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BMW X5 recall 04V409000

The Engine May Accelerate Without Warning
Engine, September 8, 2004

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Under certain conditions, vehicles with a 3.0L engine and manual transmission may accelerate unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.


Please contact your BMW dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.


On certain vehicles with a 3.0L engine and manual transmission, if the vehicle is moving slowly in first gear, with the accelerator pedal held in a constant position of low engine speed, with the clutch pedal held in a partially depressed position, the engine speed may increase. The vehicle could accelerate unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reprogram the vehicle's engine management control unit to correct this concern. This recall began during September 2004.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2004

Mfr's Report Date:
September 8, 2004

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V409000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY:PEDAL/LINKAGE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 358

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES WITH 3.0 L ENGINES AND MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS, IF THE VEHICLE IS IN FIRST GEAR, AND MOVING SLOWLY, WITH THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL HELD IN A CONSTANT POSITION OF LOW ENGINE SPEED AND WITH THE CLUTCH PEDAL HELD IN A PARTIALLY DEPRESSED POSITION, ENGINE SPEED MAY INCREASE.

Consequence: THE VEHICLE COULD ACCELERATE UNEXPECTEDLY, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE VEHICLE'S DIGITAL ENGINE MANAGEMENT CONTROL UNIT. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.

Notes: CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION┬┐S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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