BMW must want to steal the attention from Dieselgate.
With Volkswagen getting all of the attention lately, BMW seems to have gotten jealous of its German brother and is now having a literal meltdown of its own. In total, seven BMWs have burnt themselves to a crisp in the past two months, creating a huge problem for the company. According to South Korea's YTN News network, the affected cars include the 5 Series and 7 Series BMWs with gas and diesel engines. BMW of Korea issued an apology saying, "We first would like to apologize for causing grave concerns to our customers."
The company also mentioned it is working with BMW headquarters in Germany as well as the Korean National Forensic Service to find out what is causing the fires. BMW of Korea did not blame any third party repair shops, but it did cite that all except one car was serviced at a shop outside of the dealer network. This does not excuse them from blame since the BMW that had dealer service records had been serviced the day before it caught fire. Another poor owner had bought his 750Ld the day before it caught fire. Germany is a country that is known for its top-tier engineering, so the fact that two German companies have had huge design flaws exposed recently does not bode well for the country's auto industry.