Massive BMW diesel engine recall is expanded

In 2018, BMW recalled 1.6 million diesel vehicles amid concerns that a faulty EGR cooler posed a potential fire risk. Now, the recall has been extended.

BMW fire recall expanded

BMW has extended its diesel car recall again. There are concerns that a faulty part presents a fire risk.

In some diesel cars, glycol leakage from the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler can occur. In combination with soot deposits and high temperatures, this might result in smouldering particles.

This, in turn, could lead to the melting of the intake manifold and/or fire.

An initial European and Asian recall in August 2018 involved around 480,000 BMW diesel vehicles. As a whole, the extended recall campaign covered around 1.6 million vehicles by October 2018.

This included 268,000 BMW cars in the UK, but this was extended to a further 27,000 vehicles in October 2019.

Now, according to a website in Germany, the recall has been expanded by a further 232,000 vehicles worldwide.

BMW drivers in the UK can see if their car is affected by contacting BMW or by using the government’s recall website. Owners will be invited to visit their local BMW dealer where the EGR cooler will be inspected.

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BMW vehicles affected by the recall

The Which? website has a list of all the cars affected by the EGR recall. These are:

  • BMW 1 Series (114d, 116d, 118d, 120d, 125d), manufactured between November 2011 and September 2017.
  • BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertibles (218d, 220d, 225d), manufactured between July 2013 and December 2017.
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon, Touring and Gran Turismo (316d, 318d, 320d, 320ed, 325d, 330d, 335d), manufactured between December 2011 and November 2017.
  • BMW 4 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe (418d, 420d, 425d, 430d, 435d), manufactured between May 2013 to July 2017.
  • BMW 5 Series Saloon, Touring and Gran Turismo (518d, 520d, 525d, 530d, 535d), manufactured between March 2011 and December 2017.
  • BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe (640d), manufactured between March 2011 and April 2015.
  • BMW 7 Series Saloon and LWB (725d, 730d, 740d), manufactured between January 2012 and April 2015.
  • BMW X1 (s20d, x25d), manufactured between May 2011 and April 2015.
  • BMW X3 (18d, 20d, 30d, 35d), manufactured between August 2010 and October 2017.
  • BMW X4 (20d, 30d, 35d), manufactured between December 2013 and June 2017.
  • BMW X5 (25d, 30d, 40d), manufactured between April 2013 and June 2017.
  • BMW X6 (30d, 40d), manufactured between March 2014 and June 2015.

The DVSA’s head of vehicle engineering, Neil Barlow, told Which?: “Our engineers have worked closely with BMW to ensure that the fix is satisfactory and appropriate for UK models and conditions.

“We continue to ensure BMW contacts owners of affected vehicles so their cars can be assessed and made safe.”

To find out if your vehicle has been affected by a recall, use the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) website.

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Gavin Braithwaite-Smithhttp://www.petrolblog.com
Writer with a penchant for #FrenchTat. Also doing a passable impression of Cousin Eddie in an Italian-German beige motorhome.

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