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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,400 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1997 BMW 318 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 BMW 318 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 102005

318 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


Sudden and complete failure of iginition switch. After routine drive from work to the gym, I turned the ignition switch to the off position, and the engine did not stop. I was able to remove the key but the engine kept running. There was no way to tun off the engine using the key. Drove car to the dealership.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 302003


  • Manual transmission
  • 96,800 miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with the ignition switch. Also stated that when this happened she could not turn the vehicle off. Dealer was contacted and stated that is a manufacturer defect and to call this Agency and report it.

- Battle Ground, WA, USA

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