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#784 of 1317 Need buying tips for a 91 735I--HELP!!
Mar 18, 2003 (9:49 am)
I am contemplating the purchase of an 1991 BMW 735i with 186K miles, "but" it's absolutely immaculate. All maintenance was done at the BMW dealership and everything is documented. Including a brand new BMW transmission put in at 160K miles. It even smells like new inside... I never owned a 7-series before and I heard both horror stories and praises for them. This one looks beautiful and the maint. records are impressive. I don't know is what specific things I should look for in the maintenance logbook, or what particular items I should feel for in the test drive...
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
#786 of 1317 7 Design
Mar 18, 2003 (12:08 pm)
Well, they can always improve it. But I would not call the current design a mistake. While it is fair to say the design is controversial (my term is unique) , the change has actually been a good thing for the 7. Sales are WAY up on this car. My local dealer says rarely do any buyers that consider the car criticize the styling. Most that reject it do so due to apprehension over the i-drive. Personally, I strongly prefer the styling over my previous gen 740, which looks plain in comparison. I would think it more accurate to say that Bangle and co. may believe a *mild* restyling will make the car even more successful than it already is, rather than imply that the styling is a flop. If it were that bad sales would not be so strong...
As for AUTOWEEK's comment about the car being poorly received at auto shows, that might have been true initially (by the press), but I've been to three auto shows in the last 3 months, and out of all it's competitors (A8, Q45, S Class, XJ and LS430), the 745 is drawing much more attention from the public. Given the success of the car I would only expect minor changes, if any.
#787 of 1317 Good buy on E38 cars, my recent experience
Mar 18, 2003 (1:19 pm)
I picked up a real nice '00 740iL for under $35K. It was listed at $38.9K. Lease return with under 50K miles. Car listed at $70K so this is a 50% drop in value in 3 years.
#788 of 1317 740's a great value
Mar 18, 2003 (2:25 pm)
I, as many others on this forum have discovered, the great deal that is a used 7 series! Last October I purchased a '00 740iL from a domestic brand dealer in Gainesville, GA (no BMW dealer for 25 miles). The car is the rare Orinocco blue/green with the 750 series hi-line interior (contrasting leather and carpet/dash) as well as the 18" M wheels. A stunning car with only 27k for 40k! Less than a new basic 525 or C320, both of which can't hold a candle to the 7 in terms of room, ride, power or appearance.
The biggest issue is BMW dealers! They tend to view previously-owned cars (non-certified) as 2nd class citizens. No loaner privlages (even under remaining factory warranty) and definitely a "you didn't purchase the car new , from us? attitude.
I've put 13k on the car in 5 months and have only had minor issues. However the 18" Z-rated tires are toast in about 15-18k and everyone I've spoken to has had the same experience. The car had brand new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S on it when I got it, they're a cool $1300 for a new set. Plus the staggered sizes prohibit rotation. The price of good handling and looks, I suppose.
Anyway, I'd strongly recommend anyone considering a smaller new BMW, 'Benz or Cadillac to check out the 87-01 7 series.
#789 of 1317 "Dead" car every three-to-four days
Mar 24, 2003 (10:30 pm)
I own a '01 (July build) 740il w/sport package, which I purchased used last October at 12,000 miles. In the last five months have put a whopping 2,000 miles on the car. The low miles are the result of me using the car mainly to deliver my kids to daycare or drive them around on errands (I'm normally so thrifty that I justified the purchase of a 7 series as being safer than a Volvo and much better looking than an MB 4-door).
I love the car, but I experience this maddening glitch of the battery draining if the car sits for more than three days. Can anyone offer any insite on this? The dealership has replace the battery twice, and kept the car for a two day period to run diagnositics to determine if there existed some type of irregular draw on the battery. I was told the results were within normal spec range. When not being driven, the car sits in my garage without the alarm system engaged. My wife has a $50,000 SUV that has almost as many features as my 7 series, which can sit for weeks at a time with no adverse effect to the battery. In addition, I have a '75 3.0 Coupe which sits parked for months at a time. The dash mounted clock, which still keeps great time, doesn't kill off the battery in the car - at least not after two months of sitting. What am I missing?
#791 of 1317 I Need Tires!
Mar 27, 2003 (1:32 pm)
Can anyone suggest some tires for 740il? I am looking for reasonable tire with a fair price. Thank you.
#792 of 1317 7-series ad
Mar 28, 2003 (2:38 pm)
The astronaut looking into the hood ad strikes me as the cost of repairing one of these things. Anyone disagree?
#793 of 1317 jtt's "Dead" Car
Mar 29, 2003 (7:14 pm)
jtt there is definitely something wrong with the electrical in your 740. Mine ('00 iL) has sat for a week at a time both in the garage and at the airport and I've never had a starting problem. And, it has the original 3 yr. old battery! The only thing I can think of outside of a major short or malfunctioning accessory is the auxiliary ventilation system. I've never figured out how this thing actually works but my understanding is it can be programmed to come on at a specific time and run the A/C fan to venitlate the interior. I assume it's so you can set it to cool the interior if the car is parked in the sun. On my '00 there is a small red indicator loght to the left of the NAV display that comes on to indicate the system is programmed and activated. The owners manual even cautions against excessive use as that will drain the battery. Other than that, I cannot think of anything else. Good Luck!