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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,625 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 BMW 740 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 BMW 740 Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 102003

740 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,500 miles


Engine failed entirely, while passing a vehicle. Driver able to retain enough control to bring car to halt safely on shoulder. Car towed to technicians. Upon inspection, a hole was found in a cylinder, causing complete engine faiure technicians indicate that electronic firing failed, causing a hole to be burned in the wall of cylinder! engine a complete loss. Quite lucky no one was killed in this accident waiting to become a catastrophe!

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #3

Aug 051999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalled for no reason while driving approximately 70 mph. Happened once before. Took to dealer, had entire computer system replaced.

- Weston, CT, USA

problem #2

Sep 021999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine dies intermittently without warning, causing a safety hazard. Dealerindicated tha T computer showed no defect, and could not explain the cause of the problem.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #1

Apr 091998


  • miles
Vehicle shuts down without warning, all components fail including steering.

- Houston, TX, USA

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