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Recall: No. 1 of 11
Recall Ref: R/2014/068
Exact Model: 1 3 4 5 6 X1 X3 X5 Z4
VIN: various
Build Date: September 2009 to November 2011
Numbers: 2954
Defect: The screws retaining the variable camshaft timing (VANOS) housing may loosen and under certain circumstances the heads may break off. This can lead to the VANOS leaking oil internally and adversely affect the valve timing adjustment. If found to deviating from targeted data the engine emergency mode will be activated. This will be indicated by a distinct change in engine running. The orange engine management warning lamp and a check message; On vehicles with N51/N52 engines this will appear at ignition recycle on N55 engine it will display immediately.
Action: Replace bolted connection of the VANOS adjustment unit
Launch Date: 28 July 2014
Recall: No. 2 of 11
Recall Ref: R/2012/049
Exact Model: 5 Series (GT & Saloon), X5, X6, 7 Series,6 Series Convertible (8 & 12 cylinder engines) and Alpina B5 Biturbo
Description: FIRE MAY OCCUR
Build Date:
Numbers: 21
Defect: Some engines are fitted with an additional water pump for the turbo charger. In some circumstances, a crack may develop, which then leads to melting of the plug connections and the housing. Further heat development may then lead to scorch damage. In exceptional cases, such overheating can lead to smouldering of the water pump. If smouldering occurs, an engine compartment fire and vehicle fire cannot be excluded.
Action: The water pump will be replaced for a new more robust version.
Launch Date: 27 April 2012
Recall: No. 3 of 11
Recall Ref: R/2010/151
Exact Model: 5, 6, & 7, Series
Build Date: 30/10/2001 to 23/11/2009
Numbers: 10522
Defect: It is possible that engine oil can enter the brake servo, via the brake vacuum pump and vacuum hose. If this occurs, it could damage the brake servo membrane, which may leak, so causing a reduction in braking assistance and a requirement to apply increased pedal force to achieve the same braking efficiency.
Action: Recall all affected vehicles for the fitment of a modified servo hose. In addition, the checking of the brake servo for contamination and replacement if required.
Launch Date: 11 November 2010

Manufacturer contact details:
BMW (UK) Ltd
Ellesfield Avenue, Bracknell, RG12 8TA
0370 5050160


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