Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 BMW 740 electrical problems

electrical problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2001 BMW 740:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2001 BMW 740 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 012008

740 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Smoke from engine and burning wires and electrical connectors at the plug to the engine cooling thermostat small fire extinguished with a small amount of water.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 252002


  • miles
Smelled smoke in car before starting engine. Got out/ opened passenger side door, and saw fire coming out down near the seat area. Towed to BMW, and they stated a switch may have burned out and caused this fire. When air gets to fire it ignites. Normally fire would burn out but since the door was opened air got to wire and ignited a flame.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

Not what you are looking for?