Tuesday

570,000 Dangerous BMW's Recalled

 2009 thru 2011 BMW Z4 recalled for stalling danger
BMW announced a recall of 570,000 vehicles in North America for power failures that can lead to engine stalling, according to federal safety investigators.

We don't normally talk about recalls here and post car and light truck recalls at our Car Recalls Blog.

But this recall alerted us to a dangerous defect in over half a million BMW models from 2007 model year to 2012 model year vehicles, all of them on US highways.

The danger is high - the warning is serious.

Being recalled? About 504,000 models of the 2008 thru 2012 1 Series, 2007 thru 2011 3 Series and 2009 thru 2011 Z4 models. Also another 33,000 BMWs are being recalled outside of the US. 

The vehicles can suffer from an electrical loss just because of normal road vibrations. Here's the official description.

BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through July 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through July 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle.

If that happens, engine stalling can occur - total loss of power and serious danger of an accident.

If you have a BMW, be careful out there. Call your dealer to find out if your vehicle is subject to the recall and, if so, get it in for repairs asap - and drive very carefully in the meantime.


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Sunday

Where was James Bond at the 2013 Oscars?

The James Bond You Never Heard Of
The 2013 Oscars were presented tonight, along with a "special tribute" to the James Bond films. And while it was great to hear Goldfinger sung live by the memorable Shirley Bassey, something was missing.

And it was obvious. The Bond actors.

The montage of film clips was nice, of course, but no one who has ever seen a James Bond film can ever forget that it is the actors who played the starring role of Britain's Best Spy who made the series what it was. 

And what was missing at the Oscars? The actors. Oh the singing was great, but at the end, all of the living actors to have played the Bond role should have been onstage. We didn't see them. So here they are, under the theory of better late than never.

Daniel Craig, took over the role in 2006 and has played it in the most current film in 2012.

Pierce Brosnan had the role in four films from 1995 to 2002.

Timothy Dalton had two roles between 1987 and 1989.

In 1983 Sean Connery played his last roles in 1983.

1973 to 1985 saw Roger Moore as Bond.

1971 saw the release of Sean Connery in the role again.


1969 George Lazenby, at the time the world's highest paid male model, took on the Bond role but it was a one-film stand.

Sean Connery had the role from 1962 to 1967 in five films.

Everyone has their favorite Bond actor but missing from the Oscars tonight? All of them. It would have been quite something to see them standing there onstage, shoulder to shoulder. And I suspect I'm not the only one who wished it were so.

Bob Simmons, the First James Bond
But the first actor to play James Bond on a movie screen? No, it wasn't Connery. The first actor to play the role of Bond did it in the opening sequence of the first movie, Dr. No in 1962, when he strolled across the screen, ever in the line of sight down a gun barrel only to turn and fire back, followed by blood red dripping down the screen. It was stuntman Bob Simmons, and it looked so good that it was used several more times up until Connery shot the sequence for Goldfinger.


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