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Old 04-10-2014, 11:23 AM
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Recalled: 2010-11 3 Series for VANOS issues - 156K vehicles in total

BMW 3 series N55 recall

BMW is recalling 156,137 vehicles powered by 6 cylinder engines for issues with the VANOS bolts.

BMW has informed NHTSA of its intention to voluntarily recall approximately 156,137 model year 2010-12 vehicles in the US, equipped with inline 6-cylinder engines. In very rare cases the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing (VANOS) unit housing may become loose or, in extreme cases, break. If that happens, a "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" lamp will illuminate and a check control message will be displayed. If the operation of the VANOS unit is compromised, the engine will operate with reduced engine power in "safe mode". If ignored, the problem can become progressively worse, eventually leading to no start conditions, stalling and engine damage.

6 cylinder BMW's affected by the recall -
  • 2010-12 1 Series
  • 2010-12 3 Series
  • 2010-2012 5 Series
  • 2010-12 5 Series Gran Turismo
  • 2012 6 Series
  • 2010-2012 X3
  • 2010-12 X5
  • 2010-12 X6
  • 2010-12 Z4

Drivers of potentially affected vehicles may continue to drive their vehicles, however, if they observe a "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" lamp and Check Control message warning, drivers should immediately contact their nearest authorized BMW center to arrange service. In the event of stalling, drivers should carefully move away from traffic and stop the vehicle in a safe location as soon as possible. They should contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269 to have the vehicle brought to the nearest authorized BMW center. They should not continue to drive their vehicle.

Owners of potentially affected vehicles will be contacted by BMW Customer Relations via first-class mail, to inform them of the recall and, when parts are available, will receive a second notification that will advise them to make an appointment with their authorized BMW center in order to have the repair made. Customers with questions should contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email customer.relations@bmwna.com.

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Old 04-10-2014, 01:47 PM
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Strange ... S54 also has vanos bolt issues up until late '07.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:55 PM
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Oh joy, one more thing to get squared away before the driving season.
Thanks for posting--I have an unrelated service appointment tomorrow and will be sure to inquire about getting a spot near the head of the queue.

(PS: The engine in the photo is not an N55. )
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:22 PM
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Well the E89 Z4 never used a N55 engine, so why is this recall applicable unless the N54 is also affected.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:46 PM
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Well the E89 Z4 never used a N55 engine, so why is this recall applicable unless the N54 is also affected.
Could be the N54T found in the 35is? That would explain the limited range of years covered?

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Old 04-10-2014, 09:22 PM
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Thought 2010's had the N54. Was there a model that year that came with the N55?
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That sucks. My Car 135i has the N54. Man after GM everyone is recall happy
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Called dealership, gave them last 7 digits of vin, and luckily I am not a victim. I have a 2012 535i. This issue must have impacted 2012 models built in 2011, as mine had a January 2012 production date. I also input last 7 digits into recall section of bmw website and it said no recall. Trust but verify!
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:24 AM
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First post updated with more information.
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First post updated with more information.
I just checked with dealer. My 2011 335i convertible is not part of the recall - N55 engine. So the brush is, so to speak, less broad than appeared.
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:43 PM
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I just checked with dealer. My 2011 335i convertible is not part of the recall - N55 engine. So the brush is, so to speak, less broad than appeared.
I just called BMWNA and they said the campaign is so new that it wont show on their computers or dealers computers which cars are affected. Spoke to SA, he said the same thing, not to mention they need to send out the correct parts as well which is looking like 2-3 months.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:04 PM
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Just checked with mine and they said no open recalls however the issues described in here just happen to me today.
Time to have a read of any error codes.
Or maybe it's to early to show on their computers? Check engine light came on a block from my place today and it didn't fix on restarting took a while to start also.

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Well lo and behold here. The Vanos bolts broke off and ended up in the oil pan on my 2011 F10 about 6 months ago, with just over 40k miles on her. BMW repaired it under warranty, but nothing else. I was wanting them to extend the warranty or offer trade assist due to potential engine damage. They said at the time that while it was a "known issue" (wrong grade bolts) and it was corrected in 2012 F10, it was not a "recall", and it could not damage the engine, and they would not extend the warranty or provide trade assist. Now it has risen to the level of "Recall" and potential engine damage is confirmed. I guess I will be discussing it again with them now.
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Well lo and behold here. The Vanos bolts broke off and ended up in the oil pan on my 2011 F10 about 6 months ago, with just over 40k miles on her. BMW repaired it under warranty, but nothing else. I was wanting them to extend the warranty or offer trade assist due to potential engine damage. They said at the time that while it was a "known issue" (wrong grade bolts) and it was corrected in 2012 F10, it was not a "recall", and it could not damage the engine, and they would not extend the warranty or provide trade assist. Now it has risen to the level of "Recall" and potential engine damage is confirmed. I guess I will be discussing it again with them now.
Sucks. Good luck!
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Yikes I thought I was a bad person till I saw this. Of course my bolts broke Sat. night. Had to park it for 2 days. When I took it in they did. It even say there was a recall for them. The description of how it drives is right on.

For mine they had to pull the pan to find the bits of ground up bolt parts. Wonder how much the bolts bounced around until they landed in the pan.

I used to build indy offy engines, and when top end parts broke all kind of dings and marks happened on the way down. Some times gear teeth were broken off, of course with a chain drive set up not sure what would happen?

Good thing this car is leased, sorry for the next owner. To people buying used bmws wonder if you can get the service records for the car???

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I just had my 2011 335is in for service today and asked about the recall. As far as they know at this point, they think the issue is just with the N55 engines and not with my N54T. But, he said that he will get back to me when he receives any new information.

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many, many cars with possible bad bolts

The world-wide total is almost 1/2 million cars:

https://www.bmwcca.org/node/7354
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Link to the official NHTSA recall notice with supporting documentation submitted by BMW NA:
NHTSA Campaign #14V176000, Subject: Camshaft Housing Bolts May Loosen causing Stall

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I atill cannot understand why a recall affecting N55 engine would be listed in the BMW press info as affecting '128i' or '328i' or '528i'...the N55 is what is in n35i cars, not n28i cars which have N51 or N52.


Zeichen pointed the finger of blame on NHTSA in another thread, which would explain the error.
"The NHTSA converted the list of affected Series reported by BMW to a list of specific models--that information was not included in the official notice from BMW. "

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Zeichen pointed the finger of blame on NHTSA in another thread, which would explain the error.
Thanks, wilt. Here is the link to the other thread, for those interested: Recalls start in May

Everyone should note that BMW's official submission to the NHTSA (as of 4/29) does not name the affected engine type code(s). There is one paragraph in the defect notice which states that at one time, the field cases reported to BMW up to that time were confined to "certain 6-cylinder turbocharged engines." However, there is no further mention of it and no conclusive statement that normally-aspirated engines were not susceptible. So as it stands, BMW has not made it clear whether some NA engines may be affected.

Tim, can you cite the source that specifically stated only the N55/N54 engines are affected? The submissions from BMW made to available by the NHTSA do not support that conclusion.
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Tim, can you cite the source that specifically stated only the N55/N54 engines are affected? The submissions from BMW made to available by the NHTSA do not support that conclusion.
Direct from BMW NA -

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BMW has informed NHTSA of its intention to voluntarily recall approximately 156,137 model year 2010-12 vehicles in the US, equipped with inline 6-cylinder engines.
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BMW has informed NHTSA of its intention to voluntarily recall approximately 156,137 model year 2010-12 vehicles in the US, equipped with inline 6-cylinder engines.
Thanks. In that case, you may want to revise the original post, pending clarification from BMW NA. The N54 and N55 were not the only I-6 engines available in 2010-2012 vehicles. The normally-aspirated N52 (and N53) was still the workhorse powerplant in many of the affected models.
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I've already inquired with BMW NA today for clarification.

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Tim, can you cite the source that specifically stated only the N55/N54 engines are affected? The submissions from BMW made to available by the NHTSA do not support that conclusion.
This is the post which I first found a direct reference to the recall affecting N55

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/11/b...ars-worldwide/
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It is an issue that effects all 6 cylinders. I have updated the story to reflect that now.

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