Stop Driving your M5 or M6 - Oil pump recall

by Tim Jones on September 21, 2012, 3:40 pm
BMW M5 and M6 S63tu engine recall faulty oil pump

2013 BMW M5 and M6s powered by the S63TU engine are being recalled because of a faulty oil pump. The oil pump has already claimed at least one engine of a Bimmerfest European Delivery customer while driving on the Autobahn. If you have an M5 or M6 you should be getting a call from BMW NA shortly and are instructed not to drive your car. Driving your M5 or M6 can result in a dramatic lose of oil pressure that will destroy the engine.



NHTSA Recall Campaign Number 12V475000
Vehicle Make / Model / Year
BMW / M5 / 2013
BMW / M6 / 2013

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC - Report Receipt Date: SEP 28, 2012

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 696

Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2013 M5, M6 Coupe, and M6 Convertible vehicles, manufactured from July 19, 2012, through September 11, 2012. Due to a manufacturing process error, the tolerance between the engine oil pump's drive shaft and the pump's rotor was not within specification. As a result, the pump's driveshaft could separate from the rotor.

Consequence:
Separation of the pump's driveshaft from the rotor could lead to a sudden loss of oil pressure causing the possibility of complete engine failure, resulting in an engine stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil pump, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2012. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Source nhtsa.dot.gov

Frequently Asked BMW M5 and M6 Recall Questions

Which models are affected by this Recall?
Affected are certain Model Year 2013 BMW M5, M6 Coupe, and M6Convertible vehicles produced between July 2012 and September 2012.

What is the specific problem?
The issue involves the engine oil pump. The pump driveshaft can separate from the pump rotor. If this were to occur, the engine could experience a sudden loss of oil pressure which could cause severe engine damage.

Why are other models not affected?
It has been determined that only certain vehicles produced between July 2012 and September 2012 were equipped with an incorrectly manufactured oil pump.

How many vehicles are affected?
Approximately 696 vehicles in the US are potentially affected.

What can happen as a result of this issue?
A sudden loss of oil pressure could occur, as well as the possibility of severe engine damage.

Can the driver become aware of the problem?
Yes, if the vehicle experiences a sudden loss of oil pressure, a low oil pressure warning indicator is displayed in the instrument cluster, along with a warning message in the control display.

What corrective measures will be taken?
The engine oil pump will be replaced.

How did BMW become aware of the problem?
BMW became aware of the problem through its quality control procedures.

Is BMW aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the Recall?
No.

Can customers continue to drive their vehicles?
We recommend that owners of affected vehicles do not drive their vehicle until this Recall can be completed. If the vehicle experiences a sudden loss of oil pressure, carefully pull over to the
side of the road and shut off the engine. Please contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269. If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this
important information.

How will customers be informed of the Recall?
The BMW Customer Relations department is calling owners of affected vehicles, advising to them discontinue driving the vehicle until the Recall has been completed. Subsequently, owners will receive a letter via First Class mail asking them to schedule an appointment with their authorized BMW center.

How will the Recall be performed?
Affected customers who make an appointment will have the engine oil pump replaced on their vehicle.

How long will the repair take?
This repair may take two and a half hours; however, additional time may be required depending upon the center's scheduling and processing. The repair will be performed free of charge by your authorized BMW center.

How many vehicles have experienced this problem?
The exact number is unknown at this time.

When will I receive my owner notification letter?
Mailings are planned for October 2012.

Do I have to wait for my Recall letter in order to have my Recall performed?
Yes. BMW is in the process of implementing the Recall Campaign to ensure that the necessary parts are at the authorized BMW center prior to sending out the owner notification letters.

I see the "TREAD Act Customer Reimbursement Plan" attached to my letter. Can you explain what that is about? Am I eligible for reimbursement?
If you have already had this repair performed at your own expense, you may be
eligible for reimbursement of certain expenses that you incurred.

Does anyone else thing it is unfortunate that BMW is making new M5 and M6 owners not drive their new Bimmers? I would be more the slightly frustrated I cannot drive my new M5 or M6 for at least a few weeks while BMW gets the parts together to fix it. Is anyone's BMW M5 or M6 effected by this?
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15 responses to Stop Driving your M5 or M6 - Oil pump recall

kgapp commented:
September 21, 2012, 4:59 pm

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AutoUnion commented:
September 21, 2012, 6:14 pm

Looks like BMW still doesn't have their quality control in check. Come on! These are $100k+ cars going to your most loyal and dedicated fanbase
Sophisto commented:
September 22, 2012, 5:02 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by AutoUnion View Post
Looks like BMW still doesn't have their quality control in check. Come on! These are $100k+ cars going to your most loyal and dedicated fanbase
Seems an oil pump autopart supplier is going through some rough times.
tedb1965 commented:
September 22, 2012, 7:36 pm

Wonder what this will do to resale value of these early production machines...

Ouch.
charlesberry commented:
September 22, 2012, 11:04 pm

I was at Flemington BMW this morning and a shiny new M5 rolled in on the back of a flatbed.
mpresiv5 commented:
September 24, 2012, 4:34 pm

Received an email from dealer to get an x5 loaner. Just left tischer BMW was told my car isn't on the recall list (even though I knew it wasn't) and that I'm good to go..

Happy to drive my car home!
Kilani commented:
September 25, 2012, 8:42 pm

I dropped off the car today.
It's very disappointing haven't had the time to enjoy it since i was still breaking it in. Very disappointing the worst thing ever the heart of the car. They said it will take 2-3 weeks. Any comments????
Kilani commented:
September 25, 2012, 8:51 pm

I just remembered the oil check light came on once and I just brushed it off.
Checked the system and later it turned off. Could this have effected the engine at all?
tol4o commented:
September 26, 2012, 10:08 pm

The usual problems with the first year production. We had 2004 X3 and we had so many problems! I personally would avoid buying first year production
Axel61 commented:
September 27, 2012, 2:51 pm

That sucks!!!
Kilani commented:
September 27, 2012, 4:26 pm

Damn right
rhird commented:
September 28, 2012, 8:22 pm

So much for being first in line
tim330i commented:
October 5, 2012, 3:57 pm

The official recall has been posted but the NHTSA. Has anyone heard anything from BMW?

NHTSA Recall Campaign Number 12V475000
Vehicle Make / Model / Year
BMW / M5 / 2013
BMW / M6 / 2013

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC - Report Receipt Date: SEP 28, 2012

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 696

Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2013 M5, M6 Coupe, and M6 Convertible vehicles, manufactured from July 19, 2012, through September 11, 2012. Due to a manufacturing process error, the tolerance between the engine oil pump's drive shaft and the pump's rotor was not within specification. As a result, the pump's driveshaft could separate from the rotor.

Consequence:
Separation of the pump's driveshaft from the rotor could lead to a sudden loss of oil pressure causing the possibility of complete engine failure, resulting in an engine stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil pump, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2012. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Source nhtsa.dot.gov
LongBeachBMW commented:
October 7, 2012, 2:14 am

The new oil pumps have been arriving at the dealership for sold cars already. One of my ordered M5's was delivered a few days before the recall. Car was brought in to Service the day of the recall. New oil pump arrived with his VIN on Friday, Oct 5. Customer picked up car later in the day. Car was in Service Dept for 2 weeks. Customer was very happy to get his car back for the weekend.
Sawbones commented:
November 25, 2012, 2:23 pm

My oil pump was taken care of at the VDC prior to delivery at the dealer. Got a letter from BMW this weekend for a free M school day in Virginia for the inconvenience.