On September 26th, BMW North America announced NHTSA that it will be conducting a voluntary recall of all models fitted with the N20 or N26 engine, manufactured between May 2012 and August 2013 due to a problem related to power braking.
The models that will be called back into service include some BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4. According to the official BMW release “the oil supply via the intake camshaft to the vacuum pump could become restricted. If this were to occur, the vacuum pump could fail due to lack of lubrication, resulting in a loss of power brake assist.”
At the moment, a solution is being developed and will shortly be available. The letters for the recall will be issued in November, with the effective repairs to be done somewhere in December. The work that will be done to the cars to sort this issue out will take around two hours and will be completely free, of course.
Affected models include:
- 2012-14 F30 320i/328i, 320i/328i xDrive Sedans manufactured between May 2012 – August 2013
- 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon manufactured between March 2013 – May 2013
- 2012-13 528i, 528i xDrive Sedan manufactured between June 2012 – June 2013
- 2013-14 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i manufactured between June 2012 – June 2013
- 2013-14 X3 xDrive28i manufactured between June 2012 – August 2013
- 2012-14 Z4 sDrive28i manufactured between June 2012 – June 2013
For now, BMW recorded only 3 minor incidents related to this malfunction and claims that it’s still safe for you to drive your vehicle but you should go to a BMW dealer as soon as the recall letters will be issued.