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Old 08-13-2008, 01:10 PM
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BMW recalls 200,000 vehicles.....

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Old 08-13-2008, 02:05 PM
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Saw that. Interestingly enough, I've had the sensor replaced in the X3 twice already due to issues with the passenger airbag on/off light. I guess I'll have them check it again!
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:35 PM
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BMW is recalling 200,000 cars and small SUVs because the front passenger-side airbag could fail.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned that in some of the recalled BMWs it is possible that "the front passenger airbags will not deploy even if a sufficiently severe accident would occur."
The recalled BMWs include the 2004 to 2005 5-Series standard and sport seat models, the 2004 to 2006 X3 and the 2006 3-Series with sport seats.
NHTSA reported on its Web site that the passenger-side airbags can deactivate because of wear associated with a passenger getting in and out of the vehicle.

"Depending on the manner and frequency of the front passenger's entry and exit, small cracks have developed in the (sensor) mat. If this occurs, the front passenger airbags, with the exception of the head protection system, will be deactivated," the agency warned.

BMW dealers will repair the sensor system in the passenger seat when the recall begins in late September. BMW will extend the warranty for airbags on the recalled vehicles "to 10 years from the first registration without any mileage limit," according to NHTSA.

The warranty extension covers the 2006 6-Series, 3-Series with a standard seat, 2004 to 2005 Z4, 2004 to 2006 7-Series, 2006 X5 and 2004 to 2006 5-Series with a comfort seat.

"Under the extended warranty program, the occupant detection mat in a vehicle that experiences this specific issue will be replaced at not charge to the customer," NHTSA advises on its Web site.
NHTSA began investigating airbags failures in the BMW earlier this year when the Office of Defect Investigation reported that "the passenger frontal airbag may malfunction and render the passenger airbag inoperative."

The models included in the initial investigation were the 2004 to 2006 BMW 5 and 7 series sedans, Z4 convertibles and X3 SUVs, as well as 2006 BMW 3 and 6 series cars and X5 SUVs.

NHTSA reported "729 non-duplicating owner reports and 23,739 non-duplicating warranty claims" prompted the investigation or engineering analysis.
BMW owners can contact the automaker at 1-800-525-7417 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

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Old 08-13-2008, 02:42 PM
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Been there done that. The red airbag light would come up in check when someone was in the right and they replaced something... Hope I don't have to bring the 3 in again...
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:37 PM
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Good Job BMW! Glad to see your quality control is higher then Benz... Lol
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There have been like, 240 threads about this on this forum and Bimmerfest in the past hour about this.............
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:09 AM
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And of course what do I happen to have?? A 2006 X5!

Way to go BMW!

And all this time I was telling my fiance that her "airbag off" light was lit up because she was such a lightweight. And that BMW's super-duper advanced electronics were sensing light body weight, and turning off the airbag to prevent injury.

This is my first BMW, and I have to say: as impressed as I am with the main drivetrain (engine, transmission, steering), I am conversely APPALLED at the low quality and workmanship of some of the remaining components.
For example, on a less-than-2-year old vehicle I have had headlight housing condensation 3 separate times, requiring numerous trips to the dealer, with bulbs and turn signals going out.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:56 AM
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And of course what do I happen to have?? A 2006 X5!

Way to go BMW!

And all this time I was telling my fiance that her "airbag off" light was lit up because she was such a lightweight. And that BMW's super-duper advanced electronics were sensing light body weight, and turning off the airbag to prevent injury.

This is my first BMW, and I have to say: as impressed as I am with the main drivetrain (engine, transmission, steering), I am conversely APPALLED at the low quality and workmanship of some of the remaining components.
For example, on a less-than-2-year old vehicle I have had headlight housing condensation 3 separate times, requiring numerous trips to the dealer, with bulbs and turn signals going out.
Oh just WAIT until your moonroof starts leaking, your wood cracks and your alloy starts to shave off, don't forget the peeling steering wheel

Oh wait, that was just year 2 of my X5
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:16 PM
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Oh just WAIT until your moonroof starts leaking, your wood cracks and your alloy starts to shave off, don't forget the peeling steering wheel

Oh wait, that was just year 2 of my X5
No moonroof or sunroof on mine! I've always had a phobia of my car cabin turning into a swimming pool so I've never opted for sunroofs on ANY of my vehicles.

As for your X5 experience, I'm really surprised you stuck with German. If I had that many things go badly, I would surrender to the Japanese.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:40 PM
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Out of curiosity, why is special about NA-market airbag designs?

I know in the EU, there is an available cut-off switch instead of a weight-sensing device. What else differs?
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