I have a late 99 BMW 328I with 55,000 miles on it and it has had zero recalls or problems to date.
I'm happy to hear that you have enjoyed your 328I Mogur. However, if you check out the NHTSA's web site (http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/
), you will see that there are 25 records to be found under "consumer complaints" - including several injuries, 9 "technical service bulletins", and 2 safety "recalls" associated with your model-year BMW.
These modifications may already have been done to your vehicle without your knowledge. In fact, they did that to my 735 iL without my knowledge (or permission).
I would take the car into the dealer for an oil change (or whatever), and only when I asked why they were taking so long, was I told that there were several "modifications" that BMW wanted them to do on my vehicle. One time, they changed steering components even though I never complained about any steering problem. The technician explained that others had experienced steering control problems so this was an "update" to correct the issue. This happened many times over the years. BMW didn't like to advertise the fact that their vehicles had defects, and refused to use the word "recall".
One of the 2 safety "recalls" listed for your vehicle is particularly worrisome Mogur, it states: "Defect Summary: IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE RETAINING CLIP THAT SECURES THE BRAKE BOOSTER PUSHROD TO THE BRAKE PEDAL ARM WAS NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED DURING PRODUCTION. IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE CLIP TO DETACH FROM THE PIN ON THE BRAKE PEDAL ARM ALLOWING THE PUSHROD TO DISCONNECT FROM THE ARM.
IF THIS OCCURS, BRAKING IS NOT POSSIBLE. "
The other safety "recall" states: Defect Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES ARE BUILT WITH A SIDE AIR BAG SYSTEM CONSISTING OF DOOR-MOUNTED THORAX AIR BAGS (REAR DOOR AIR BAGS ARE OPTIONAL), A HEAD PROTECTION SYSTEM (HPS) FOR FRONT OCCUPANTS, A CENTRAL ELECTRONIC SENSOR AND DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM, LEFT AND RIGHT SATELLITE IMPACT SENSORS, AND ASSOCIATED WIRING. THIS SYSTEM IS UNDULY SENSITIVE TO CERTAIN NON-CRASH IMPACTS, SUCH AS CONTACTING LARGE POTHOLES OR CURBS AT SUBSTANTIAL SPEED.
THIS COULD CAUSE THE SIDE AIR BAG AND HPS TO DEPLOY WITHOUT AN ACTUAL SIDE CRASH. IN ADDITION, THE BATTERY SAFETY TERMINAL (BST) WOULD ALSO ACTIVATE, DISCONNECTING THE STARTER CABLE FROM THE BATTERY. IN THIS CASE, VEHICLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WOULD CONTINUE TO OPERATE AND THE ENGINE WOULD CONTINUE TO RUB, BUT AFTER STOPPING, COULD NOT BE RESTARTED. "
Many injuries have been caused by the air bags deploying at an inappropriate time on your model-year BMW Mogur. I strongly suggest that you call your dealer immediately about both these safety "recalls" (and all the TSBs) involving your BMW for an explanation. After you do so, please let us know what their (BMW) excuse was for not informing you about these safety recalls (and TSBs). Meanwhile, may you find solace in the fact that no safety "recalls" have been issued on your Acura MDX.
If you look up the TSBs (NHTSA's web site) for the 1989 735 iL (the model I owned), you will find too many TSBs to count. There must be over 100! .
In general (averaging tens of thousands of vehicles), Honda (Acura) makes vehicles that are far more reliable than BMW does (source: Consumer Reports 2002 Annual Auto Issue); and the odd lemon that Honda (Acura) puts out doesn't change that fact.
I rest my case.