BMW U.S. recall for 135i, 335i, 535i, X6 & Z4 turbo models

BMW U.S. recall for 135i, 335i, 535i, X6 & Z4 turbo models

After numerous complaints by owners, threats of a lawsuit and lambasting on U.S. news channels, BMW’s American arm is now conducting a full recall on all models fitted with the “award-winning” turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-6 engine due to reports of fuel pump failure.

BMW of North America will conduct a “voluntary” recall for the turbo models, all of which feature “BMW High Precision Injection” direct fuel injection system. Models include the 2007–2010 BMW 335i, the 2008–2010 135i, the 2008-2010 535i, the 2008-2010 X6 xDrive35i and the 2009–2010 Z4 sDrive35i.

According to BMW, “affected vehicles may experience a failure of the high-pressure fuel pump. Symptoms include long-crank engine starting times along with the illumination of the ‘Service Engine Soon’ light. In certain cases, the driver may experience reduced engine performance in a Safe Mode accompanied by a tone and the illumination of the ‘Engine Malfunction’ light.”

Based on the individual service history of the vehicle, BMW will replace the high-pressure fuel pump and do a software update, but not necessarily both. Approximately 130,000 vehicles in the U.S. are potentially affected with about 40,000 expected to require a new high-pressure fuel pump.

In a separate recall, BMW is also calling back almost 21,000 of the 2008 X5 equipped with the normally-aspirated 3.0-litre inline-6 engines to replace the low-pressure fuel pump. In this case, should the fuel pump experience a failure, the engine will stop running and the driver will lose power-assist for steering and brakes although both remain operational.

So far there has not been a public announcement regarding these recalls in the Middle East, but the problem had been brewing for years now among disgruntled turbo owners.

What do you think?



  1. hi
    im facing the same problem and the dealer (AGMC)at dubai denying the failure and says that its just in the us the way,my car is a us version or specs.

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    ^If that’s true, then this is a serious issue. The turbo is the same everywhere. But then again, technically there is no warranty for you if you bought a US-spec car here.

  3. ^ I think what Arif is trying to say is that his car is manufactured in the US sold by AGMC

  4. Purchased my 08 535i in Germany and had it shipped here to AZ. I have been to the dealership on 4 occasions for the same things. Two Fuel Pump replacements all new injectors, coils, lines, etc. Hell, I’ll have almost a new car by the time they are done. They have had the care for a week now and my customer service agent stated that they drove it 62 miles and ran into the same problem. Any thoughts? I still owe 27K but love the car. Any advice would help. Jason in AZ.

  5. I am in the same predicament that Jmccormack is in. How do those who shipped their vehicle from Germany get their cars fixed?

  6. Just bought a used 2008 135i. Has 31,320 miles on it. I do not know how long it was on the lot. Saw the Check engine soon light on the way home. No waranty.

    I need to know more regarding the recall!!!

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