1997 BMW M3

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2 Recalls for 1997 BMW M3

Recall Date Component Summary
November 15, 1999 AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES ARE BUILT WITH A SIDE AIR BAG SYSTEM CONSISTING OF DOOR-MOUNTED THORAX AIR BAGS (REAR DOOR AIR BAGS ARE OPTIONAL), A CENTRAL ELECTRONIC SENSOR AND DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM, LEFT AND RIGHT SATELLITE IMPACT SENSORS, AND ASSOCIATED WIRING. THIS SYSTEM IS UNDULY SENSITIVE TO CERTAIN NON-CRASH IMPACTS, SUCH AS CONTACTING LARGE POTHOLES OR CURBS AT SUBSTANTIAL SPEED.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE CENTRAL COMPUTER CONTROL MODULE THAT REGULATES THE PERFORMANCE OF ALL OF THE VEHICLE’S OCCUPANT PROTECTION SYSTEMS.

August 19, 1997 VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

THE CRUISE CONTROL AND THROTTLE CABLES ARE ATTACHED TO THE SAME THROTTLE VALVE ACTUATING LEVER AT THE THROTTLE HOUSING. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE PLASTIC BUSHING ON EITHER CABLE COULD BREAK DUE TO ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES COUPLED WITH VIBRATION. IF THE BUSHING BREAKS, THE OUTER CABLE HOUSING CAN SEPARATE FROM THE BUSHING. IN THIS CASE, DURING APPLICATION OF THE THROTTLE PEDAL WITHOUT CRUISE CONTROL BEING ENGAGED, THE OUTER TUBE COULD CATCH ON THE EDGE OF THE BROKEN BUSHING.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSTALL A SPRING STEEL CLIP ON THE OUTER TUBE OF EACH CABLE IN THE AREA OF THE ADJUSTING SCREW AND PLASTIC BUSHING. THE CLIP IS DESIGNED TO PREVENT THE OUTER TUBE FROM DISLODGING FROM THE BUSHING.

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0 Complaints sent to the Center for Auto Safety for 1997 BMW M3

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27 Complaints submitted to NHTSA for 1997 BMW M3

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VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
ODI Number: 10139474
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
ODI Number: 899680
WHEELS
ODI Number: 892802
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
ODI Number: 853215
EQUIPMENT:APPLIANCE:AIR CONDITIONER
ODI Number: 846337
VISIBILITY:GLASS, SIDE/REAR
ODI Number: 811962
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 761726
SUSPENSION:REAR:SHOCK ABSORBER
ODI Number: 754494
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 748050
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 746851
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY
ODI Number: 745272
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM
ODI Number: 608017
TIRES
ODI Number: 560947
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
ODI Number: 559939
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
ODI Number: 559939
SUSPENSION:FRONT
ODI Number: 559939
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
ODI Number: 559939
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL)
ODI Number: 559939
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FLUID
ODI Number: 559939
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 559939
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD
ODI Number: 559939
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:RADIO/TAPE DECK/CD ETC.
ODI Number: 559939
TIRES:BEAD
ODI Number: 556461
EQUIPMENT:APPLIANCE:AIR CONDITIONER
ODI Number: 548014
TIRES
ODI Number: 541126
STEERING | TIRES
ODI Number: 539861
VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER/HVAC SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:ELECTRICAL HEATING ELEMENT
ODI Number: 530109
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7 Service Alerts for 1997 BMW M3

Date Description
July 1, 2011 022520 SUSPENSION:REAR:AXLE:NON-POWERED AXLE ASSEMBLY

BMW: A GRINDING NOISE IS COMING FROM THE DIFFERENTIAL DURING SLOW CORNERING. WHEN TURNING A SLIP/STICK EFFECT IS CREATED ON THE LINING AND STEEL DISCS INCORPORATED IN THE DIFFERENTIAL CLUTCH CAUSES A GRINDING NOISE. *RM

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August 1, 2009 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

BMW: THERMOSTAT HOUSING INSPECTION. THE RETAINING SPRINGS OF THE THERMOSTAT HOUSING QUICK RELEASE COUPLINGS FOR THE COOLANT HOSES MAY NOT BE LOCKED CORRECTLY. THIS SITUATION MAY RESULT IN A COOLANT LEAK. MODELS AFFECTED ARE M3 SEDAN (E

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August 1, 2009 062300 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSES/LINES/PIPING/FITTINGS

BMW: THERMOSTAT HOUSING INSPECTION. THE RETAINING SPRINGS OF THE THERMOSTAT HOUSING QUICK RELEASE COUPLINGS FOR THE COOLANT HOSES MAY NOT BE LOCKED CORRECTLY. THIS SITUATION MAY RESULT IN A COOLANT LEAK. MODELS AFFECTED ARE M3 SEDAN (E

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March 1, 1998 070000 FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

INFORMATION ON EVAPORATIVE EMISSION CONTROL AND FUEL FILLER CAP / FILLER DOOR LABELS. *YC

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March 1, 1998 063000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM

SUBJECT ON VOLUNTARY EXHAUST EMISSION SERVICE ACTION NO. 98E-A01. PRODUCED FROM 10/95 – 11/97 *YC*DB

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April 1, 1998 063000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM

SUBJECT ON VOLUNTARY EXHAUST EMISSION SERVICE ACTION NO. 98E-A01. *YC *JN

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February 1, 1999 061100 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE

CUSTOMER MAY COMPLAIN OF ENGINE RUNNING ROUGH ON COLD START. *TT

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