BMW, Rolls-Royce issue recall for faulty water pump

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2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost

The 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost. Image: Loco Steve/Flickr/CC BY

According to a pair of bulletins from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week, German automaker BMW is recalling a wide variety of  recent models for an overheating, faulty auxiliary water pump. The recall also extends to one model made by the BMW ultra-luxury division, Rolls-Royce. Auto enthusiasts with good memories may remember the automaker issuing a pair of recalls for the same issue last fall.

V8 and V12 models affected

Only models packing V8 or V12 engines are affected in the recall. The models included in the campaign are the 2011 BMW 5-Series, the 2011 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo, the 2012 BMW X5 SUV, the 2012 BMW X6 SUV, the 2012 BMW 6-Series, the 2012 BMW 7-Series and the 2010-2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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Faulty pump could lead to engine fire

The problem lies with an electric auxiliary water pump for the turbocharger cooling system. The faulty pump could cause a circuit board to overheat, smolder and possibly ignite, leading to a fire in the engine compartment.

Nearly 3,000 vehicles affected in recall

In all, 2,846 BMW models are affected by the recall across the U.S. There are only 69 Rolls Royce Ghosts affected in the campaign, however.

Previous BMW recall for same problem

The company issued a pair of earlier recall campaigns over the same auxiliary water pump issue in October and November of last year. The October recall, affecting more than 32,000 vehicles, targeted the BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo, the BMW 7-Series, the BMW X5 and the BMW X6 vehicles from the model years 2008-2011.

Previous Rolls-Royce recall

The November recall campaign targeted nearly 600 Rolls-Royce Ghosts from the 2010 model year.

Recall effort begins this month

The recall will begin in late April, and the affected owners can can expect to receive a notice shortly. The automaker says its local dealership technicians will replace the faulty auxiliary water pump at no cost to the owner.

Some vehicles may already be fixed

Some 2011 BMW 5-Series, 2011 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo and some of the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghosts may have been subject to the previous recall as well as to the current one. Consequently, some affected owners may have already had the  auxiliary water pump replaced. If in doubt, BMW can be reached at 800-525-7417. For Rolls-Royce, call 877-877- 3735. Or you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236. Ask about campaign number 12V161000 for BMW or campaign number 12V166000 for Rolls-Royce.


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