlet Sensor Low InputLearn More
MAP Cooling Control Circuit ElectricalLearn More
Misfire Cylinder 3 With Fuel Cut-offLearn More
Misfire Cylinder 2 With Fuel Cut-offLearn More
Fuel Control Mixture Lean (Bank 2 Sensor 1)Learn More
Engine Coolant Temperature Radiator Outlet Sensor High InputLearn More
Misfire Cylinder 4 With Fuel Cut-offLearn More
Misfire Cylinder 8 With Fuel Cut-offLearn More
Misfire Cylinder 6 With Fuel Cut-offLearn More
- Manufacturer: BMW
About the 5 Series (incl. M5)
Pitched as an executive car designed and built by the German car manufacturer BMW, the 5 Series has been sold under this badge since 1972.
At present, it is in its 7th generation and can be purchased in a number of variations depending on the needs of the customer, for example, as a sedan, station wagon or a fastback.
A first generation lasted nearly a decade and was powered by four-cylinder engines.
Its second-generation looked fairly similar and did not last quite so long. For these models, anti-lock brakes were added along with a center console tilted near the driver to allow for easier accessibility.
Fast forward to the latest models that have been on sale since 2017 they have been available as either a four door or a five-door with BMW proposing the release of a plug-in hybrid estate version.
Over the years, sales have remained consistent with the latest recorded global units sitting at 331,410.
There have been several cars sold by numerous manufacturers that sit in the same category as the M5, so customers looking for an alternative could choose from a Jaguar XF, Genesis G80, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E Class, Lexus GS, Volvo S90 or the Infiniti Q70.
- P0012 – This shows that the camshaft timing for bank 1 is not performing to the correct level.
- P0410 – Fundamentally a generic code, the engine oxygen sensor isn’t detecting an increase in the oxygen level in the exhaust.
- P0155 – A code showing that the heater element in the oxygen sensor is not heating up as quickly as it should.
- P0500 – The official wording for this error code is a ‘vehicle speed sensor malfunction.’ This happens when the engine control module finds wrong speed ratings.
- P0521 – When this code shows, it will mean that there is an unexpected reading coming from the engine oil pressure readings.