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BMW Engine Defect Lawsuit

UPDATE: The BMW Coolant Pump Class Action Settlement was granted final approval on April 5, 2021. Let Top Class Actions know when you receive a check in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.


Those affected by an allegedly defective BMW coolant pump may be able to claim as much as $1,000 in reimbursements from a class action settlement agreement.

Class Members include those in the U.S. who owned or leased certain 2007 through 2019 BMW vehicles. A list of the vehicles covered by the class action settlement is available on the settlement website.

Lead plaintiffs Shelton Oliver, Donnie Backer and Khader Mohiuddin alleged the electric coolant pump in certain BMW vehicles was defective, tending to fail prematurely. The plaintiffs claim the defective BMW coolant pump was a serious problem for owners because it is electric.

Electric coolant pumps, as opposed to mechanical pumps, stop circulating coolant in the vehicle when they fail, the class action lawsuit claimed. When coolant stops circulating, the engine in the affected vehicles overheats, destroying important components and resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs, alleged the plaintiffs.


The class action lawsuit contended BMW knew of the defective coolant pump but failed to do anything to fix the problem or reimburse vehicle owners and lessees for repairs.

BMW refused to admit any liability but agreed to settle the class action lawsuit in July.

Under the terms of the settlement, the car maker has agreed to reimburse Class Members for some out-of-pocket expenses related to the allegedly defective BMW coolant pump.

Eligible out-of-pocket expenses include costs for parts and labor for the replacement of one failed electric engine coolant pump, as well as the thermostat, if replacement occurred either within the first seven years or first 84,000 miles the vehicle was in service. Class Members can claim up to $1,000 reimbursement for these expenses.

In addition, BMW has agreed to a limited warranty extension on vehicles covered by the class action settlement.


The warranty will be extended from the four-year/50,000-mile limit under BMW’s New Passenger Vehicle Limited Warranty period to seven years/84,000 miles under the terms of the settlement agreement. Thus, if the allegedly defective coolant pump fails during this extended warranty period in a covered vehicle, repairs will be covered under the terms of the agreement.

Further, BMW has agreed to replace original and replacement electric coolant pumps that fail in vehicles covered by the class action settlement for one year after the settlement becomes effective, regardless of the age or mileage on the vehicle, per the terms of its Limited Warranty Extension.

Class Members do not need to submit a claim for future repairs or the warranty extension. Class Members who are eligible to receive reimbursement for past repairs will need to submit a claim form.

Claim forms are available online or can be printed and mailed. Class Members must also submit documentation indicating the repair is eligible for reimbursement under the terms of the class action settlement, including:

  • The make and model of the vehicle, along with identification of the owner or lessee.
  • That an authorized BMW dealer or BMC Center made the repair or that a third-party repair shop did the work.
  • That the vehicle was fewer than seven years or 84,000 miles in service at the time of the repair, along with the date of the repair.
  • Invoices or other documents indicating the costs of labor and parts for the repair, along with the nature of the repair, the parts description and part numbers used in the repair.
  • Receipt or other proof of payment.

Claim forms are due by March 20, 2021. Class Members have until Jan. 8, 2021, to exclude themselves or object to the class action settlement. A final approval hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2021.


Who’s Eligible

Class Members include those in the U.S. who owned or leased certain 2007 through 2019 BMW vehicles. The following is a list of the vehicles covered by the class action settlement and is available on the settlement website.

Potential Award

Up to $1,000 in out-of-pocket repair costs, along with an extended warranty

  • Eligible out-of-pocket expenses include costs for parts and labor for the replacement of one failed electric engine coolant pump, as well as the thermostat, if replacement occurred either within the first seven years or first 84,000 miles the vehicle was in service.
  • The warranty will be extended from the four-year/50,000-mile limit under BMW’s New Passenger Vehicle Limited Warranty period to seven years/84,000 miles.
  • BMW has also agreed to replace original and replacement electric coolant pumps that fail in vehicles covered by the class action settlement for one year after the settlement becomes effective, regardless of the age or mileage on the vehicle, per the terms of its Limited Warranty Extension.
Proof of Purchase

Class Members do not need to submit a claim for future repairs or the warranty extension.

Class Members who are eligible to receive reimbursement for past repairs will need to submit a claim form, along with documentation of the following:

  • The make and model of the vehicle, along with identification of the owner or lessee.
  • That an authorized BMW dealer or BMC Center made the repair or that a third-party repair shop did the work.
  • That the vehicle was less than seven years or 84,000 miles in service at the time of the repair, along with the date of the repair.
  • Invoices or other documents indicating the costs of labor and parts for the repair, along with the nature of the repair, the parts description and part numbers used in the repair.
  • Receipt or other proof of payment.
Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline

05/05/2021   UPDATED

Case Name

Shelton Oliver, et al. v. BMW Of North America LLC, Case No. 2:17-cv-12979, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Final Hearing

02/18/2021

Claims Administrator

Oliver Claims Administrator
c/o Rust Consulting – 7078
PO Box 13
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0013
(866) 459-3651

Class Counsel

Gary S. Graifman
KANTROWITZ, GOLDHAMER & GRAIFMAN PC

Thomas P. Sobran

Defense Counsel

Christopher J. Dalton
Argia J. DiMarco
BUCHANAN INGERSOLL & ROONEY PC

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62 Comments

  • Raj July 24, 2021

    I also submitted the claim while ago and haven’t received the check so far and no contact number provided to check status. Please let me know if anyone has contact info to check status

    • C. Gabbert July 25, 2021

      If you filed a claim and they accepted it you will get your payment. I received mine yesterday for $1000.00. I do agree, there is limited communication from the administrators, other than the website that simply says that you should just wait until it shows up.

  • john doe July 22, 2021

    i am in the same boat as all the others posting here. filed a claim, heard nothing, have received nothing. does any one know a lawyer to ask what can the class members do at this point to get some information or paid ?

  • Lynn Chen July 20, 2021

    I’m checking this thread often to see if anyone got updates. This is helpful, I know we are still waiting, I’m not left out. Please update here if you hear anything. I tried to call the numbers I could find regarding this case, no luck (no human answering). Hopefully it’s just matter of time, I image there are quite a lots of work to reach us individually.

  • Kisha Joe July 20, 2021

    I have the same concerns, my repairs costed me 1800.00 I sent in a copy of my receipts, but have yet to hear anything from them. How do we contact the claim administator.

  • Angela July 8, 2021

    I filed my claim in early March. I’ve had to have the oil pump and time chain module replaced. Then my fuel pump went – 2013 BMW X3. I have a claim number that was on my paperwork mailed to me to file a claim- I had no idea there was a class action lawsuit – I was able to go into the Gelis Vs BMW of North America site, put in my claim number and was informed my claim had been entered. But since 06/30/21 (the city off date to file) the option to enter your claim number isn’t there- the site does say the filing time is over and that BMW has had agreed to the class action lawsuit- I haven’t heard a thing or received any reimbursement- look up Gelis vs BMW. Hopefully we get our reimbursements soon!

  • Roy Baldwin July 8, 2021

    I have yet to hear anything formally or received any form of payment. What is going on with the turn time of these settlement checks???

  • Bruce July 5, 2021

    It would be nice if the firm handling this emailed, or just mailed an update letter to everyone who submitted a claim.

  • BB June 15, 2021

    i was almost killed 3x due to car shutting off! not to mention all the times it hesistaes no power etc… sent all documentation! 2x! replaced several times,,unreal!
    I should get the 7000$ back in repairs,,car still hesitates! when will my check arrive? lucky i didn’t sue to begin with!! 1000$ isn’t nearly enough!

  • Barb Smith June 15, 2021

    I have been waiting since the beginning. When will we hear anything and receive our money?

    • Ramesh S Mahbubani June 16, 2021

      I am unable to contact the settlement office though I have sent all my paperwork long time back
      Ramesh Mahbubani

  • Conrad Marinas June 7, 2021

    I filed a claim on 1/26/2021 with supporting documents. I have not heard from anyone nor received any check from settlement.

  • Alkali May 27, 2021

    I have not received my check and I qualify.

  • Alex May 25, 2021

    I submitted my claim when they first informed me of this (prior to the decision) I have never received any communication back

  • Eveline Wiberg May 21, 2021

    Seems like no one is replying to any of these comments. I too have sent in my claim forms by certified mail on March 20,2021 and havent received my check.
    If i dont get a check in the next week or two, my Lawyer Dan Dunbar from Santa Monica , Ca. will be looking into the matter. Thank you

    • Henry July 8, 2021

      Did you hear from them I am still waiting on my check , let me how to get in contact with them

  • Neicy May 17, 2021

    At the beginning of this year, I submitted my request for reimbursement and have yet to receive ANY communication as to my qualification for a refund. Is there a list of names of who qualified and if so when can we expect to receive the funds?

  • Kim H May 17, 2021

    when should I expect a settlement check?

  • Robert Stern May 11, 2021

    Where is the money still waiting for my reimbursement check

    • M. Lance Pittman May 13, 2021

      I also have not seen any money. I filed the claim 3/1/21, sent it certified mail to Oliver’s office, have proof of delivery, and heard nothing. I didn’t get any confirmation so I sent it again 3/15/21. I’ve received no confirmation and no money.

  • Lynn Chen May 10, 2021

    I filed online on 3/3/2021, haven’t heard anything. Anyone received any update on the refund status?

    • M. Lance Pittman May 13, 2021

      I also have not seen any money. I filed the claim 3/1/21, sent it certified mail to Oliver’s office, have proof of delivery, and heard nothing. I didn’t get any confirmation so I sent it again 3/15/21. I’ve received no confirmation and no money.

  • Allen Wright April 29, 2021

    I filed a claim in Oct 2020 and have not heard from anyone.

  • Lina Aiello April 16, 2021

    I filed a claim, and I have not hear anything, please advise.

  • Brandy nigh March 25, 2021

    How do we contact the lawyers office to make sure our claims forms were received. An when we can expect an is all we get is 1000$? Out of 2.4 BILLION $$ LAWSUITS THAT LAYWERS GET 9 HOUNDERED THOUSAND EACH? Arnt we suppose to be taken care of the consumer? We work hard so by nice high end luxury an safe vehicles . Whole problem started when they put our lives at risk to pad their already large pockets. I will stage a protest

  • Roy Baldwin March 23, 2021

    When should we expect our $1,000 checks?

    • Latoya March 26, 2021

      Ok I felt this comment

  • Gillion amponsah March 21, 2021

    When is the check coming

  • Sherry Thigpen March 18, 2021

    2013 525i xdrive same issue 80,000 miles damage $2800

    • Sherry Thigpen March 18, 2021

      528i xdrive not 525

  • Barry Burr March 17, 2021

    What about the same coolant pump from the 2006 models? Same pump and same failures. The pump has been replaced in both my previous 2006 330i, and current 2006 Z3 3.0Si.

  • Yolonda Frasier March 16, 2021

    Please add I have a 2012 bmw

  • Joseph Fomby March 16, 2021

    Bmw 2012 528 should be add also

    • Tia ontko April 20, 2021

      Please let me know when these claims will be paid out. Thank you.

  • Eric March 11, 2021

    When should we expect to receive a reimbursement to this claim. Already sent my papers back a month ago haven’t heard anything yet.

  • Eddie Henderson March 3, 2021

    I need my claim number completely misplaced it.

  • tom February 17, 2021

    2012 BMW X5, I Had to buy a coolant tank, and coolant pump, a totally of 2500+ USD, fuck it.

  • Valorie February 12, 2021

    My car 2011 535 ,BMW Had to replace my coolant Pump and Thermostat cost me 1400.00 at the time of repair my mileage was 63,470 .Trying to file a claim but the website is shutdown.

  • Keith Lustic February 5, 2021

    you should add 328i

  • Troy Supertino February 1, 2021

    Hi I misplaced my letter that was sent in the mail with my claimant number on it . How do I get my number so I can file my claim?

  • Tammy Nash January 25, 2021

    Add me please

  • Teresa January 21, 2021

    Mini Cooper should had been added as well. I will never purchase another vehicle of theirs ever again

  • Edyth L Jones January 19, 2021

    I have a 2007 750Li, and I just had to put a thermostat in it. The car has 78000 miles on it, and I had to pay $621.00 to a BMW dealership. I just paid the monies on January 2021

  • Chip Schug January 18, 2021

    I have a 2011 X3 and a 2007 335i but the electric pumps have yet to fail or cause issues. The extended warranty of 7 years/84,000 miles does not help me due to the age of my vehicles, so I believe there is not any relief in this CS suit for me?

    Please advise.

  • Marilyn Gregory January 10, 2021

    Can someone please advise how to obtain the claim form or the claimant identification number.

  • Michelle January 8, 2021

    I purchased a very expensive extended warranty when I bought the car that covered the cost of the repair. Can I be reimbursed?

    • Rory January 18, 2021

      No. Extended warranties cover the whole car and not just the coolant pump. Even if the only item paid for by the warranty was the coolant pump, you still had coverage for the entire car.

  • Michael Haynes January 8, 2021

    I receive paper ,but i dont see claim number

  • Marilyn Z. Gregory January 8, 2021

    Please add me to the list. I have a 2013 BMW 335I and my car had the same problem. Had to have the coolant pump replaced and was charged $1,798.13,

  • Debra January 4, 2021

    Can not get a claim form. Website is shut down. Telephone number is just a recording. What to do?

  • LISA HAWKINS December 17, 2020

    Please add me

  • Steven coles December 17, 2020

    Add me

  • Tiffany finch December 17, 2020

    Add me

    • PATRICE RABE December 24, 2020

      add me

  • Karen wilson December 17, 2020

    Add me

  • Gloria Holcomb December 15, 2020

    Add me…2006 BMW 325i

  • Samuel Martin December 11, 2020

    My 2006 325ci same problem. I just had to replace it again. Its a well known problem within the BMW community. It should have been a recall

  • Karen Wilson December 8, 2020

    Add me

  • Tracy Barrett Miller December 8, 2020

    My 2006 325ci same problem. I just had to replace it again. Its a well known problem within the BMW community. It should have been a recall

  • Doncella Jenkins December 8, 2020

    Please add me

  • Sherry December 7, 2020

    I have receipts for a 1998 5 series that I spent over $4000.00 on this very thing. Is that to old to be included?

  • Carmen Alaimo December 7, 2020

    I have all my stuff ready to send in however I have just 3 questions ?

    1. To show proof of ownership would it be sufficient to show a copy of my title and drivers license ?

    2. Do you need a full statement from my credit card company ? or just the page that shows that actual charge ? Ether way Can I block out the credit card # ?

    3. Vin and all other proof is on the actual receipt So do I need to type up a letter referencing all the info on the receipt ?

    Thank you for your attention please respond ASAP

    Carmen Alaimo

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