BMW 740IL Seats Front Assembly Seat Heater, Cooler problems : 1.
Two Days After Purchasing A 2000 bmw 740il With 45,000 Miles On It From A Friend, I Left My Driveway And Activated The Driver’s Side Heated Seat. After Driving Several Hundred Yards, I Began To Smell Smoke. I Stopped The Vehicle To Try To Determine The Source Of The Problem. My Wife Was Following In Another Vehicle And Pulled Along Side Me. I Rolled Down The Window And Wife Said “there Is Smoke Coming Out Of The Window!”. I Turned Off The Seat And Opened The Door And Looked At The Seat. There Was A Burnt Spot Approximately The Size Of A Dime High On The Outboard Bolster Of The Driver’s Seat. I Touched The Spot And It Was Extremely Hot To The Touch. My One And A Half Year Old Daughter Was Strapped In Her Car Seat In The Back. Before Exiting The Vehicle, I Unlocked All The Doors In Case I Had To Go Around And Pull Her From The Car. After Turning Off The Seat, The Fire Stopped. I Have Researched This Issue On Several bmw E38 Websites And Have Found Several Other Complaints Of This Occurrence. One Individual Said That A Service Bulletin Had Been Sent To bmw Dealers To Alert Them Of This Problem In Several Lines Of bmw Cars, Including Some Newer Models. Fortunately, I Had Not Yet Utilized The Auxiliary Climate Control Timer Function That Allows The Owner To Have The Car Turn On It’s Heated Seats And Steering Wheel At A Pre-set Time Before The Owner Enters The Car. Seeing How Quickly The Seat Caught Fire, I Have No Doubt That If This Function Had Been Used, It Would Have Resulted In A Catastrophic Vehicle Fire That Could Have Consumed The Seat, Since Presumably The Owner Would Be Inside The Home Or Office And Could Not Witness The Fire. *jb
Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 45678 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAGH8340YD. BMW 740IL 2000 problem was reported in CHARLOTTE, NC. Vehicle was purchased on 20060323. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. BMW 740IL 2000 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. BMW 740IL 2000 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph. DEALER’S NAME: HENDRICK BMW . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 704 535-0885 . DEALER’S CITY: CHARLOTTE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: NC. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 28227 .
Mar 26, 2006
2000 BMW 740IL problems and complaints, and up-to-date recall information. If you are researching a used BMW 740IL, driving a 2000 BMW 740IL, or if you are planning to purchase one, review owner-reported Seats Front Assembly Seat Heater, Cooler problems and defects.