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#164 of 832 Extended Warranty for 1997 BMW 740i
Jan 28, 2005 (1:51 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 (10:09 pm)
Might be worth it depending on the "exclusions" in the warranty. I'd spend a whole night reading it.
#166 of 832 Computer problem?
Feb 01, 2005 (10:08 am)
I have a 2001 740il.About two months ago I started it and by the time i got out of my neighborhood it was hucking and bucking and barely running and a check engine light was on. I pulled over, turned the car off and re started it and everything was fine and has been until this morning. On my way to work I stopped to get coffee and when I got back in the car and started it, it felt like I had little or no power steering. I pulled over, cut the car off and re started it and everything is fine. It's almost as if the car is running Windows98. Has anyone ever had a similar problem?
Feb 02, 2005 (1:42 pm)
You need to have the codes scanned I think. There are so many things it could be. Could be sticking injector, bad plugs wires, bas sensor, etc. etc.
You might try a can or two of dry gas in the tank just in case you picked up some grungy gas somewhere with water in it.
#168 of 832 Anti freeze leaking from heater into car
Feb 08, 2005 (7:33 pm)
This message is for Mr. Shift Right. I finally got an estimate on fixing the leak from my heater core on my 1997 740I. My mechanic, said he would replace the heater core for me. The job will take approximately 2 days to complete. The cost will be 1,000.0 plus any hoses he has to replace, but the job should cost no more than 1200.0. The price at the dealer was approximately 2300.0. I hope this is going to solve my problem. I have to get it fixed regardless, even if I sell it or keep it. Just wanted you to know, that I didn't forget about u, and your advice. Thank you.
Feb 10, 2005 (12:37 pm)
Well it's a shame you have to do that on a car only 8 years old. Heater cores, like radiators, do clog, corrode, etc. Maybe once they dig in there with the back hoe they will only find a broken hose or something.
#170 of 832 740i Sunroof Question
Feb 10, 2005 (8:52 pm)
I own a 2001, 740i , which currently has 60K miles. Purchased as a Certified Pre-owned when it had 42K miles. The car has been great, no significant problems to speak of, except for one nagging item -- it appears to have what I would consider to be an excessive level of wind-noise coming from the sunroof area when the sunroof itself is closed, and the "sunroof panel" is pulled all the way back. The noise level is fine up to about 40 mph, however then increases significantly at 50 mph and above. When I close the "panel" it is much less noticeable, however whenever it is open, it sounds excessive.
I have driven in a friends 97 7401, which seemed much quieter ... and even the 3 series loaner at the BMW Service center is quieter. The dealership replaced the sunroof "seal", however that does not appear to have helped much.
Is this just normal for a 2001 740i, and/or is there some history of this problem, with common fixes identified. The dealership doesn't appear to "hear" the noise as much as I do, or so they say. All I know is that it is a heck of a lot noisier than any car I have owned before.
Any advise/help would be appreciated.
Feb 11, 2005 (9:10 am)
If you can observe that the roof is closing very tightly and evenly all around the seal, then your only recourse would be an aftermarket wind-shield of some sort---they work but they can be a bit ugly.
Sunroofs are adjustable by the way. If you notice any un-evenness around the sunroof seal when it is closed, this can be adjusted out.
#172 of 832 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 11, 2005 (10:25 am)
Mr. Shiftright -- thanks for your response.
From all appearances, it does look like the roof is closing tightly and evenly, so that is why I don't quite understand the wind noise. I thought the new seal would correct it. Maybe as you have suggested the Sunroof needs to be adjusted somehow. Is this an issue that has been seen with any frequency that you are aware of, or does it just sound like a one-off problem that I am having. For all I know, it could be normal for 740's to have a bit more wind noise, although I doubt it. My old Mercedes with over 200K miles was whisper quiet whenever the sunroof was closed, and I would expect at least as much from
BMW. Anyways thanks for your response ... I guess I'll take it back to the dealer for another look.
Feb 11, 2005 (11:48 am)
It might not be quite snug enough. Are you talking about a 'whistling' kind of noise, high-pitched, or a very low, loud "drumming"?