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Old 11-17-2013, 11:28 AM
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Guys, they said they will send recall notices/letters starting in november? Did anyone receive any letter so far?
Recall information by VIN # is available at the BME USA site… http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/conte...er/recall.aspx
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:06 PM
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Thanks HugH. I did check on this website, and it says there is no recall for my car.
I have noticed the same braking problem twice in the last week i.e. pedal become hard, really slow response at a slow speed. I didn't know about this recall until I googled last night.

Maybe this website is not kept up to date? I wonder if anyone has been successful in finding recall of their car through this website link?
Anyone got those november notices/letters that were supposed to be sent out?
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:09 PM
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Thanks HugH. I did check on this website, and it says there is no recall for my car.
I have noticed the same braking problem twice in the last week i.e. pedal become hard, really slow response at a slow speed. I didn't know about this recall until I googled last night.

Maybe this website is not kept up to date? I wonder if anyone has been successful in finding recall of their car through this website link?
Anyone got those november notices/letters that were supposed to be sent out?
If I was experiencing the problem like you are I would report it to the NHSTA and visit the dealer immediately. Of course, you'll have to do whatever they offer...they may or may not have parts for it.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:08 PM
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If I was experiencing the problem like you are I would report it to the NHSTA and visit the dealer immediately. Of course, you'll have to do whatever they offer...they may or may not have parts for it.
+1. Not sure I would be comfortable relying on the website at this stage -- they may not yet have identified all the specific cars affected.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:15 PM
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+1. Not sure I would be comfortable relying on the website at this stage -- they may not yet have identified all the specific cars affected.
+1, it happened on my car as well, but the website tells me there are no recalls on my vin
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:43 PM
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FYI for those who don't know BMW engine model numbers off the top of their head - Recall applies to:

The N20 and N26 which are the turbocharged straight-4 engine. The Straight-6 Turbo (N55) is apparently not affected.

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Old 11-17-2013, 04:27 PM
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+1, it happened on my car as well, but the website tells me there are no recalls on my vin
Hey PK2348, what did you do? Did you get it checked up at a dealership? Did you receive a letter?
I'm planning on taking to the dealer this week, but not sure what they will be able to do so if my car is not listed as "recalled" yet...
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:52 PM
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Hey PK2348, what did you do? Did you get it checked up at a dealership? Did you receive a letter?
I'm planning on taking to the dealer this week, but not sure what they will be able to do so if my car is not listed as "recalled" yet...
i haven't done anything yet. It happened once this July, naturally dealer ignored it at first. As far as i understand, as of now nothing can be done. When they get parts and instruction on the fix in December i will leave my car with the dealer demanding it gets fixed, regardless if it's under recall or not.
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:03 AM
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i haven't done anything yet. It happened once this July, naturally dealer ignored it at first. As far as i understand, as of now nothing can be done. When they get parts and instruction on the fix in December i will leave my car with the dealer demanding it gets fixed, regardless if it's under recall or not.
unfortunately, if the car is not under recall, the dealer won't be able to make any repairs to it that are under the warranty. i think you will have a tough time getting it repaired in that scenario. might have to pay out of pocket.
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:20 AM
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i think you will have a tough time getting it repaired in that scenario. might have to pay out of pocket.
Why would he have to pay out of pocket? Since they would claim that it's not necessary, wouldn't they just refuse to do the repair?
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:27 AM
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Why would he have to pay out of pocket? Since they would claim that it's not necessary, wouldn't they just refuse to do the repair?
In that case, yeah.

I was talking about the scenario in which you really want to get it repaired (since its so unsafe to drive a car with brake problems).
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:00 AM
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Some of you seem to be talking about an intermittent problem. As I understand the brake assist issue, it involves the failure of a vacuum pump as a result of oil starvation. Someone please explain to me how that can intermit.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:05 AM
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Thanks HugH. I did check on this website, and it says there is no recall for my car.
I have noticed the same braking problem twice in the last week i.e. pedal become hard, really slow response at a slow speed. I didn't know about this recall until I googled last night.

Maybe this website is not kept up to date? I wonder if anyone has been successful in finding recall of their car through this website link?
Anyone got those november notices/letters that were supposed to be sent out?
File a report with the NHTSA
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:24 AM
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Some of you seem to be talking about an intermittent problem. As I understand the brake assist issue, it involves the failure of a vacuum pump as a result of oil starvation. Someone please explain to me how that can intermit.
Actually, how many people have experienced a complete failure of the vacuum pump?

Most of the reports I read here and the NHTSA website sound like they were intermittent. I could be wrong though.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:26 AM
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Some of you seem to be talking about an intermittent problem. As I understand the brake assist issue, it involves the failure of a vacuum pump as a result of oil starvation. Someone please explain to me how that can intermit.
Probably because when they say "*IT* happened to me" they are incorrect in their assumption that the IT is actually the subject of the recall.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:54 AM
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if you are having brake probelems go to dealer NOW

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Thanks HugH. I did check on this website, and it says there is no recall for my car.
I have noticed the same braking problem twice in the last week i.e. pedal become hard, really slow response at a slow speed. I didn't know about this recall until I googled last night.

Maybe this website is not kept up to date? I wonder if anyone has been successful in finding recall of their car through this website link?
Anyone got those november notices/letters that were supposed to be sent out?
even without recall any brake problem should be checked out IMMEDIATELY !! Your car sahould still be under 4 year/50 warranty. Recall not withstanding .
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:39 PM
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unfortunately, if the car is not under recall, the dealer won't be able to make any repairs to it that are under the warranty. i think you will have a tough time getting it repaired in that scenario. might have to pay out of pocket.
i think you're missing my point, the car is under warranty, the brakes failed, i don't give a flying you know what if my VIN is part of the recall list or not. I hate turning into an asshole to get this done, but these are my brakes, and there is still 18 months left on the lease
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Old 11-28-2013, 06:24 AM
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Got my recall notice yesterday. It said they don't have sufficient parts to complete the repair but should have them by January.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:07 PM
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Received our recall today ('13 328ix - 10/12 build) and, as noted by others, it indicates parts to effect the recall are not currently available but are expected in 1/14.

The letter states;

"Description Of Repair

The power assist braking system will be inspected and, if necessary, the sealing cap will be secured, which will ensure the brake vacuum pump is lubricated properly."

Is that all there is to this - securing a sealing cap? Is it present but loose in some cases? And, if the pump has not been properly lubricated previously, doesn't the pump need to be replaced as a result of damage that would have occurred due to operating without proper lubrication?
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:49 AM
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even without recall any brake problem should be checked out IMMEDIATELY !! Your car sahould still be under 4 year/50 warranty. Recall not withstanding .
I agree with you and that's exactly what I did within the first week of ownership. Problem is that it doesn't happen all the time. Dealership was not able to replicate and wanted to keep my car for an unspecified number of days. I have taken the car to a large open car parking lot at a nearby church and have not been able to replicate the problem either.
I declined.

It only happens at very slow speeds and now I have e recall notice. We'll see what happens next.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:35 AM
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Recall information by VIN # is available at the BME USA site… http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/conte...er/recall.aspx
I entered my VIN number as instructed and it came back as "no recall." I received my recall notice in the mail last Friday.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:14 PM
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I entered my VIN number as instructed and it came back as "no recall." I received my recall notice in the mail last Friday.
It goes to show you, USPS is still doing their job in spite of Congress efforts to privatize it.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:52 PM
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Re: Major recall for 2012-14 F30 BMW 3 Series with N20/N26 for dangerous loss of bra

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I entered my VIN number as instructed and it came back as "no recall." I received my recall notice in the mail last Friday.
Wtf. I was happy when I put my VIN in and it said no recall. Keeping my fingers crossed. Had no issues with the car so far.

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Old 12-03-2013, 07:05 PM
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Wtf. I was happy when I put my VIN in and it said no recall. Keeping my fingers crossed. Had no issues with the car so far.

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I "triple checked" it entering the last 7 digits of the VIN multiple times. Each time it came up with NO RECALL. The site is useless as I stare at the recall papers in front of me. I have half a mind to call BMW NA about their dysfunctional recall site.

In the meantime, I'm putting off long trips with the car...an 8-hr. trip to Mammoth Lakes (mountain driving - 10,000' elevation). I'm not able to utilize the car as I wish until January due to safety concerns. Perhaps I should ask for a lease payment credit.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:33 AM
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I ordered my car on 10/18, and got it 11/27, it should not have this problem, right?

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