BMW issued a delivery stop bulletin this week for 202 cars that apparently have certain issues with their rear differential. This may seem like bad news for some owners that have been waiting for their cars for long periods of time but it is the right decision to take since such malfunctions can lead to possibly dangerous situations later down the road.
The models affected include M cars, from the M2 to the M3, M4 (both the F82 Coupe and F83 Convertible), M5 and M6 (in Coupe and Convertible guises but not Gran Coupe). Furthermore, some 5 Series sedan models and 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe models are apparently affected. As for what exactly is wrong with the rear differentials we don’t know yet but the BMW bulletin says that a complete replacement will be necessary.
That may very well point to a rather long waiting period as the parts need to be shipped from Germany to US dealers where they will be replaced, before the cars are delivered. Even so, while it may seem like hell for some owners, especially those waiting for their M cars, safety should prevail in such situations and BMW will make sure their customers are well taken care of.
The affected vehicles were built from May 12, 2016 through July 4, 2016 but we feel compelled to specify the fact that not all of them were affected but just the 202 mentioned in the bulletin. If you’re waiting for your car to be delivered and you know it was built within that time period, the only way you can find out whether it is affected is to call your local dealer. Either way, your car won’t be delivered until the problem is sorted, as such an act would be illegal, a Federal crime to be more precise.