BMW Excessive Oil Consumption Class-Action Lawsuit Settled

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BMW owners may receive benefits from the settlement, but only after meeting multiple conditions.

A BMW excessive oil consumption class-action lawsuit settlement may help owners and lessees who complained about multiple oil changes and drained batteries.

The BMW class-action lawsuit includes the following vehicles purchased or leased in the U.S. or Puerto Rico and equipped with N63 engines.

  • 2009-2012 BMW 7 Series Sedan (Built from March 2009 to June 2012)
  • 2010-2013 BMW 7 Series Active Hybrid (Built from April 2010 to June 2012)
  • 2010-2012 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (Built from March 2009 to June 2012)
  • 2010-2013 BMW 5 Series Sedan (Built from March 2009 to July 2013)
  • 2011-2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible (Built from March 2011 to July 2012)
  • 2011-2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe (Built from July 2011 to July 2012)
  • 2010-2013 BMW X5 SAV (Built from March 2010 to June 2013)
  • 2009-2014 BMW X6 SAV (Built from July 2008 to June 2014)
  • 2009-2012 BMW X6 Active Hybrid SAV (Built from September 2009 to September 2011)
The lawsuit, Bang v. BMW, alleges the vehicles consume excessive amounts of engine oil and require repeated oil changes, in addition to suffering from premature drained batteries and battery replacements.

According to the terms of the class-action settlement, customers may be eligible for numerous benefits, if certain conditions are met.

Reimbursement for Past Oil Changes

A customer can be reimbursed for the cost (not to exceed $75 each) of up to 3 past oil changes if the repair invoices are provided and if the work occurred prior to 10 years/120,000 miles from the date the vehicle first entered service. In addition, the oil change must have taken place less than 12 months or 10,500 miles after the previous oil change.

In place of that, owners can choose to receive one free future oil change instead of reimbursement for past oil changes.

Affected BMW customers are also eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of up to seven quarts of oil that were purchased between oil changes, up to $10 per quart, but only under these conditions:

1. The oil must of been of the same type and grade specified for the vehicles in the owner’s manual and supported with proof of purchase, repair order or service invoice.

2. In addition, at least one prior oil consumption complaint must have been made with BMW or a BMW dealer, and there must be proof of the complaint as evidenced by a repair order, customer service report or other written documentation.

3. Along with meeting all those conditions, the vehicles must have had less than 120,000 miles (or less than 10 years old) at the time the oil was purchased. An owner will need to show proof of that by providing the service records from before and/or after the oil was bought.

Reimbursement for Towing/Rental/Roadside Assistance

It's possible to receive reimbursement up to $50 for the cost one one towing, rental or roadside assistance service related to oil consumption or premature battery failure, but only if a customer can provide proof.

The lawsuit settlement says the BMW vehicle must have been towed to a BMW dealer or a third-party repair center as evidenced by a repair or service order. And the invoice must say the reason was related to premature battery failure or oil consumption problems.

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