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ABC News investigates BMW fuel pump problems - Click above to watch video after the jump
ABC News has cottoned on to the story that BMW
is in some hot water over the high-pressure fuel pump on its potent twin-turbocharged N54
inline six-cylinder engine. As we first told you about earlier this month
, the pump seems to have an abnormally high rate of failure and can cause intermittent stalling, backfiring and loss of power in certain 135
models. But that doesn't mean that BMW has issued a recall to fix the problem just yet. As a result, a number of lawsuits have stacked up against the German automaker including at least one class-action suit
in California. After a number of complaints, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration conducted an investigation in 2008 and decided that the pumps did not pose a threat to owner safety.
BMW, meanwhile, says that what drivers are experiencing is a built-in limp mode. It may feel like the vehicle has completely stalled because of a lack of power, but it maintains that afflicted cars and SUVs can still be driven to a safe place. Likewise, the company says that vehicles experiencing the failure don't rapidly decelerate, so there's no danger of being rear-ended should the fuel pump fail. The company also said that it sent a letter to vehicle owners warning of decreased engine performance and has extended the warranty on the fuel pump to 10 years. After being harangued by ABC producers, however, BMW has also reportedly agreed to take major action on the subject in the near future - an action that could come as soon as today.
ABC aired a story segment on this morning's Good Morning America
on the issue as well as a full-length piece on tonight's Nightline
. Hit the jump
to watch today's GMA story. Thanks to Robin for the tip!
*Update: BMW has announced that it is voluntarily recalling 2007-2010 135i models, 2008-2010 135i, 535i and X6 xDrive35i models as well as 2009-2010 Z5 Roadster sDrive35i models. Hit the jump to see the press release.
Gallery: BMW N54 Engine and Turbos
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ABC News airs big exposé on BMW N54 engine problems, lawsuits [w/video] [UPDATE]
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