BMW Recalls More Than 500,000 Cars, Including 2007-'11 3 Series


  • 2011 BMW 3 Series Picture

    2011 BMW 3 Series Picture

    BMW is recalling more than 500,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2007-'11 3 Series. | February 19, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • BMW is recalling 503,640 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2007-'11 3 Series, because of a cable problem that could lead to stalling.
  • The recall also includes the 2008-'12 BMW 1 Series coupe and convertible and the 2009-'11 BMW Z4.
  • The recall is expected to begin in March.

WASHINGTON — BMW is recalling 503,640 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2007-'11 3 Series, because of a cable problem that could lead to stalling, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall also includes the 2008-'12 BMW 1 Series coupe and convertible and the 2009-'11 BMW Z4.

"The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle. If there is a loss of electrical power to the vehicle, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash."

The recall involves 2008-'12 1 Series coupes and convertibles built from December 2007 through July 2011; 2007-'11 3 Series coupes and convertibles built from March 2007 through July 2011; 2007-'11 3 Series sedans built from March 2007 through October 2011; 3 Series sports wagons built from March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-'11 Z4s built from March 2009 through June 2011.

BMW told federal safety regulators it "has received one report of an alleged incident provided by Transport Canada, but has not received any reports of injuries related to this issue."

BMW dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method. The recall is expected to begin in March. Owners can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

Edmunds says: There is a bit of a delay as BMW dealers wait for parts to complete this recall.

Comments

  • azima1 azima1 Posts:

    I have a 2006 325i and have been enduring this issue for the last 2 years ... every time i take it they replace something and say that's the issue - they started with a software update, then an ignition coil replacement, then tune up all spark plugs were changed, then a water pump and it is still jerking hesitating and stalling. I had another water pump installed because those are the codes that were storing .. i picked the car up at the mechanics last night and took it right back because the same issue is occurring. Is it possible this recall missed a year????? i am beside myself and all of this work has to be out of pocket as my vehicle is out of warranty. Any insight would be appreciated!

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