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Recall List for the 1993 BMW 740

Official recalls have been issued for the 1993 BMW 740 by the NHTSA. The complete details of all recalls are listed below, along with what they cover and the recommended solutions.

Recalls don't cost you anything to get fixed, but most are time-limited, so if your car is affected you should call your local BMW service department immediately!

If you have questions about a recall, write down your VIN & then call BMW customer service.


    • Date Announced: AUGUST 04, 1998
    • Vehicles Affected: 340,000

    Summary: Vehicle description: Passenger vehicles. A malfunction or failure of a coolant system component, such as a thermostat, water pump, or fan belt, can result in significantly increased coolant temperature and system pressure. If the indications of a critical overheating condition is not noticed by the driver, it is possible that damage to, or failure of, a coolant system component could occur.

    Consequence: If a crack were to form or a seam were to separate in the heater core end piece, hot coolant could suddenly be expelled, increasing the risk of personal injury to a vehicle occupant.

    Actions: Dealers will install a new design radiator cap to control pressure and provide greater coolant overflow in the event of overheating. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #98V178000 »

  2. 1993 BMW 740 VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL NHTSA Campaign #97V131000

    • Date Announced: AUGUST 19, 1997
    • Vehicles Affected: 410,000

    Summary: The cruise control and throttle cables are attached to the same throttle valve actuating lever at the throttle housing. It is possible that the plastic bushing on either cable could break due to environmental influences coupled with vibration. If the bushing breaks, the outer cable housing can separate from the bushing. In this case, during application of the throttle pedal without cruise control being engaged, the outer tube could catch on the edge of the broken bushing.

    Consequence: This could cause the throttle valve to remain partially open. It his were to occur, the car might not decelerate as expected increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Dealers will install a spring steel clip on the outer tube of each cable in the area of the adjusting screw and plastic bushing. The clip is designed to prevent the outer tube from dislodging from the bushing. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #97V131000 »


    • Date Announced: JULY 01, 1996
    • Vehicles Affected: 180,000

    Summary: The brake light switch can fail allowing the switch to remain in the "brake lights off" position or in the "brake lights on" position.

    Consequence: If this happens, the brake lights either will not operate or will be continuously on, regardless of brake pedal position. Following drivers would not be able to determine whether the vehicle is stopping, increasing the potential for a vehicle accident.

    Actions: Dealers will replace the existing brake light switch with a newly designed switch. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #96V111000 »

  4. 1993 BMW 740 VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:CABLES NHTSA Campaign #94V022000

    • Date Announced: JANUARY 03, 1994
    • Vehicles Affected: 2,306

    Summary: The throttle cable's tube (outer casing) contains a bend that leads to increased loading of the inner cable, causing it to break.

    Consequence: Breakage of the inner cable would cause loss of throttle control, causing the engine to return or remain at idle. Loss of throttle control could cause an accident.

    Actions: BMW dealers will replace the throttle cable. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #94V022000 »

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