Originally Posted by Magic Man
RELAX! I've had this happen on my 2007 335i and "limp mode" just makes the car less peppy (sorta like your Saturn, Blazer or Honda). You can easily keep it at highway speeds and accellerate reasonably.
Extreme cases of the failure have led to complete failure of all powered systems (such as power steering, brake boost, etc...). Although limp mode is the "rule", as with all rules, there have been exceptions. Please don't state your experience like it's all-encompassing fact.
Also, this recall is complete bullshit. They'll replace the failing pumps with more failing pumps. Good deal. So, in the end, customers spend time and lose resale value as well as having possible delays in actual maintenance, BMW loses plenty of money and face, and in the end, the pump will still fail.