Water Pump Problems of BMW 535

BMW 535 owners have reported 14 problems related to water pump (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 1
Failure Date: 09/15/2018

The electric water pump failed. The system did not show any visible warning on the dashboard at time of failure even though the ecu registered a failure code internally when it detected that the pump had stopped working (as compared to mileage/timestamps from diagnostic codes at the time of failure). Some time later suddenly the system displayed an engine overheat warning and lost power in the middle of the road. Driving at about 35-40mph on a local highway.

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car image   Water Pump problem of the 2011 BMW 535 2
Failure Date: 12/14/2017

Malfunction or failure of thermostat and water pump, resulted in significantly increased coolant temperature and system pressure. Indicating a critical overheating condition and my car stopped in the middle of the road and I almost got in a rear end crash. I had to be towed to a shop and they replaced the failed components resulting in a $2,200 bill.

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car image   Water Pump problem of the 2011 BMW 535 3
Failure Date: 06/01/2017

Tl the contact owns a 2011 BMW 535i. While the contact's vehicle was being serviced, the independent mechanic discovered that the engine's plastic oil filter housing was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. Later, while driving, a message displayed indicating that the engine experienced a failure. The vehicle was towed to casey BMW (12861 jefferson Ave, newport news, va) where it was diagnosed that the water pump was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Soon after the repair, a burning odor was present inside the vehicle while driving. Upon inspection, it was discovered that oil had leaked from the plastic oil filter housing onto the engine pulley. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the oil filter housing unit and the engine pulley needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 73,600.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 4
Failure Date: 12/14/2016

Engine malfunction-driving with reduced power notice. Have previously been told that "service engine" light and shaking and stalling during acceleration was due to ignition coils. I have had those replaced and after replacing those the water pump failed and left me stranded on interstate. . . . Vehicle shut down while driving 70 mph. Was able to coast to safety. Now engine malfunction. From looking at recall information it appears that I should have been notified to issues with water pump and replacement but was never contacted. BMW should be held accountable to customer who paid for service that was obviously not the real issue.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 5
Failure Date: 04/10/2015

While driving at 45 mph, yellow warning light indicating the car was overheating came on. A few seconds later the light turned red and indicated to stop the vehicle and shut the engine off. Vehicle lost all power and I came to a stop. It was towed to the shop and I was informed that the water pump and thermostat needed to be replaced adding that it was a common failure in the BMW. Vehicle had recently been serviced at BMW dealer.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 6
Failure Date: 01/07/2015

I drove to work and the engine light was on that morning. The car drove as normal. I was driving home from work at approximately 6:30 p. M on a busy interstate in the middle lane traveling approx. 65 mph when the car began to shake and lose power. It automatically shifted into neutral and lose power. I had to maneuver to the shoulder in heavy traffic with no power. After turning on my hazard lights, I was able to safely get to the shoulder. The car was towed home. After a few days, we were able to drive it to the repair shop (not BMW) and was initially told that sensors were bad. Replaced them and a few days later, the same engine warning light came on again. This time I was told that it was bad injectors and that the fuel is burning to rich. BMW had previously replaced 2 of the injectors about 2 years ago. The car only had approximately 35k miles at that time and needed injectors replaced. Why they only replaced 2, is incomprehensible. Thankfully, the car was under warranty at that time, unfortunately for me, it is no longer under warranty and now I have to foot the $2k bill to have them replaced. BMW should be held accountable to its owners and replace these injectors since there are so many reported problems. There is obviously an issue with the injectors. These cars are not inexpensive to purchase and it is unfair to be stuck with these high repair bills when there is a know problem and reported by so many BMW owners. First, it was my water pump, and now the fuel injectors. This is my second BMW. I previously owned the 328 and it had lifters replaced after about 8 months. I will not purchase another BMW - probably go with Lexus! shame on BMW for not taking ownership of this problem. .

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 7
Failure Date: 11/30/2014

Drove the car home from work the day before. Went out the next day to start the vehicle and it was shaking and vibrating tremendously. I had it towed to the BMW dealership that stated the injectors were bad and needed to be replaced for $1,700. 00. They then called me back and stated the dm e was also bad and the codes didn't pick it up in the beginning. They then asked for an aditional $1,800. 00. I picked up my car after repairs and did not make it home before the check egine light came on and lost power. Took it back to the BMW dealership who then stated it was the turbos that was bad and it would be an additional $5,600. !!!! I am not pleased with the 535i. I have wanted a BMW all of my life and I finally get one and it's been a nightmare. The water pump went out two months after I purchased it for $1,700. 00! the BMW 535i has been one headache after the next and I feel like I was sold a used lemon of a car!!! I bought it from a certified BMW dealership!!! what a rip off!!! I called BMW of north America and they refused to offer assistance with repairs and so did the dealership!!! I feel like I've been robbed!!!.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 8
Failure Date: 10/06/2014

2008 BMW 535i @70 mph, , when, with no warning, large red warning light appears, "engine overheated - turn off engine. " light came on suddenly and engine died ,. Barely able to get to the side of the road. Discovered the problem was an immediate failure of the electric water pump which causes sudden engine loss placing me@ danger. This problem has been reported by many drivers to BMW (see online forums) and they know this is a serious problem but have not issued recall notices on the electric water pumps on their vehicles. The complaint is reported on every forum regarding the car, as well as on this site. Please advise what it takes to reach the level of a recall.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 9
Failure Date: 06/24/2014

Driving a 2008 BMW 535i at highway speed, approximately 50 mph, when, with no warning, large red warning light appears, "engine overheated - turn off engine. " light came on suddenly and engine died to 5 mph and then stopped running. Barely able to get to the side of the road and in great danger from trucks bearing down on a mountainous curving California highway. Discovered the problem was an immediate failure of the electric water pump which causes sudden engine loss placing the driver in grave danger. This problem has been reported by many drivers to BMW (see online forums) and they know this is a serious problem but have not issued recall notices on the electric water pumps on their vehicles. They previously issued recalls on the high pressure fuel pumps but this also requires a recall as the car abruptly dies at highway speed.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 10
Failure Date: 05/07/2014

Drove car for appx 1 mile. Stopped for 10mins at a store. When I started it back up, a fan was louder than usual. I then recieved a high heat warning telling me to drive moderately or risk over heating. After a few more miles, I recieved a warning to stop the vehicle immediately due to excessive heat and not to open the hood for risk of burns. The vehicle slowed to a crawl. Luckily I was a few blocks from home. Next morning I took it to a non-BMW service center who said that the water pump malfunctioned ($950). There was a recall for certain 2008 models for the water pump. I confirmed with BMW that this model was not included. Based on similar complaints online, I believe it should be.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 11
Failure Date: 03/26/2014

We were stopped and waiting at a red light then pressed accelerator when the light turned green. The car starts moving then suddenly loses all power within seconds while entering a very busy freeway onramp. After losing power and car is dead, a warning message appears. Warning says car is "overheated and to stop, danger of burns with hot water pump. " car had not been driven for 2 hours prior to incident. There was absolutely no warning before losing all power and control of the car. Had to have car towed to dealer. Dealer replaced the water pump and did not explain the sudden loss of power or lack of warning. The car has had multiple problems with the high pressure fuel pump. The car also has had several warnings of sudden power loss that the dealer is unable to diagnose. The sudden stop on the freeway caused us to be nearly rear-ended a few times before the police came.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 12
Failure Date: 06/08/2013

I just had to have my water pump and thermostat replaced on my 2008 535i. I was told that it happens so often, they keep the part on the shelf! are there really no recalls on this problem?? also, my right tail light shorted out. I asked the shop why. . . He said this also happens all the time. The wires fry! not cool. I really think someone needs to investigate this. When I was told they replace them all of the time, I was shocked. That cost me $1102. 62 to fix. The guy who towed me said he makes several trips a week for people with the same problem.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 13
Failure Date: 05/23/2013

While driving on the highway, the car indicated an engine malfunction and within seconds the message changed to engine overheating and that engine is operating at reduced output. It also advised to stop the car immediately and call the nearest BMW dealer. I had the car towed to a BMW dealer and they identified issue as a failed waterpump. The water pump was replaced for about $1,400. 3 months later, a similar issue occurred where engine was having issues and the message said that the engine is operating at reduced speed but that it is safe to continue. Took the car back to dealer and they could not find any issues; but just to be safe (whatever that means) they reprogrammed the battery and the bill was $126. Again, with no specific issue identified or resolved.

car image   Water Pump problem of the 2008 BMW 535 14
Failure Date: 03/01/2012

Driving my dad to er for medical emergency and driving within speed limit. Car begins to slow down on own. Could not go more than 5mph when car shut down and stated engine overheated. We were stalled on busy highway. Once able to get someone to transport my father to er, had to get car towed. Water pump had to be replaced for no fault of mine. My sister also has BMW 2008 3 series and same thing happened to her yesterday---stranded on side of road--water pump had to be changed. Tow truck driver stated he is towing BMW's all the time with malfunctioning water pumps. This really needs to be looked into before something bad happens to stranded drivers.



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