BMW recalling its 151,000 vehicles over fuel pump problems


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BMW has released two different voluntary recalls of the same issue found on its 151,000 automobiles sold in the USA. The problems arise due to defective fuel pumps that could decrease engine performance and even a loss of power support to the steering and brake systems.

The first recall pertains to certain BMWs fitted with twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engines. This includes 2007-2010 335i, 2008–2010 135i, 535i and X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes, and 2009 – 2010 Z4 Roadster sDrive35i. BMW stated that approximately 130,000 vehicles are possibly impacted from this recall, of which, about 40,000 expected to require a new high pressure fuel pump.

“Symptoms include long-crank engine starting times along with the illumination of the “Service Engine Soon” light. In certain cases, the driver may experience reduced engine performance in a Safe Mode accompanied by a tone and the illumination of the “Engine Malfunction” light,” BMW said in a statement. The fuel pump recall will require replacement of the high-pressure fuel pump and/or a software update.

The second recall from BMW affects a total of 20,800 of the 2008 X5 Sports Activity Vehicles equipped with normally-aspirated inline six-cylinder engines. BMW asserted that if the fuel pump suffers from a failure, “the engine will stop running and the driver will lose power assist for the steering and brakes although both the steering and the brakes remain operational.” The recall would require a fuel pump replacement as well.

Owners of the affected models can contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-563-4269 or email CustomerRelations to find more about the recalls.