BMW is expanding a 2016 recall to fix a serious driveshaft issue impacting multiple SUV models. And by a lot.
It’s adding nearly 122,000 vehicles to the original list. All models are SUVs equipped with all-wheel drive. They include the 2011-2013 X5 and X5 M, the 2011-2014 X6 and X6 M, and the 2011 X6 ActiveHybrid.
The problem involves the front driveshaft that could fail and cause the vehicle to stop moving.
“Water and debris may enter the front driveshaft’s universal joint, causing excessive wear and possibly resulting in the joint’s failure,” NHTSA documents warn.
The issue stems from the universal joint seal. Water and dirt are finding their way inside joints that were manufactured incorrectly. It can cause faster wear and potential failure. In recall documents, BMW says owners will initially be alerted by noise from the area of the front drivetrain. Over time, this noise will increase along with vibration.
There are no reports of injuries or crashes.
BMW plans to fix the issue by replacing the entire front driveshaft at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to begin April 24.