Is your BMW a lemon?

If you’ve made multiple attempts to fix your BMW with no luck, you may have a BMW lemon on your hands. The BMW lemon law protects consumers with defective BMWs still under warranty, or with BMWs that began to show signs of defect while under warranty (even if the warranty has since run out). You could be entitled to a BMW lemon law buyback, cash settlement, or replacement of your BMW under the BMW lemon law in California. If you aren’t sure the difference between a BMW lemon and a BMW recall vehicle, or if you qualify for compensation under California BMW lemon law, give us a call.

Common BMW Defects

BMW lemons are not unheard of, and our firm has successfully handled a number of cases against BMW. Some BMW models that have given our clients trouble include X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes, 335i, 135i, 535i, Z4 roadsters, X5s, X6s, and more. Issues or BMW recalls that might qualify your BMW as a lemon may include, but aren’t limited to, those listed below.

  • Steering column issues
  • Engine failure
  • Heat/Air Conditioning issues
  • Shaking/Shuddering Clutch
  • Malfunctioning Fuel Pump
  • Rear brake disc problems
  • PBS leakage
  • Seatbelt issues
  • BMW airbag recall

How Shainfeld Law Can Help You With BMW Lemon Law

Even if your car falls under the “lemon law presumption,” meaning the issues occurred within 18 months or 18,000 miles after the purchase and persist after reasonable attempts at repair, the BMW manufacturer has the opportunity to argue against this. That’s why it’s important to contact an attorney who is highly experienced in BMW lemon law and BMW recalls (like the BMW airbag recall), and who knows the steps needed to take to get your case to settle quickly and efficiently, outside of court. Contact LemonLawNow to speak with someone about your case. We can get you the BMW lemon law buyback you deserve.

What does “Reasonable Attempts at Repair” mean for your BMW?

In BMW lemon law, the BMW only gets a “reasonable number” of attempts at repair before you can claim your BMW as a lemon. What constitutes a “reasonable number?” The criteria varies from state to state, but in California, you meet this criteria if one of the following occurs:

  • The BMW manufacturer is aware of your car’s problems, and you’ve tried to have the issues fixed four or more times with no luck
  • The BMW manufacturer is aware of your car’s problems, and you’ve tried to have them fixed two or more times for issues that could cause death or serious injury
  • The problems with your BMW have put it out of service for at least 30 days since you purchased it

BMW Recalls

Even though BMW’s slogan translates to “the best or nothing,” the German automaker has had some issues with putting the best cars into the market over the years. The luxury BMWs are well-known for being sporty, classy rides, but that doesn’t mean every one of them drives off the lot in perfect condition.

BMW has had problems in the past with airbags, fuel leaks, faulty bolts and everything in between. While many of their cars are well-made and won’t have any manufacturing problems, the automaker has had to issue a number of recalls in the past. And these recalls have touched most models at one point or another.

When a recall is issued, it can be done by either the BMW manufacturer themselves or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Because all cars are required to meet certain federal safety requirements, the NHTSA will often launch investigations into reports of multiple cars of the same model and year that are presenting the same persistent problems. If they find a common theme — for example, if a fluid leak was to blame for several BMWs catching on fire — they’ll make the BMW manufacturer issue a recall for the cars. And when a recall is issued, all the BMWs of that model and year must be brought in and fixed at no charge to the drivers.

We’re detailing five recent BMW recalls below so you can get an idea for the types of issues the BMW manufacturer has faced with new BMWs coming off the assembly line. If your car is listed below, be sure to contact your dealership or the manufacturer to see if you’re included in the recall. Or, you can always check the BMW website or the NHTSA website to learn more about recent BMW recalls and how you can get your car repaired.

  1. The German automaker recalled nearly 140,000 3-series cars in China because of a defect in the air-conditioning system.
  2. Around 23,000 diesel BMWs were recalled in Europe because a component aimed at reducing emissions posed a danger of engine fires.
  3. BMW recalled 312,000 vehicles from the 1-series, the 3-series, the Z4 and the X1 from 2007 to 2011 for an electrical issue that could cause the car to stall suddenly.
  4. After several cars caught fire from fluid leaks, BMW expanded a worldwide recall of 1.6 million cars.
  5. BMW has also recalled 108 X6 sDrive35i, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M vehicles from 2019 due to an issue with the rear upper control arm pivot bolts.


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