• Oct 5, 2012
Catastrophic engine failure... not exactly what you want to hear no matter what you're driving, but especially so when you've just purchased a brand-new 2013 BMW M5 or M6.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "a manufacturing process error" could cause the oil pump's driveshaft to separate from its rotor, leading "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."

As is always the case with such recalls, BMW will be contacting owners and dealerships with plans to fix the problem free of charge. On the plus side, we'd imagine some owners already know of the problem, considering the brand issued a stop sale notice on the M5 and M6 on September 21.

In kinda-sorta related news (hey, Mini is owned by BMW after all), a recall notice has also been issued for certain 2011 Mini Clubman and Clubman S models regarding a glitch that may cause owners to miss an in-dash warning for malfunctioning ABS brakes. Not exactly catastrophic engine failure, and it only affects 75 cars, says NHTSA, but you can find both recalls in their entirety below.
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Report Date : October 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 12V475000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
BMW / M5 2013
BMW / M6 2013

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

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V475000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

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.

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Report Date : October 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 11V299000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
MINI / COOPER CLUBMAN 2011
MINI / COOPER S CLUBMAN 2011

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC

Report Receipt Date: MAY 25, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V299000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL

Potential Number of Units Affected: 75

Summary:
BMW Is recalling certain model year 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman and Cooper S Clubman vehicles manufactured from February 8, 2011, through May 11, 2011, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard No. 101, "Controls and Displays." These vehicles are equipped with a European specification tachometer that uses brake-system telltales/symbols that do not meet U.S. requirements.

Consequence:
In the event of an ABS system problem, only the the outer circle of the symbol illuminates, not the ABS letters. As such, the driver may be unaware that there is a problem with the ABS, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
All affected vehicles have been repaired at dealerships. Therefore, an owner notification letter will not be issued for this campaign. 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.


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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing new here. My cousin's '07 M3's main bearings grenaded at 13k miles due to a 'manufacturing issue'
        Adam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        They didnt make a m3 in 2007 dipshit... ive owned a lot of m3s and the rod bearing issue was in 2001 and there was a recall on that too. Other than that they are reliable cars IF WELL MAINTAINED 1
        Dvanos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        Fukin liar!! There was no 07 M3. Funny how BMW engine failure articles bring out the trolls.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the new M5, but it is sure not off to a great start so far.
      sfblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      German Engineering!
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      When the exalted German engineering has a snafu - They Really know how to have a SNAFU.
      jtav2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not excusing BMW for having issues by any means, but I love how on this site certain manufacturers having recalls equate to them being junk,. while others having recalls turns into "good job for the company, they got ahead of this thing and recalled the cars to get them fixed right." Ironic that the latter is always domestic brands and the former foreign. Hmmmm.
      wicky
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if the sound of catastrophic engine failure is also amplified and piped into the cabin for the driver to enjoy?
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW owners will not be concerned, nobody buys a BMW so it will be reliable. They buy it for the way it feels when they sit in it and the way it makes them feel when they say they own it.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rr778
        Indeed, saying 'my BMW is in the shop' is just as good of a status symbol as saying 'I drive a BMW'.
          sfblog
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          This conversation takes places at the dealer service station amongst BMW owners
          Rr778
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          Gotta love gettin loaner cars
        btulliani
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rr778
        People buy BMW because they want to "hog" the road and have a superiority....cough......cough inferiority complex
        JPNYC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rr778
        you mean the way it makes them feel when they are on the way to the service dept and then sitting waiting for it. I hear the chair are very comfy at the dealer .......
        sfblog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rr778
        Nothing to be concerned about when paying 100K for a car that engines are failing on. This is not a headlight recall.
      Bernard
      • 2 Years Ago
      And that's why I drive an Infiniti...
      sfblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      German Engineering!
      robfalkner
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to wonder how Porsche gets a free pass on the IMS problem, on the M86. I had a 2004 Boxster that one let go on at 17k coasting.
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      The same thing happened with the M3 a couple of years ago. It's worth noting that if this happened to Audi, everyone would be screaming about how unreliable they are. BMW routinely has major engine problems in a way that few other manufacturers can match (nickasil anyone?), but they always seem to get a free pass.
      trsnate
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wayyyyyy late on this Autoblog, this recall was a few weeks back already
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