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2016 BMW 3-Series Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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TSB Date Problem Area TSB Text
05/14/18 NHTSA ID: 10136705
TSB ID: B010116

N20 engine coolant thermostat: limited warranty extension to 10 years/120,000 miles
05/07/18 NHTSA ID: 10136340
TSB ID: B310318

Cracking noise from front of vehicle while turning or parking: cracking noises heard from the area of the front axle when rotating the steering while stationary or at low speed. refer to the linked video https://tinyurl.com/y9lddolz
04/23/18 NHTSA ID: 10135050
TSB ID: B662317

Contactless tailgate (smart opener) is too sensitive: when the remote is located in the range of the smart opener operation may be the contactless tailgate (smart opener) opens / close unintentionally from objects in the vicinity of the rea
04/23/18 NHTSA ID: 10135033
TSB ID: B340615

Grinding noise from rear brakes: pebbles, road grit, or other foreign materials caught between the brake protection plate and the brake disc may cause a disturbing noise in the rear axle area.
04/23/18 NHTSA ID: 10135019
TSB ID: B110115

Engine oil quick reference chart and drain plug torque: the current version of ista/d has an error in the engine oil capacity specification for all vehicles with the n63r engine and xdrive.
02/02/16 NHTSA ID: 10059088
TSB ID: 32 03 14

BMW: cautioning light in the instrument cluster or a check control message in the display indicate the power-assisted steering has fail.
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04/23/18 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10135032
TSB ID: B340515

Ticking noise from the front axle when cornering: the customer may complain of a metallic ticking noise from the front axle when cornering, maneuvering, parking or pulling away from a parking space.
05/14/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136745
TSB ID: B840214

Connecteddrive/BMW assist system diagnosis information
05/14/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136738
TSB ID: B650915

Nbt head unit high (hu-h) resets intermittently or permanently
05/14/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136712
TSB ID: B121717

Service action: inspect / rework dme connector: due to missing sealing pins in the unused wiring slots of dme connector a368*1b, moisture ingress could occur increasing the risk of corrosion or electrical short circuits between pins.
05/14/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136736
TSB ID: B630917

Rear tail light failure: exterior rear lights do not work.
05/07/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136000
TSB ID: B840618

Connecteddrive-remote services do not function: remote services (such as locking and unlocking the car, vehicle location by honking the horn, flashing the lights or on the map in the BMW connected app) do not function after vehicle has been
05/07/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136361
TSB ID: B651312

Headunit navigation maps (hu-h hu-h2 hu-b): the headunit high (hu-h), also called nbt, began replacing the car information computer (cic) on certain my2013 vehicles with option 609 (7/2012+).
05/07/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136357
TSB ID: B641216

Hvac blower not working: hvac blower is not working.
05/07/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136355
TSB ID: B630516

Headlight assemblies have visible internal moisture/condensation: water on the inside (a) or misting (b) of both headlight lenses that is visible from outside.
05/07/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136347
TSB ID: B610118

High voltage system: isolation faults: the check control message (ccm), "powertrain malfunction!" is displayed.
05/07/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10135995
TSB ID: B662317

Contactless tailgate (smart opener) is too sensitive: when the remote is located in the range of the smart opener operation may be the contactless tailgate (smart opener) opens / close unintentionally from objects in the vicinity of the rea
04/23/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10135040
TSB ID: B620118

Instrument cluster blanks out or remains dark after starting the vehicle: instrument cluster display goes black during starting or while driving.
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04/23/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10135042
TSB ID: B621817

Fuel gauge erroneous display: vehicle runs out of fuel but the instrument cluster still displays fuel remaining in the tank.
04/23/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10135052
TSB ID: B840218

Head unit high resets with connection of iphone 8, iphone 8+ or iphone x
04/23/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10135054
TSB ID: B841117

BMW apps randomly starts playing on its own: while listening to fm, or am, or satellite radio (sdars), the audio source randomly switches to BMW apps (pandora, spotify, audible etc.) with no input from driver or passenger.
04/23/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10135025
TSB ID: B120618

Dme fault code cdc203: various control units contain faults indicating missing messages from the battery management electronics
05/14/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10136724
TSB ID: B511314

Trunk lid does not open completely: the trunk lid/hatch does not open fully when unlatched with remote or hands-free operation.
05/14/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10136728
TSB ID: B520217

Service action: check pump for backrest width adjustment: the backrest width adjustment and, the lumbar support adjustment of the front seats are accomplished by a common air pump.
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05/14/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10136727
TSB ID: B514416

Exterior mirror: creaking noises: creaking noise coming from either or both exterior rearview mirrors when folding in.
05/07/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10136344
TSB ID: B513016

Tailgate unintentionally opens: trunk/tailgate may open when vehicle is locked.
05/07/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10135992
TSB ID: B651316

Nbt-evo head unit cannot be swapped between vehicles for testing. 'component protection active': if either the nbt-evo head unit or body domain controller (bdc) are swapped into a different vehicle they will cause the head unit nbt-evo to e
04/23/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10135023
TSB ID: B111716

Voluntary emissions recall campaign 16e-a05 - n26: carbonization of the turbocharger sealing ring can cause the exhaust to smoke briefly during cold start up.

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BMW 3-Series TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins)

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.