Once again, BMW has faced a setback due to a supplier issue. This time, Valeo is responsible for producing the windshield wiper system for the 2023 model year 7 Series, but certain components have failed to meet BMW’s specifications due to an unauthorized change in the material properties of the wiper lever.
This material property alteration has resulted in a loosening connection between the wiper lever and the knurled wiper motor axle over time. As a consequence, the windshield wipers will cease to function under specific loading conditions due to the weakened connection.
The problem primarily affects the wiper system during heavy loading conditions, such as wet snow, due to increased resistance. BMW has instructed its dealers to inspect and, if necessary, replace the entire assembly. The compromised windshield wiper system carries part number 5A7F143, which matches the replacement system, as this issue stems from a manufacturing error by Valeo, not a design flaw by BMW.
Owners will receive notification by first-class mail no later than November 20. A total of 3,820 vehicles destined for the US market are believed to have faulty windshield wiper levers. This includes 251 examples of the i7 xDrive60.
The suspect production window spans from October 13, 2022, to January 26, 2023. In addition to the i7 xDrive60, the 760i xDrive and 740i models are also subject to the recall. The 740i is the most affordable variant available in the United States market, starting at $96,400 with rear-wheel drive and $99,400 with all-wheel drive. The 760i xDrive is priced at $121,300.
Stepping up to the i7 comes at a cost of $105,700 for the eDrive50 and $124,400 for the xDrive60. At the top of the range, the M70 starts at $168,500 (excluding destination charges). However, the i7 M70 is the most powerful and torquey 7 Series currently in production, though its electric range is not particularly impressive.
Positioned between the internal combustion-engined 7 Series and the all-electric i7, the 750e xDrive is a plug-in hybrid with a turbocharged inline-six engine. Offering an electric range of 36 miles (58 kilometers), this plug-in hybrid carries a price tag of $107k.
With 449 horsepower on tap and a 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) time of 4.6 seconds, the 750e xDrive may not be as potent as the V8-powered 760i xDrive (536 horsepower and 4.1 seconds). The i7 eDrive50 also delivers 449 horsepower, but the star of the lineup is undoubtedly the M70 version.
Boasting 650 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, the i7 M70 offers impressive performance for a full-size luxury sedan with all-electric propulsion. BMW states a curb weight of 6,191 pounds, which translates to approximately 2,808 kilograms in the metric system, with around 52 percent of that weight distributed over the rear axle.
Codenamed G70, the seventh-generation 7 Series for the North American market is manufactured at the Dingolfing assembly plant in Germany. A quick way to determine if your German car was made in Germany is by checking the 17-character VIN. If the vehicle identification number begins with “W” (indicating West Germany), it’s a German-made vehicle.
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