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2006 BMW 6-Series Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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TSB Date Problem Area TSB Text
06/05/15 NHTSA ID: 10057534
TSB ID: SIB-34-04-14

BMW: running noises heard when brakes are applied, with high brake loads; through wheel opening, visible cracks can be seen in brake discs and steering wheel torsional vibrates when applying brakes.
08/27/12 NHTSA ID: 10045282
TSB ID: SIB-11-07-12

BMW: while driving vehicle, at times would be rough running; white or blue smoke seen exiting exhaust system and the engine oil is consumed above specifications. updated 1/11/13.
09/13/11 NHTSA ID: 10040853
TSB ID: SIB-33-01-02

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.
07/14/10 NHTSA ID: 10033130
TSB ID: SIB-16-02-09

BMW vehicles: fuel level sensor repairs. where it is necessary to replace the right or the left side fuel level sensor due to a failure, the entire pump and housing or delivery unit (suction jet assembly) do not need to be replaced as wel
07/13/09 NHTSA ID: 10029684
TSB ID: SI-B12-02-09

BMW: service engine soon lamp or the check gas cap warnings are illuminated while driving. when diagnosed, the dme has stored faults for small leak, micro leak, super fine leak, or large leak in relation to the tank ventilation or evaporati
01/05/09 NHTSA ID: 10026944
TSB ID: SI-B12-16-08

BMW: voluntary emission recall 08e-a02: m5 and m6 (5 & 6 series) with s85 obd communication. software error in the dme control module may cause communication incompatibility with certain generic obd scanner tools.
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07/21/06 NHTSA ID: 10020110
TSB ID: 130306

Fuel pump failure after refueling with ethanol fuel blend.
05/22/06 NHTSA ID: 10020005
TSB ID: 130206

Top tier detergent gasoline in BMW vehicles.
08/15/11 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10040045
TSB ID: SIB-23-01-08

BMW: a new technical support process has been created regarding transmission concerns.
06/02/10 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10032849
TSB ID: SIB-34-07-07

BMW vehicle: dsc disabling function. due to revised dme, dsc and ccc software, the mdm (m dynamic mode) button located in the center console switch cluster (szm) now has triple functionality-default state-dsc on; short press-mdm on (green
05/28/10 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10032825
TSB ID: SIB-25-03-07

BMW vehicle: sport transmission paddle shifters inoperative-diagnosis. the direct communication input line between the paddle shifters and the egs transmission control module is interrupted. no model years listed.
05/28/10 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10032827
TSB ID: SIB-34-078-07

BMW vehicles: dsc disabling function. dsc off function has been implemented in m5 and m6 vehicles equipped with the optional 6 speed manual transmissions. no model years listed.
05/01/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10052012
TSB ID: SIB-61-13-05

BMW: battery has an increased demand due to developemental process of the electrical system. this is causing the batter to need to undergo an energy diagnosis.
04/27/11 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10037025
TSB ID: SIB-63-02-01

BMW: procedure for determining and replacing incandescent and halogen light bulbs under warranty.
05/21/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10032780
TSB ID: SIB-12-09-07

BMW vehicle: service engine soon light illuminated: s85-various vanos related faults stored. (e60 (5series), e63 & e64 (6series). no model years listed.
05/21/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10032781
TSB ID: SIB-12-09-08

BMW vehicle: driveability complaints due to cooling fan relay failure. the customer may complain of intermittent driveability problems, described as-engine is lacking power when accelerating uphill; transmission will not upshift under hea
07/08/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10029426
TSB ID: SIB-24-03-09REV

BMW: one or a combination of the following situations may exist: intermittent harsh 4-3, 3-2 or 2-1 downshift (jolt) when coming to a stop with light brake application; jolts and/or jerks felt when reaccelerating after coasting; and judder
07/01/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10029257
TSB ID: SI-B-62-01-09

BMW: all instrument dials are inoperative and the illumination of the information display in the instrument cluster is very bright.
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09/22/08 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10025983
TSB ID: SI B63-04-08

BMW: headlamp moisture: fault diagnostics. water or condensation in one or both headlamps. models 5 series, 6 series, 7 series, x5, x6, 1 series, and 3 series. model years 2000-20008.
06/21/10 Other NHTSA ID: 10032988
TSB ID: SIB-36-05-07

BMW: tire warning light illuminated due to low ambient temperature. model e90, e91(3 series);e92, e92 (3 series); e60 (5 series); e60 (m5); e63, e64 (6 series); e63, e64 (m6); e65, e66 (7 series); e70 (x5); e83 (x3); and e85, e86 (z4).
05/27/09 Other NHTSA ID: 10028770
TSB ID: SIB-51-29-08

BMW: the convertible top stowage compartment has 4 drains to allow water to exit. these drains, over time, may become blocked by leaves and debris and cause an overflow into the trunk and damage electronic components.
03/26/09 Other NHTSA ID: 10028366
TSB ID: SI-B-51-26-08

BMW vehicle: modifying the rear water drain hoses. over time the 4 drains may become blocked by leaves and debris. once clogged, water may collect and overflow into trunk, damaging various electronic components.
08/22/08 Other NHTSA ID: 10025581
TSB ID: SI B51-11-08

Water ingress at the doors: symptom diagnosis. model vehicle e64 (6 series convertible). model years unknown.
05/22/06 Other NHTSA ID: 10020004
TSB ID: 360406

Nitrogen inflated tires.

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BMW 6-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.

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