Oil pump problem hits UK M5, M6

UPDATE: Since publishing our story on BMW North America advising F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 owners not to drive their cars, following the discovery of a fault with the oil pump that could lead to ‘severe engine damage’, we have heard that as a result of further internal investigations, BMW has now discovered that 19 British cars have the same potentially defective oil pump. BMW UK had initially said the problem did not affect UK cars.

On Friday (21 September) BMW US dealers were sent a technical bulletin saying that owners of 2013 model year F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 cars built between July and September 2012 were being contacted as part of a recall, and warned not to drive their cars until the problem is fixed.

BMW initially thought UK cars weren't affected
BMW initially thought UK cars weren't affected
The fault stopped deliveries of S63TU V8 turbo BMW M5 and M6 in the US until the repair has been completed. The issue was characterised as serious enough to potentially cause the engine to suddenly lose oil pressure.

The fault in the oil pump was picked up by BMW’s routine quality checks. Repair is simple: swap the faulty oil pump for a correctly manufactured one. There have been no reported cases of engine failure as a result of the fault.

‘We are about to start the process of contacting owners,’ said a BMW UK spokesman. The work will be carried out under warranty as part of BMW's usual car recall procedures.

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  • morgs_ 24 Sep 2012

    Are BMW collecting the cars from the customers then?

    "I'm just on my way to you to bring my car in for the recall and my engine has blown up.."

  • SystemParanoia 24 Sep 2012

    drop a wankel in there... should prove more reliable! biggrin

  • cure 24 Sep 2012

    Strange the oil pump for the us and UK model is different then..

  • German 24 Sep 2012

    Been a good few weeks for us then....cant drive your E60 M5, the local scrotes have had it away. Cant drive your F10 M5, it'll lunch the engine. Good stuff, will the next M5's engine blow up at the first sign of being stolen?

  • y2blade 24 Sep 2012


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