A few weeks back I told you about a class action lawsuit brought against BMW, claiming defects in the high pressure fuel pump and the twin turbo system on N54 motors. Now the automaker has announced a voluntary recall to address high pressure fuel pump problems on vehicles equipped with this motor. Since it’s become one of the most popular engines in BMW’s catalog, the recall affects 2007-10 335i models, 2008-10 135i models, 2008-10 535i models, 2008-10 X6 models (with the N54 motor only) and 2009-10 Z4 Roadsters. In total, some 132,000 vehicles are being recalled.
Unrelated to the N54 safety campaign, BMW has also announced a voluntary recall of some 20,000 2008 model year X5 SUV’s to replace the low pressure fuel pump. Failure of the low pressure fuel pump would render the vehicle inoperable, creating a high accident risk if the component fails at highway speeds.
BMW will notify owners by mail over the next few weeks. Owners experiencing rough idle or poor performance should contact the dealership for a service appointment as soon as possible, as a fuel pump failure will leave you stranded by the side of the road. If you have questions or concerns relating to this recall, BMW’s customer service hotline number is (800) 831-1117.