Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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1998 BMW 318 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 BMW 318 Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 142003

318 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Ignition switch failure while driving vehicle key started rotating in ignition while driving vehicle. Pulled off to the side of road and removed key. Engine would not shut off. Only way to shut off vehicle was to disconnect battery. Email:

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was inside of vehicle and went to put key in the ignition to start vehicle, she took the key out of the ignition to turn vehicle off and vehicle was still running, she drove vehicle to the dealership. Mechanic told her that cylinder lock switch needed to be replaced.

- El Darado Hills, CA, USA

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