really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,700 miles

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1998 BMW 318 engine problems

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1998 BMW 318 Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 282005

318 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,500 miles


Cruise control does not disengage when brakes are applied and obviously does not decelerate when expected. I would like to refer to NHTSA recall no.: 97V131.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 161998


  • miles
The vehicle has been serviced continually for extended period of time for engine/throttle related problems, the vehicle would surge intermittently and experience no start conditions and the check engine light illuminating, the dealership repaired vehicle however the consumer does not feel vehicle is repaired properly. Mjs

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #3

Dec 172000


  • miles
BMW is currently denying that this has been a problem in the past, despite NHTSA campaign number 97V131000. Currently, they are refusing to provide anything on this vehicle which is still warrantied. No summary listed.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 021999


  • miles
Unintentional acceleration: I was stopped at a red light, with my foot on the brake pedal. I eased the pressure on the brake to let the car roll forward slightly, then increased the brake ppressure again, the engine immediately began to rev fast, causing the rear wheels to spin and propelling the car forward approximately four feet, even though I had full pressure applied to the brakes. I narrowly avoided a collision with turning traffic by shifting to a lower gear, whereupon the RPM dropped. Shortly after this, as I was slowly easing into a parking space, the same thing occurred. I had my foot on the brake, gently approaching the parking stop, eased the pressure slightly then increased it again, and the engine immediately revved from below 1000 RPM to in excess of 3500 RPM, and the car tried to lunge forward, even though I still had full pressure applied to the brake. I immediately shifted into park, and the RPM dropped at once. I subsequently called the dealer, who arranged for the vehicle to be picked up. At present it is in the repair shop.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 031998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On two separate occasions the vehicle suddenly accelerated, causing a collision. The dealer has been notified.

- Teaneck, NJ, USA

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