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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,664 miles

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1998 BMW 740 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 BMW 740 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 282005

740 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


No warning other than a slight anit-freeze smell. Upon checking out the odor, upper radiator neck between hose clamp and radiator just broke off spewing scalding hot fluid everywhere. Luckily hood was not completely open at the time. Radiator needed to be replaced, not repairable. Old part tossed.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 222003

740 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,656 miles
Faulty radiators that have a design flaw that allows for the radiator neck to break off without notice and spray hot coolant everywhere. This problem is well known just visit E38 message board and search for "radiator neck." This typically occurs between 50,000-70,000 miles.

- Peyton, CO, USA

problem #2

Apr 262002


  • miles
Radiator blew at 70mph on the freeway. This is a known problem with this model and BMW noth America refuses to admit there is a problem. Luckily no injuries were caused, but easily could have as the entire engine bay was sprayed with hot coolant. Antifreeze also sprayed down side of vehicle.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 221999


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Thermostat was replaced.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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