The diesel BMW continues to burn, the carmaker is clearly unable to solve the problem


The Munich brand was foggy about this for a long time and then came up with several convening events. However, none of them apparently solved the problem well enough, the diesel Bavarians continue to burn.

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In 2018, BMW solved a serious problem involving two-liter turbodiesel. There were a large number of fires, the cause of which was to lie in the problematic module of exhaust gas recirculation. There were supposed to be leaks, due to which the premium Munich goods turned into burnt cracks within a few minutes. The carmaker has known about the problem since 2015, but initially overlooked it. In the end, she called it just a Korean affair, which led to 106,000 cars being called to service.

However, as it turned out immediately, the flames began to whip from cars in Germany as well. The carmaker therefore came up with a "voluntary" call for action, during which 96,300 owners of incriminated vehicles were summoned. Surprisingly, however, the brand, unlike Korea, focused only on six cylinders. However, this approach lasted only two months, as in October 2018 the call campaign was expanded to 1.9 million cars, which were produced between August 2010 and August 2017. These were both six-cylinder and four-cylinder units.

BMW then issued a press release stating that, in exceptional cases, refrigerant may leak from the EGR module, which could result in spontaneous combustion. The carmaker further claimed that in most cases there was no self-ignition and the owners only called the towing service instead of the firefighters. The danger was completely averted by this summons, although BMW admitted that in all cases, given the extent of the damage to the vehicle, it was not possible to determine the exact cause of the fire.

A year later, another call took place, when another 232,000 cars went to the service stations, despite the fact that the risk of fire was "very small", according to the carmaker. However, the German Heiko Revenstorff, whose BMW 535d F11 was almost reduced to ashes a few days ago, will probably not agree with that. At that time, the owner of the Munich sedan was driving on the motorway at a speed of about 120 km / h, ie at an enormous pace.

Nevertheless, flames began to whip under the hood, and however the Test car, the whole one, is ripe for writing off. Revenstorff, the only departure of firefighters came to a considerable 1,313.20 euros (approx. 33 thousand SKK), but this is only a fraction of the damage that the owner suffered by destroying the vehicle, there will be hundreds of thousands. The question then is who will pay this amount. The owner of the incriminated vehicle states that he never received a single letter urging him to visit the service and that his car was therefore not the subject of any call-to-action.

As it turns out, BMW is not able to solve it for the mentioned diesels from 2010 to 2017. Either it is on the wrong track and the difficulty is not just the faulty EGR module, or it is not possible to identify the cars affected. The carmaker should therefore work on a solution and this time be as accurate as possible. Otherwise, it may happen that it will soon not be in such an optimistic mood as it is now, when it states that stricter emission limits do not endanger it. All you need is a few big calls associated with the payment of compensation and its profit will burn faster than those cars. Mercedes could talk about it.