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Old 09-27-2013, 01:10 PM
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Recall for 2012-14 BMW X3 Models with N20/N26 engine for loss of brake power

BMW recalls 3 series 5 series X1 X5 Z4 with N20 or N26 engine

Delivery of N20 and N26 powered vehicles stopped as a result of power brake assist problem

On September 26th, BMW of North America announced to NHTSA its intention to conduct a voluntary Recall on certain 2012-2014 model year BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 models equipped with the N20 or N26 engine, produced from May 2012 to August 2013.

Affected vehicles in dealer inventories will not be sold or delivered to customers until the recall repair has been performed. Vehicles at BMW vehicle delivery centers will be corrected before shipment to dealerships. Existing owners will be notified of the recall by letter with a solution coming in December.

The Problem:
The oil supply from the intake camshaft to the brake vacuum pump can become restricted. If this happens the brake vacuum pump could fail due to lack of lubrication, resulting in a loss of power brake assist.

The hydraulic brakes will still function to stop the vehicle but without power assist. Without assist the driver will need to apply much greater pedal pressure to stop the vehicle. The distance required to stop the vehicle will increase as most drivers will not be able to apply enough brake pedal pressure.

In the event of a loss of brake power assist pull the emergency brake and apply as much brake pedal pressure as possible. If your BMW has an electronic parking brake pull up and hold the switch to engage the brake.

Move away from traffic and park in a safe location as soon as possible. Contact BMW Roadside Assistance and have your vehicle taken to the nearest BMW dealer.

Solution and Repair
A repair solution for vehicles already on the road is under development and not available at this time. Existing owners will be notified of the recall in November by letter and again in December by letter when parts are available. Wait to receive your notification letter before contacting your dealership for service. The repair letter will be sent when the dealership has the necessary parts, tools and procedures to preform the repair.

The solution involves inserting a locking ring onto the camshaft so the oil supply to the brake assist vacuum pump is not impaired. The repair will take approximately two hours but can vary depending on your BMW dealers schedule. The repair will be preformed free of charge.

Affected Models
  • 2012-14 320i/328i, 320i/328i xDrive Sedan manufactured between May 2012 August 2013
  • 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon manufactured between March 2013 May 2013
  • 2012-13 528i, 528i xDrive Sedan manufactured between June 2012 June 2013
  • 2013-14 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i manufactured between June 2012 June 2013
  • 2013-14 X3 xDrive28i manufactured between June 2012 August 2013
  • 2012-14 Z4 sDrive28i manufactured between June 2012 June 2013
Models not list are not effected due to different lubrication and vacuum pump designs.

Number of vehicles affected in the US
Up to 76,190 BMWs are affected by this safety issue. The model break down is as follows -
  • 2012-14 320i/328i, 320i/328i xDrive Sedan - 37,473 potentially affected
  • 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon - 176 potentially affected
  • 2012-13 528i, 528i xDrive Sedan - 12,708 potentially affected
  • 2013-14 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i - 10,547 potentially affected
  • 2013-14 X3 xDrive28i - 14,517 potentially affected
  • 2012-14 Z4 sDrive28i - 770 potentially affected

Known accidents
BMW is aware of three minor accidents with no confirmed injuries as a result of this problem. The NTSB has 7 reported incidents but that does not mean they have 7 accident reports. Vehicles affected have experienced the failure at low millage. It is not clear if having a higher mileage car means you will not have the failure.

Should you continue to drive your N20/N26 powered BMW
BMW says it is safe to continue to drive your vehicle for now. As soon as you get the service letter that will be coming in December you should have the recall work performed. If you feel a loss of braking power pull to the side of the road and have your BMW towed to the nearest dealer by BMW Roadside Assistance.

Are 4 series deliveries going to be affected
BMW has not commented at this time on the 4 series. Models produced as recently as August are affected so it is possible early production 4 series (production started in July) will be held at the vehicle delivery center until the repair is available. We will continue to follow the 4 series delivery story and provided updated information as it happens.

What to do now
We have no choice but to wait for the letters and more information from BMW. In the mean time everyone be careful out there. There are 7 reported incidences of issues to the NTSB so far. The NTSB estimates that for ever report there are 40+ incidents that are not reported. Has anyone had trouble loss of brake assist in their N20/N26 powered BMW? Does this make anyone nervous to drive their BMW

Recall Update:

This is a follow-up to the delivery stop announcement of certain N20 and N26-equipped models. Vehicles on the delivery stop VIN list must not be retailed or delivered until the defect has been corrected.

Technical Description
An oil plug in the intake camshaft may become displaced, restricting oil supply to the vacuum pump. Continued operation may lead to failure of the vacuum pump, resulting in loss of power-assist braking. Only camshafts from one supplier exhibit this issue; therefore, not all N20 and N26-equipped vehicles are involved in the delivery stop and Recall.

A repair solution is under development to secure the intake camshaft oil plug, but will not be available before December.

Customer Notification
Owners of vehicles which have already been delivered will receive initial notification in November, informing them of the issue. A second letter will be mailed in December, advising customers to schedule an appointment with your center to have the Recall completed, when parts and the repair procedure become available.

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Old 09-27-2013, 02:10 PM
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:19 PM
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:47 PM
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Is it still safe when a brake failure happens??
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:16 PM
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Other than waiting for the letter, how can we know if our engines is N20/N26 model?
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:15 PM
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Other than waiting for the letter, how can we know if our engines is N20/N26 model?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_BMW_engines

You can always look at the OP too.
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:08 AM
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Thank you. Mine X3 is from the USA; production date Nov 2012. ...I am in the queue for recall then! Hope the brakes will hold till the problem is fixed. Must be careful with speed and going downhill.

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I was just about to put in an order for another, new, 2014 X3 28i the week of Sept. 30. From the announcement, it sounds like any 2014, 4 cylinder, X3 28i built before September likely has this brake issue and I should stay away from it. What I do not understand is has BMW stopped production in Spartanburg? Or has BMW fixed the issue in new production in the U.S. starting in September? Anyone have any insights?
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I was just about to put in an order for another, new, 2014 X3 28i the week of Sept. 30. From the announcement, it sounds like any 2014, 4 cylinder, X3 28i built before September likely has this brake issue and I should stay away from it. What I do not understand is has BMW stopped production in Spartanburg? Or has BMW fixed the issue in new production in the U.S. starting in September? Anyone have any insights?
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:42 PM
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Think BMW would have sorted out the problem at the production line once the issue is known. It would not be in the best interest of BMW to continue mounting engines with known issues. Hence, it should not affect new orders but expect some delays in delivery. otherwise, aim higher for the X3 35i...heavier on the pocket but you get a smooth/quiet engine and a powerful beast!
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I was just about to put in an order for another, new, 2014 X3 28i the week of Sept. 30. From the announcement, it sounds like any 2014, 4 cylinder, X3 28i built before September likely has this brake issue and I should stay away from it. What I do not understand is has BMW stopped production in Spartanburg? Or has BMW fixed the issue in new production in the U.S. starting in September? Anyone have any insights?
The original post states that BMW has stopped the sale of all effected vehicles until the problem is rectified. If a BMW dealer delivers a new vehicle with the N20/N26 engine to you, then it will be one with the problem fixed.

What the message did not say is WHEN vehicles on the lot will be repaired or WHEN Spartanburg will begin shipping N20/N26 vehicles without the problem.

So to quote:
"What to do now
We have no choice but to wait for the letters and more information from BMW."

It sounds like it is an engine issue. The engines are built in Europe (not sure which plant), so that means that are a bunch of engines with the issue:
  1. In sold vehicles in customer's possession and driving the streets
  2. In vehicles on dealers' lots or enroute to the dealer (train/truck)
  3. In the Vehicle Delivery Centers
  4. In vehicles on ships
  5. In vehicles on the assembly line
  6. In inventory at the vehicle assembly plants
  7. In ships enroute from the engine factory to the assembly plants
  8. In inventory at the engine plant awaiting shipment
I will guess that 1 & 2 will be fixed by dealers, 2 & 3 at the VDCs, 5, 6,& 7 at the vehicle assembly plant and 8 at the engine factory

Whether they have already changed the engine mfg line to correct the problem is unclear. I would hope...but maybe that line is shut down awaiting updated parts
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Thank you to all for your insights. If/when I get any better insight from my BMW dealer I will post it.
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I just confirmed with my dealer that there indeed a recall for x3 2.8i. Fortunately mine is 3.5i, not affected.
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Seems the recall is now in the newpapers, etc. And dealer client rep confirmed it as well. However, seems they are confident that newly placed order for X3 28i as of today will be built without extra delays... Not sure why they are confident, but that was my take-away from 2 dealers today.
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What about BWX X3 20i? it does not on the above list but it is the same assembly line. Does any know any information about the recall of x3 20i as well. Thanks

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What about BWX X3 20i? it does not on the above list but it is the same assembly line. Does any know any information about the recall of x3 20i as well. Thanks
This was a US recall. I would thinking cars world wide are effected but I'm not sure. You'd have to check with the department in your country.

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The X3 20ix would not appear on a US recall list because BMW does not sell that model in the US. The 20iX does uses the N20 engine listed in the US recall, so it's worth checking with your local BMW dealer.
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A friend sent his X3 28i for 1st BMW service today. Like mine, his car is also US made (Jan 2013). He checked with the supervisor and the reply he got was the car is not affected by potential loss of brake power. I am not so sure and will continue to be vigilant.
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What about BWX X3 20i? it does not on the above list but it is the same assembly line. Does any know any information about the recall of x3 20i as well. Thanks
It is true, just got confirm from BMW dealers in China, the BMW X3 F25 20i (manufactured in US) which also equipped with N20 engine is potentially affected on the same prob as States recall description. The BMW china has filed an recall application to Chinese authority. But the recall will not start till about 17/02/2014. Not sure about the other countries.
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It is true, just got confirm from BMW dealers in China, the BMW X3 F25 20i (manufactured in US) which also equipped with N20 engine is potentially affected on the same prob as States recall description. The BMW china has filed an recall application to Chinese authority. But the recall will not start till about 17/02/2014. Not sure about the other countries.
Thanks you for your information, Please anyone tell me how the break functioning? I'm waiting for my car to be delivery on November and wondering do I have to drive very slow with caution of this failure. it is unacceptable for over 100 grand luxury car with this kind of annoyance.
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Do you know when your X3 was manufactured? In the US, only X3s manufactured between June 2012 and August 2013 are being recalled. Your X3 is not a US model, but the same date range may apply.
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Do you know when your X3 was manufactured? In the US, only X3s manufactured between June 2012 and August 2013 are being recalled. Your X3 is not a US model, but the same date range may apply.
As my VIN tells me it was produced in 23/7/2013. X3 20i produced in the US for German market.
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