really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,261 miles

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2004 BMW 745 electrical problems

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2004 BMW 745 Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 252015


  • 140,000 miles


The rear side door unexpectedly open while driving, a week later the other side did the same thing the for open then it closed by its self. I was driving straight on a highwsy.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 052014

745 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
I have driven 2004 BMW 745I for the past 10 years. It has 44000 miles on the odometer. Recently, it stops while driving. Each time it stops, the gear is shifted to neutral. When I tried to start engine, it won't start. After using cell phone to request for help, the engine starts. It happened more than five times.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 012012

745 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 745li. The contact stated that there had been an extensive oil leak from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times but the failure was not able to be duplicated or diagnosed. The contact also described a burning metal and oil odor in addition to a while cloud of smoke. The alternator and battery were repaired twice by an independent mechanic however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was then taken to a different repair facility where the contact was advised that the alternator, alternator seal gasket, valve and seals needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure multiple times. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000...updated 05/20/14 updated 06/02/2014

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

problem #7

Dec 012013

745 8-cyl

  • 84,230 miles


My vehicle is displaying the exact symptoms described in your previous recalls (04V344000 and 03V240000). The car stalls and won't restart, check engine lights go crazy, transmission failsafe and stability control warnings come on, valvetronic desynchronization, ect. Went to a BMW dealer and they denied either of these recalls existed. Called BMW corporate and they said my car is not affected by the recalls, which is obviously not true considering the problems it has and the uncanny resemblance to your recall descriptions. BMW has offered no assistance, can you?

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012012

745 8-cyl

  • 79,550 miles
I was driving on the expressway and everything went haywire and all the lights came on and the engine felt like it shut off. After I pulled over I shut it off and tried turning it back on but it wouldn't start. I sat on the side of the road for 25 min and tried it again and it finally turned back on.

- Aurora , IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 132012

745 8-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Entire instrument cluster lost power and went black. No speedometer, no tachometer. No warning lights working. Nothing is working through the instrument panel. Could not tell how fast I was traveling, or if turn signals were working, safety hazard.

- Bogart, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 112012


  • 129,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW 745I. The contact stated that she was driving when the dynamic drive inactive symbol illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that when this light illuminated, the steering wheel seized and the instrument panel failed. The contact maneuvered to the shoulder and tried to restart the vehicle, but the gear would not shift into park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there was nothing that could be done to assist. The failure mileage was 129,000.

- Foresthill , MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 292012


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 BMW 745I. Consumer states vehicle ran through the garage door the consumer stated the vehicle was sitting in the driveway running for about 10 minutes, when all of a sudden she heard a loud noise. The consumer discovered the vehicle went into reverse on its own and crashed into the garage. The vehicle was inspected, and no problems were found. The consumer referenced investigation number PE11025.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 292012

745 8-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 745I. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked in the driveway when the gear shifted out of park and into reverse. As a result, the vehicle crashed into the garage. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics but the diagnostic failed to produce any failure codes. The dealer stated there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 119,000. The consumer stated the vehicle was running in the driveway for about 10 minutes, when suddenly there was a loud noise. She immediately went outside and discovered the vehicle had went into reverse on its own and hit the garage door. Updated 05/03/12

- Mays Landing , NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 242007

745 8-cyl

  • 44,827 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 745I. The contact stated that the engine would overheat and the vehicle would shut down and lose power. The safety mechanism in the vehicle would shut down if it sensed a failure with the vehicle. The failure occurred a total of three times while driving 40 mph. On one occasion, she was able to drive to the dealer around the corner and the other two times, she had to have the vehicle towed to the dealer. The dealer could not diagnose the cause of the failure because the code was lost. The contact showed the mechanic pictures of the message on the instrument panel that read, "do not drive, engine overheating, turn engine off". the contact was informed that a new battery was needed and she would have to pay $600. She did not believe that the issue centered around the battery. The manufacturer stated that because no code displayed, they could not assist. The current mileage was approximately 70,000 and failure mileage was approximately 44,827. Updated 09/17/08. Updated 09/25/08.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

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