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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,894 miles

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1998 BMW 740 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 BMW 740 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012004

740 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,987 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

July 2004 I noticed a noise coming from A/C and the rear of car, I took it to BMW dealer and they stated that they did not hear noise underneath the car. They assured me that the car was fine. However, I was not comfortable with the noise August 2005 I went back to the dealer, this time they noticed the noise, and stated that the entire rear assembly would need to be replaced at a cost of $2,015. However, after checking your web-site, (NHTSA Office Of Defects Investigation) I see that a recall was issued on June 18, 1998 for the very problem that I took this car to the dealer for. The dealer never mention anything about a recall for this problem. The dealer never mentioned that this was to be a free remedy. I would appreciate you assistance in this matter.

- Washington, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 232006

740 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,800 miles
: the contact stated while driving 25 mph, a loud noise was heard coming from underneath the rear differential on the driver and passenger side. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who determined that there were metal shavings in the oil level of the differential. The mechanic made the contact aware of recall # 98V142000 similar to this differential problem. The vehicle was taken a service dealer who determined there was no recall. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to take the vehicle to a local service dealer.

- Salem, OR, USA

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