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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,500 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.

1998 BMW Z3 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 BMW Z3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 172003

Z3 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles


The vehicle air bag light illuminated. The consumer was informed by the dealer that the problem was due to electrical interference in the wiring harness. The dealer wanted the consumer to pay $400 to repair the problem but the consumer believes BMW should be responsible. The consumer is concerned that this problem may cause the air bag to fail on impact.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 092001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After approximately 15 minutes of driving a fire erupted from under the hood, no indicator lights displayed and no odor of raw fuel was apparent. Power to the vehicle ultimatley failed as well as the brakes. Wife able to stop the vehicle using the emergency brakes. Within minutes the motor and accouterments were charred to a crisp. The vehicle was totaled.

- Hamburg, NJ, USA

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