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BMW widens recall over EGR coolant issue

Due to problems with a glycol coolant, German carmaker BMW said it needed to recall a total of 1.6 million vehicles globally, making it one of the Munich-based company's largest safety recalls ever.

According to BMW, some diesel vehicles can experience glycol-leakage from the EGR (Exhaust-Gas-Recirculation) valve can occur. In combination with typical soot deposits and the high temperatures normally present in the EGR module this might result in smoldering particles. This could lead in very rare cases to the melting of the intake manifold and in extremely rare cases result in a fire.

BMW did not specify the exact models affected by the issue, but said the 1.6 million vehicles in question were all built between August 2010 and August 2017.

Diesel customers with questions should call BMW at 800-525-7417.

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N63 Oil Consumption Potential Settlement Terms

BMW is close to settling a class action lawsuit concerning certain vehicles that are equipped with the N63 engine.   

The proposed settlement includes about 84,000 current and former owners and lessees of 2009-2014 BMW 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X5 and X6 vehicles equipped with N63 engines, namely the below:

  1. F01 and F02 (7 Series Sedan)– produced from 3/2009 to 6/2012
  2. F04 (Active Hybrid 7)– produced from 4/2010 to 6/2012
  3. F07 (Gran Turismo)– produced from 9/2009 to 6/2012
  4. F10 (5 Series Sedan)– produced from 3/2010 to 7/2013
  5. F12 (6 Series Convertible)– produced from 3/2011 to 7/2012
  6. F13 (6 Series Coupe)– produced from 7/2011 to 7/2012
  7. E70 (X5)– produced from 3/2010 to 6/2013
  8. E71 (X6)– produced from 7/2008 to 6/2014
  9. E72 (ActiveHybrid X6)– produced from 9/2009 to 9/2011

According to the class action complaint, the V8 turbocharged N63 engines consume excessive amounts of engine oil. Owners also complain about drained batteries and the expense of replacing the batteries on a routine basis. 

The lawsuit alleges BMW knew the vehicles had problems because in June 2013, the automaker issued technical service bulletin (TSB) SIB-11-01-13 to dealers after complaints about oil consumption.  BMW also issued a service campaign called the N63 Customer Care Package (TSB SIB 00 13 14) in December 2014, which consisted of:

  1. Diagnosing the timing chain for potential failure
  2. Replacement of fuel injectors, mass air flow sensors, crankcase vent lines, battery, engine vacuum pump and low pressure fuel sensor

Now, the potential settlement terms. 

  1. Every affected owner and lessee will receive a voucher transferable to family members that is worth either $1,000 or $1,500 toward the purchase or lease of a new BMW vehicle.
  2. BMW will also reimburse owners and lessees for out-of-pocket costs for up to three oil changes, not to exceed $75 each, provided the costs were paid by the owner or lessee for an oil change performed during 10 years/120,000 miles (whichever is earlier) from first use and took place less than 12 months/10,500 miles after the previous oil change.
  3. Owners may also elect to receive a free future oil change in place of the $75 cash reimbursement for each past qualifying oil service.
  4. BMW will further reimburse owners and lessees for the cost of up to seven quarts of oil (not to exceed $10 a quart) as long as certain conditions are met.
  5. And finally, the automaker will reimburse the cost of one battery replacement that was incurred within three years prior to final approval of the settlement and purchased outside of the new vehicle limited warranty period.
  6. In addition, BMW will perform up to three oil consumption tests if the oil warning light illuminates within the oil service interval and provide free repairs on a vehicle which fails the test within the earlier of 10 years or 120,000 miles.
  7. Furthermore, each affected N63 vehicle is entitled to one service under the customer care program.

The potential Settlement Agreement can be accessed here.  

The plaintiffs in this matter are represtented by McCuneWright & Wagstaff and Wagstaff & Carmell LLP.  Any questions regarding the class action settlement should be directed there.  

BMW Fire Recall

BMW is recalling more than 740,500 vehicles because electrical shorts can cause fires. Documents posted Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that a heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve can overheat and cause the valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire even when the vehicle is not in use.  The recalled vehicles are:  

  • 2008-2011 BMW 128i
  • 2007-2011 BMW 328i
  • 2007-2011 BMW 328xi
  • 2007-2011 BMW 328i xDrive
  • 2007-2011 BMW 525i
  • 2007-2011 BMW 525xi
  • 2007-2011 BMW 528i
  • 2007-2011 BMW 528xi
  • 2007-2011 BMW 530i
  • 2007-2011 BMW 530xi
  • 2007-2011 BMW X3 3.0si
  • 2007-2011 BMW X3 xDrive30i
  • 2007-2011 BMW X5 xDrive30i
  • 2007-2011 BMW Z4 3.0i
  • 2007-2011 BMW Z4 3.0si
  • 2007-2011 BMW Z4 sDrive30i

Although fires can occur, BMW says it hasn't received reports of crashes or injuries related to the heaters.

The recall will begin December 18, 2017, when dealers will start replacing the PCV valve heaters.

BMW is also issue a different recall that covers involves "wiring for the heating and air conditioning system can overheat and cause connectors to melt, also increasing the fire risk, even when vehicles are unattended. Four drivers reported injuries."  Those recalled vehicles are:  

  • 2006-2011 BMW 323i
  • 2006-2011 BMW 325i
  • 2006-2011 BMW 325xi
  • 2006-2011 BMW 328i
  • 2006-2011 BMW 328xi
  • 2006-2011 BMW 330i
  • 2006-2011 BMW 330xi
  • 2006-2011 BMW 335i
  • 2006-2011 BMW 335xi
  • 2006-2011 BMW M3
  • 2007-2011 BMW 328i xDrive
  • 2007-2011 BMW 335i xDrive
  • 2007-2011 BMW 335is
  • 2009-2011 BMW 335d

Owners may contact BMW at 800-525-7417.

More information here and here