BMW recalls 5000 X5's in SA

2012-12-07 10:01

DETROIT, Michigan - BMW South Africa is recalling about 5000 X5's as part of a huge world-wide correction for a bolt that could fail and affect the power-assisted steering.

"I can confirm that BMW South Africa is affected by the technical campaign," a BMW spokesman said. "This affects BMW X5 xDrive35d vehicles produced between June 2006 and November 2012 as well as BMW X6 xDrive35d vehicles produced between July 2007 and March 2010.

"About 240 000 vehicles are affected worldwide and 5034 in South Africa."

The recall is for a bolt which could break and cause the loss of power-assisted steering which may increase the risk of a crash but there have been no incidents or injuries involving the problem in North America, Canada or South Africa.


The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a bolt holding a belt pulley could loosen and break. "If that happens the car can lose power-assisted steering, making it difficult to steer."

Customers in SA are being contacted to have the bolt for the deflection pulley replaced by a more robust version and locking agent.

The trouble was discovered in 2011 in Canada. Dealers will replace the bolt and tighten it to the proper specification. They'll also add a coating to keep the bolt from coming loose.


  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-12-07 10:15

    I always knew the problem with a BMW is the nut behind the steering wheel.

      nanivintage.ngoasheng - 2012-12-07 10:48

      Lol. Good one

      nanivintage.ngoasheng - 2012-12-07 10:48

      Lol. Good one

  • john.dough.5836711 - 2012-12-07 10:34

    The Blue Light Brigade must be worried.... recall the X5's and don't return them, will be doing us all a huge favour.

      alan.lockwood.35 - 2012-12-11 11:29

      The blue light brigade must walk or take public transport, so they have a good idea of the struggles of the common man/woman.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-07 10:47


      izak.burger.3 - 2012-12-07 11:33

      To be fair, Toyota recalled MILLIONS of vehicles (yet my family are still the happy owners of two Toyotas). This is a relatively minor issue, really, loss of power steering... with the new electric systems, this might actually be more common than you might think. As far as I know Corollas, Camrys and BMWs are affected equally badly when it comes to steering column failures these days.

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-12-07 11:06

    Broke My Wallet

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-12-07 20:21

      Badly Manufactured Wheels!

  • mfanah.radebe - 2012-12-07 11:07

    ooh shirt that nut

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-12-07 11:14

    BMW's are just over-priced crap..........bottom line.

      izak.burger.3 - 2012-12-07 11:41

      I owned a 3-series, briefly. It was 6-years old, and I suspect that is where I made the mistake. European cars aren't built to last that long, or shall I rather say, the emphasis is not so much on longevity than it is on cost, because legislation ensures that vehicles recycle rather quickly. For this reason, buying a luxury European car is usually one of the less economical decisions you can make. It devalues quickly, and it is expensive to maintain after the warranty runs out. After my own brief BMW ownership, I did the unthinkable and bought another Corolla. The trigger was when the second Final Stage Blower (aka hedgehog) resistor failed in a 4-month period. Its a part that costs about R1 000, not much in the greater scheme of things, but I've already had issues with those expensive window regulators at that point, and on that list of "things that normally go wrong on an e46" there were also lower control arm brackets and that Diesel Turbo... rather a car payment than a paid-off disaster waiting to happen.

      erik.p.vanwyk - 2012-12-07 11:46

      These days all cars are over priced mate.

      izak.burger.3 - 2012-12-07 11:46

      ... Also, I won't even mention how those early 2liter Diesels would inhale their swirl flaps and wreck the engine, usually around 150 000km. I suppose I'm just not the kind of person who enjoys owning a BMW :-)

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-12-07 14:04

      I am driving an old box shape BMW (out of choice, not out of necessity) and I have no problems with it. Won't touch a new model though, repair costs are crazy expensive.

      trevorlbennett - 2012-12-07 14:27

      I guess it depends on individuals' experience. I have an 2006 E87 1 Series, it now has +213,000Km, I only had 1 minor issue with the air con compressor, otherwise its a very reliable car, I only do normal service, which is not expensive than any other hatchback. I will definitely be buying another BMW come time to upgrade.

      msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-07 15:23

      I also drive a 2006 E87 1 series with +125000KM on the clock, like trevorlbennett, I only had a minor problem with the aircon compressor. Other than that it is a very rilliable car. I guess it depends on individual drivers not BMW cars themselves.

      amie.vanwyk - 2012-12-08 08:05

      My 2006 118i (75000km) had a few issues, but they were sorted out under the maintenance plan; I fortunately extended it after the 1st 5 years. But the interior is crap - lots of creacking and sqeaking sounds.

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2012-12-07 11:48

    must be the same bolt that tripped an Eskom's power station and caused loadshedding

  • danpret - 2012-12-09 13:52

    Why the apostrophe in the headline?

  • claude.david.18 - 2012-12-09 18:48

    Taking delivery of my X5 01.01.2013, owned 2 X5's prior definitely over-priced but a solid vehicle..with looks of an elegant suv..BMW should however not be having such issues with bolts and nuts this late in their manufacturing existence..

  • richard.sloman.5 - 2012-12-10 14:08

    All cars have some or other issues at some stage in their lives, kudos to BMW for being upfront about the repairs...

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