BMW Group will recall 348,000 luxury cars in its range globally

BMW Group will recall 348,000 BMWs and 5,800 Rolls-Royces worldwide because of brake problems.

BMW 5-series, 6-series and 7-series models – built between July 2001 and November 2009 – with V8 and V12 engines are affected, along with 905 Rolls-Royces.

The company says the cars may have a fault with the power-braking system, but the cars are not unsafe and car owners are not required to have their vehicle checked.

A company statement reads: "In the affected vehicles, a leak may develop in the power braking system, potentially causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of power braking assistance”.

This does not mean the brakes themselves will fail, however, and there have been no reported incidents.

The news comes a day after the Natinoal Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the US road safety body, said it was investigating a potential power steering problem in Mini models.See all the latest BMW reviews, news and video

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1 October 2010

So, globally, is that literally every single Rolls-Royce built and sold over the last decade, I wonder, and can we expect a similar media reaction to that which greeted the Toyota recall a few months back?

1 October 2010

I know it says 5, 6 & 7 series but I wonder is this an issue with the vacuum pump??

I have a 04 3 series and have just been advised by my garage that I need a new vacuum pump as there is a small leak. I am told its not dangerous but as its run from the engine if it goes it can cause engine problems.

Seemingly it is a common enough fault.

This issue may be unrelated but the problem sounds similar to that mentioned in the article.

Also I don't get it serviced by a dealer but by an independent specialist so probably makes no difference.

€750 to get the part (fitted). Think I will take my chances as my car is worth F all now anyway!

1 October 2010

[quote beemerboy]5, 6 & 7 series[/quote]

It's only the V8 and V12s that are affected - about 10,000 cars in the UK.

1 October 2010

If only these German cars were as reliable as Italian ones. Oh well...

1 October 2010

Its for all high powered BMWs and Rolls-Roycesis what I heard 500 BMW,s have been recalled here in Ireland doubt there is any Rolls-Royces here do . There was a few Bentleys in Ireland but most off them since the recession have sold them off now as not good too be seen in them at the mo when things are bad . I know VW own Bentley and they don,t have a problem just saying thats all .

1 October 2010

My guess is that BMWs will shortly come with a 5 year warrenty. It seems to be the way to deal with the problem of a large scale recall.

2 October 2010

Love it, so much for BMW being the best cars haha, MGR and VAG FTW.

3 October 2010

[quote Autocar]The company says the cars may have a fault with the power-braking system, but the cars are not unsafe and car owners are not required to have their vehicle checked[/quote]

Most confusing statement of the year! Would their CEO's drive that car?

Could anyone imagine the reaction if such statement came from, let say, Alfa Romeo!

3 October 2010

[quote RadeB]

Could anyone imagine the reaction if such statement came from, let say, Alfa Romeo!

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There wouldn't be much of a reaction.................because it'd be expected!

3 October 2010

[quote Overdrive]

[quote RadeB]

Could anyone imagine the reaction if such statement came from, let say, Alfa Romeo!

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There wouldn't be much of a reaction.................because it'd be expected!

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No, there wouldn't be much of a reaction because it would affect so few people.

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