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    Attention BMW 5, 6, 7 series and X5 owners with V8/V12!

    Right now an urgent safety recall is going on for all BMW 5-series, 6-series, 7-series and X5-series with V8 and V12 engines. 4000 cars are affected worldwide.

    Affected are cars which have been registered between May 13th and July 12th 2004. Unfortunately this is valid for Germany only, owners from other countries (worldwide!) should contact their dealers immediately if they own a newer car which has been bought in this period of time, slightly before that period or even later (dealer stock car).

    All affected owners will be contacted by their dealers but it can't hurt if owners go to their dealers to check if their cars are affected.

    The reason for the recall is a possible failure of the engine electronics, resulting in a sudden engine shutdown and the resulting failure of the power steering and the power brake booster at the same time which can result in an accident.
    Affected owners are asked not to drive their cars anymore.

    The solution seems to be the exchange of the engine control unit.

    Again: if you're not sure if your car is affected or not, do not drive it anymore until you spoke to your dealer.

    Re: Attention BMW 5, 6, 7 series and X5 owners with V8/V12!

    man... just like their F1 engines...

    lucky i *only* have the S54 Inline 6

    thats really sad, BMW reliability is almost approaching the horrendous benchmark of crapness known as mercedes.

    Re: Attention BMW 5, 6, 7 series and X5 owners with V8/V12!

    According to AMS it is due to a flaw in supplier's production.

    Well...

    Re: Attention BMW 5, 6, 7 series and X5 owners with V8/V12!

    "According to AMS it is due to a flaw in supplier's production."

    Yeah, according to BMW, it's always someone elses fault - or "normal".

    Re: Attention BMW 5, 6, 7 series and X5 owners with V8/V12!

    I had this exact same problem with my previous car, a March 2003 build BMW 320Ci. The engine would cut out when slowing down for junctions meaning that all steering and brake assistance was lost. Very dangerous!

    The car went back to my dealers twice for ECU software reloads but the problem still didn't get fixed. I then did some research of my own and found 2 other UK owners with the same problem (both had March 2003 build 320Ci's). After explaining that this was not a one-off problem to my dealer, they put a call through to BMW UK who knew all about it and changed some of my cars ECU settings remotely whilst it was hooked up to a laptop. The problem was then finally solved. Didn't keep the car for very much longer after that.

    Re: Attention BMW 5, 6, 7 series and X5 owners with V8/V12!

    Quote:
    Moogle said:
    thats really sad, BMW reliability is almost approaching the horrendous benchmark of crapness known as mercedes.



    Based on what evidence? My 2003 M5 is utterly and completely reliable.

    Rob

    Re: Attention BMW 5, 6, 7 series and X5 owners with V8/V12!

    I guess it depends on which model you have.
    People generalise too quickly I think.
    Two years of ownership and daily useage of our Mercs S600 and SL500 and absolutly nothing, appart from a couple of glitches regarding Key Less Go with the S600. Sorted in a day.
    Great car by the way.

    Re: Attention BMW 5, 6, 7 series and X5 owners with V8/V12!

    my family has an S600 in china,

    best city limo ever.

    not a bad long distance car either

    much more discreet than a roller.

     
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