really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,127 miles

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2005 BMW 745 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 BMW 745 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 162015


  • 145,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 BMW 745li. The contact stated when attempting to place the vehicle in park, the transmission shift back to neutral without warning. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose the problem. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 12V502000 (electrical system, power train) however, the VIN was not included. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 062014

745 8-cyl

  • 169,472 miles
I took the car in to the dealership because the car was slow to crank. I had the battery tested and it was fine. The dealership claimed I needed a fuel pump. It was repaired. Two days later, I am driving the 745li BMW up an inclined highway merging onto a bridge when suddenly the car started jerking, loosing power, cutting back and decelerating until it shut completely off. I was unable to crank it or even move off the highway to a safe location. The car totally stalled on the bridge. When the car was taken back to the dealership they claimed they could find nothing wrong. However a few days later the car stalls in the middle of the highway again. Took it to the dealer who claims it was out of gas. The dealer puts gas in it. The next day, the car stalled on the highway again. The dealer claims that the fuel guage was not reading properly and replaced the sensors. The car is still slow to crank, which is the intial problem from day one. Still not repaired, $3,000 later.

- Hardeeville, SC, USA

problem #2

Jul 242014

745 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
My vehicle stalls in traffic and once it cuts off there is no way to put it in neutral. A police tried to help me out and told me that is a safety hazard. I keep having this problem especially when I'm driving on highways once it cuts off there's no way for me to steer off of the road. It's frightening.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 082010


  • 35 miles
Transmission skipped, especially when coming to a stop...it was diagnosed and "repaired" by replacing the "mechatronics" in the vehicle. Now, it has occurred again, and they claim now that it is the failure of the door opening system, installed by BMW, that's causing the battery to "leak", therefore causing the transmission to malfunction..I don't understand the connection between the two items, and if so this could be extremely dangerous to myself and family. The car could come to a sudden stop at any time and cause us to go forward, and possible to do serious injury or death, or the battery could explode again causing serious injury. I would like to show you the records they provided to me, and be assured that this problem isn't one throughout their vehicles, like a bomb ready to go off at any time.

- Palm City, FL, USA

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