Recall Alert: 2010-2012 BMW Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 156,137 BMW vehicles from the 2010-2012 model years. The recalled models are the 2010-11 128i coupe and convertible; 328i xDrive sedan; 328i sedan, coupe, convertible and sports wagon; and Z4 sDrive 30i. Affected model-year 2011-12 vehicles are the 135i coupe and convertible, 335i sedan, X5 xDrive 35i and X6 xDrive 35i. Affected model-year 2011 vehicles are the 335i xDrive sedan, 335i coupe and convertible, 528i sedan, 535i sedan, 535i xDrive sedan, X3 xDrive 28i and X3 xDrive 35i. Affected model-year 2010 vehicles are the X3 xDrive 30i and X5 xDrive 30i. Affected model-year 2012 vehicles are the 2012 640i coupe and convertible. Model-year 2010-12 535i Gran Turismo vehicles are also part of the recall.

"In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline-six-cylinder engines not covered by this recall, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in its recall notice. 

The Problem: The bolts that secure the variable camshaft timing adjustment unit could become loose and may break. This could cause reduced engine power or the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash. BMW has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue, the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected bolts for free.

What Owners Should Do: BMW will notify owners starting in May. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 76,200 BMW Cars and SUVs

Vehicles Affected:
Approximately 76,200 model-year 2012-14 vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines, including the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4.

The Problem: An interruption in the oil supply to a part could mean the loss of power braking assist; this could require the driver to press harder on the brake pedal in order to stop.

The Fix: BMW will notify affected owners by mail, and dealers will repair the problem in the power braking system.

What Owners Should Do: The automaker said drivers who lose power brake assist should pull over and call for roadside assistance. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or email for more info; they can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to

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The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013


Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls on millions of vehicles. In 2012, NHTSA recalled just shy of 18 million, and 15.5 million in 2011. While some recalls affect just a handful of vehicles, others impact millions.

So far this year, the biggest recall is technically not a recall at all. In June, we reported that NHTSA had requested Chrysler fix 2.7 million Jeep SUVs — 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Liberty models — due to a potential fuel-system problem that could cause fires in a rear-end crash. Jeep initially refused, insisting the vehicles "met and exceeded all applicable requirements" of federal standards pertaining to fuel-system integrity. NHTSA then gave Chrysler a June 18 deadline to either issue a recall themselves, or be ordered to do so.

On the day of its deadline, Chrysler announced it would launch a campaign to inspect and, if necessary, fix the 2.7 million Jeeps — never officially referring to the action as a "recall." Still, that's what it was, and therefore it earns the distinction of being the biggest one this year.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0) Reviews the 2013 BMW 135is

With the 135is, BMW took a less-is-more strategy — and to good effect. The compact coupe delivers an entertaining driving experience with refreshingly few frills, says reviewer Mike Hanley. Its potent turbocharged inline-six engine and slick-shifting six-speed manual make it engaging; its simple interior layout and gadget-free control system keep the focus on the driving.

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A fleet of newcomers elbowed their way into the top five this week, leaving only one holdover on our list of most-watched videos. The 2013 BMW 135is bumped previous No. 1, the 2014 Acura MDX, down to third place. In the video, reviewer Mike Hanley says that with the less-is-more attitude of the small, light 135is, BMW harks back to the days before large and luxurious gained favor over a fun driving experience. Check out what else was popular:

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While BMW continues to trend toward the large and luxurious, the 2013 BMW 135is espouses the delights of the small and sporty. reviewer Mike Hanley says the performance coupe's "back-to-basics" approach makes for some fun, road-hugging driving. The 135is' 320-horsepower six-cylinder provides impressive quickness while its sport suspension connects drivers to the terrain without bombarding them with it.

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Recall Alert: More Than 500,000 BMW Cars


BMW is recalling 504,545 vehicles due to a problem in the electrical system that could cause unexpected stalling, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected cars include model-year 2008-12 1 Series coupes and convertibles manufactured between December 2007 and July 2011; 2007-11 3 Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through July 2011; 2007-11 3 Series sedans manufactured between March 2007 and October 2011; 2007-11 3 Series wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-11 Z4 roadsters manufactured between March 2009 and June 2011. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. The high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may break the connection, resulting in a loss of electrical power. This could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will begin notifying owners in March, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method for free. Owners with questions can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or email For more info, owners can call NHTSA's traffic safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to

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Recall Alert: 2011 BMW 1 Series ActiveE

BMW is recalling 360 model-year 2011 versions of the 1 Series ActiveE compact electric car due to a problem with the drivetrain housing assembly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from Aug. 17 through Dec. 19, 2011 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). In these vehicles, the driveshaft housing assembly may have been poorly sealed, resulting in a lack of grease on the gear shaft that transfers power from the motor to the transmission. This could result in a sudden loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash. 

BMW has already started notifying customers by telephone, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. BMW has stated that all of these electric vehicles are part of a field trial leasing program and that the automaker maintains contact with the lessees during the duration of the lease; the cars are not available for retail sale. Customers can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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2013 BMW 135is: First Look


  • Competes with: Audi TTS, Infiniti G37 coupe
  • Looks like: A possible placeholder for the next 1 Series M?
  • Drivetrain: The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine makes 320 hp in this application
  • Hits dealerships: This fall

BMW may have canceled the 1 Series M for 2012, but a sport-tuned model is coming to the lineup for 2013. Coupe and convertible versions of the BMW 135is go on sale this fall.

The 2013 135is coupe and convertible will cost $44,145 and $48,845, respectively (including $895 destination and handling) and feature a slew of performance-oriented enhancements. Both models use the 135i's direct-injected twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder, but it makes 320 horsepower and 317 pounds-feet of torque in this application — up 20 hp and 17 pounds-feet over the traditional model. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a seven-speed double-clutch automatic is optional on both body styles.

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