BMW recalls vehicles over defective bolts that may lead to engine losing power or stalling


BMW is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 328i Coupe, 328i Convertible, 328i Sports Wagon and Z4 sDrive 30i, 2011-2012 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, 335i Sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i, 2011 335i xDrive Sedan, 335i Coupe, 335i Convertible, 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 535i xDrive Sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i, 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, and X5 xDrive 30i, 2012 640i Coupe, and 640i Convertible and 2010-2012 535i Gran Turismo vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break.

If the bolts loosen or break the engine may have reduced power or stall. An engine stall increases the risk of a crash.

Approximately 156,137 vehicles are affected by the recall.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the four VANOS housing bolts for both VANOS units (intake and exhaust), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014.

Safiatu R. said
1576 days ago

Berlin H. said
1369 days ago
I have an x5 2009 4.8 withe the same exact set of problem, it lost engine power,the engine vibrates while being accelerate. On top of that bmw service centers cannot identify how to fix the problem. And all I have received is stipulated cost appraisals . Some say 4,000 and some say up to 8,000 $ dollars plus labor. I have a defective engine that was manufacturered by bmw , why doesn't someone take responsibility for th I s.

Kim P. said
669 days ago
I have a 2010 535 xi with the same issue however was not informed about the recall ... Now I have engine malfunction notices and noise when the engine heats up... What is the next step in taking my situation to BMW?

Mark P. said
652 days ago
I have a 2011 535i sedan. Last week the "Drivetrain Malfunction" warning lit up. The problem was the Vanos bolts had broken and cost me $5,000 to repair. BMW USA offered a 10% discount on the repair. I was never notified about the recall to repair the Vanos bolts.

Laine B. said
492 days ago
I have a 2011 BMW 328IX drive. Last week the engine completely shut down and was unable to start. The mechanic's shop took it apart after it being towed and found that all 4 bolts had broken off into the engine. I now need a new engine and my extended warranty will not cover it because "it's a BMW recall" BMW Northwest is saying in fact it is a national recall on my vehicle but every BMW dealership is telling me it is not an active recall for my vehicle. Now I'm going to have to take legal action as fixing this issue will cost more than my car is worth. I will never buy another BMW again and I will advise friends and family likewise.

Ronald C. said
408 days ago
I have a 2011 BMW 328ix. I bought the car used in 2017 with 60k miles. a few months ago, I was told I needed a new timing chain. The dealership told me the timing chain was going to cost $4100 to replace, so I took the car to the local bmw mechanic. After about 5 hours of work he found 3 of the vanos bolts were sheered off. I can not believe BMW know the parts were defected, but never recalled my Vin, they only extended the warranty hoping I would not take the call to the dealership for repair. I thought BMW was a reputable company. The customer service is terrible. I will never buy another BMW.

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