2019 BMW X2 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Engine and service brakes issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

The 2019 BMW X2 is labeled a Sports Activity Coupe that’s supposed to impress discerning drivers. The automaker claims the “unconventional meets the unexpected,” but the only thing unexpected about this vehicle is how many defects it has. Customers are currently complaining about the faulty engine and defective service brakes.


Problems with the Engine

What makes a powerful, potent vehicle what it is? Most often, it’s the reliable and trustworthy engine located under the hood, but that’s not the case with this BMW.

One NHTSA complaint says, “The M35I turbo malfunctions and results in a 1-3 second lag that produces a very dangerous driving situation. You press the accelerator and the car doesn’t move for a few seconds, then all of a sudden it bursts ahead explosively.”

This isn’t the only engine malfunction occurring with the X2. Service Bulletin #B122419 states that the engine might switch off shortly following an MSA restart. MSA is an automatic start/stop feature that is supposed to provide efficiency, but it’s just creating dangerous situations behind the wheel of this BMW. None one wants to be sitting in the middle of the road waiting for their vehicle to start or move. It’s like the Little Engine that Could, telling itself, “I think I can…”

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2019 BMW X2 Complaint Summary

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Exterior Lighting
Vehicle Speed Control

Problems with the Service Brakes

While this vehicle doesn’t want to go, what’s more dangerous is how it might be having trouble stopping. 

Just read this Edmunds review. “Unfortunately, in 24 months and with only 18,000 miles, my X2 needs new brakes (front and back, rotors and pads), an alignment and new run-flats. A couple grand total. I’ve been driving for 40 years and this is the first car I’ve ever had, for any period of time, that needs brakes at all, or that needs four new expensive tires at 18,000 miles. Fool me once.”

Along with the brakes and tires being defective, there’s also a clear issue with the steering. In fact, NHTSA Campaign Number 19V601000 states that some vehicles have a steering gear tie rod that wasn’t assembled right. Because of this defect, the tie rod end can experience excessive wear. As a result, it might break which could lead to the loss of vehicle control. As this vehicle is plummeting out of control on the roadway, it’s possible that owners are, in fact, thinking about how this vehicle brought forth “the unexpected,” just a promised.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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