hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,086 miles

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2002 BMW 745 Owner Comments

problem #4

May 102013


  • 139,345 miles


My vehicle just shut off while I was driving this has happened a total of four times while driving and three times total while idle. Just recently when the vehicle shut off I almost got rear ended. The vehicle also would not start after it had shut itself off. I tried to start it but it wouldn't turn over. Then a message on the the display read "transmission drive fail safe malfunction only gears P, N, R, D3 and D5 can be engaged without pressing the parking brake." And it also displayed something about battery discharged and will be disconnected soon. Then I was prompted to "recharge battery" after the message. After the vehicle had been sitting for almost an hour I started it. There weren't any messages in the display about malfunctions of any kind everything was cleared. I drove the vehicle home and turned it off and on about five times and it started fine. I also noticed that when I idle my car and I get out of the drivers seat or lift out of the seat and sit back down both times I can hear the fuel pump buzzing for about 1-2 seconds.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #3

May 012009


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 745li. The contact stated that he would periodically see a "fail safe drive moderately" message illuminate on the dashboard. While having the vehicle serviced for a flat tire, the contact stated that oil would leak from the vehicle whenever the vehicle was sitting on an angle, inducing the fail safe mode. The vehicle was not serviced for the failure and the failure persisted. The failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 103,000.

- Long Branch, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 162010


  • 123,000 miles
2002 BMW 745li. Air bag light on dash board came on, which means something is now wrong with the air bag or the air bag sensors. Because of this issue my air bags will not activate if a crash occurs. This safety issue concerns me and requires immediate attention. Another problem is the oil pressure valve is leaking oil which has caused slippery conditions and unwanted pollutants (dirty motor oil) to seep into the ground because of the continuous leaking.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #1

May 122009


  • 96,000 miles
My 2002 BMW 745li is having the same problems as reported in NHTSA campaign id number: 03V240000. When I called BMW to ask about the recall they told me that my BMW 745li did not have any recalls under my VIN. But the problems are the same as reported on NHTSA.

- Henderson, KY, USA

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