No car is invincible to defects, and sometimes, even the folks in the highest tax bracket have to deal with vehicle recalls. The 589 lucky souls who purchased 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost models manufactured between September 2009 and September 2010 will need to make a trip to the dealership (or at least send their butler or chauffeur), as the ultralux sedan is being recalled due to an electric auxiliary water pump that can overheat and potentially result in a fire.

Those of you paying close attention will note that BMW and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall for this exact problem earlier this week covering vehicles that use the automaker's turbocharged eight- and twelve-cylinder engines. The Ghost uses a reworked version of the twin-turbo V12 found in the BMW 760Li, and thus, is affected by this water pump problem.

Rolls-Royce will notify owners of this problem and a new auxiliary water pump will be installed free of charge. For the full details, follow the jump for NHTSA's official statement.
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Vehicle Make / Model: ROLLS ROYCE / GHOST
Model Year(s): 2010
Manufacturer: ROLLS-ROYCE MOTORS, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: OCT 20, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V522000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:OTHER FUEL TYPES:TURBO-CHARGER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 589

Summary

ROLLS-ROYCE IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 GHOST VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2010, EQUIPPED WITH TURBOCHARGED ENGINES, BECAUSE THE CIRCUIT BOARD FOR THE ELECTRIC AUXILIARY WATER PUMP CAN OVERHEAT.

Consequence

THIS COULD LEAD TO A SMOLDERING OF THE PUMP OR AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT OR VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy

ROLLS-ROYCE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AUXILIARY WATER PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ROLLS-ROYCE CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-877-877-3735.

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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      people call me V
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder, has there EVER been any recalls due to engine fire from RR before BMW ownership...
      another Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      At these prices? Really?
      CHARLES
      • 3 Years Ago
      What ever happened to hand built quality? I think I'll stick to my Chevys. They cost a lot less, and are more reliable!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I believe there`s a price point reached that there should be no problems. Rolls-royce should be as close to flawless as one could get for the cost of entry. Then on the other hand I could buy a Cadilliac CTS for many thousands less and blow this car away.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        imoore
        • 3 Years Ago
        You didn't get it out of the car before it burned? For shame. You were negligant. Letting good food go to waste. You will be severly punished.
      glenrait
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm afraid Ballistcamax is mistaken about Rolls-Royce using General Motors engine blocks. Since the Silver Cloud II motor cars R-R used an alloy block V-8 of their own design. Before that, the six-cylinder engines were of an F-head design with overhead inlet and side exhaust valves. The automatic gearboxes, however, were General motors units slightly modified to use the R-R gearbox-driven servo to power the brakes. From the Silver Shadow on (1965) the General Motors Hydra-matic box was used.
      kpbrott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Once upon a time, ROlls Royce required that their cars never be seen on a tow truck, requiriing that closed carriers be used rather than create a blot on their reputation. Broadcasting their defects on the internet makes it vividly apparent that they've given up on that thinking so their dedication to quality must surely have gone by the wayside a long time ago as well. How's that globalized multination corporate structure working for you now?
      larry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even if I could afford a Rolls----I wouldn't want one. They remind me of flash-in-the-pan, arrogant, senseless, silver-toothed rappers.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Standard BMW quality, then....
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      what do you expect...it's a Volkswagen!!!
        kontroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        mea culpa, I confused it with Bentley (should have read the article) So, I'm a troll!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kontroll
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        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        Not even a little bit....not at all. Completely 100% wrong. Stop hating.
      Johan Muller
      • 3 Years Ago
      how can this wet turd possibly burn?
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