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BMW Recalling Nearly 250,000 Cars, Crossovers

Maker responding to taillight, diesel problems.

by on Sep.01, 2011

BMW recalls the X5 diesel.

BMW is recalling nearly a quarter-million vehicles due to a pair of potential safety problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced, making it one of the biggest safety-related recalls by the German maker.

The most significant problem involves 3-Series models built between 2001 and 2005 that could experience failures of the tail lights, rear brake and turn signal indicator lamps.  The problem appears to be due to corrosion on electrical contacts.

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Meanwhile, BMW is also recalling more than 2,000 X5 diesel models due to problems with a fuel filter heater that could cause a fire.

The faulty lamp problem impacts 241,000 3-Series vehicles sold in the 2002 to 2005 model-year.  Certain models designated 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi are involved.  The potential defect could make it difficult for other motorists to see the vehicle or determine when the vehicle is changing lanes or stopping.

The diesel problem involves 2,120 BMW X5 xDrive 35d models sold during the 2009 model-year.  The fuel filter heater can overload and potential cause a fire, NHTSA investigators determined.  The heater may stay on even when the vehicle is turned off, the agency found, which could also lead to a dead battery.

The maker plans to notify owners of vehicles impacted by the two recalls in the coming weeks to schedule repairs.  Fixes will be made without charge.

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2 Responses to “BMW Recalling Nearly 250,000 Cars, Crossovers”

  1. Bob Alexander says:

    Hi Paul, this is Bob Alexander, My 2001 325Xi experienced this problem, I have replaced both left and right units at $300.00 each and one of these I had to manualy repair with a paper clip. Doubt if they will reimburse me. Thanks for the info, i will be waiting for my recall letter.

    • Paul A. Eisenstein says:

      Hi, Bob,
      Jenn had a similar problem so it’s interesting they are just getting around to resolving it.
      Meanwhile, find those receipts just in case.
      Paul E.