• Jul 26, 2010
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If the fuel gauge in your 2010 or 2011 BMW 5-Series sedan or 5-Series Gran Turismo tells you that you've got plenty of petrol, you may want to hit the gas station before going on that long trip anyway. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website reports that 6,080 5-Series sedan and GT models built between January 12 and July 1, 2010 are being recalled for a faulty fuel sensor. In certain cases, the sensor can wedge itself against the tank, which will lead to the fuel gauge reading that the vehicle has more fuel than it actually does. Drivers suddenly saddled with a fuel-free Bimmer while driving could wind up getting into an accident or being stranded by the side of the road, and that's not good at all.

The NHTSA website currently shows that BMW still hasn't provided an appropriate fix for the issue, but when the automaker does, owners will doubtlessly be able to head over to the nearest BMW dealer for a free repair. Head across the jump to read over the official NHTSA press release.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
BMW / 5-SERIES 2010-2011

BMW / 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO 2010-2011

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC Mfr's Report Date: JUL 21, 2010

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER:STORAGE:FUEL GAUGE SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6080

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN 2010 AND 2011 5-SERIES AND 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 12 THROUGH JULY 1, 2010. THE VEHICLE'S FUEL LEVEL SENSOR WITHIN THE FUEL TANK CAN BECOME WEDGED AGAINST THE TANK.

Consequence:
IF THIS OCCURS, THE FUEL GAUGE IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER WOULD DISPLAY A LARGER AMOUNT OF FUEL THAN WAS ACTUALLY IN THE TANK. AS A RESULT, IF THE TANK BECAME EMPTY, THE VEHICLE COULD STALL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
BMW HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A REMEDY PLAN AND NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an 83 bmw 320 i with 215 k on it runs like a champ 28 mpg at 75 mph on the highway,no power windows,fun to drive all the time,put recarros in it.still fun to drive all the time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not surprising. I pitched my BMW because it was such an unreliable POS. And before someone says, "BMWs are less reliable because they are so advanced," the litany of stuff that failed on mine was not the "advanced" stuff. They were basic things like the fuel line, the steering wheel lock, power window regulators, headlight washers, central locking motors & peeling interior paint.

      Between the unreliability of their cars and the general unresponsiveness of BMWNA & their dealers--no more BMWs for me. Which is a shame, because when it decided to work, it drove so well...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That picture is not a very flattering angle for the GT. I saw one for the first time recently at a BMW test drive event and it looked much better in the sheet metal. It was pretty nice inside also. It does not seem to photograph well. This from a dyed-in-the-wool Mercedes driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "That picture is not a very flattering angle for the GT. I saw one for the first time recently at a BMW test drive event and it looked much better in the sheet metal."

        I saw one on the street today. No, it doesn't look any better in the flesh, er, sheet metal. There is no flattering angle for the GT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To quote Nyles Crain "How ironic that they named it after it's ugliest feature." A hatchback. BMW is making hatchbacks! Can't wait til they reinvert the Ford Festiva!
      • 4 Years Ago
      just when i was about to forget how ugly the 5 series GT is..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any fix for the ugliness yet?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They need a recall for the "Looks-like-a-tank Sensors"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't suppose there is any chance that BMW will recall the 5GT for excessive ugliness (and excessive porkiness).

        Sigh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep,

        I heard that those who turn in a GT will get a sedan in return.

        Who knew that 'fault fuel tank sensor' was code for 'erase any memory of the GT'

        So why is it that the Audi fastbacks (like the A5 version) look soooo much better than BMW's version?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As far as I am aware no one ever died as a result of their car running out of fuel
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know.... maybe out in the middle of some Nevada desert.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like someone dropped an ugly bomb on the 5 series and the GT is the horribly mutated appendage that resulted from the ugly radiation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog - next time the GT is part of a story, please just put up a pic of the BMW logo, not the car. We don't want to be offended by this thing anymore.

      Thanks,
      All of Us
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        ABG, I had just about erased the 5GT image from my brain, and now my retinas have been seared again with this bloated, not as good looking as a sedan, not as useful as a wagon, Crosstour-ish beast. Please for the love of all things holy in automotive design, do not show the 5GT again in the flesh. Who looks at that car and thinks Yeah, that's it!?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This still ain't crap next to the HPFP problems. My friends with 535is and 335is are caught in this mess. Both have had to have their car towed to the dealer and neither has a real fix. It's not good and BMW is just letting it slide. It's disgusting to be honest, for the price they paid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was about to comment on that. Why is the nhtsa recalong cars left and right for issues that can cause you to be stranded on the side of the road but they haven't recaled all N54 equiped cars?

        I'm afraid to go on a roadtrip with my 135 because I'm afraid of getting stuck in the boonies with no power. I shouldn't be like this with a 2 year old car
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mhm, it puts them in my list of companies to never buy from. If the public knows about a widespread problem, and you continue to sell the thing that way.. you're just trashing your public image at the expense of saving money on a recall.

        It's especially bad when a $40k car is less reliable than a $10k car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guys at top Gear thought the Panamera was ugly, wait till they get their hands on this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Panamera IS ugly (it is growing on me, but in an ugly way). The 5GT just happens to be uglier...

        But I do agree without in that I can't wait to hear Clarkson sh!t all over this thing
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