There is nothing to hate about the gobs of torque available in the diesel-powered BMW X5 xDrive35d, but the fact that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall for broken idler pulley bolts might be a bad example of the engine's strength. In addition to the recall, InsideLine is also reporting that BMW has issued stop-sale for all vehicles still in dealer inventory.

On the 29,800 diesel X5 models affected by the recall, the idler pulley bolt could back out and/or break, which would cause a loss of power steering. To repair the problem, BMW will begin notifying owners next month, and dealers will replace the bolts. For owners of the 2009 X5 xDrive35d, this comes a little more than a year after 2,120 models were recalled for a faulty fuel pre-heater.

The official NHTSA recall notice is posted below.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s): BMW / X5 SAV 2009-2012
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
Report Receipt Date: NOV 27, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V550000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:DIESEL
Potential Number of Units Affected: 29,800

Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 X5 xDrive 35d SAV diesel vehicles manufactured September 1, 2008, through November 15, 2012. The engine belt idler pulley bolt could loosen and break over time.

Consequence:
If the engine belt idler pulley bolt breaks, the vehicle may unexpectedly lose power-assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace and tighten the idler pulley bolt. The recall is expected to begin during January 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

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 www.safercar.gov.


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      Max
      • 2 Years Ago
      My 2001 VW Golf TDI had a similar issue at 125K miles. I suspect the plastic idler pulley bearing seized, causing the pulley to break and shear off, resulting in the serpentine belt to shred and slap around. It cost me $150 to fix at an independent VW shop. I'm not sure why they'd make such a flawed pulley and bearing...I wonder if the BMW design is similar.
      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      *puts on flame suit* For all those about to b*tch about BMW's reliability, if the car is under a 4/5 year service/maintenance contract, which most X5's are, stop whining. It's being repaired free of charge, there I said it. *flies away*
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k.naz
        But no one wants the car to be repaired for free, they do not want the blasted thing to break in the first place.
        Q
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k.naz
        You remind me of that Honda commercial. "So what you're saying is the warranty is reliable, not the car."
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ultimate Manual Steering Machine (?)
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        What, no more 1-finger steering a la 1960s Buick or 1960s Ford LTD?
      • 2 Years Ago
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        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I wouldn't call a 2003 diesel "Modern".
          • 2 Years Ago
          @S.
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      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should have recalled it for that butt ugly front end.
      ngiotta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, more affected vehicles than the recent Ford Fusion recall, yet not nearly as big of a deal made out of it. Interesting.
        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ngiotta
        When BMWs start catching fire...then we can make a big deal out of it.
        over9000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ngiotta
        that's because BMW did not contribute to America's problems
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Allan Leedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      You guys could do better. Loss of power, or loss of steering? "Loss of power steering" is completely ambiguous. Also, the reference to the prior recall of 2,120 models is baffling. It's just one model: 2,120 units.
        nowherefast792
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Allan Leedy
        You could do better. There is nothing ambiguous about "loss of power steering." It means exactly what it says. You will be able to steer without the assistance of the power steering pump, like a car without power steering. How is that hard to understand?
          S.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nowherefast792
          It's pretty hard when one's a moron.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      "recall for broken idler pulley bolts might be a bad example of the engine's strength" engine's strength or strength of accessories tied to the engine? I thought this was a power steering issue. Sounds like this sort of QC overlooking most likely could have happened on any model or engine.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      One hasn't lived until one has figured out the water pump pulley has a lefthanded thread.
      Kleber
      • 1 Year Ago
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      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gee...cheap Chinese counterfeit bolts, anyone.
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