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BMW to recall over 3000 cars in SA

2014-04-14 14:02

BMW is recalling 489 000 vehicles worldwide due to a possible engine-bolt defect. The biggest markets affected are China with 232 000 vehicles and the US with 156 000 vehicles.

SA CUSTOMERS AFFECTED

A total of 3120 BMWs in South Africa are affected by the company’s voluntary recall.

According to BMW the recall is a precautionary measure: "BMW is taking the precaution of checking the bolts on the Vanos unit in selected vehicles with six-cylinder engines. Depending on the results, the bolts or the Vanos unit will be replaced."

The Vanos unit is a variable valve timing system produced by BMW.

BMW communications manager Edward Makwana said: "We will be contacting all the affected customers to check the Vanos unit on the affected vehicles. Depending on the results of this check, either the bolts or the complete Vanos unit will be replaced.

"Vehicles will spend approximately four hours in the BMW workshop and this service will be free of charge."

The affected models are as follows: (Built from September 2009 to November 2011)

BMW 1 Series
BMW 3 Series
BMW 5 Series
BMW 6 Series
BMW 7 Series
BMW X1
BMW X3
BMW X5
BMW X6
BMW Z4

Comments
  • Harold Nkgudi - 2014-04-14 16:26

    At least Beemer, is learning some lessons from Toyota in their strategic alliance. If u still see recalls as sign of weakness, supersize, suprize, Toyota and many manufacturers are turning it into a loyalty booster, and the result are slowly emerging how customers deal with recalls. Some manufacturers, want to make it, a sign of weakness, their customers experience, check engine light woes, overheating, gearbox woes and meny faults that should have long-time been recalled.Time will tell!great for Beemer, no man-made machine is perfect!

      paulods.gomes - 2014-04-14 20:18

      Yeah what about the rust found on the new 1 series f20 passenger and driver seat frames. I'm phoning BMW customer service to log this serious quality issue!

      paulods.gomes - 2014-04-14 20:18

      Yeah what about the rust found on the new 1 series f20 passenger and driver seat frames. I'm phoning BMW customer service to log this serious quality issue!

  • shaun.terbruggen - 2014-04-14 21:58

    And this egotistical sheeple is why I now drive a Honda Accord!

      Denver Naidoo - 2014-04-14 22:07

      Sounds like you can't afford a 3 series Shaun!

      Jacques Steffen - 2014-04-15 08:15

      Denver, people who drive BMW are actually the ones who cannot afford to buy Mercedes or Audi.

      shaun.terbruggen - 2014-04-15 08:18

      That is rather presumptions of you Mr Naidoo. In my 40 years of driving I have owned 5 BMWs the last of which was a 530d which incidentally I bought cash. Great drivers cars but not reliable. Should you want proof, visit Warranty Direct UK's website whose reliability index is based on a car pool considerably larger than SA's. Said survey shows that Hons

      shaun.terbruggen - 2014-04-15 08:21

      Honda has been tops for reliability for the past 8 consecutive years whereas BMW features at position 26 (even the 3 'notorious' French makes - Citroen, Peugeot and Renault - fared better). So what residual did you negotiate for your 3 series dude?

      Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2014-04-15 09:32

      @Shaun. Quite sad to hear that you had such negative experiences with your BMW. My father owned around 6 BMW's in his life time and I must say from what I can remember they performed faultless without any issues and I'm sure when I'm in the market for that type of vehicle I would purchase a BMW as well due to my childhood memories of my dad driving and enjoying them. On the other hand the Accord is a very good vehicle and I'm surprised there aren't more on the road as I consider them excellent vehicles new or pre-owned purchased.

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