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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
168,369 miles

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1998 BMW 740 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 BMW 740 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 122011

740 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Fuel tank "tin cans" when lower on fuel. Fear degradation of fuel tank. From other sources, this is a known problem with bmws.

- Savage, MN, USA

problem #2

May 092009


  • 175,000 miles
I have a 98 BMW 740il that sucks itself and it has lead to the gas to dent and crack and leak gas.

- Kannapolis , NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 272009


  • 210,106 miles
Hi, I brought this car from another person (original owner),he told me that the car makes a weird noise when sitting or driving he couldn't tell me why it was happening upon further inspection found fuel tank to be sucking in and out I didn't pay to much attention thinking wasn't much to it until one day went to refuel vehicle wasn't able to get any gas into vehicle, upon inspection found gas tank had imploded beyond repair, I spoke to an advisor at local BMW dealer if there was any bulletins on issue he told me no at first, he then asked a tech at dealer about issue he said the evap canister system had something to do with, so there is some knowledge about issue my question is due think that there should of a recall or campaign out there regardless of year of vehicle since I think its a safety issue to me and my family as well as to the next person who gets this vehicle, aswell its very expensive repair when I believe its BMW responsibility to recall all these dangerous tank issue. Hope you can help me and guide me in right direction resolve problem overall I like the vehicle.

- Charlotte, ND, USA

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