Safety Ratings

Frontal Moderate Overlap Test Results


Potential Number Of Units Affected: 2,100

The thickness of the main positive electrical cable (generator to starter) insulation is less than specified, making it susceptible to being abraded or cut by the clip that secures the cable to the generator. The cable insulation can be worn away, exposing the wire. The wire could contact the clip or a short circuit could occur. If the vehicle were parked with the engine off, the engine may not restart. If the engine were running and the short occurred, the generator would not charge the battery, affecting the operation of the engine and electrical systems.

Dealers will apply a thickness of insulating tape to the cable in the area of the clip, and install a revised clip. Owner notification was to begin during February 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-0117.

Dates of Manufacture:
August - September 1998


The safety ratings and information is provided directly from the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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