The BMW 7 Series is not a car you can see often on the road, and one packing a massive V12 engine is even more difficult to find due to its low production numbers. The latter is also very expensive, many customers who buy the 7 Series find no reason why they should pay a high price for a hulking V12 unit they don’t really need. Like any other car, however, the 7 Series can have a problem too. BMW has announced a recall affecting certain examples of 760Li sedans built between 2013 and 2015.
The 760Li is the fifth-generation of the 7 Series luxury sedan as well as the predecessor of the M760i xDrive, which premiered for 2017. The sedan that comes with a V12 engine is not owned by many people. In fact, it’s rare enough that only three units are caught in this recall.
The recall is triggered by a programming-related mistake made by technicians on the three vehicles during a previous service. The engine’s ECU was not programmed correctly, which could cause the vehicle to stall and increase the risk of a crash. Coincidentally, the engine in question is BMW’s first turbocharged V12, the N74. The 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged unit is capable of producing 536 HP and 550 lb-ft of torque.
Since the 760Li is the only model mentioned in the recall, other cars under BMW Group that uses other variants of the N74 are not affected. Examples of those cars are the Rolls-Royce Dawn, Ghost, and Wraith that pack the B66 version of the engine.
Owners of the three affected 760Li sedans who live in the US should receive notifications from the automaker right away. The error doesn’t seem too complicated to correct, so the fix will probably involve simple reprogramming that takes only a few hours.
As for other owners of the 760Li who are cautious and want to avoid potential problems in the future, they’re welcome to contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 to confirm their Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN).