hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,195 miles

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2004 BMW 745 engine problems

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2004 BMW 745 Owner Comments

problem #6

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 #5

Feb 212012


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 745I. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the coolant light illuminated. The vehicle was then parked when the contact noticed that the vehicle was leaking antifreeze. After adding antifreeze, the fluids went right to the pipe and spilled onto the ground. The vehicle was then towed to an authorized dealer where they diagnosed that the water pipe was fractured from the radiator to the engine. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #4

Apr 122011


  • 109,115 miles
I purchased a 2004 BMW 745 li from Lexus dealership in md, I drove to fayetteville, nc because im in the military. 1 week after being home at ft bragg I started the car in the morning and then the transfail safe light came on when I arrived at work. 4/12/2011 while driving to work in full heavy traffic the coolant light came on with a yellow indicator and told me to drive moderately. While trying to drive to a gas station the red indicator came on and told me to stop safely and this is while in traffic. This computer is always saying somethings wrong when its not and im afraid that when something is really wrong I wont know if it is legitimate. I checked the coolant level and it was full. Oil was a little low but no indicator came on for that. Started the car back up and it drove fine. There needs to be a recall on these computers in BMW cars. These computer problem can be a ploy to constantly purge monies from consumers pocket please help. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 152010


  • miles


The engine oil filter drain plug is insufficient, causing a large loss of oil to leak. This has affected and damaged the transmission.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Jul 032004

745 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
While driving at 45 mph consumer heard a loud bang outside of the vehicle. Consumer pulled over and inspected the vehicle, but could not find a problem. A day later, the check engine light came on and remained on. Dealer found that the fender cover came off, and could be the cause of the check engine light being on.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

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