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BMW Recalls All Last-Gen 5 and 6 Series Cars

A malfunctioning battery cable cover in the trunk could cause a problem, but the fix is free.

BMW said on Monday that it is recalling all BMW 5 and 6 Series models of the previous generation built between 2003 and 2010.

According to the press release, “In some remote cases, the battery cable cover inside the boot of these vehicles may be incorrectly mounted."

The problem could result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start and, in some cases, charring or fire, the press release continued.

Customers will be notified in writing. The repair is free and takes about 30 minutes.

The recall includes the E60 and E61 5 Series, and the E63 and E64 6 Series. About 1.3 million cars worldwide are affected. According to CNN, this equates to about 367,000 cars in the U.S.

Staff at West German BMW in Fort Washington aren't sure how many cars from the dealership are affected, if any, a service center employee told Patch.

There have been no accidents or injuries as a result of the fault, BMW said in its press release.

On the popular BMW online forum bimmerforums.com, members did not seem very concerned. One member said, “at least the repair is free.” Another member said he hopes that the repair takes longer to fix, joking that he would like to drive a loaner F10 550i for the day.

To see the online forum thread about the 5 and 6 Series recall, click here and here.

Employees at West German BMW say they'll be able to make the repairs.

Bernard of Warwick March 29, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I have a 2008 528I with 37000 miles on the vehicle and had to replace battery. I was told at BMW that a cell went dead causing increased discharge. Learned from a friend who owns a similar car that she had to replace her battery recently as well. Just learned of battery cable recall that is responsilbe for electrical problems with vehicle and the numerous blogs with stories of battery isssues in the same car. Appears that we purchased a defective product and BMW should be forthcoming and re-imburse the cost of battery and replacement - I paid BMW $365. In all the cars that I have owned never had a battery go bad at 37K. Are nthere more out there? BMC,Warwick
WARREN K May 07, 2012 at 06:20 PM
HAD SAME PROBLEM ON 2007 DID BMW REIMBURSE YOU
Peter Mould December 18, 2012 at 07:48 AM
I’m glad no one was hurt from this fault. Every brand has its faulty parts, like the Toyota faulty floormats that caused some fatal deaths. Still, BMW can do better to avoid the production of faulty parts. BMW was also to be blamed for producing faulty swirl flaps a few years ago.
Peter Mould February 11, 2013 at 09:20 AM
It's a great thing that no accidents or injuries have been reported to date. Else, it would have been unfortunate for the BMW owners to suffer at the manufacturer's costs, especially charring or fire that could be fatal. Very professional of BMW to service the cable cover for free and have it fixed at the shortest time possible as to avoid further inconvenience.

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