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Old 05-16-2014, 01:00 PM
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VANOS bolt recall N55 engine 3 series

What is the deal on the N55 VANOS bolt recall ?? various auto blogs are saying that 2010-thru 2012 N55 engines the bolts holding the VANOS unit can work loose and break off ???? please clarify if you know any details on this !! thanks !!!
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:20 PM
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There's a little button called "search this forum". Click it and search for VANOS. and all your questions will be answered.
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Old 05-16-2014, 03:57 PM
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We have conflicting information from various sources, so we really do NOT KNOW with certainty what the affected population of VANOS 6-cyl engines are recalled.
  • One article (autoblog) says N55, yet the BMW provided info to NHTSA includes 138i, 328i, 528i...none of which have N55 in the 2010-2012 time frame.
  • NHTSA says "BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 328i Coupe, 328i Convertible, 328i Sports Wagon and Z4 sDrive 30i, 2011-2012 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, 335i Sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i, 2011 335i xDrive Sedan, 335i Coupe, 335i Convertible, 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 535i xDrive Sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i, 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, and X5 xDrive 30i, 2012 640i Coupe,
  • AP fed articles say "The models in the recall include 1 Series, 3, Series, 5 Series, X3, X5, X6 and Z4 automobiles from 2010 through 2012, along with the 2012 6 Series"
Who do you believe?
What about other engines with build dates in 2010-2012, like the N51 (produced 2010-2012), N52 (produced during 2010-2011), N53 (produced during 2010-2011), and N54( produced in 2010)?!
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:10 PM
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wilt exactly i fully agree with you , im pretty worried that we are not getting the full story on this.
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:32 PM
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wilt exactly i fully agree with you , im pretty worried that we are not getting the full story on this.
Too soon to start worrying...the recall publicized only April 11, said they would begin notifying owners "The recall is expected to begin in May 2014." Still half of May left.

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.

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Old 05-17-2014, 02:18 PM
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I called my dealer last week about the recall and my 2011 335i didn't come up as needing any recall related maintenance.


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Old 05-17-2014, 05:30 PM
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The N55 isn't in the 328xi. It doesn't apply to your car so you can stop worrying.
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:00 PM
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The recall still isn't officially in effect yet. Chill out

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Old 06-06-2014, 10:17 AM
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OK, as ANYONE gotten a recall notice yet? If so, does it give you a clue as to the recall subpopulation, who is affected and who isn't?
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:57 AM
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Yes, I just got the notice today. It states there will be a second notice when the parts are available, at which time you can schedule an appointment.
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:26 PM
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Yes, I just got the notice today. It states there will be a second notice when the parts are available, at which time you can schedule an appointment.
There is another thread going about the recall. It would be helpful to get information from anyone who actually received a letter, about the car you own:
  • Model
  • Model year
  • Production date (mo/year)
  • Engine type (N51/N52/N53/N54/N55)

So maybe we can puzzle out which subpopulation is affected (and which ones are not affected), since BMW can't seem to make that clear.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:42 PM
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Those who received the letter should posted for the rest of the guys.
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:35 PM
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Here's the info on my 335...
  • Model: 335i
  • Model year: 2011
  • Production date (mo/year): 03/2011
  • Engine type (N51/N52/N53/N54/N55): N55
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Old 06-08-2014, 01:54 PM
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Just received the letter.

Model: 335i
Model year: 2011
Production date (mo/year): 03/2011
Engine type (N51/N52/N53/N54/N55): N55
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:24 PM
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VANOS bolt recall N55 engine 3 series

I just got it today too. Unfortunately they don't have the parts so they will let me know as soon as the service get it. I hope soon....

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Old 06-08-2014, 09:48 PM
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I just got it today too. Unfortunately they don't have the parts so they will let me know as soon as the service get it. I hope soon....
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:51 PM
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I got my notice today 2011 335I xdrive sedan
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:48 PM
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I was told I have a inter cooler and twin turbo .. ? True ?


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Old 06-09-2014, 05:14 PM
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Got my notice yesterday.

Model: 528i
Model year: 2011
Production date (mo/year): 11/2011
Engine type (N51/N52/N53/N54/N55): N52T
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If you have turbos, you have an intercooler (mounted under the radiator on the front).
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