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BMW 7 Series, Electrical, Engine, Sedan
#156 of 831 Re: 740il ball joint wear [wahoo21]
Jan 13, 2005 (2:11 pm)
I thought the last 740il was in 2001.
For a first time BMW buyer, you may have to read more from this forum before you decide. I am about to get my 3rd beamer this weekend and information from this forum has been invaluable.
Although you are not paying $70K for the car, worn rear ball joints at 52K miles is not the norm. The wear and tear on a car depends on how it was used and/or maintained by previous owners.
My 2 cents...
Jan 13, 2005 (5:33 pm)
More like 80K miles for those, but as wabends said, it depends on who's driving and how he/she has treated the car.
If you want fewer repairs and less maintenance, statistically speaking, perhaps a Lexus would be a better bet for you, although once a Lexus DOES need a repair, it's not going to be appreciably cheaper than a BMW to fix.
#158 of 831 Re: 740il ball joint wear [wabends]
Jan 19, 2005 (11:34 am)
wabends an Mr. Shiftright,
Thanks for your responses- very helpful.
p.s. wabends, you are correct. hat was a typo on my part. My car is a 2001
#159 of 831 Mechanical Problems
Jan 25, 2005 (8:50 pm)
Hello everyone, I'm thinking about buying a 745i, but when I read Consumer Report,I have second thoughts. It seems as if the car will be in the shop more than I will be driving it. I know everyone is bias but can you tell me why I should get the 745i instead of an Acura TL, something that is more reliable.
Jan 25, 2005 (11:59 pm)
Because nothing drives like a 745. You have to jump from car to car in one day and you'll have your answer --- or if it isn't dramatically different for you than buy the TL!
#161 of 831 light stays on letter p for(parking )all times
Jan 26, 2005 (12:57 pm)
anyone can help me the light is staying on my 98 740il the p light when i park it overnight is this a common problem
#162 of 831 Re: Mechanical Problems [devon]
Jan 26, 2005 (4:07 pm)
I have owned my 2003 745Li since November 2002. While it has taken a while to get used to the ugly exterior, the car is the best I've ever owned. The only problem I've had in over 2 years is that I continue to park too close to the parking curbs and my little flap in front of the front tire continues to come off. But, I've had no mechanical problems, and it is, by far, the most fun to drive. By the way, regarding the bad press on iDrive, if you can work a mouse on your PC, you can master iDrive. Don't believe everything you read in the media, including Consumer Reports. Is the Acura supposed to be more reliable? Who cares? It's a Japanese car with Japanese handling.
#163 of 831 Re: Mechanical Problems [buyer4568]
Jan 27, 2005 (8:32 pm)
Thanks. That's why I pose the statement to you all. When I hear electrical problems and AC problems plagues this beautiful car,you have to practical and say maybe I should try something else. But, I think you've sold me.
#164 of 831 Extended Warranty for 1997 BMW 740i
Jan 28, 2005 (2:51 pm)
My mom has a 1997 740i with 72k miles. She used to drive it alot, but much less in the past few years (<10k / year). I am going to be driving the car now, at least for the next couple years, and am considering buying an extended warranty from an independent insurer. The best quote I received was $2300 for major component coverage for 4 yrs / 112k miles, i.e. 50k miles in addition. Basically, I don't have any experience with this model in the 7-12 year 70-120k mile range, and am thus unsure whether the warranty is worth it. Of course, I need to check the fineprint of the warranty to make sure it actually does what it says it does, but assuming its good, is it worth it? I'm inclined to say yes, but I'd love to hear feedback from the experts. Thanks alot.
Jan 28, 2005 (11:09 pm)
Might be worth it depending on the "exclusions" in the warranty. I'd spend a whole night reading it.