Delivery halted, recall issued for BMW M models

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BMW AG is telling its dealers to stop selling its 2013 M5 and M6 models because of an issue with the engine oil pump that could lead to severe engine damage.

Could lead to severe engine damage, says BMW

The German automaker says it has encountered a problem with the oil pump in its 2013 M5 sedan and M6 Coupe and Convertible models. Acting proactively, it has halted the delivery and sales of the vehicles. Meanwhile, it will be issuing a recall for those that have already been delivered.

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According to BMW, if the problem is left unattended, the drive shaft could separate from the rotor in the faulty engine oil pumps. If that happens, the vehicle will instantly lose oil pressure, which will lead to serious engine damage.

Torque News reported that there have been some engine failures noted in blogs from enthusiasts.

The effort affects the M5 and M6 cars that were built between July and September, 2012, and that are equipped with the new BMW S63TU turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine. The S63TU delivers 560 horsepower and 502lb-ft of torque.

The automaker is compiling the VIN numbers of the affected vehicles. At this time, it is not known how many units are affected.

Owners to be notified soon

On Friday, Sept. 21, the German automaker telephoned its dealers, telling them not to sell any more of the affected vehicles. Meanwhile, for its owners across the nation, from Missoula to Houston, BMW is reportedly also making calls. It is urging those who have not yet received their vehicles to remain patient. However, those who have already taken possession of their M models are being asked to not drive them until the problem can be corrected.

All owners should be informed of the effort by mid-October, according to BMW. Those who already have possession of affected vehicles will have it towed to a dealership via flatbed tow truck, at the automakers’ expense.

Buyers may have to be patient

The company’s dealerships were also told not to order any more parts at this time. This led Torque News to speculate that the wait may by longer than purchasers of the $100,000 plus cars are likely to be happy about. According to the automotive website, this could mean that the automaker needs to produce a whole new batch of the engine oil pumps before ti can move forward.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet issued a formal recall over the issue.

Those with questions about the effort can call BMW’s customer relations line at 800-525-7417.


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