After receiving an unspecified number of complaints in China, BMW has reportedly started a "full investigation" into what may be a defective part in its VANOS engine control system. BMW said via a Chinese blog that it would file a recall application with the the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine in China.

BMW has not yet announced how many vehicles will be recalled, or which models the potential recall might cover. We're also curious as to whether the VANOS issue could extend into markets outside of China.

We've placed a call with BMW in the United States, and will update this post as soon as we hear back. Stay tuned for more, and if you're curious about what VANOS is and how it works, scroll down below for a video animation.


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      icemilkcoffee
      • 9 Months Ago
      I guess the Chinese customers are expecting their BMWs to be reliable like their Buicks. Nobody told them that their german cars are extra special, and require extra special attention.
      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      Seriously, how long will people keep wasting their hard earned money on these poorly built trash cans.
      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      The Ultimate Driving Machine... when it is not getting repaired.
        superchan7
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        The Ultimate Commuting Machine for every beta male here in California. Because it's "nice".
      sure hate dumb repor
      • 9 Months Ago
      they should send all defective stuff to china to counteract all the poisen foods tootpaste babyfood drywall the ****** have pawned off on the world
      gary
      • 9 Months Ago
      Is a Chinese Recall anything like a Chinese Fire drill? Do you come in and they quickly re-arrange various parts on your car without actually replacing anything?
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      So, which part is it? The oil control solenoid(s)? The cam sprocket(s)?
        Eric
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        I believe it is just the o-ring oil seals that eventually leak, requiring a new unit (at BMW) or a rebuild (by an independent, or dyi). I am considering doing my own at some point, on one of my BMWs, which BMW wants $6000 to repair, because they don't rebuild them, they only replace entire units, and my car has both intake and exhaust VANOS, but it's really just a bit of a rattle at start-up, it stops once there is full oil pressure. Not a huge deal, just sounds scary at start-up on a hot day.
          Noah
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Eric
          @ Carguy1701 I believe it mostly happens to older BMW's. VANOS problems in general... I mean. But the same could be said for many engine afflictions.
          c_horvath
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Eric
          You can rebuild them yourself, and it's not that difficult. Google Beisan Systems, they have all the parts and video procedures on their website.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Eric
          Ah. That sucks. Is it just one of those things that happens with age or is it something that happens early on in the cars life?
      Voo Doo
      • 9 Months Ago
      I suspect it's a chinese made part.
      ksrcm
      • 9 Months Ago
      Don't waste time. BMW USA will reply "No problem, we will simply not import cars with that engine. Our customers never had a problem with restricted choices, so everything will be fine."
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