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2006 BMW 7-Series Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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TSB Date Problem Area TSB Text
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.
06/03/11 NHTSA ID: 10037700
TSB ID: SI B12 55 06

BMW: there may be excessive cranking before the vehicle starts. the service engine soon light may also be on with a lack of engine power.
04/25/11 NHTSA ID: 10036979
TSB ID: SIB-32-04-07

BMW: a new technical process has been created for BMW to identify causes of steering complaints with a wide range of models.
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
04/23/10 NHTSA ID: 10032646
TSB ID: SIB-12-26-09

BMW vehicles: edk throttle potentiometer faults-diagnosis. models e60, e63, e64, e65, e66, and e70. the service engine soon and dsc/dtc warning lamps are illuminated. the engine enters the power reduction (fail safe) mode.
07/13/09 NHTSA ID: 10029604
TSB ID: SI-B12-11-09

BMW: vehicle may intermittently exhibit any of the following: hard to start or may not start; engine runs rough and lacks or loses power; engine power reduced. vapor lock in the fuel system could occur under certain engine operating conditi
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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
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

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02/07/11 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10035010
TSB ID: SIB-24-01-08

BMW vehicle: transmission warning light is illuminated and the transmission enters failsafe mode. fault code 4f81 (ratio monitoring, clutch a), in some cases combined with the subsequent faults 507b/507c (parking gear sensor implausible s
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.
03/11/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10051519
TSB ID: SIB-61-37-12

BMW: the high-voltage (hv) battery cells could be damaged if the vehicle is prevented from entering sleep mode for an extended period of time. updated 03/11/2013 *js
05/07/12 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10044024
TSB ID: B61-17-12

BMW: wipers lights and front power windows are inoperative. this situation may start and lead to a permanent fault. also included model f07 (5 series gran turismo) model years up to march 2012. *js
04/23/12 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10043714
TSB ID: SIB-61-06-12

BMW: steering column switch center contains one or more faults: internal control, steering wheel lock range exceeded, wiper angle defective. various check control messages appear with airbag warning lamp illuminated.
04/20/12 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10043689
TSB ID: SIB-61-07-12

BMW: after a few miles or several thousand miles, check control message, hybrid malfunction, may appear after programming of software for vehicle.
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.
04/18/11 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10036911
TSB ID: SI-B12-15-10

BMW: voluntary emissions recall campaign 10e-a01: program control units (dme retrofit). an error in dme (digital motor electronics) software, it may not be possible to read out the dme data using a non BMW tester (i.e., scan tool, etc.).
12/06/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10034574
TSB ID: SI-B63-02-10

BMW: check control message displayed; turn signals flash fast. intermittently or permanently, a bulb out check control message is displayed, together with the turn signal flashing fast. updated on 11/8/2013.
07/06/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10029348
TSB ID: SI-B61-06-09

BMW: sporadically, the following conditions may occur-wipers are running on a dry window; speedometer and tachometer are inoperative; check control message emf dropped out (drive control system emergency mode).
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.
08/15/11 Other NHTSA ID: 10040046
TSB ID: SIB-51-11-11

BMW: when outside temp is below freezing the outside doors will not close or are difficult to open. a door cable has moisture intrusion and freezes.
02/11/11 Other NHTSA ID: 10035244
TSB ID: SIB-63-10-10

BMW vehicle: adaptive headlights. a check control (cc) message is displayed for the adaptive headlights. the headlamps no longer turn with steering wheel movement. fault code 800fc6 is entered in the footwell module (frm3). a second tu
02/11/11 Other NHTSA ID: 10035246
TSB ID: SIB-65-22-10

BMW vehicles: replaced seat occupancy sensor mat will not enable. after replacing a cis (capacitive sensing passenger occupancy mat), the new mat will not enable when using ista/p. however, ista/p shows that the acsm (active crash safety
07/14/10 Other NHTSA ID: 10033132
TSB ID: SIB-17-03-09

BMW vehicles: n63 turbocharger auxiliary water pump faults. the service engine soon lamp is illuminated with the following fault codes stored in the dme control module. turbocharger coolant pump, control line, electric, 0x1016-line inter
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).
07/20/09 Other NHTSA ID: 10029964
TSB ID: SI-B72-01-09

BMW: the safety belts for the front seats have an electric motor-driven reel (ema) which will retract/pretension the seat belt a specified amount when certain hazardous driving situations are present.
05/22/06 Other NHTSA ID: 10020004
TSB ID: 360406

Nitrogen inflated tires.

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BMW 7-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.