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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 BMW 540 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 BMW 540 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 292001


  • 51,000 miles


Transmission from working perfect one day. And boom the next morning put it in reverse and it rolls back and revs as if it is in neutral.

- Pelham, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 052009


  • 84,000 miles
On my 2001 BMW 540I with 84000 miles when the car is put into reverse it will not reverse just fills like it is in neutral.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 032005

540 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
I own a 2001 BMW 540I. I will put the car in drive, the car will move really slow, as I give it a little gas to go, the car will only rev up then jump into gear. This will cause a very strong jerk to the car. The car only has 70,000 miles, I feel that it is much too soon for a $65,000 car transmission to go bad. I took the car to BMW to find out that I need to replace the transmission. (cost $5600) I have not fix the car in hope that I will find a solution for BMW to fix it.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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