Recall Alert: 9,000 2012-2014 BMW Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 9,000 BMW vehicles, including model-year 2014 328i Sports Wagons; 2012-14 BMW 320i sedans, 328i sedans, 320i xDrive sedans and 328i xDrive sedans; 2012-13 BMW 528i and 528i xDrive sedans; 2013-14 BMW X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i sports activity vehicles; 2013-14 BMW X3 xDrive28i sports activity vehicles; 2012-14 BMW Z4 sDrive28i roadsters; and 2014 BMW 428i and 428i xDrive coupes

The Problem: Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail, causing a reduction in braking power and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: BMW will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location for free. This latest action is an expansion of a recall from earlier this year.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2012 BMW Vehicles

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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

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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 CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com for more info; they can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Luxury-Car Prices Tumble Again in September

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Used luxury-car prices slid the most in September, continuing a trend from last month. The Infiniti M37's price dropped the most; it fell 4% ($1,288) to $34,687. The Volvo S60, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW Z4 registered some of the largest price drops last month, and prices for all three fell yet again in September. The Z4's price dipped 3% ($1,445), while asking prices for the S-Class and S60 dropped 2% ($1,488 and $625, respectively).

There was considerably less price fluctuation among the cars that saw price gains in September, with all models in the top 10 getting a 1% price bump. Of the 10, half were pickup trucks or full-size vans, and not a single luxury model made the list.

By Mike Hanley | September 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013

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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)

Recall Alert: More Than 500,000 BMW Cars

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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 CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com. For more info, owners can call NHTSA's traffic safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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  • Most significant changes: New orange package, expanded multimedia features
  • Price change: TBD
  • On sale: Spring 2013
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? Minimal changes mean go for the 2013.

How quickly time flies. The current BMW Z4 will enter its sixth model year next spring, and BMW is giving the folding-hardtop roadster a few minor updates for 2014.

The center air vents and optional navigation display have glossier frames; new optional wood trim, restyled 18-inch alloy wheels and updates to BMW's ConnectedDrive multimedia program are also in the mix. A new Hyper Orange Package includes Valencia Orange metallic paint, orange Alcantara door-panel trim and orange-colored contrast stitching with an orange and white center stripe down the seats. It replaces last year's Citrus Yellow Package.

By Kelsey Mays | December 18, 2012 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2012 BMW Z4, 2011 ActiveE

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BMW is recalling 162 model-year 2012 versions of the Z4 convertible and ActiveE electric car due to problems with the power-steering system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the affected vehicles, variations in electrical current could cause the power-steering system to stop working, requiring increased effort from the driver to control the car. This could lead to an increased risk of accident.

BMW will notify owners starting 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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