Last post on Oct 04, 2013 at 10:30 PM
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BMW X5, Auto Repair, Engine, Oil, Transmission, SUV
#78 of 79 Re: 2001 BMW X5 OIL SEPERATOR [wr1224]
Feb 24, 2011 (6:52 pm)
Everyone that is having a problem with their oil separator call the National Highway Safety Administration hotline or file a complaint online: http://www.nhtsa.gov
Also call BMW of North America Ė ask for a supervisor in customer care. I apologize but I cannot post phone numbers or names on this blog.
I have filed a formal complaint with the NHSA. You need to have your VIN number, the approximate mileage when the problem first occurred and the current mileage on your vehicle.
I have also filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, and the Ohio State Attorney General's office.
Make no mistake about it: this is a design flaw with BMW and a major safety issue.
I have had 4 oil separators go bad over the last 4 years. The only way this issue is going to be escalated from a "service bulletin" to a full blown recall is to call the National Highway Safety Administration! Please do it NOW!
This problem greatly depreciates the resale value of our vehicles not to mention the out of pocket costs due to repairs, lost wages, and towing to mention a few. None of us in good conscience could sell our vehicles in a Northern Climate and pass this problem on to the next owner - we need to unite and pass the problem back to the source: BMW.
#79 of 79 Re: 2001 BMW X5 OIL SEPERATOR [wr1224]
Oct 04, 2013 (10:30 pm)
Pretty much everyone replied earlier in this thread didnít understand the problem isnít with the oil separator, but with frozen oil freezing the oil separator because of the well below zero climates youíre operating the vehicle in.
Wrap the oil separator with an insulating tape or insulating sleeve to help protect it from frozen climates and also to help the oil to get up to operating temperatures.
This is what is recommended by another X5 owner.