BMW and Rolls-Royce build some of the most luxurious vehicles on the planet, but unfortunately no automaker is immune to defects. This recall affects the power brake assist feature in several modern V-8 and V-12-powered BMWs and Rolls-Royces.
The problem: The vehicles affected may develop a loss of vacuum in the in the power braking system, leading to diminished or unassisted brake pedal depression. As a safety feature built into all assisted braking systems, owners can continue to slow or stop affected vehicles, as the brake pedal is mechanically connected to the system. There have been no reported injuries or deaths linked to the issue.
The fix: BMW is in the process of notifying owners of affected vehicles, and is preparing dealers for the repairs. Dealers are beginning to receive replacement parts and will start to repair vehicles in the coming weeks. Once the notification is received, owners are asked to consult their dealer to schedule an inspection.
Vehicles affected: 198,000 V-12 and V-8-powered vehicles manufactured from 2002 and later. 2002 to 2008 BMW 745i/Li, 750i/Li, and 760i/Li; 2007 and 2008 BMW Alpina B7; 2004 to 2010 BMW 645i and 650i; 2004 to 2010 BMW 545i and 550i; and all 2002 to 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom models.