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#103 of 1317 i was just woundering
Apr 09, 2000 (4:00 pm)
when i was little my dad had a 1986 or 87 bmw 733i it had a lot of the high tech stuff that the cars of today have like traction controll and a navigation system but when they discontinued the 733i my dad was p. o.ed and he really missed that car when we sold it my mom and my dad still are firm belivers in bmw's mom has a 1999 bmw 328i conv and dad a 200 seven series v12
#104 of 1317 JAG S-TYPE outclasses the BMW
Apr 12, 2000 (7:42 am)
Love the car - Black with Nav and Sports plus
sound. 2K miles - 120mph reached and cruising.
Everyone else loves the car - turns heads everywhere. People come up to me and complement the car as to its beauty. In a line up with BMW,
MERCEDES, BMW and LEXUS the JAG gets the
complements. Looks is not everything but it goes a
long way in the luxury class.
Apr 14, 2000 (8:38 pm)
Owned a 740il, electrical nightmare. Replaced radio,a/c and brake lights every 2months for a year. I don't own a 740 anymore. If they get their electric circuit working they would probably be the best around, but the jag is something special. By the way I own two of them, the XK8 and the Vanden Plas. Customer service is better with Jags, snob appeal is better, and I have less problems. No the Jags are not problem free. Nether was my S-class or lexus es300 and sc300,sc300 is pretty good though. The jag is a much better car with only minor problems. Anyway, they all have some problems. Get what you want and if you don't like it do by that product again. Someone elses experience my be different from mine though.
#106 of 1317 740il Family Car??
Apr 26, 2000 (11:01 pm)
Need some subject matter expertise on this one. I need to dump the Mini-Van look (not me), however the car lineup for a family of 5 (comfortably) is pretty limited. I have already done the SUV thing and not really impressed with the roominess of those. We've been looking at 1997-8 740il, 2000 volvo s80, and 2000 Audi A6 (would like the A8, but too much $$)and need to know from those families out there, are these cars "really" roomy for 3 kids (all boys 2,5,9). Appreciate any other suggestions for under $40k!
Apr 27, 2000 (4:36 pm)
I have owned a '95 740il, and yes it is roomy enough for your 3 kids to sit in the back. Especial the il version. One comment though, I had a lot of electrical problems with my 740il. It was a great car minus replace the a/c, radio and tail light bulbs every other month. If you buy it with an extended warranty, no problem. If you plan on keeping it you may want to think about it. For reliabilty you may think about the Lexus LS400 used, but it want look as good as the 740il. A new Lexus GS300 may fit the bill along with the A6 and S80. You may want to look at at 98 Jaguar XJ8(great car I own the '95 Vanden Plas version). I say 98 because it has the new engine and interior styling, plus they come with the best pre-owned warranty in the business. The warranty is basically the same as a new car warranty. If reliability is the question on the Jaguar read the JD Powers survey on the Jags. You will be surprised.
#108 of 1317 Join the BMW CCA
May 12, 2000 (2:35 am)
If you are planning to buy a BMW, or even if you're not, you'd be crazy not to join the BMW car club of America first. It's the best $35 you will ever spend, and you'll get a clear idea of what the cars and the ownership experience are like.
The short answer to the questions here, all BMWs are very fine running cars--maybe the best of all marques. But after the first few years, you will have to spend money on maintenance and repairs. I'd say once the car is 5 years old plan to spend several hundred dollars a year.
#109 of 1317 2002 BMW 7-Series
May 14, 2000 (3:10 am)
The June 2000 issue of Automobile magazine has a couple pictures of the 2002 BMW 7-Series. Has anyone seen any other pictures of the 2002 7-Series?
#110 of 1317 BMW 740iL Reliablity
May 15, 2000 (2:50 am)
OK you good folks, I need some information
concerning the reliability of a late model
(1997-1999) BMW740iL. I have read with great
interest much of the feedback from the "Sedan"
segment related to the 740. It seems from what I
have read the early or mid 1990's tended to have
significant problems (i.e. engine, electrical,
transmission). The question is has BMW corrected
these problems? I love the car in terms of looks,
comfort and driveability and can purchase one
(1998) for around $45-48K certified by BMW (not a
third party). I tend to keep a car for 6-8 years
and put easily 150K plus miles (mostly highway) on
it. What I don't need is a problem or a money pit
that spends more time in the shop than in my
garage. I realize the car requires maintenance and that the cost of that maintenance will be higher than average and I accept that. I have read through many reports such as Consumer Guide and most have very little data on the BMW 7 series in terms of reliability/customer satisfaction. I have also seen a few posts on this topic but have not seen very much response. Any feedback that can be provided such as your experience as an owner or reports/data you have run across would be much appreciated. Thanks!
#111 of 1317 740i Sport?
May 20, 2000 (5:04 pm)
Ok, I've read just about all the posts here and am now caught up with all the threads that I'm interested in (I "scanned" the Dinan chip threads).
Like a couple of others who posted about used BMW 7s, I too will be in the market for a used 7 in 2002/3. I'm doing my research early so that I could learn as much as possible about the 7 series.
I've been a member of the BMW CCA since '96 (I've attended 12+ BMW CCA driving schools in my '93 Rx7 R1:), and am quite knowledeable on E36 3ers/M3s, but have practically no insights on the 7s (BTW what is the E designation for the '95 to '00 7s?)
Like a couple of other posters out there, my wife and I are looking for a roomy great road trip car as well as daily driver. We'll put 15 to 17K miles on it per year, and we tend to keep our cars for a long time: her car--6 years, mine--8 years. We don't like to buy new because of the terrible depreciation hit for the first few years. The plan is to sell her car and replace it with the bimmer 7.
BTW, post #116 of 137: rmac88 (gearman) Wed 23 Feb '00 (01:16 PM) was a fantastic post. Unfortunately it was the only one regarding the reliablity of bimmer 7s.
From what I've gathered from your posts, it appears that the later 7 series are the best to buy used. The '90 to '94 models had problems with the nikasil cylinder liners, as well slushbox problems with the ZF units. The V8s and V12s were not as strong as the inline 6es with regard to mileage reliability and durability.
This then leaves us with the 1997-2000 models. As a sports car enthusiast driver, I especially like the idea of 740i Sport model.
(I could probably convince Mrs. Rx7 R1 on the advantages of better handling from an upgraded suspension/wheel/tire package:)
What year was the first year for the 740i Sport? Is there much of a difference between that first-year 7 sport and a '00 7 Sport?
What would I expect to pay for 740i Sport in 2002 or 2003?
Will there be some sort of extended warranty for these used/off-lease BMWS?
Thanks in advance for your replies. I've let my BMW CCA membership lapse. I've decided to pass up the driving schools fow a couple of years. The new plan is to just enjoy tooling around in a big luxo cruiser (BMW 740i Sport) and seeing the wonderful sights our great big country has to offer!
#112 of 1317 '97 740i "Sport" wheels
May 20, 2000 (9:29 pm)
Bad news--SSR SSF wheels in 17 x 9s aren't available for the '97 740i. Good news is that Breyton Magics in 17 x 9.5s are available for my would-be 740i "sport". The extra half-inch wheel width will be needed to shod the big fat 255/50ZR17s! Downside is that the Breytons are probably a lot heavier. I guess the BBS RC in 17 x 8.5s would be a good choice, except that 8.5 inches is not wide enough for 255.