really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,768 miles

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2003 BMW 745 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 192016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 BMW 745li. While attempting to stop the vehicle with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle independently accelerated. As a result, the contact crashed into the driver side of another vehicle and then into a building. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained leg, back, and neck injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed from the crash scene to a dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Freeport, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 122012


  • 143,000 miles
Terrible transmission in this car!!!while driving, this car jumps into gear. Feels like someone hit me from behind whenever I stop. It also started leaking transmission fluid. After researching this car, I have found out the 745li models are known for transmission problems, and leaks. This car should have a recall on it, because apparently BMW knows this, and has done nothing about it. They should make consumers aware they have ongoing problems with the transmissions. I went to drop car off for repair, and there were 4 other 745li's needing same repair. BMW should be made to recall these cars, and pay to have them repaired, or reimburse us if we already had this fixed.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 032010


  • 109,606 miles
11/09 driverside window regulator replaced;constantly replacing driver side turn signal bulb; in approx. March 2010 car would randomly not go into reverse and when I was able to get it into drive car would feel sluggish or when coming to a stop felt as if I was hit from behind or car would go into failsafe mode and I would be unable to accelerate, had diagnosed by BMW was told 10K+ to have tranny replaced ; found a rebuilt tranny and replaced in approx. May 2010; here we are in August 2011 and car again began to not go into reverse and give a failsafe notification; attempted to start car today 8/8 to take to shop; however car would not go into reverse and when it finally indicated it was in reverse; actually went forward began to make a weird grinding noise so I turned it off and there it sits in my driveway leaking what I presume to be transmission fluid unable to be driven. Current mileage 133K

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 182005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles


While waiting at a traffic light, the consumer experienced sudden acceleration. The consumer had both feet on the brake. However, the vehicle continued to surge forward resulting in total loss of control of the vehicle damaging 5 other vehicles in the process. Provide further details.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 112003


  • miles
While waiting at an intersection vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove the vehicle to dealer for analysis. Mechanic told consumer that this was a design defect, and could not resolve the problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 172003

745 8-cyl

  • miles
Repetitive problems with navigation, phone-- idling issues that car vehicle to sputter and or lurch forward stability control that switches itself off while vehicle in motion.

- Medford, NJ, USA

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