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#115 of 1317 Daily Driver and...
May 24, 2000 (12:00 pm)
Yes, I could see how the BMW "tippy" could help during the hotlapping in a 740i Sport. Certainly better than a standard slushbox. Yet the tippy doesn't allow nearly the control you have in a standard manual gearbox. That's the perspective I was coming from.
My hands (and feet:) are competent operating the controls of a true blue sports car. I've never driven a slushbox drivetrained car around a track so from that perspective, you would be right--I woudn't be competent. I'd be left-foot braking into every turn, trailing off of the brake while blending the gas. I bet it wouldn't take me long before I got the hang of things though:)
FWIW, I've attended over 50 hours of BMW CCA driving schools since 1997 in my 1993 Mazda Rx7 R1. I've driven many different tracks with all kinds of other cars! I guess you could say that I've "raced" them without really going wheel-to-wheel with them. If you've done schools, then you know it's pretty much "gentlemen's racing" once the instructor signs you off to go have fun:)
Here's my repertoire of road racing venues:
Mid Ohio '97 '98 '99
Road Atlanta '00
Road America '00
Summit Point '99
Gingerman '99 '00
Putnam Park '97 '98 '99 '00
Oh yeah, I "raced" against 2 ZR1 Vettes at Road America earlier this month (May 6/7 weekend). I was surprised that they didn't pull away on the three long straights (RA is 4 miles per lap)! Even more surprised when I got passing signals from both!
Passed the new BMW M5s all day long! Wonderful daily driving cars, but not road racers, IMO. Capable but not sizzling fast! Physics laws again:)
The only other shifter I'd have in a sports car, other than a classical manual would be Ferrari's F1 paddle shifter mechanism, which blips the throttle during downshifts.
Mazda's new Rx7 is supposed to have a F1 shifter variant in the upcoming Rx7 model:)
My point in all this is that I'm not willing to pay the premium (actually can't afford to pay it!) for a '99 Sport 740i over a '97 740i with upgraded suspension, wheels, tires. I'm sure you feel like you got your money's worth and that's great! The 740i will serve the purpose that I intend for it. There will be no track time planned for the the big 7:)
#116 of 1317 740i sport
May 26, 2000 (12:07 am)
since they are changing the body style next year, is BMW offering deals on the 740? if so, are they also doing it for the 740i sport, provided they are around? love the car, but hard to justify buying a model that is 6 yrs old when a new one is just around the corner.
May 26, 2000 (3:20 am)
Nah, get the Porsche!
#118 of 1317 rx7r1
May 26, 2000 (1:01 pm)
car is for my wife. u following me around?
May 26, 2000 (6:55 pm)
nah, I think you're following ME around;)
I'm soooohhhhh envious;)
A Porsche 996 for you, and and a big honking 740i Sport for Mrs. jesk! Life at the jesk house must be good!
#120 of 1317 havent pulled trigger
May 30, 2000 (3:09 pm)
have not bought either yet so jealousy not an issue. will prob buy 740 first in early fall and then hold off on porsche unless something spectacular falls in my lap. am talking to guy in ohio with a black on black 97 c4s with 25k miles. so maybe that happens
May 31, 2000 (3:45 am)
well if I were jealous, I wouldn't want you to have any of the stuff you want or have. I'm merely envious, which means, that I wish I had the purchasing power you have:D
Good luck shopping. It's fun, and all the sports car salesfolks get to know you real well:D
#122 of 1317 My 740iL
May 31, 2000 (7:36 pm)
Okay I have read enough posts so that I am ready to dive in. My wife drives a 740iL, spectacular machine, great power, great sound , great handling , great ride ultimate luxury. We have taken it on two 5000 mile 10 day trips and this car has never dissappointed. The room in back is great, I have 3 yr old twins in bulky car seats, plenty of room even with the seats back for my 6'3" frame. I also did the SUV thing, Mercedes Benz Gelandewagen, really cool for a truck. Couldn't stand driving a truck everyday, couldn't pry the 740 from my wife, bought an older 944 Turbo. Fast little car, I joined PCA and plan to run it on the track. Thats my fix, you need them ALL! Really though the 740 has been a great car for us, it is one of the finest cars I have ever driven. The new S500 Mercedes trumps it but at a hefty premium in price. My 95 740iL now has 85k miles on it, we have put on 30k in a year. I had a couple problems, ruptured heater hose(stranded), lower control arms(ball joints) but no electrical problems. As a matter of fact make it a point to get the stereo with the DSP and 14 speakers, it is the best I have ever heard.
Jun 15, 2000 (1:11 pm)
My parents have a 97 740iL. They have every option on there car except NAV System. They Love it. It is responsive, comfortable, sleek and of course the ultimate driving machine. If I had to buy any vehicle I would buy another 740 or 750iL. To add to my pack of X5 and M5
#124 of 1317 95' 740i Problems
Jun 18, 2000 (3:30 am)
I've owned my 95' for about 2 years now. It was under warranty up until recently (thankfully). Although I love the car I am disappointed by the quality. Under warranty I've had all 4 control units replaced, stereo, power steering hoses, multiple rear and brake lights. Not under warranty I've had to replace the fuel pump and water pump. Currently I have 60K miles on it. My latest problems is a rattling somewhere on the driver's front side. The interesting thing about the rattle is I've only notice it on hot days (and it's not because the window is down). Does anyone have an idea on what the problem is?
One more thing, how can they get away with not publishing manuals? This should be against the law!!!! I can't even attempt to trouble shot the problem or educate myself on a diagnosed problem.
All help is appreciated.