Recall Alert: 2013 BMW M5 and M6

BMW is recalling 696 model-year 2013 versions of the M5 and M6 coupes and convertibles due to problems with engine's oil pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from July 19 through Sept. 11 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb); a manufacturing defect could cause the oil pump's driveshaft to separate from the rotor. This could lead to a sudden loss of oil pressure and the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners later this month, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 5, 2012 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: High-Powered BMWs

BMW is recalling turbocharged versions of several of its vehicles to address a faulty water pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles include model-year 2011 5 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo and model-year 2012 6 Series convertible, 7 Series, X5 and X6 vehicles. They use turbocharged eight- or 12-cylinder engines. A total of 2,846 units are being recalled.

In the affected vehicles, the circuit board that controls the electric auxiliary water pump could overheat. This could lead to a vehicle fire. In February, BMW received eight complaints of water pump failures. There have been no accidents or injuries related to this recall, according to the automaker.

BMW will notify owners this month, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2012 | Comments (0) Family Reviews the 2012 BMW 5 Series


The real draw to any BMW is the driving experience, according to Family contributor Carrie Kim. But the 2012 BMW 528i disappointed in that department because it didn’t feel athletic on the road, Kim says. However, the sedan’s high-quality interior and roomy backseat redeemed it during her weeklong test drive.

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By Jennifer Newman | April 11, 2012 | Comments (2)

BMW Recalling 368,000 Vehicles

BMW 5-SeriesBMW is recalling 368,000 5 Series and 6 Series vehicles from the 2003-10 model years because of a potential problem with the car battery, according to Reuters.

In some of the vehicles, the electrical system may malfunction because the battery cable cover was incorrectly mounted, BMW told Reuters. As a result, the vehicle may not start or a fire may be ignited, BMW said. Less than 1% of the vehicles tested exhibited the issue, BMW says.

BMW says it's not aware of any injuries resulting from the defect. The carmaker will repair the cable free of charge, and the repair should take about 30 minutes to complete, Reuters says.

BMW Recalls 1.3 Million Cars Worldwide (Reuters)

By Colin Bird | March 26, 2012 | Comments (3)

2012 BMW 5 Series Hybrid Pricing

BMW announced pricing for its 2012 5 Series hybrid sedan. Called ActiveHybrid 5, it will retail for $60,950 when it goes on sale in late spring. Power comes from the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine found in the 535i, but it's joined by a 55-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack in the ActiveHybrid 5. It uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and has a total of 335 hp.

BMW expects the ActiveHybrid 5 to deliver an appealing blend of performance and fuel economy, with a 5.7-second zero-to-60 time and rumors of high mpg figures. BMW says the 5 Series hybrid should get see a big increase in fuel economy compared with the 535i's 21/31 mpg city/highway rating, though official figures haven't been released. The hybrid can operate in all-electric mode, but only for 2.5 miles at speeds below 37 mph.

Unlike BMW's short-lived sales dud, the X6 Hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 5 won't be the priciest 5 Series in the lineup. Rather, it will sit midpack between the base 528i's $46,900 sticker price and the higher-level $64,300 550i xDrive sedan. The range-topping M5 model returns to the 5 Series lineup for model-year 2013.

All prices exclude BMW's $895 destination fee.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 BMW M5: Photo Gallery


A high-performance M version returns to the 5 Series lineup for 2013 after taking a few model years off.

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Visual changes are pretty typical for an M car with a gaping front lower grille, quarter-panel vents and quad-tip exhaust. Under the new M5's hood is a twin-turbocharged V-8 replacing the previous M5's V-10.

By Joe Bruzek | November 20, 2011 | Comments (4)

2013 BMW M5: Up Close

There's nothing surprising about the latest M from BMW.

Traditional M styling cues — a gaping front lower grille, vents in the front-quarter panels and quad exhausts — look right at home on the new 5 Series, and black grates in the twin-kidney grille — as opposed to chrome ones — really stand out on the silver car here.

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As you might expect, the M5's cockpit is awash in premium materials, and most surfaces that weren't finished in metal were trimmed in leather.

By Mike Hanley | November 17, 2011 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2008-2011 BMW Vehicles

5 Series Gran TurismoBMW is recalling 32,084 2008-11 model-year vehicles equipped with an eight- or 12-cylinder engine because of the potential for an engine fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2008-11 models included in the recall are the 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo, 7 Series, X5 and X6.

In the affected vehicles, an auxiliary water pump, which supports cooling of the turbocharger, can malfunction because of a defective circuit board. In certain situations, this circuit board can overheat and smolder the water pump, which may lead to an engine compartment fire or vehicle fire.

The recall is expected to begin in November. BMW dealerships will replace the pump free of charge. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Colin Bird | October 31, 2011 | Comments (3)

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5: First Look

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

  • Competes with:  Infiniti M35h, Lexus GS 450h
  • Looks like: The first practical hybrid car from BMW
  • Drivetrain: 335-hp hybrid system with a 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder; eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: March 2012

The just-announced 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 could be the first hybrid-powered car from BMW that garners mainstream appeal. Like the Lexus GS 450h and Infiniti M35h, the ActiveHybrid 5 will blend power performance gains and fuel economy.

The ActiveHybrid 5 will be marketed as a midrange trim for 5 Series shoppers, a far cry from the pricey and now-defunct 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6, which was eschewed toward performance gains only at a steep price. However, the only real luxury hybrid success stories have been the RX 450h and Lexus CT 200h, both of which will cost far less than this 5 Series. 

The ActiveHybrid 5 will be powered by the same 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six-cylinder found in the BMW 535i, mated to the similarly designed eight-speed automatic transmission. On top of those conventional components will be a 55-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. BMW says the system makes a combined 335 hp. Unlike the mild-hybrid system in the ActiveHybrid 7, this system is an evolved version of the dual-mode hybrid system found in the ActiveHybrid X6 but now equipped with a precisely controlled energy management system.

By Colin Bird | September 30, 2011 | Comments (3)

BMW Adds Four-Cylinder Option to 5 Series

2012 5 Series

In a surprise move, BMW’s recently introduced 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will make its way to the 2012 5 Series. The new engine will appear on the 528i trim and replace the naturally aspirated 3.0-liter six-cylinder, but returns the same horsepower.

Combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission and start/stop technology, the new powertrain promises to return up to 15% better fuel efficiency than the 2011 528i, which got an impressive 22/32 mpg city/highway. On top of that, the new powertrain will offer 0 to 60 mph acceleration times of 6.2 seconds. That’s 0.4 seconds faster than the old six-cylinder.

There’s also a new intelligent all-wheel-drive option for the trim. The 2012 BMW 528i goes on sale this fall.

By Colin Bird | July 5, 2011 | Comments (9)

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