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EGR problem from BMW: “They can’t get any rest in there”


“It’s a shame that the AGR issue is starting up again. They can’t seem to get it under control,” commented a BMW customer in response to a new request to replace the AGR cooler in their vehicle. The concern is about the increased risk of fire due to a possible malfunction. Leakage of glycol in the cooler of the exhaust gas recirculation module has been known for years. However, what another person has reported is new: “It seems that the recall for the AGR cooler has been significantly expanded, and now even the new G-series is affected.”

In fact, the customer notification about the action with the manufacturer code “0011530600” also includes the current G0x series (BMW X models), G1x series (7 and 8 series), and G3x series (5 and 6 series). The corresponding warning message in the database of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has been present for three years. The existing information has been updated with a new promotional code. However, the production date and the number of affected vehicles in Germany have not been revised. It still states that the affected vehicles were manufactured between 2010 and 2017 and number at around 500,000 units.

When asked about potential adjustments to the database entry with the KBA reference number “008124,” a spokesperson for the authority said that it is currently being clarified. BMW’s various action codes related to the issue have already been addressed. Updates, particularly those for those aged over 25, have been added in recent weeks. All of these updates are considered mandatory and are classified as “monitored”.

Customers who have already been to the dealership (several times) due to the problem express their displeasure: “I am a bit confused because my AGR cooler was only replaced last August due to another recall. My car was in the dealership for 2 days. Whether… “Are they seriously trying to change the radiator after just one year?” asks one person. “I brought my car in twice for AGR checks and everything was fine, nothing needed to be replaced. Now I received a request for software adjustment yesterday. According to your advice…” “Experience-keeping will have to wait for now,” says another.

BMW: No “one fits all” solution possible.

(There is no friendly tone to translate from the original as it is in German and does not contain any tone in it)Another solution referred to as “software adjustment” is used by BMW, according to a spokesperson. This involves installing a “diagnostic and protective function” which can identify even small leaks in the intake air system at an early stage. This feature prevents further engine damage or thermal overload. In some cases, activating the protective function may result in a temporary reduction in performance, which the vehicle’s occupants will be alerted to via a “Check-Control Message”. It seems that Munich-made diesel models produced since 2021 come equipped with a diagnostic function that displays emissions data.

“The issue surrounding AGR technology is extremely complex,” emphasized the spokesperson. Due to the numerous affected models, engine and control unit generations, as well as homologation variations, there is no “one fits all” solution available. The affected individuals may face ongoing visits to the repair shop for this issue. One customer is already sharing information online about the next update scheduled for January or February of 2023, which may mean more trips to the BMW service center. “Stay informed with our recall service page.”

Now, the KBA has updated the model years in its database entry. They now range from 2010 to 2022. The affected quantity of pieces remains unchanged. In a recent statement on “Motor-Talk,” other previously unlisted action codes are mentioned. The numbers are “0011570600” and “0011580600”.

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