BMW said it will recall about 130,000 of its 2007-2010 vehicles with the twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engines for potential failure of their high-pressure fuel pump. Separately, it will recall about 20,800 of its 2008 X5 crossovers with the normally-aspirated inline six to replace the low-pressure fuel pump.
The recalls came the same day an ABC News morning report aired (video above) charging that the company has dragged its feet on a fuel pump recall despite years of owner complaints to the company and government regulators. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration conducted a preliminary investigation in 2008, ABC reported, BMW argued it was not a safety defect. The probe was closed without a finding.
The company said symptoms indicating a problem with the twin-turbo’s fuel pump 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.”
It said that in some cases the high-pressure fuel pump issue can be fixed with a software update, but that 40,000 vehicles are expected to need a pump. Affected models:
2008–10 135i, 535i and X6 xDrive35i
2009 –10 Z4 sDrive35i
Symptoms of the 2008 X5 problem are more dramatic. According to BMW: “Should the fuel pump experience 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.”