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1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,875 miles

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2004 BMW 745 steering problems

steering problem

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2004 BMW 745 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 112012

745

  • 129,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 BMW 745I. The contact stated that she was driving when the dynamic drive inactive symbol illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that when this light illuminated, the steering wheel seized and the instrument panel failed. The contact maneuvered to the shoulder and tried to restart the vehicle, but the gear would not shift into park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there was nothing that could be done to assist. The failure mileage was 129,000.

- Foresthill , MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 122012

745

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 745li. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact attempted to restart the vehicle with much hesitation from the engine. The power steering light then illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. In addition, the brake power assist warning signal also illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact referenced two recalls under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V446000 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum) and 04V344000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures and advised the contact that the VIN was not included in either recall. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Marrow, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 182008

745

  • 55,000 miles
When vehicle comes to a complete stop on an incline with the steering wheel turned full chocked to either the left or right the steering wheel freezes and cannot be turned to the opposite direction. It will not free up until I shift the transmission in reverse and back up a few feet. At that point it will unfreeze with a jerk and operate correctly. This has happened on about 6 occasions. I notified the local dealer where I purchased the car, used with 52,000 miles. It now has 55,000 miles and I've had the vehicle for about 9 months. The dealers service shop could not duplicate the failure and could not find any error codes in the obd. I believe that the vehicle has to be on an incline, which is the case with my driveway, where it happened 4 of the 6 times. The most recent incidence happened on my next door neighbor's driveway which also has a moderately steep incline. (*** update***) local dealership contacted the factory in germany and was told that a fix was to install 'bumpers" on each end of the steering mechanism that would prevent the wheels from turning too far and riding up onto the factory installed steering stops. The dealer obtained the "bumpers" and installed them at no charge. I was told that I'd receive paperwork on the modifications soon.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 182008

745

  • 54,500 miles
When vehicle comes to a complete stop on an incline with the steering wheel turned full chocked to either the left or right the steering wheel freezes and cannot be turned to the opposite direction. It will not free up until I shift the transmission in reverse and back up a few feet. At that point it will unfreeze with a jerk and operate correctly. This has happened on about 6 occasions. I notified the local dealer where I purchased the car, used with 52,000 miles. It now has 55,000 miles and I've had the vehicle for about 9 months. The dealers service shop could not duplicate the failure and could not find any error codes in the obd. I believe that the vehicle has to be on an incline, which is the case with my driveway, where it happened 4 of the 6 times. The most recent incidence happened on my next door neighbor's driveway which also has a moderately steep incline.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

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