BMW Recalls 156,137 Vehicles for Loose Bolts That Could Lead to Engine Stall


  • 2010 BMW 335i Picture

    2010 BMW 335i Picture

    BMW of North America is recalling 156,137 2010-'11 vehicles, including the BMW 335i sedan, because loose bolts could lead to engine stall. | April 29, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • BMW of North America is recalling 156,137 2010-'11 vehicles, including the BMW 335i sedan, because loose bolts could lead to engine stall.
  • The recall is expected to begin in May.
  • In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 2010-'12 BMW vehicles equipped with inline six-cylinder engines not covered by the recall will receive an extended warranty to address this condition.

WASHINGTON — BMW of North America is recalling 156,137 2010-'11 vehicles, including the BMW 335i sedan, because loose bolts could lead to engine stall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Affected BMW vehicles include the 2010-‘11 128i coupe, 128i convertible, 328i sedan, 328i xDrive sedan, 328i coupe, 328i convertible, 328i sports wagon and Z4 sDrive 30i, 2011-‘12 135i coupe, 135i convertible, 335i sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i, 2011 335i xDrive sedan, 335i coupe, 335i convertible, 528i sedan, 535i sedan, 535i xDrive sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i, 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, and X5 xDrive 30i, 2012 640i coupe, and 640i convertible and 2010-2012 535i Gran Turismo.

"In the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the bolts loosen or break, the engine may have reduced power or stall. An engine stall increases the risk of a crash."

BMW told federal safety regulators it has not received any reports of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.

BMW dealers will replace the four VANOS housing bolts for both VANOS units. The recall is expected to begin in May.

In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 2010-'12 BMW vehicles equipped with inline six-cylinder engines not covered by the recall will receive an extended warranty to address this condition.

Owners can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

Edmunds says: This recall begins shortly, but if you own one of the aforementioned BMW vehicles and have any concerns in the meantime, call the company or your dealership.

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