BMW Issues Two Fuel Pump Recalls, May Affect 158,000 Cars
October 26, 2010
by Andrew Peterson
Less than a day after ABC News ran a story detailing the issue, BMW formally announced two voluntary recalls for fuel pumps. The largest of the two surrounds select vehicles built with the company's N54 twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six, and may affect up to 130,000 vehicles.
According to BMW, the high-pressure fuel pump may fail on certain models equipped with the N54 engine. Should this happen, the car will enter a so-called limp home mode, which cuts engine power. Drivers may notice a drastic reduction in engine power and sluggish acceleration, along with an engine warning telltale lamp, service engine soon screens, and prolonged crank times.
BMW says the following N54-equipped models are subject to the recall:
- 2007-2010 335i coupe, sedans, wagons, and convertibles
- 2008-2010 135i coupes and convertibles
- 2008-2010 535i sedans and wagons
- 2008-2010 and X6 xDrive35i models
- 2009-2010 Z4 sDrive35i roadsters
Although this spread covers 130,000 vehicles, BMW estimates that 40,000 of the vehicles will require a new fuel pump and software updates, based upon their service history. BMW is urging all owners to have their vehicles inspected at a dealership even if the vehicle isn't exhibiting any of the above symptoms.
Additionally, BMW is also recalling select X5 crossovers built with the normally aspirated, 3.0-liter N52 inline-six-cylinder engine. According to the automaker, 2008 X5 3.0si models may witness low-pressure fuel pump failure, which could stall the engine, subsequently stripping the driver of power brakes and steering assists. BMW believes roughly 28,000 vehicles are subject to this recall, although no reported injuries have been tied to the issue.
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