Brand new BMWs left abandoned in a port at Vancouver, British Columbia

Nearly 3,000 Recalled Brand New BMWs And Minis Have Just Been Sitting In An Auction Yard For Over Four Years

2y ago

The ADESA salvage yard in Vancouver, British Columbia is home to over 3,000 brand new BMWs and Minis that have been left to the weather - image a fleet of BMWs and Mini off the factory floor - sitting in a field for over four years.

These are not just regular 3 or 5 series - there are some M6 and M4s spotted there as well.

Here's what caused these BMWs to land up here, in February 2015 a massive rough winter storm caused chaos at the Halifax Port just as a fresh shipment of 2014 BMWs and Minis had arrived on shore.

Transport Canada issued a recall to these 2,966 vehicles citing “exposure to standing water and salt for an extended period,” - these care have been sitting in the same auction yard ever since. According to the official recall, the Mini models were determined to be at increased risk of crash due to “corrosion at the starter motor power supply cable connectors, which could lead to the inability to restart the engine following an engine shutdown by the start-stop (MSA) system.”

The BMW models were at increased risk of crash because “lubrication of some internal components within the steering rack may have been exposed to excessive water or salt which could result in higher than normal steering effort or steering binding.” The recall also warned of damage to electrical wires and connectors in the cars. The list of models affected included the BMW 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, i3 electric hatch, i8 electric coupe, X1 crossover, Z4 roadster, Mini Cooper, Cooper Convertible, Coupe, Mini Paceman, and Mini Roadster.

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That's a very painful sight but to think about it, the auction yard land is not cheap and given that the cars have been sitting there for over four years, I'm sure BMW has a plan - just not sure what the plan is.

Given the chance to bid for these cars in the auction, would you bid for one?

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Comments (28)

  • I owned one of these vehicles. BMW contacted me a few months after I bought it and said there was a recall on my car. I asked how long it would take to fix and they said they wanted the vehicle back. They also gave me my purchase price back even though I had been driving the car for months and had thousands of kilometres on it. They gave me the same deal on a new ride and have serviced the heck out of me on all three BMW cars I have owned. BMW did not want anything to do with the kind of lawsuits that some Japanese manufacturers were involved in at that time. I am not sure that there were not other German cars in the same lot, but just in case you may want to scrutinize any 2015 model year used German cars that you may look to buy. Bimmer has my loyalty because of this!

      2 years ago
    • Oh wow, that's great customer support from BMW. But why did your car have a recall though? Did you face any issues when driving around with the kms you put on it?

        2 years ago
    • No - it’s the benefit of a great legal system. If that was in the UK BMW would have said nothing and allowed the customer to struggle along in ignorance..

        2 years ago
  • Just goes to show what these cars are really worth... It’s cheaper to dump them than fix them...

      2 years ago
    • Hey hey hey, don't say that.

      M Gods will cut you off on the highway without using the blinkers....but they might already be doing that.

        2 years ago
    • He's right.

      Cars don't worth shit, just dumb people keep buying them.

        2 years ago
  • What a shame,

    do you know how much revenue was lost in towing business because there were 3000 BMWs less on road (or beside it :) )

      2 years ago
  • BMW - The "Ultimate Leasing Machine". After the leasing period (4 years of warranty), they are garbage.

      2 years ago
    • I disagree with you on that one - maintained well, they'll last long.

      They just need some love and care - the'll be fine.

        2 years ago
    • I'm guessing your definition of "maintained well" isn't just regular fluid changes? LOL! As a former BMW owner I learned first hand what BMW "maintenance" is. My car needed the complete front suspension overhauled by 70k miles, 2...

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        2 years ago
  • Quite a waste. And it's not just the cars, think of all the manufacturing resources involved.

      2 years ago
    • I agree, plus the shipment and the land they are occupying. It'll be a task to get any of these cars out of there - they should make that as an open to public copart yard - sooo many parts these brand new BMWs can happily donate.

        2 years ago