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#1102 of 1317 Re: Looking at a 2000 750IL...have questions.... [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 19, 2005 (8:01 pm)
Thank-you Mr Shiftright. I felt a little pinch in my stomach, but wanted to check it out here to confirm. Is there much of a reliability difference (or other consideration) between 1999-2001 740s that I should be aware of? Realizing that this is a BMW site, how do you think the 740 stacks up to the A8L? Heard some war stories on out of warranty maintenance, but I really like the size of these large Euro cars.
Apr 21, 2005 (12:45 pm)
One reason I don't like the Audi A8...well, actually I DO like the car very much, but that aluminum frame gives me the willies. Not every shop is going to be able to repair that car if it gets hit, and shipping it off somewhere isn't going to be cheap.
My view of the 740 is about the same as for all BMWs---basically a very sound, reliable, well-engineered car that will nickel and dime you forever as the miles accrue.
So my approach to the 740 is to buy low miles and stay away from those 100K miles Plus cars with the attractive price tags.
Will a 740 be as reliable as a Lexus? No. Will it be awful? Not at all.
I think if you scan all the reliability studies that this is about what you'll come to understand with 740s.
Would I buy a used one? Probably I'd go for the 5 series but that's more about size and feel rather than any worries about reliability.
I'm someone who loves to drive. I don't care what CR says about a car's "defects per 100 vehicles". I buy a car because it is fun to drive, lovely to look at, and very well made. And a 7 series is all those things.
#1104 of 1317 To buy a 740 IL or Not to buy
Apr 26, 2005 (10:44 pm)
Hi, I am looking into buying the 98 model 100K, at $14K or 2000 model, 135K at $16K. I was informed that these car gives on average 22Mpg. I wanted to know from you'll if this is worth the deal and the gas mileage is correct. Also, what should i be expecting in terms of maintenance. I was informed that it is not that expensive. My friends tell me to get a lexus Es300 instead.
Any advise in details will be greatly appreciated.
Apr 27, 2005 (3:29 pm)
Miles are too high. Don't do it. These cars are heavily discounted for a REASON. Can you guess what it is? (hint: sellers are having a hard time selling them with those kind of miles on them. Lower mileage 7s are being snapped up).
Shop for lower miles and if you can get an extended warranty, would be my advice. I think 7 Series BMWs over 100K are kind of scary if you aren't the original owner and haven't been in control of the car's maintenance since new.
Look at it this way: Suppose I came up to you and said: "Gee, my car's engine just blew up"
And you'd probably say "oh, too bad. How many miles on it?"
If I said "10,000" you'd say----wow, what a lemon...but if I said "150,000" you'd probably say...."well, you got some good use out of it".
So at 135K you are just a year away from ......what? Who knows?
#1106 of 1317 Re: careful [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 28, 2005 (9:42 am)
Thanks for the advise. What do you suggest then I should get? I currently have a expedition at 100K, one owner and is a gas guzzler. I want to get another car, probably sedan and do not want to spend more than $16K. Initially people say that BMW will last for upto 250K miles and will give ame a 22 -24 miles per gallon. I was also thinking about Es300 or 400, also with a high milleage of abou 80-100K mile. your advise will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a million.
#1107 of 1317 My 2004 745Li disaster, any suggestions.
Apr 29, 2005 (11:19 am)
On the way to taking my wife to the hospital, my 10 month old 2004 745Li broke down for the 13th time. The regional BMW manager said no, to giving the car back, does anyone have further suggestions.
Apr 29, 2005 (5:00 pm)
Have you looked at getting a different car?
#1109 of 1317 Re: My 2004 745Li disaster, any suggestions. [tim13]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 29, 2005 (6:17 pm)
That's crazy. Talk to a Lemon Law attorney. You'll get murdered on a trade in, you might as well spend the money for legal advice. Maybe, if you qualify, you can force a buy-back, or at least put pressure on them to swap you into a new car with minimal damage to your bank account.
#1110 of 1317 Re: My 2004 745Li disaster, any suggestions. [Mr_Shiftright]
May 01, 2005 (10:22 am)
my advice to you is first to tell us what dealership did that to you so we can avoid them, then write to BBB and tell them the story and they will blacklist the dealer. They contact AACP and they will advice you regarding your rights. I will also contact a lawyer and see if you can take them to court. I will also contact the county office and complain, this might effect their licensing. You need to do this all at once so you can make a big impact. I will also email everyone in BMWUSA. Mention names of those who did not offer to help you. Also, keep taking the car back for everything, In fact make appointments in advance like every week this way you will coast them lots of money and time. Try this it worked for others
#1111 of 1317 Re: My 2004 745Li disaster, any suggestions. [draq]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 01, 2005 (8:24 pm)
No, please, no dealerships names are to be posted here for the purpose of giving someone "a bad name". I'll have to delete such posts, sorry.
Personally, I'd take a wee bit more sober approach if you are seeking legal redress. E-mailing everyone makes you look like a crackpot IMHO and I don't think it helps your case. Address your complaints and documentation to the parties who will be *directly* involved in your case. Contacting a lawyer may be a good idea at this point. BBB is supported solely by business money and may be helpful but they have no legislative arm and no power. They are mediators at best. So don't contact BBB if you are going to sue.
But I agree in general, that you need to become very proactive at this point. Time is not on your side here.