Recalled: 156K N55 powered BMWs for VANOS issues

by Tim Jones on April 10, 2014, 2:23 pm
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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104 responses to Recalled: 156K N55 powered BMWs for VANOS issues

thekurgan commented:
April 10, 2014, 4:47 pm

Strange ... S54 also has vanos bolt issues up until late '07.
Zeichen311 commented:
April 10, 2014, 4:55 pm

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. )
HerrK commented:
April 10, 2014, 11:22 pm

Well the E89 Z4 never used a N55 engine, so why is this recall applicable unless the N54 is also affected.
tim330i commented:
April 10, 2014, 11:46 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by HerrK View Post
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?

Tim
Dwight_Schrute commented:
April 11, 2014, 12:22 am

Thought 2010's had the N54. Was there a model that year that came with the N55?
rmjames007 commented:
April 11, 2014, 11:33 am

That sucks. My Car 135i has the N54. Man after GM everyone is recall happy
kc1953 commented:
April 11, 2014, 2:12 pm

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!
tim330i commented:
April 11, 2014, 2:24 pm

First post updated with more information.
pauljcl commented:
April 11, 2014, 3:16 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
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.
TJPark01 commented:
April 11, 2014, 4:43 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by pauljcl View Post
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.
Sir Jake commented:
April 11, 2014, 5:04 pm

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.
shawnsheridan commented:
April 14, 2014, 12:11 am

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.
pauljcl commented:
April 14, 2014, 12:34 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by shawnsheridan View Post
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!
craigr commented:
April 14, 2014, 4:59 pm

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???

cr
beden1 commented:
April 16, 2014, 6:59 pm

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.
floydarogers commented:
April 21, 2014, 10:47 am

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

https://www.bmwcca.org/node/7354
Zeichen311 commented:
April 29, 2014, 3:59 pm

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
wilt commented:
April 30, 2014, 1:19 pm

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. "
Zeichen311 commented:
April 30, 2014, 2:36 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by wilt View Post
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.
tim330i commented:
April 30, 2014, 2:39 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeichen311 View Post
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 -

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
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.
Zeichen311 commented:
April 30, 2014, 2:52 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
Direct from BMW NA -
Quote:
Originally Posted by tim330i
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.
tim330i commented:
April 30, 2014, 2:54 pm

I've already inquired with BMW NA today for clarification.

Tim
wilt commented:
April 30, 2014, 3:35 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeichen311 View Post
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/
tim330i commented:
April 30, 2014, 3:38 pm

It is an issue that effects all 6 cylinders. I have updated the story to reflect that now.

Tim
beden1 commented:
April 30, 2014, 4:12 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
It is an issue that effects all 6 cylinders. I have updated the story to reflect that now.

Tim
Does that mean the N54 is included in this recall?
tim330i commented:
April 30, 2014, 4:13 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by beden1 View Post
Does that mean the N54 is included in this recall?
EDIT: I spoke too soon without thinking. I was told all 6 cylinders but looking at the list again it might only be N52/N53 and N55.

Tim
Zeichen311 commented:
April 30, 2014, 5:04 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
It is an issue that affects all 6 cylinders. I have updated the story to reflect that now.
Thanks for the legwork, Tim!
wilt commented:
June 6, 2014, 1:19 pm

ANYONE actually receive a recall notice, and does it give a clue as to who is affected vs. those not affected?!
shawnsheridan commented:
June 6, 2014, 1:22 pm

I have received absolutely nothing, and Recall website shows nothing for my VIN:

http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/conte...er/recall.aspx

Yet, my Vanos bolts disintegrated 8 months ago and car was repaired under warranty.

It's pathetic how this is being handled.
Turborascal commented:
June 6, 2014, 1:37 pm

Just ran a recall check on my '11 335is.
"No recalls at this time".
shawnsheridan commented:
June 6, 2014, 1:38 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Turborascal View Post
Just ran a recall check on my '11 335is.
"No recalls at this time".
Right, because it still is not updated with affected VIN's yet.
Turborascal commented:
June 6, 2014, 1:42 pm

Thanks. I'll check back on a regular basis.
TJPark01 commented:
June 6, 2014, 1:54 pm

I called BMWNA last week. They said 2 letters will be going out. The first of which is expect in early June and will notify you if your car is part of the recall. The second letter will then let you know when to contact your service department, once the parts have been made readily available.
shawnsheridan commented:
June 6, 2014, 2:07 pm

Thanks for the update.
ctuna commented:
June 6, 2014, 2:08 pm

That recall website doesn't work to well
I have the seat sensor recall letter and it shows
nothing for my car and others have experienced this to.
geomax commented:
June 6, 2014, 2:33 pm

Just received the recall letter for the VANOS bolt issue today....it states they do not have sufficient parts yet, but notification will be sent when parts are available, at which time a dealer visit should be scheduled.
shawnsheridan commented:
June 6, 2014, 2:35 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by ctuna View Post
That recall website doesn't work to well...
Why am I not surprised...
caperss commented:
June 6, 2014, 3:11 pm

Yup, the 1st letter arrived today, it says they don't have the parts but make an appointment with your dealer?????? I called the dealer just on the off chance they may have a time-line when to expect the parts. Nope, they said they haven't had anyone even call in with that recall # yet and to call back when the second letter arrives. The SA asked me when my next service was and I told her in 16k miles. She told me to just wait till then! Where do they get these people????
wilt commented:
June 6, 2014, 6:00 pm

For those who actually received a recall letter, it would be useful to hear what model and model year, production date, and which engine (N51, N52, N53, N54, N55)

Maybe we can sleuth out what BMW NA seems unable to communicate to its dealers and customer!
Zeichen311 commented:
June 6, 2014, 6:29 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by wilt View Post
For those who actually received a recall letter, it would be useful to hear what model and model year, production date, and which engine (N51, N52, N53, N54, N55)

Maybe we can sleuth out what BMW NA seems unable to communicate to its dealers and customer!
Forget doing so from the recall letters.

Quote:
Originally Posted by BMW of North America, LLC
BMW AG has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain Model Year 2010-12 BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo, 6 Series, X3 SAV, X5 SAV, X6 SAV and Z4 models. Our records indicate that you are the owner or lessee of an affected vehicle.
That's it, verbatim. The letter was in today's mail.
wilt commented:
June 6, 2014, 6:32 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeichen311 View Post
Forget doing so from the recall letters.

.
And that is the point of OWNERS telling us...
"I got a letter today, I own a 201n 3nn (sedan/coupe/cabrio/wagon) built in mm/yy, and I have the N5n engine"
Zeichen311 commented:
June 6, 2014, 7:15 pm

True enough, but by the time you gather enough data to postulate any kind of a theory, the campaign will be over.

An important point: Even knowledge of the engine type code and vehicle production date may be insufficient. The manufacturing date and plant of the engine is almost certainly the critical factor here. The engine was not necessarily (in fact, not likely) manufactured in the same production week as the vehicle. Neither the engine serial number nor its build date is reported on the Vehicle Inquiry Report or the Warranty Vehicle Inquiry, the two primary sources of comprehensive, vehicle-specific data. That leaves the engine serial tag as the most practical option. Reading that tag in situ is often not a trivial task.

In short, even if BMW AG told us, "all Nxx engines manufactured between A and B," the average owner still could not determine whether they were affected, either on their own or with the help of a dealer. So, basically, why bother?

(Given the absence of engine ID data on the VIR and WVI, it's entirely possible even BMW AG does not know exactly which engine (serial #) pairs with a specific VIN. Interchangeable assemblies and parts are often treated as commodities in manufacturing--tracked only by lot/batch/shipment. In such cases, they might have a record of when lot #XYZ was received at the assembly plant, yet have no record of the disposition (i.e., which VIN received) individual units from the lot.)
caperss commented:
June 6, 2014, 7:16 pm

My Bad, I should have added that info. My effected recall is a Feb of 2011 E93 with N55 engine
wilt commented:
June 6, 2014, 7:31 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeichen311 View Post
True enough, but by the time you gather enough data to postulate any kind of a theory, the campaign will be over.
We can at least TRY! Otherwise we sit here with our thumbs up our rectums waiting ignorantly to be enlightened by the Broeken Motor Wizard
phix90 commented:
June 6, 2014, 8:12 pm

I typed in my VIN. 2011 BMW 335IS (N54)

says no recall, but whether that's true or not I cant say
Bemo commented:
June 6, 2014, 8:36 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by wilt View Post
We can at least TRY! Otherwise we sit here with our thumbs up our rectums waiting ignorantly to be enlightened by the Broeken Motor Wizard

Agreed! We received a notice today about the 535xi GT! The bus is getting fixed. Nothing yet about my 3.


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BigDeep1 commented:
June 6, 2014, 11:46 pm

I think that more and more 535i owners will be getting notices in the mail alerting them to the official recall. I finally received mine today; however, they said they "do not have sufficient parts to conduct the recall; however, we [they] will notify you as soon as parts become available"
msir86 commented:
June 7, 2014, 9:52 am

While I have not received a letter yet, I spoke with BMWNA and the helpful lady indicated that I would be part of the recall. Car is a 2011 328xi (N51 engine). She got to this conclusion by looking at something and categorically saying N51 engines are included. Take it for what its worth, but seems as though it is by engine, not production location or date.
wilt commented:
June 7, 2014, 12:06 pm

So far we now have some degree of confirmation of both N51 and N55 involved in the recall to some degree. (I have N51, no letter yet.)
pspressart commented:
June 7, 2014, 1:10 pm

I received the recall letter today. 2011 E92 335i N55 production date 7/2010
Turborascal commented:
June 7, 2014, 4:41 pm

Which engine?
Dabrwright commented:
June 8, 2014, 12:16 am

Got my letter from BMWNA yesterday.
My car is 2011 E92 335i N55 engine
Production date 04/2010
It says we have to wait to get the recall done.
SilverX3 commented:
June 8, 2014, 3:17 am

Does tjis recall include x1 3.0 engine
wilt commented:
June 8, 2014, 9:41 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by SilverX3 View Post
Does tjis recall include x1 3.0 engine

We simply do NOT know, and BMW doesn't have its VIN recall website up to date on this recall!


http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...02&postcount=3

Your inquiry is also too vague...in 2011 both the 335i and the 328i are '3.0 liter' engines, one is turbocharged and the other isn't!

We only know three N55 owners have gotten letters and also provided us with enough information about their cars: one with production build in 4/2010, one with production build in 2/2011 and one with production build in 3/2011.
Other 335i owners have stated they got letters but neglected to state production date or type of engine series.
Another 335i owner (with unstated engine) says the VIN database does NOT say he has a recall as of 6/6/2014; one N54 owner also says the VIN database says nothing about his car.

We also know that apparently someone at BMW NA was consulted about someone's N51 engine 2011 328i, and the owner was told "yes, N51 is included" although she had no information availalble base on actual VIN yet.
There is very little precise information available yet -- either to owners or to BMW NA! That is why we are requesting that all owners who have received letters tell us their
  • Model
  • Model Year
  • Production Date
  • Engine Type

...when they report having gotten a letter!!! Then maybe we can start to try to figure out that which is very slowly becoming known.

What we know so far, based on evidence provided by owners:
  • N51: BMW NA lady says "Yes, definitely" (but has no VIN information or affected production date range information), but no owners on bimmerfest have a letter yet.
  • N52: We know nothing
  • N53: We know nothing
  • N54: We know nothing
  • N55: Owners between 4/2010 and 3/2011 have gotten recall letters
stones399 commented:
June 8, 2014, 11:34 pm

For what it's worth, I rec'd my lottery letter yesterday. No mention of a follow up letter.

It said that my engine was affected by the recall. To contact the dealer to create an appointment so that when the parts become available I can have the maintenance performed. Though no immediate service was needed & to be watchful of the symptoms stated in the OP.

2011 E92 335xi, 5/10 N55
wilt commented:
June 9, 2014, 12:21 am

(withdrawn)
SpeedyE commented:
June 9, 2014, 12:46 am

withdrawn
jman103099 commented:
June 10, 2014, 12:14 pm

Got the letter today. Basically saying we dont have parts yet... wait for follow up letter.

Model - 328i
Model Year - 2011
Production Date - May 2010
Engine Type - N52 (is this right? I assume that's what this car has, as it wouldnt be N54 or N55)

Does not show up on BMW's recall site with last 7 of VIN.
ctuna commented:
June 10, 2014, 1:06 pm

BMW's recall site never is up todate.
I had a recall on mine for the seat sensor and it doesn't show on there site.
I got the same kind of two part letter saying there was recall but no parts 3 months
ago scheduled to go in Monday.
wilt commented:
June 11, 2014, 11:43 am

What we know so far, based on evidence provided by owners:

N51: BMW NA lady says "Yes, definitely" (but has no VIN information or affected production date range information), but no owners on bimmerfest have a letter yet.
N52: Owner of 328i produced 5/2010 has gotten recall letter
N53: We know nothing
N54: We know nothing
N55: Owners of 335i produced between 4/2010 and 3/2011 have gotten recall letters
AvantGarde328i commented:
June 11, 2014, 12:53 pm

Hi Bimmerfest, first time poster here.

I also received the first recall letter in the mail a couple of days ago. Frustrating to say the least.

Mine is a South Africa built 2011 E90 328i manufactured 3/2011. It seems to me BMW is not taking chances with this one and pretty much recalling every variant of the gasoline I6 engines.

Just turned 40K miles last week, and in all fairness, the car has been fabulous since day 1.

Was told by my SA that a second letter is soon to follow. Dealer has no parts neither proper repair instructions at this time. Kind of useless to try to book the car in advance as BMWUSA does not seem to know when the revised bolts will be distributed to the dealer network.

I agree on that communication coming out of NJ regarding this recall has been poorly handled. Dealers and customers still in the dark.
AvantGarde328i commented:
June 11, 2014, 1:05 pm

Also since the 3-Series is the best selling BMW, the model makes up for the largest amount of cars in the recall, 58165 units to be exact.
SouthernBeamer commented:
June 11, 2014, 3:16 pm

Just took my 328i to the dealer last week for some minor repairs under warranty and he told me that my car has a recall against it. When I picked it up he said they didn't perform the recall fix.

The bill states:
SIB 0011350300
Campaign not yet open per SIB. Further information to follow.

My build-date is 5/2010
No letter from BMW USA about a recall either
wilt commented:
June 11, 2014, 6:31 pm

What we know so far, based on evidence provided by owners:

N51: BMW NA lady says "Yes, definitely" (but has no VIN information or affected production date range information), but no owners on bimmerfest have a letter yet.
N52: Owner of 328i produced 5/2010 (to 3/2011 South African build) has gotten recall letter
N53: We know nothing
N54: We know nothing
N55: Owners of 335i produced between 4/2010 and 3/2011 have gotten recall letters
wilt commented:
June 11, 2014, 6:41 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by AvantGarde328i View Post
Also since the 3-Series is the best selling BMW, the model makes up for the largest amount of cars in the recall, 58165 units to be exact.
Questionable...given the fact that in the US the 3-series is over 100000 of annual sales volume in the US alone! (314K cars sold by BMW in US in 2006; 6740 3-series in June 2012 alone excluding X3!)
insanegixxer750 commented:
June 11, 2014, 11:13 pm

Hello, first time poster here.

Got my letter on June 9th, called dealer, no parts yet. Will wait for this a few months while they practice on other cars first. Lol

2011 F25 X3 35i M Sport
Build date May 2011

Cheers
xx commented:
June 13, 2014, 12:22 am

it left me stranded out of town!! get yours replaced!
insanegixxer750 commented:
June 13, 2014, 12:49 am

I should but the stealership techs are idiots! They never perform work orders correctly. At least at the ones I've tried. Just stupid stuff but shows lack of pride in workmanship. I get anxious every time I go. I started doing my own maintenance even though I have free maintenance.


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3ismagic# commented:
June 13, 2014, 7:24 am

Does this apply to the M57 engine? It is an inline-6.
wilt commented:
June 13, 2014, 7:02 pm

What we know so far, based on evidence provided by owners:

N51: BMW NA lady says "Yes, definitely" (but has no VIN information or affected production date range information), but no owners on bimmerfest have a letter yet.
N52: Owner of 328i produced 5/2010 (to 3/2011 South African build) has gotten recall letter
N53: We know nothing
N54: We know nothing
N55: Owners of 335i produced between 4/2010 and 5/2011 have gotten recall letters
xx commented:
June 13, 2014, 7:42 pm

here's my letter and random notes...
wilt commented:
June 29, 2014, 10:12 pm

It has been about two weeks...anyone with updates to information in Post 71?!
insanegixxer750 commented:
June 29, 2014, 11:16 pm

Nothing yet here. Messaged s.a. No reply. Typical!
Sir Jake commented:
July 1, 2014, 3:48 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by wilt View Post
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  • N51: BMW NA lady says "Yes, definitely" (but has no VIN information or affected production date range information), but no owners on bimmerfest have a letter yet.
  • N52: We know nothing
  • N53: We know nothing
  • N54: We know nothing
  • N55: Owners between 4/2010 and 3/2011 have gotten recall letters
I called months ago and was told no, however they also said to call back in a few months because their computers didn't have the information on everything still.
Time to give them a call back again.
Vanos4:12PM commented:
July 2, 2014, 11:12 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by jman103099 View Post
Got the letter today. Basically saying we dont have parts yet... wait for follow up letter.

Model - 328i
Model Year - 2011
Production Date - May 2010
Engine Type - N52 (is this right? I assume that's what this car has, as it wouldnt be N54 or N55)

Does not show up on BMW's recall site with last 7 of VIN.
2011 328
Build date 5/2010

No letter as of today.
cazzopazzo commented:
July 2, 2014, 8:08 pm

Mine was built 4/10 335xi and called the dealer and was advised not to worry according to my Vin # ...


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wilt commented:
July 3, 2014, 6:39 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by cazzopazzo View Post
Mine was built 4/10 335xi and called the dealer and was advised not to worry according to my Vin # ...


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I wonder if they simply interrogated the BMW web site and were give the 'false negative' response that a lot of us have gotten when putting in our VIN, from the database which has not yet been updated fully with this latest recall?!
mainesysadmin commented:
July 16, 2014, 12:00 pm

I received the Recall letter a few weeks ago. I have an early built 2011 335i xdrive model assembled in Munich.

I called the local dealership a week back and they still didn't have the parts. I'm at 63k miles and requested to be added to a call back list as soon as their available.

No CEL or symptoms shown in regards to the recall yet.
AAS commented:
July 16, 2014, 4:18 pm

I received my recall letter on 6/2. Called a month later to check on status and dealership had no idea when the parts would be forthcoming. Called again today, and got same "non-answer" info.

Let's see:

a. first info of recall was on 4/10;

b. letter on recall sent out on/about 6/1 telling owner they have a recall car, but there are no parts available to deal with the recall.... "we will get back to you" is, in essence, the message; letter also indicates to call the NHTSA if recall parts are not provided in "reasonable time period";

c. 3 months have now passed since the recall was identified and 6 weeks have passed since letters were issued; when does the time we are waiting become "unreasonable";

d. to whom/what do we complain to assert that that the wait has now become unreasonable;

e. who determines what "unreasonable" is and what are the consequences?

Anyone else getting frustrated with BMW's non-responsiveness to this safety issue?
cost2much commented:
July 17, 2014, 12:19 pm

I haven't received my letter. Took my car in yesterday because the "Engine Malfunction" light was on. Today my service rep stated that the bolt holding the variable camshaft timing (VANOS) unit housing had broken off. They will also check to oil pan to make sure there aren't any broken bolts inside. Stated if I had of drove much longer the car would have eventually shut off. He did not say that there weren't any parts avail for the fix.
cost2much commented:
July 22, 2014, 10:21 am

Update! Vanos bolts issues fixed. Driving home and starting to loose power again. Engine light was back on. Service rep stated injector failed as well. I hope to get my car back soon.
wilt commented:
July 22, 2014, 12:40 pm

What we know now so far (mid-July update from early June), based on evidence provided by owners:

N51: BMW NA lady says "Yes, definitely" (but has no VIN information or affected production date range information), but no owners on bimmerfest have a letter yet.
N52: Owner of 328i produced 5/2010 (to 3/2011 South African build) has gotten recall letter
N53: We know nothing
N54: We know nothing
N55: Owners of 335i produced between 4/2010 and 5/2011 have gotten recall letters; additionally one 5/2011 build failed recently (no letter received), and repair is still in progress.

I speculate that a limited quanitity of replacement bolts are available to repair engines found to be 'broken', but an insufficient quantity of bolts are in the supply chain for support of a mass recall notice with recall appointment scheduling of engines still operating normally.
mainesysadmin commented:
August 8, 2014, 2:42 pm

Yesterday my car alerted with the limp mode (half shaded engine) diag light. It also said Service Engine Soon after alerting. It was definitely running with a lot less power but didn't idle rough and sounded normal aside from less turbo spool.

About 5 min later I experienced rough idle and strange sounds, like it was misfiring. It was jerky to drive. Limped into my company's parking lot, called BMW roadside assistance and rode with the tow truck to the local dealer.

It is a busy dealer so they were all out of BMW loaners and rented an Enterprise car for me. My car is an early model 2011 335i xdrive automatic without Navi. It has 64k miles, so it was do for service this month as well. I had called last month to be added to a call list due to the high miles I was concerned.

The failure was the, "Vanos Control Unit". I had to ask, because they were going to charge me the $50 deductible for the CPO warranty. Since it is related to an open recall they are going to waive the CPO deductible. I'm picking the car up in a couple of hours so we'll see if that holds true.

They replaced the Vanos Control Unit but still don't have the recall parts so I will have to go back again when the become available.
jgoens commented:
August 9, 2014, 1:10 am

Cool...I bought my 2011 335i last Monday. CPO. 17k miles on it. By Wednesday I had the low tire pressure signal-went to dealer--faulty stem valve. Now, looks like a good chance I could have to have recall work. Car is awesome, dealer is pretty good but I would like to go a month or so without repairs. This is my first BMW. Wondering if they are going to know my name by face recognition in the first month of owning it.
shawnsheridan commented:
August 9, 2014, 9:22 am

Wow. A 2011 with only 17k miles is a nice find.

How though is a faulty stem valve "recall work"?

This is part of the tire, and can be damaged fairly easy from crappy road conditions or debris.
cazzopazzo commented:
August 9, 2014, 6:01 pm

I bought 2011 335 I xdrive 18k miles
I love it ! Did my first oil change myself..love the ride ! Put on Toyo proxes 4plus.. Just need a jack and a rim anyone ?


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
jgoens commented:
August 9, 2014, 10:12 pm

I said I had the valve replaced--that was a simple 10 minute warranty item. I had said it looks like I could be in the recall as well. Don't have to pay for anything and they supply a loaner...but I just don't want to feel like my "new" car needs several visits to the dealer.
wilt commented:
August 10, 2014, 10:30 pm

Bringing this thread back on topic...

Has anyone received a recall notice from BMW, regarding the need to bring in their vehicle for VANOS service, who are outside of these known notice groups? We are trying to determine the 'affected population' because that information has been very sparse!
What we alerady know so far (as of August 10), based upon evidence on bimmerfest provided by BMW owners:
N51: BMW NA lady says "Yes, definitely" (but has no VIN information or affected production date range information), but no owners on bimmerfest have a letter yet.
N52: Owner of 328i produced 5/2010 (to 3/2011 South African build) has gotten recall letter
N53: We know nothing
N54: We know nothing
N55: Owners of 335i produced between 4/2010 - 5/2011 have gotten recall letters; additionally one 5/2011 build failed in late July (but no recall letter received), and repair is assumed completed by now.
Any updates on this topic? Where are the BMW recall letters?...it has 'only' been four months now!
shawnsheridan commented:
August 10, 2014, 10:44 pm

For N55, I received the Recall Notice for my 2011 F10 535i, built 1010:

Attachment 457787
wilt commented:
August 10, 2014, 10:56 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by shawnsheridan View Post
For N55, I received the Recall Notice for my 2011 F10 535i, built 1010:

Attachment 457787
Do you have any idea of MONTH of production?
shawnsheridan commented:
August 10, 2014, 11:12 pm

I wrote it is a 1010 build, October 2010.
wilt commented:
August 10, 2014, 11:50 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by shawnsheridan View Post
I wrote it is a 1010 build, October 2010.
Thank you, October is the month!
cost2much commented:
August 11, 2014, 7:41 am

My repair was completed on July 22th by Nalley BMW Decatur, GA.
wilt commented:
August 11, 2014, 7:49 pm

Has anyone received a recall notice from BMW, regarding the need to bring in their vehicle for VANOS service, who are outside of these known notice groups (blue text)? We are trying to determine the 'affected population' because that information has been very sparse!
What we alerady know so far (as of August 11), based upon evidence on bimmerfest provided by BMW owners:
N51: BMW NA lady says "Yes, definitely" (but has no VIN information or affected production date range information), but no owners on bimmerfest have a letter yet.
N52: Owner of 328i produced 5/2010 (also a 3/2011 South African build) has gotten recall letter
N53: We know nothing
N54: We know nothing
N55: Owners of x35i produced between 4/2010 - 5/2011 have gotten recall letters; additionally one 5/2011 build failed in late July (but no recall letter received), and repair is assumed completed by now.
Any updates on this topic? Where are the BMW recall letters?...it has 'only' been four months now!
geomax commented:
August 12, 2014, 2:56 pm

I sent a note to my dealer asking if there is any update on when the parts would be available so they could start working on vehicles affected. They expected mid-August. But who knows....I haven't received any further communication.
Vanos4:12PM commented:
August 14, 2014, 10:36 pm

UPDATE: we had our chapter meeting at the dealer tonight so asked my SA about the recall and if my car was included. YUP!! He stated along with the Service manager that "I should be receiving a letter anywhere from now up to 6 months that they are sending them out in waves as they don't even have the parts yet and actually just got the tool in to perform the work"

So there you have it. Your car may be recalled but you may not get a letter until next year!

Again my car is 2011 328 - born on date of 5/2010

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vanos4:12PM View Post
2011 328
Build date 5/2010

No letter as of today.
cost2much commented:
August 15, 2014, 7:52 am

I rechecked the BMW website with my VIN and it's actually been updated whereas previously it didn't show a recall. It now shows a recall for my car. My VANOS issues was fixed 3 weeks ago. Please check it out to see if you recall info has been updated.
wilt commented:
August 15, 2014, 11:45 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by cost2much View Post
I rechecked the BMW website with my VIN and it's actually been updated whereas previously it didn't show a recall. It now shows a recall for my car. My VANOS issues was fixed 3 weeks ago. Please check it out to see if you recall info has been updated.
Just checked mine...
There are no open recalls for your vehicle.
Your VIN: WBAPH5C59BAxxxxxx
Year: 2011
Make and Model: BMW 328I US A
...inconclusive.
jat335i commented:
August 15, 2014, 1:54 pm

Haven't heard of this recall, although I did receive a letter from BMW which I believe is for the Roadside Assistance renewal. Will have to check my pile of junk mail to see if there is an official letter, but I just checked my VIN# on the BMW site and it says there is no open recalls so it's looks like mine is in the clear for the moment. We'll see.

My 2010 (build date 10/2009) is 4 years and 8 months old and nearing the 50,000 mile mark and so far it hasn't had any major problems or issues whatsoever. I've done the regular maintenance at their scheduled intervals and it has not had the HPFP failure nor limp mode issues that others have experienced and reported on this site and other BMW forums. However, the original HPFP was replaced as part of the mandatory recall and as of now it's been A-OK. Also, the battery cable was replaced as part of another mandatory recall in June of last year.

The car is running great and I'm lovin' it!
shawnsheridan commented:
August 15, 2014, 1:59 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by jat335i View Post
...
The car is running great and I'm lovin' it!
So was mine, until one day driving home from work, when my VANOS disintegrated on the interstate...
jat335i commented:
August 15, 2014, 2:28 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by shawnsheridan View Post
So was mine, until one day driving home from work, when my VANOS disintegrated on the interstate...
DOH! Sorry bro! Looks like you were one of those unlucky few. Well, so far mine is doing fine. I was afraid my car was going to get hit with the HPFP issue when all the hoopla was going around about it a few years back, but as of now still no issues and it hasnít had any indications of potential failures of any kind. Iím not going to worry too much about it, but will keep it in the back of head and periodically check my VIN on the BMW site for updates.
shawnsheridan commented:
August 15, 2014, 2:32 pm

Yeah, I'm just letting you know, when it happens, it comes without warning like a thief in the night.
jat335i commented:
August 15, 2014, 2:56 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by shawnsheridan View Post
Yeah, I'm just letting you know, when it happens, it comes without warning like a thief in the night.
Gotcha! Thanks bro!
Vanos4:12PM commented:
August 15, 2014, 3:13 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by cost2much View Post
I rechecked the BMW website with my VIN and it's actually been updated whereas previously it didn't show a recall. It now shows a recall for my car. My VANOS issues was fixed 3 weeks ago. Please check it out to see if you recall info has been updated.
just tried the website:

Vehicle-specific recall information is currently unavailable due to website maintenance. Please check back on August 12, 2014 or for general information regarding recalls, please call the BMW Recall Hotline at (800) 525-7417