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BMW 7 Series, Electrical, Engine, Sedan
#136 of 832 Re: 2001 740i [wu8]
Dec 13, 2004 (7:16 pm)
I wish you nothing but the best with your BMW 740i, same one I have. I was smooth sailing until 52,000 miles when a head gasket started leaking, then a power stering hose leaked, then front brake pads and rotars, rear pads, front bushings, and another alignment. Ouch. I'm hoping this is it but disappointed to be told the V-8's are high maintenance. Not the impression I had going in. But hey, great ride.
Dec 15, 2004 (8:40 am)
Well rotors pads and alignment are not the car's fault, but that is too bad about the head gasket. I think that's pretty unusual. The front bushings are a chronic wear point though.
#138 of 832 Transmission oil
Dec 16, 2004 (1:47 pm)
I was told by a dealer that transmission oil change is not necessary for
the life of 2001 740i. Did anyone hear otherwise?
#139 of 832 Re: 2001 740i [mike519]
Dec 19, 2004 (7:03 am)
high performance equates to high maintenance i quess. What year is your 740?
Dec 19, 2004 (1:33 pm)
eric, I would check your owner's manual on this. I am skeptical that this is true but I don't really know for sure.
#141 of 832 wheel "shimmy" at 54 mph
Dec 19, 2004 (6:15 pm)
I have a 1998 740iL. Recently had new Yokahoma's put on it (forget the name, but were definitely right for the car). Had a local independent BMW shop install, balance and align. About two weeks after the install, notice major shimmy of steering wheel at 53 or 54 MPH. Took it back to place where had tires and alignment. They balanced tires again put it up on rack but said everything looked fine. Didn't check alignment because "couldn't be out already". Mentioned possibility of "bushings or suspension" but after a cursory look couldn't detect any problems there. Car continues to shimmy. Any thoughts?
Dec 19, 2004 (8:32 pm)
Sounds like the tires. They should put a new set on and see what happens.
#143 of 832 in dash red brake light won't go off
Dec 20, 2004 (8:37 pm)
740 il sport, 55k, bought used with good clean history, took it to my mechanic <indy specializing in bmw, porsche, jag, etc>, and had brakes done. all was well until heavy rain and deep puddle led to lighting of brake light to red in dash. brakes checked and brake relay changed, no help. Is there a brake pad sensor that could be bad or is the problem in computer? sorry for length of post.
Dec 20, 2004 (10:03 pm)
Yes, sensors should be changed with every brake job but if your dash light is RED I don't believe this is the brake pad wear sensor. Have you checked the little plunger (like in your toilet bowl) that checks the fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir?
#145 of 832 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 25, 2004 (9:11 am)
Ironically, as soon as problem posted, it went off, is the plunger possibly intermittent in malfunction? Also should this be part of brake job? if not does it get replaced or simply adjusted like the float in the toilet? what should this cost? obviously I am not a mechanic.
thanks for your input, happy holidays