hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,800 miles

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2004 BMW 745 brakes problems

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2004 BMW 745 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 162013

745 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW 745I. The contact stated that a private mechanic advised that there was oil leaking from the vacuum pump. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was repaired previously under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V446000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was confirmed that the brake vacuum pump was leaking and needed to be replaced. The contact stated that replacing the hose was only a temporary repair that caused future problems to the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- North Field, MN, USA

problem #4

May 012013

745 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
I applied the brakes and they got hard and went to the floor. Brakes would be soft initially and as pressure was continued would get hard and required sustained intense effort to stop the vehicle. This is a known problem by BMW involving the booster and they claim to have inspected vehicle for this problem in 2011 and it did not require being fixed. This was before I bought the vehicle from the dealer. They now refuse to fix the vehicle. This is a safety issue that obviously has not been appropriately addressed by BMW. Sadly BMW prides itself in good brakes but refuses to adequately address a problem they identified. It was listed by BMW as a recall on my vehicle on their website. 10V44660000 they say it has already been fixed. It has not and needs to be addressed because of the serious safety implications.

- Mansfield , OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 132013

745 8-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle is leaking oil into the brake booster and I have to add more pressure to the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. Vehicle had a recall campaign November 2010 no. 10V-446: Brake vacuum pump. I took the vehicle to fields BMW and they provided me with documentation stating; "11/30/2010 0034910100 ck brake booster line N62. B34, 04, 10". I was told that there was no recall on the vehicle, and I could pay for a diagnostic, and the expenses for the brake booster to be replaced. I had taken my vehicle to a BMW tech for a full diagnostic, and he informed me that the brake booster needed to be replaced due to the above, and it's dangerous to drive the car. Your assistance regarding this matter will be greatly appreciated.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 172010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 745I. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph when the brakes were applied. The brake pedal had become increasingly difficult to depress and resulted in an abnormally significant increase in braking distance and time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician stated that the brake vacuum pump needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired three times for the same failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in any recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 76,000. The VIN was not available.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 112010


  • miles
I am the owner of a 2004 BMW 745I. I received a letter in November 2010 from BMW stating that there was recall on brake vacuum pump. On November 11 2010 before receiving this recall letter. I had repairs done to my brake vacuum pump. When I called BMW to get my money refunded they basically told me "it was different." I was charged over 6,000 dollars for this service. I have spoken to several people and was given different numbers to try to get my money back and have been unsuccessful. I also noticed on a February 2011 St. Pete times issue BMW was fined $3million dollars for delaying recalls. I have all documentations to support my argument to include the article of the St. Pete times.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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