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2010-2011 BMW 5 Series and 5 GT Fuel Sensor Recall

5 Series GT | July 26th, 2010 by 15
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, BMW has issued a recall on certain 2011 and 2011 5 Series and 5 GT vehicles. …

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, BMW has issued a recall on certain 2011 and 2011 5 Series and 5 GT vehicles. The recall mentions an issue with the fuel sensor that would trigger the instrument cluster to display a larger amount of fuel than was actually available in the gas tank.

Same release published on the NHSTA website mentions the 5-Series Gran Turismo’s fuel level sensor within the fuel tank can become wedged against the tank. A potential risk associated with this defect is the possibility of a vehicle stall that could increase the risk of a crash.

More than 6,000 owners of certain 2010 and 2011 model year BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo manufactured from January 12 through July 1, 2010, are being cautioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about a problem concerning their car’s fuel gauge.

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NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V331000
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN 2010 AND 2011 5-SERIES AND 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 12 THROUGH JULY 1, 2010. THE VEHICLE’S FUEL LEVEL SENSOR WITHIN THE FUEL TANK CAN BECOME WEDGED AGAINST THE TANK.
Consequence:
IF THIS OCCURS, THE FUEL GAUGE IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER WOULD DISPLAY A LARGER AMOUNT OF FUEL THAN WAS ACTUALLY IN THE TANK. AS A RESULT, IF THE TANK BECAME EMPTY, THE VEHICLE COULD STALL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
BMW HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A REMEDY PLAN AND NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

[Source: NHTSA via Carscoop ]

  • Boris

    Bad thing if BMW really built a faulty sensor in these cars. Or is this another round in the latest protectionism battle?

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  • Artur

    I expected nothing else from that shit called bmw.
    MERCEDES-BENZ IS THE BEST!

    • Tom

      dumb comment. congrats.

      • Artur

        The E-Class is way more reliable. If the 5 series starts to break down at its release just imagine what will happen in 2 weeks.

        • FreudeKing

          This just shows that they have not tested the car properly before launching. You know, it hits their profit to do extensive testing. So in hope of cost cutting and try and please shareholders, they cut all the neccessary channels that BMW would have done in the old days. Ironically, this recall will cost them more than they have saved, and possibly some future sales.

          I mean can you imagine the reliability of Active steering, HUD, and all these gadgets lasting for 10 years and beyond. I feel sorry for thesecond hand owners as they would have to fork out the cash to pay for the repairs if BMW did not test them properly or have good quality controls to ensure quality and reliability. Just in case you think it would not matter to your new cars sales, think of the trade in value for your customers. The worst thing is to know that you car is worth almost nothing after three years as no one wants them.

        • wazon8

          You have never had E-class I guess. It was always far from being reliable.

          • BENZ

            I have a 2001 E320. My friend has a 2009 bmw 535i. His car enters the work shop 2 times a month. Mine hasn’t been in the workshop for 4 years. Now he wants to sell that crappy 5 series in order to get the right car: the new E-CLASS.

  • paul

    wow…they are going to have to recall all 6 GT’s they sold worldwide…LOL
    honest i asked my dealer if they sold any so far…none. Granted its a small local dealer but they sold 35 sevens in 3 months!

  • efoza

    The 5 GT continues to impress!

  • FreudeKing

    Here we go again…. This is the result of cost cutting and yet another thing slipped through, causing decrease in profits ironically. BMW, BMW, did I not tell you this before?

    Here’s the count: BMW’s 7th recall so far this year – on average one a month. This must be the record for the company!

    I hate to say it again: I TOLD YOU SO. As was mentioned in previous posts, I said that when a company embarks on cost cutting strategies as vicious as what BMW has done in order to please the shareholders by making it their number 1 priority, problems will start creeping in with quality and reliability as they probably cut neccessary controls that are there to ensure quality and reliability. I mean, don;t you think the BMW pre-cost cutting would have conidered cost efficency already.

    Let’s keep counting. I think the 7 Series will be next as they realise that the 7’s tank uses the same sensor/float.

    • BENZ

      bmw lags far behind Mercedes-Benz in terms of everything, especially QUALITY. And this particular case just further proves my point. The 5 series starts to break down having just been released. There’s not even a slightest problem with the new E-CLASS.

  • kcsnyud

    And all of this started with toyota… not just bm, look at every single other manufacturer! Merc recalled about a million of their cars this year! BMW only recalled about a thousand….

    That sid, my mom’s x5 had quality issues a year after she bought it.

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  • queenofzen

    3 years later and this just happened with my 2011 328. fortunately i was on an uncrowded local street, not a highway

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