BMW is announcing another recall in February of 2013, and this time they are recalling total 569,000 cars – out of which 504,000 impacted vehicles are in the USA, and rest 65,000 cars are in Canada. As BMW said to the press, this recalling is due to faulty HPFP (high-pressure fuel pump) components. This fuel pump issue in BMW cars is nothing new, in fact, they did another recall back in 2011 for defective fuel pump problem. They are recalling a large selection of models, and they are as follows:
- Sedan – 3 series (2007-2011)
- Coupe – 3 series (2007-2011), 1 series (2008-2012)
- Wagon – 3 series (2007-2011)
- Convertible – 3 series (2007-2011) , 1 series (2008-2012)
- Z4 Sports – 2008-2011
If you’re an owner of any of the vehicles above, BMW will replace your HPFP free of cost as part of this recall program. This problem seems very common on the S variant of Mini Coopers too, specifically with model year from 2007 through 2009. Hence, BMW decided to provide extended warranty for the fuel pump components on those vehicles too.
Now, how to find out if your vehicle is having the same issue? The answer is, it’s hard to diagnose. Because the high-pressure fuel pump is a component which doesn’t always show you some signs or symptoms even if it’s a defective one. Most of the times, it just keeps going on, and the problem gets worse every day. And then one day your check engine signal lighten up on your dashboard when you’re on the move, and the engine stops suddenly, which can result in a fatal accident. However, if your fuel pump is having issues, sometimes it will be difficult to start the engine, and once starts, the engine will make noise and performance will be very poor. At this point, your check engine light should appear on the dashboard. These are the most common signs of having a faulty fuel pump, but as said earlier, these signs are not always obvious. And even when such signs appear, people tend to ignore those initially and keep driving the vehicle assuming the problem is a minor one.
So, if you’re having such issues, don’t take it casually – stop using the car immediately and bring it to an authorized workshop of BMW, and get it checked by their trained engineers before it’s too late, and you can get the components fixed under your warranty coverage.
BMW is aware of this problem; hence, they are recalling all the impacted vehicles. There’s no report of any accident or crash due to this high-pressure fuel pump defect till date, BMW spokesperson stated. So, there’s no need to panic if you own an affected vehicle, you can simply go to your dealer’s place and get the parts replaced free of charge under this recall program. If you’re unsure of your car’s eligibility under this recall program, you can give a call to BMW customer helpdesk number. Before you call, make sure to have your VIN number handy, cause you’ll be asked of the same by the customer service agent.