1.3 Million BMW Vehicles Recalled Worldwide

1.3 Million BMW Vehicles Recalled Worldwide

According to BMW, a battery cable cover located in the trunk could possibly be incorrectly mounted. When it is, a serious potential malfunction in the vehicle’s electrical system can develop. From their, a number of issues can occur; the vehicle ignition may have trouble starting, not start at all, or, in the worst of cases, the entire system may catch fire.

BMW, a brand of luxury vehicle we all typically hold to be synonymous with high performance, high speed, and comfort reached an unfortunate setback last Monday when the company announced the recall of 1.3 million cars worldwide (a substantial number nearly equal to the number of cars the company sold in 2011.)

The recall affects the BMW 5-series and 6-series models manufactured between 2003 and 2010. Out of the multitude of vehicles sold in that amount of time very few owners reported any substantial problems (less than 1 percent, in fact.) Despite the infrequency of reports, BMW is taking a sagacious preemptive strike and dealing with the defect before problems begin to surface. Owners of defective models will receive a letter from the company and will then be able to take the vehicle in for a brief repair. The defect itself takes less than an hour to fix.

Out of the countries most affected, the United States appears to have been hit hardest with the recall, affecting some 368,000 vehicles across the country. Second to that is Germany with roughly 293,000 vehicles, an additional 109,000 cars in Britain and finally China with 102,000 affected vehicles in total.

Though BMW is widely regarded more so as a performance car than a reliable car, owners certainly expect a little more bang for their buck when it comes time to buy. The 6-series, available in both coupe and convertible types, is one of the more upscale in the BMW series lineup costing upwards of $70,000 off the lot. The 5-series model is designed to be a little more affordable, a mid-priced luxury vehicle, it comes in around $47,000 though fully equipped versions can hit upwards of $60,000 without much trouble.

Despite the setback, BMW sales have been on the rise of late, selling over 300,000 luxury cars last year in the US alone. Even despite the rising trend of green-minded drivers seeking out more fuel efficient cars, global BMW sales reached nearly $1.5 million, making it one of the country’s most successful luxury vehicle brands.

It’s reputation as a luxury brand surely continues undisputed, but especially with this latest fiasco, its reputation as a high-maintenance performance vehicle is also very much reinforced. Unlike Lexus, BMW’s Japanese competitor, none of its models managed to hold a top 3 spot according to rankings by J.D. Power and Associates last year. The company has had a bit of bad press most recently from Consumer Reports as well, with indications of shady practices on the part of dealers giving potential buyers the run around, so to speak.

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