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BMW recalls cars due to faulty fuel pumps

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

October 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
On the heels of an ABC news investigative report, German automaker BMW is issuing recalls involving about 150,000 vehicles to fix faulty fuel pumps.BMW said the pumps can fail, causing the vehicle to lose power.

Drivers of the vehicles may experience long engine starting times and see their "Service Engine Soon" light turned on. They may also have problems with reduced engine performance while in a Safe Mode and hear a tone as well as see the "Engine Malfunction" light turned on.

Approximately 130,000 vehicles are potentially affected, and about 40,000 of those cars are expected to require a new high pressure fuel pump.

Affected BMW models include:

  • MY 2007-2010 335i models
  • MY 2008-2010 135i, 535i and X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes
  • MY 2009-2010 Z4 Roadster sDrive35i

In a separate action, BMW also said it will voluntarily recall approximately 20,800 MY 2008 X5 Sports Activity Vehicles equipped with normally-aspirated inline six-cylinder engines to replace the low-pressure fuel pump.

For those cases, the engine will stop running and the driver will lose power assist for the steering and brakes if the fuel pump fails.