BMW to recall 300,000 vehicles

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    Some (like mine) have already had the fix done - as a 'quality enhancement'. They started doing it last year.
     
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    That's good to hear, yours must have been included with the 36,410 petrol cars it says were recalled last year... er, i mean quality enhancement :rolleyes:
     
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    Yup - just been hearing about it on the local news here in BiH.

    Loads of BMWs here - especially aging 3 series.
     
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    yes - all the M's of my age were..though there's a few who still haven't had it done as it wasn't a recall as such, just an if you went in for a service, they did it on the sly. The UK M3 owners realised that the US guys on the M forums had been sent a formal recall for it, and started asking all their dealers about it.
     
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    This story highlights nothing new. Cars have always had reliability issues to some extent and will break down occasionally, sometimes with an electrical failure. That's the reason for having the red triangle in the boot, and some drivers will carry a battery operated warning light, just in case. But other than fog or bad visibility in heavy rain, there should be few circumstances where anyone will crash into a stationary vehicle, assuming that they are using their own lights and driving properly. But the UK has become very much like America with the 'blame and claim' culture. It's always someone else's fault.
     
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    Do we know precisely what the specific problem is? Electrical problems like this can be very worrying, BMW had that recall several years ago relating to the battery cable, where it ran through the boot floor - my own car was affected by this recall, and the cable junction did seem especially "weedy" considering it was supplying the starter motor amongst other electrical items, which takes a very heavy current. So what is this current problem?
     
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    The B cable going into the fuse box behind the glove box works its way loose, and this can cause it to disconnect and/or spark etc. This can melt the fuse box and in the worst case, cause a fire.
     
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    It is strange that it "only" affects cars built between 2007 and 2011, does that mean the fusebox or wiring or connectors was different during that period of time? Or is it an assembly problem in the factory?
    It does look like a serious problem, do we know which fusebox could be affected, there tend to be a few on BMW's!!
     
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    Seems that the rest of the world had theirs recalled back in 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21512413

    Quote from back in 2013: The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) described the problem: "The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time.

    "Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle."
     
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    Yep - the US has different rules, and had a recall - hence why a lot of owners here in the UK started asking about it and had it fixed before this recall. I would presume different model cars have different batteries, and different housings, hence why it only affects certain models which share those parts.
     
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    Perhaps the possibility of a Class Action in the US made BMW act promptly and issue a timely recall
     
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    Had mine replaced today. Looked fine, no sign of it being lose
     
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    I need to get mine booked in at some point. However embarrassed by the mess of cables behind the glove box which will need tidying up :oops:
     

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