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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,056 miles

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1998 BMW 740 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 BMW 740 Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 252010

740 8-cyl

  • 111 miles

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

I bought this vehicle in 2002 at 96K miles it has been nothing but problems, since buying vehicle, I have had water pump failure twice, replaced radiator twice, hoses & rings..two battery's front bumper, catalytic convertor L. bay, changed.. brakes & rotors changed Nov. 11...... 3 weeks later as I was driving home from work.. I got a transmission failure.. and the car stopped in the middle of the road.. the car goes in reverse but not forward.. I have only driven this car 15 -16K miles since owning the vehicle I have had all these chronic repairs.. I'm distraught that I could have been in a serious car crash..not sure what to do?.. but accrd.. to many BMW owners I find on the net there is a chronic problem w/ transmission failure BMW should be held accountable.. it is dangerous and unsafe for drivers there needs to be some investigation in regards to transmission failure..

- Sunnyvale , CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 152008

740

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 BMW 740il. The contact stated that the vehicle would jerk violently when changing gears. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that there was a defective ring gear in the transmission. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure, but advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 99V005000 (power train:automatic transmission). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 180,000.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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