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318i, 318iA, 318is, 318iSA, 318C, 318iCA Years: 1992-1995
325i, 325iA, 325is, 325isA, 325ic, 325iCA Years: 1992-1995
M3 Years: 1992-1995
525i, 525iA, 525iTA Years: 1989-1995
535i, 535iA Years: 1989-1995
530i, 530iA, 530iTA Years: 1989-1995
540i, 540iA Years: 1989-1995
M5 Years: 1989-1995
M5 Years: 1988-1995
735i, 735iA, 735iLA Years: 1988-1995
740iA, 740iLA Years: 1988-1995
750iLA Years: 1988-1995
840CiA Years: 1988-1995
850i, 850iA, 850Ci, 850CiA, 850CSi Years: 1988-1995

Number Involved: 340,000
Dates of Manufacture: January 1988 - November 1994
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V178
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: A malfunction or failure of a coolant system component, such as a thermostat, water pump, or fan belt, can result in significantly increased coolant temperature and system pressure. If the indications of a critical overheating condition is not noticed by the driver, it is possible a coolant system component could be damaged or fail. If a crack were to form or a seam were to separate in the heater core end piece, hot coolant could suddenly be expelled, increasing the risk of personal injury to a vehicle occupant.
Remedy: Dealers will install a new design radiator cap to control pressure and provide greater coolant overflow in the event of overheating.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during October 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.