BMW Recalls over 1 million cars

Recall Information

BMW have just issued an urgent recall of more than 1 million cars and SUVs across the US, due to risk of FIRE under the bonnet. The recall is so major that BMW are recommending people with the affected models are to park them outside and away from extra fire hazards such as large trees / other cars.

The two separate recalls BMW state the risk of fire is “very low” (are we to believe them?), but the cars should stay outside due to “caution”. The repairs to fix the issue are expected to start on December 18th.

The first voluntary recall is going to affect only certain BMW 3 Series models from year 2006 to 2011, the company said in a statement released on the matter.

So what is the issue?

The issue is caused by potentially faulty wiring of the climate control / heater blower fan

In the second but related recall will address a problem with a heater valve in certain BMW models  between the years 2007-2011 equipped with a 6-cylinder engine.

Affected Model range:

  • Model Years 2006-2011
    • 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3
  • Model Years 2007-2011 
    • 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si, Z4 sDrive30i, 335i xDrive and 335is
  • Model Years 2008-2011 
    • 128i
  • Model Years 2009-2011
    • 335d

BMW i5 Leaked before reveal

The next generation of BMW i5 has been leaked ahead of its big reveal in Frankfurt.

Still looking pretty futuristic, the i5 seems to now take the form of its saloon version.

In terms of styling the bodywork is still aerodynamically tucked into the sill of the rear wheels.

Despite the fact this is currently concept car status, the i5 looks remarkably close to a production model, even from the above illustration.

Remote Locks Catch Thief – BMW 550I

Stumbled across a story which featured an example of how the modern day BMW’s are now, due to the “smart” connected technology actually helping with car crime!

The car which is a 550I model, was stolen on Sunday – unfortunately the owner left the key fob inside so the actual taking of the car was easy for the thief – after the owner realised what had happened this was immediately reported to the police.

The police were then reported to have liaised with BMW corporate division – i would assume they also had GPS lock on the car the whole time as the location was tracked down pretty quick.

It was discovered the thief not being very bright had decided to have a rest (sleep) on the back seat giving everyone time to lock the doors remotely and get a couple of police cars out to the cars tracked location

The thief was promptly arrested after being held in the car!

BMW remote lock management FTW! – Good work BMW

BMW E46 Convertible Front Stut Brace

I finally got my car back all repaired and sorted, and it also passed the MOT at the same time.

Decided to buy the car a present i found a seller on eBay called “carparts_uk” who offers a front suspension strut brace for just under £30 posted out from Germany. (German = good start)

I have always been rather skeptical about the engine strut braces reading mixed reviews about them and never wanting to take the plunge as must of the solid ones sell for north of £100.. but for the price i went for it!

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The install really was as simple as it looks.. bolt on and tighten up, it is a good solid bar with loads of adjustment options on it and the whole install took me about 35mins.

Having driven on it for few trips i genuinely do notice difference certainly stiffens things up in the convertible