Our love for all things diesel is tempered this morning with the news of a recall affecting a certain oil-burning German SUV. BMW is recalling the 2009 X5 xDrive35d due to a problem with the vehicle's diesel fuel pre-heater, the issue being that it's not working as it should, and it could experience an electrical overload that would put it in a permanent "on" state.

Its job is to pre-heat, so if it were forced to always-heat it could become quite unhappy and cause damage to various parts of the X5. One part being the battery, which could die out quickly. The other part being the entire vehicle, which could catch on fire. Either scenario would surely prove to be a negative experience for owner's of the vehicle, and BMW will repair the faulty unit free of charge.
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Report Date : August 31, 2011 at 11:49 AM
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V441000

Vehicle Make / Model: BMW / X5

Model Year(s): 2009


Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC Mfr's

Report Date: AUG 18, 2011

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL: PRE-HEATER

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,120

Summary: BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 X5 XDRIVE35D VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A DIESEL ENGINE AND MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 1, 2008, THROUGH JUNE 12, 2009. THE FUEL FILTER HEATER, WHICH IS USED FOR WARMING UP THE DIESEL FUEL DURING VEHICLE OPERATION AT LOW OUTSIDE TEMPERATURES, COULD EXPERIENCE AN ELECTRICAL OVERLOAD CONDITION AND BECOME PERMANENTLY ACTIVATED.

Consequence: THE FUEL FILTER HEATER COULD REMAIN ACTIVATED EVEN WHEN THE IGNITION IS OFF AND LEAD TO A DEAD BATTERY. THE UNIT COULD ALSO OVERHEAT, POSSIBLY LEADING TO A VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy: BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL FILTER HEATER FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes: OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet, drive down the price so i can snap one up and have it fixed under certified used warentee.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Dvanos
        • 3 Years Ago
        Please, these days every Manufacturer has a recall. It means they are being smart and proactive to avoid legal issues down the road. I applaud them.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buy Multiyear Warranty
      gregmlr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good thing almost no one bought one!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Max
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love my 01 Golf TDI, but all these European luxury diesels (and gasoline) powered cars seem to force you into a lot of maintenance. My Golf has been problem-free and has been really cheap to own since it's DIY friendly. My brother's old BMW E36 was one sweet car, but spent half its time in the shop. His 05 X3 has a 100K warranty. Good thing too, because his AC compressor, battery, and alternator needed be change during his last checkup. The bill would been $4,200. I paid for $8,500 back in 04 for my Golf. I'd cry if I ever had to face a $4K car bill.
      Trevor
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not surprising, we had an x5 at our winter cabin and the thing was complete garbage, brake problems, battery problems, engine problems etc etc......... Couldn't of been happier to have seen that thing go.