2012 BMW 5 Series Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Imperial Blue Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$14,121 - $21,162
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
23 City / 34 HWY
Horsepower
240-400
Seats
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How 2012 BMW 5 Series Ranks In Its Class

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.3 Overall Score
Performance 4.0Comfort 3.2Styling 4.2Value 3.1

Editor's Overview

More than three decades after launching its midsize sport sedan, BMW continues to innovate the iconic 5 Series, making it faster yet more fuel-efficient than its predecessors while retaining all the comfort and luxury implied by its reputation. Base models are now powered by turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the new M5 employs a voracious V8.

BMW 5 Series Models & Trims

chevronDown icon 528i $15,435 - $18,408
Horsepower: 240 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 240 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 535i $15,791 - $19,226
Horsepower: 300 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0, 19 x 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 300 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0, 19 x 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 550i $16,052 - $19,729
Horsepower: 400 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0, 19 x 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 550i xDrive $15,243 - $18,590
Horsepower: 400 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0, 19 x 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon ActiveHybrid 5 $14,121 - $17,190
Horsepower: 335 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas/Electric I6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.73
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Very sporty and stands out from others.

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Love this vehicle. Performance is great for such a large vehicle and its weight. Very reliable as I have had no problems to date. Everything has been running smoothly since I purchased 3 years ago. The only problem that this vehicle has ever had was a suspension airbag leaking, but it turned out to be a recall so it was a free repair.

Chris P
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BMW 5 series performance review.

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Performs great and is a fun car to drive. I like all the features it has and it is luxury. Maintenance is expensive if you need to get something fixed. The car performs great and drives like it is on rails. The steering is tight and responsive and the braking is super on point.

John J
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Sweet looking great performance fun to drive ride

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I love the comfort features like heated seats heated steering wheel. I like that it's all wheel drive. Good gas mileage. Great stereo. Fast great looking and kinda timeless. The down side is the expense for maintenance but it's been pretty maintenance free

Carol B
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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$15,435 - $18,408
$15,863 - $19,150

Horsepower

Horsepower
240 (hp)
240 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0
2.0
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Standard
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Standard

Alarm

Alarm
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Standard
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Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
Optional
Optional
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Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.4 (in.)
41.4 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.1 (in.)
39.1 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.1 (in.)
36.1 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38 (in.)
38 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
18.4 (cu. ft.)
18.4 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

AC
Optional
Optional
Optional
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Optional
Optional
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
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Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
245/45R18
245/45R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
116.9 (in.)
116.9 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
- TBD - (ft.)
- TBD - (ft.)

Length

Length
193.1 (in.)
193.1 (in.)

Width

Width
73.2 (in.)
73.2 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3814 (.lbs)
4001 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
240 (hp)
240 (hp)

Torque

Torque
260 (ft. lbs.)
260 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 (gal.)
18.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
29 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

City

City
23 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
34 (mpg)
32 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

HID Headlights
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Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Standard
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Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Night Vision
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

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Roof Strength
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M
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Good
A
Acceptable
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Marginal
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Poor

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) -inc: dynamic brake control (DBC) *
  • Dynamic stability control (DSC) -inc: brake fade compensation, start-off assistant, brake drying, brake stand-by features, dynamic traction control (DTC)
  • Interlocking door anchoring system to help protect against door intrusion in side impacts
  • Driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) w/advanced technology -inc: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment, front-passenger seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • Front seat side-impact airbags
  • Front & rear seat head protection system (HPS)
  • BMW Assist Safety Plan w/Bluetooth wireless technology -inc: (4) years of automatic collision notification, emergency request, enhanced roadside assistance, door unlock, stolen vehicle recovery, customer relations, TeleService, Mobile Office features, MyInfo *
  • BMW Advanced Safety System for integrated deployment of passive & active safety features
  • BMW Ultimate Service
  • Crash sensor that activates battery safety terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump & starter from battery, automatically unlocks doors, turns on hazard & interior lights
  • 3-point safety belts w/force limiters & head restraints at all seating positions
  • Front safety belts w/automatic pretensioners
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • Active head restraints for driver & front passenger
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Emergency interior trunk release handle
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Front & rear park distance control *
  • Rear-view camera *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (4)

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Fuel System, Gasoline Oct 17, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 17, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V746000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 BMW X5 3.0si, X5 4.8i, X5 M, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i and X5 xDrive50i, 2008-2011 X6 x Drive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M, 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid, 535i xDrive Gran Turismo, 535i Gran Turismo, 550i xDrive Gran Turismo and 550i Gran Turismo, 2011-2012 528i, 535i, 535i xDrive, 550i and 550i xDrive and 2012 535i ActiveHybrid, 640i Convertible, 650i Convertible, 650i xDrive Convertible, 650i Coupe and 650i Coupe xDrive vehicles. The affected vehicles have in-tank fuel pumps that may have insufficiently crimped wire contacts.
Consequence:
The loose wires may cause the connector to melt, resulting in a fuel leak. Additionally, the fuel pump may stop working, possibly causing an engine stall and increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 5, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Service Brakes, Hydraulic Oct 7, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 7, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V627000
Summary:
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 2012-2014 BMW 320i Sedan, 328i Sedan, 320i xDrive Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 2012-2013 BMW 528i Sedan, 528i xDrive Sedan, 2013-2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2013-2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2012-2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster, and 2014 BMW 428i Coupe, and 428i xDrive Coupe. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-454.
Consequence:
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location, free of charge. The recall began on December 2, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Service Brakes, Hydraulic Sep 26, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 26, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V454000
Summary:
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 320i, 328i, 320i xDrive, and 328i xDrive sedans; model year 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagons; model year 2012-2013 528i and 528i xDrive sedans, model year 2013-2014 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i vehicles and model year 2012-2014 Z4 sDrive28i roadsters. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail.
Consequence:
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will modify the vehicles to prevent insufficient vacuum pump lubrication, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in November 2013. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
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Engine And Engine Cooling Apr 18, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 18, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V248000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2011-2012 BMW 550i, 550i xDrive, 550i Gran Turismo, 550i Gran Turismo xDrive, 750i, 750Li, 750i xDrive, 750Li xDrive, 760Li, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M, ActiveHybrid7, MINI Cooper S Convertible, John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible, Cooper S Countryman, Cooper S Countryman ALL4, Cooper S, JCW, Cooper S Clubman, JCW Clubman, Cooper S Roadster, JCW Roadster, Cooper S Coupe, JCW Coupe and Rolls-Royce Ghost, 2011 BMW X6 Hybrid and 2012 BMW 650i Coupe, 650i xDrive Coupe, 650i Convertible and 650i xDrive Convertible vehicles. The electric auxiliary water pump may fail and cause the circuit board to overheat.
Consequence:
If the circuit board were to overheat, it can increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the electric auxiliary water pump, free of charge. Depending on the model, there are currently limited parts available, however not all parts are available at this time. Owners will be notified of the recall beginning June 11, 2018, and will receive a second notification when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at BMW 1-800-525-7417, MINI at 1-866-825-1525, or Rolls-Royce at 1-877-877-3735. Note: BMW recommends that owners park their vehicle outdoors until the recall remedy has been performed.

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