Diesel-engine 2009 BMW X5 recalled for faulty fuel filter heater

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that BMW is recalling about 2,000 X5s from the 2009 model year that are equipped with diesel engines. The organization claims that the fuel filter heater, which warms diesel fuel during low outside temperatures, in the affected models is at risk for an electrical overload. Should this happen, the filter heater will be permanently active, even when the ignition is off. This can lead to dead batteries and possibly even vehicle fires.

The X5 was the first luxury SUV produced by BMW, and was designed to offer a smooth, impressive on-road driving experience, according to Edmunds. The first generation, which was produced between 2000 and 2006, can be found used for anywhere from $8,000 for a 2000 model to just under $20,000 for an X5 made in 2006. The low prices on these model year BMWs could be just right for drivers who want to get into luxury cars, but are shopping with a used car loan.

When drivers are looking to buy cars, they can go online to find out if any recalls have been made on the vehicles they are considering. If there have been, it is important to have a mechanic take a look to see if the necessary repairs have been made.