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Recall 98V143000

Transmission Gear Position Switch

Recall Details

The transmission gear position switch could allow water to get into it due to a defect in its sealing. This can cause the improper gear selected to be shown. Dealers will replace the transmission gear position switch free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The transmission gear position switch could allow water to get into it, causing incorrect indication of the gear that was selected. This can prevent the vehicle from driving properly.

What Should You Do?

BMW notified owners of affected vehicles starting in December 1998. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

Affected Cars

Drive Train, June 22, 1998

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
June 22, 1998
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
3,800
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
98V143000
Component
POWER TRAIN
Summary
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE SEALING MATERIAL OF THE SWITCH CAN DEVELOP LEAKS AND ALLOW WATER ENTRY.
Consequence
THIS CONDITION CAN EVENTUALLY RESULT IN AN INCORRECT INDICATION OF THE TRANSMISSION GEAR POSITION, WHICH COULD ALSO CAUSE THE CAR NOT TO START, OR ALLOW IT TO START IN A DRIVE GEAR, SUCH AS 'DRIVE' OR 'REVERSE.'
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE TRANSMISSION GEAR POSITION SWITCH.
Notify
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN DECEMBER 28, 1998. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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