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#1180 of 1317 Re: Cost estimate for a Level II Inspection? [quigs]
Dec 06, 2005 (8:40 am)
I own a 1992 735. I bought it in 1994 (Florida) for $29,500 with 30k miles on it. I now have 223,670 miles. I too have had to decide between repair or replace. At this point I can say that I'm glad I did all those repairs. And some were substantial like a/c, front end suspension, drive shaft, exhaust. I now have a basically refurbished BMW, always reliable, still performs, and worth to me more than what I could sell it for.
These cars, as well as 528's and older 3 series typically go for 250k-400k miles. I have personally seen many of these cars. The question isn't "how many miles does the car have on it?" but "how many miles does this car have left?" Answer that and you'll probably make the right decision.
I am keeping my 735, probably give it to my college age son and will look for a 2001 740iL w sport package.
I think I can get one for $26k-$28k with around 50k miles and all the toys.
#1181 of 1317 Re: Cost estimate for a Level II Inspection? [92735i]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 06, 2005 (3:25 pm)
I would think any car going 400K would be an astronomically rare occurrence. Certainly it's not something you can count on but I hope you make it. Mostly it takes money to get there....but really I'm not sure it's a good idea to push a car that far. Structural safety concerns come into play and the cost per mile goes up exponentially as you approach the 250-275K mark. Cars are really not built or engineered to go that long.
#1182 of 1317 battery for 740il
Dec 07, 2005 (6:23 am)
My wife has a 2001 740il with the original battery. I am considering replacing it now on my schedule rather than when if fails. I know this car has some complicated, temperamental electronics. Are there any special precautions that need to be taken when performing this exchange? In other words, is it as simple as disconnecting the cables, taking out the old battery, putting in the new battery, and reconnecting the cables?
Mr Shiftright do you have any thoughts?
#1183 of 1317 Re: battery for 740il [lobdell]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 07, 2005 (9:57 am)
I would definitely do some research before disconnecting the battery---one thing that comes to mind is the radio anti-theft, if you have such a feature. You'd have to know the radio code. I'm not sure how your clock, etc. react to all this.
So yeah, call the dealer's service department or drop in there and ask, or any competent independent shop would know. I don't think it's any big deal. I know some shops have a little "helper" battery device that keeps a small current flow into the cables as they remove them.
Good idea to swap out the battery. Five years is long enough.
#1184 of 1317 Re: Cost estimate for a Level II Inspection? [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 11, 2005 (2:33 pm)
What is an Indy shop that you keep referring to? Also what should an oil change cost for a 740i. An Express Lube type place quoted me $100. which seems high. Should I get my filter and oil myself to save some $$$?
#1185 of 1317 What do you think?
Dec 11, 2005 (3:01 pm)
I recently purchase 2 740i sport 2001 cars from e-bay motors by auction with no reserve. The first went smoothly, but the second was a nightmare. I got a great price but had the seller try everything to make up for his losses; try to get out of the sale, switch the tires, take out the spare, missing phone, not as described both physically and odometer reading much higher on delivery, etc. Am I being too hasty in giving him a negative feedback, or should I have expected as much...?
#1186 of 1317 2000 740i Sport Service Manual
Jan 21, 2006 (8:22 am)
Recently purchased the car and need the best service manual available. Is there a factory service manual available?
#1187 of 1317 19" wheels for the 2006 750Li?
Jan 23, 2006 (3:36 am)
I am contemplating purchasing a 2006 750Li. Do the 19" wheels make sense as a $1,300 option? Visually, they look better than the standard wheel but will they make the ride rougher? Are they worse in snow? Thanks in advance for your advice...
#1188 of 1317 Re: 19" wheels for the 2006 750Li? [nuwildcat]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 23, 2006 (9:35 am)
my two cents, don't do it. Rougher ride, slower braking, more risk to the wheels from potholes, probably very pricey tire replacements. Not worth the nicer looks IMO, but aesthetics are personal, so buy what you like please!
#1189 of 1317 Re: 19" wheels for the 2006 750Li? [nuwildcat]
Jan 23, 2006 (9:48 am)
Heck yeah, they're worth the extra money. The standard wheels are ugly as all heck, IMO! The 19's look good, IMO.