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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,667 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2001 BMW 740 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 152006


  • 60,000 miles


Burned harness connector to thermostat. Fortunately the burned wires were only about 3 inches past the connector.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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

Nov 282007

740 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW 740il. The vehicle was tuned up on October 6, 2007 and November 28, 2007. The vehicle began smoking and the add engine coolant light illuminated. The contact stated that this was the quickest the add engine coolant light has ever illuminated following a tune up. The dealer stated that the engine needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 102,000.

- Cambria Heights, NY, USA

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