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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 BMW 740 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 BMW 740 Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 142004

740 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles


My car stumbled less than a mile from my house. A few hundred feet later it stalled completely. At first the garage thought it was a failed fuel pump. After replacing the pump, the car stumbled again and the ECU (engine computer) caught fire. After towing the car to a second garage they found a bad ground on the harness coming off of the thermostat that caused the fuel pump to fail as well as the ECU fire. They also found that the egs (transmission computer) had been destroyed by this bad ground also. Total repair bill for this failure, ~$4500.

- Beverly Hills, FL, USA

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