BMWBMW's North America unit is recalling about 150,000 cars and sports-utility vehicles in two separate actions to fix faulty fuel pumps that could cause the vehicles to lose power, the German automaker said Tuesday.

The first recall involves about 130,000 vehicles that may experience a failure of the engine's high-pressure fuel pump. Affected models include the 2007-2010 335i; 2008-2010 135i, 535i and X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupe; and 2009-2010 Z4 Roadster sDrive35i. The models are equipped with twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engines with direct fuel injection systems.

To correct the problem, BMW will replace the high-pressure pump or update software -- or both. BMW said about 40,000 of the recalled vehicles are expected to require pump replacements.

Symptoms of the defect include long engine-cranking times along with a illuminated "Service Engine Soon" light on the dashboard, BMW said. In certain cases, drivers may experience reduced power, accompanied by a chime and the illumination of the "Engine Malfunction" light.

In a separate action, BMW recalled 20,800 2008 X5 Sports Activity Vehicles with non-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engines to replace a low-pressure fuel pump. Should the part fail, the engine will stop running and the driver will lose power assist for the steering and brakes, although both the steering and the brakes remain operational.

BMW said it has received no reports of accidents or injuries related to either problem. It said owners will be advised via regular mail in coming weeks where to bring their cars for repairs.

In July, DailyFinance published a report about BMW vehicles losing power due to faulty fuel pumps after receiving complaints from owners about engines that unexpectedly stalled, even while driving at highway speeds.

The report noted that BMW had issued a technical service bulletin to service departments, advising of "driveability symptoms." At the time, however, a BMW spokesman declined comment on the suspected defect, saying that he was unaware of stalling problems associated with the vehicles' fuel pumps.

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Basically there have been many defaults in BMW cars found with every manufacturing defect, here also we noticed some trouble shooting in BMW cars while about the faulty fuel pump issues, although we all have completely aware of these issues but still recollect to share the information to the clients.

May 02 2012 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

most of the electrical parts that fail are made by independent manufacturers,no matter what the make of car.They all fail or wear out sooner or later, usually poor workmanship.

October 30 2010 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the best German car is now Audi.. The only good Mercedes Benz are the S class's, the C and E class are for the american market and are built as well as a GM very poorly. BMW is now making what Audi used to make in the 80's and 90's alot of junk

October 30 2010 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BMW have always been crappy. Even by their own admission they have said "We have built poorly engineered cars for more than 50 years".

October 29 2010 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

my girlfriend and i have had seven new bmw's in the past eleven years. the late 1990's the service was great. i could not believe how good it was. It has all been downhill from there. and the free oil change is really nice, except, i cought them not changing the oil twice on two different cars. and since 06' bmw's no longer have you CAN NOT EVEN SEE the oil before or after any more,my 03 330i sport stalled and was towed...fuel pump was strange how they told me they fixed all these things and recalabrated this and that, but never said what caused of santa monica ca, poor of the proud world famous Beverly Hills ca... service,,,horrendous,,,,i've left their very upset probabally 6 times...It has come to an end...i heard mercedes benz suck neighbors always say for years now," don't get a mercedes". I might Look at the 2011 dodge charger 5.7...cause , why the hell not

October 29 2010 at 6:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to blush8888's comment

Hey Blush, Which Mercedes does your neighbor have. The C and E class were designed for the American market they are not True Mercedes. You have to go S-class or higher to experience True Mercedes Benz engineering and opulence.

October 29 2010 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hello sinckart;my neighbor had an 07' E350 and was always being repaired... But he was always referring to the S - class. his brother was a dealer auction guy and the S - class was being returned by many owners while they were still new

October 30 2010 at 5:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That is what happened if manufactures hired mixed races to work for them, since Germans had PURE races just like Japanese did the best. If they share the ideas so called G20 around the world...Everything in manufactures will not get better products. Do you remember 1960s Ford Mustang? or General Motors 1960s Camaro? They made better than today becuz of a single race Americans. After 1960s and G20 world everything went down exempt Ferrari and Rolls Royces are pure one Race to work on assembly and engineering.

October 29 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Another reason to buy from an American company!!! I bought a 2010 Chevy Malibu about 6 months ago and love it. Built in Kansas City by an American company. Nice quiet ride and good power and fuel mileage. An equally equipted BMW would cost twice as a new will be surprised, or be a dummy and buy a bmw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 29 2010 at 2:00 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Miranda Fair

BMW needs to expand this recall. I've had 2 BMWs that stalled repeatedly. One was a 2004 525 and other was 2002 325. Service dept could never find any problem and acted like I was the only one to ever report this.

October 27 2010 at 6:52 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

ahhhhh the joys of owning a BMW been there done that never again...Of course a friend of mine had a BMW and wound up marrying the cashier at bmw service..

October 26 2010 at 8:51 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to us118's comment
go gators !

those cashers always had a great bod and huge ****.

October 27 2010 at 12:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

GoGators? Yea , I see where the Gators have gone.... D O W N !!! How bout them Miami Hurricanes !!! Movin on up !!!!!! Anyway, you are right! Them BMW cashiers are usually NICE ! :)

October 29 2010 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Having worked for several large automotive corporations for 20-plus years, I know that a lot of these so-called "recalls" are really sales gimmicks, especially when they're voluntary and not dictated by the FED. Like this recall, it will get 150,000 BMW owners into the dealerships under the guise of getting this little item fixed. Oh, by the way, while you're here, you should step into the showroom and look at our NEW models. Oh, I see you're driving that OLD 2007. I can make you a great deal on a trade-in on our NEW 2011. What's it going to take to put you behind the wheel TONIGHT. And, on and on. Actually, studies have shown that this SALES GIMMICK works and results in substantial sales. So, whenever sales are slow, have a RECALL! A sucker born every minute.

October 26 2010 at 6:41 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to geraldlsolis's comment

geraldlsolis: You are 100% right. Good idea! It happens all the time.

October 29 2010 at 1:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply