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#170 of 831 740i Sunroof Question
Feb 10, 2005 (9:52 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 (10:10 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 831 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 11, 2005 (11:25 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 (12:48 pm)
It might not be quite snug enough. Are you talking about a 'whistling' kind of noise, high-pitched, or a very low, loud "drumming"?
#174 of 831 Re: 701 Sunroof
Feb 11, 2005 (7:25 pm)
The sound is more of a higher pitched whistling noise. I took it back to the dealer today & had the foreman out for a test drive. He confirmed that it did seam a bit louder than normal, although not significantly in his opinion. So he took it back in the shop and did some re-adjusting make sure it was settled in full compliance with the specs. The result -- a bit better, however still not what I would expect for a higher-end car. I'll probably take to another dealer next week to get a second opinion.
#175 of 831 window shades anyone knows a site i can pick them up
Feb 12, 2005 (10:10 pm)
looking for a set rear sides and rear shades anyone thanks for your help
#176 of 831 shades== sorry year is 1998 740 il
Feb 12, 2005 (10:11 pm)
#177 of 831 1998 740 IL TRANSMISSIONS OIL CHANGE
Feb 13, 2005 (6:24 pm)
HI EVERYONE JUST PICK UP A 98 740IL CAR IS LIKE NEW ONLY THING IS THAT IT HAS 150K ON CLOCK THE MANUAL SAYS TRANSMISSION OIL IS GOOD FOR LIFE ,WAS WOUNDERING IF THIS TYPE CAR HAS THE MAGNET IN SIDE THAT PICKS UP THE WEAR AND TEAR IN SIDE THE TRANS I TOOK THE CAR TO THE BMW SHOP IN THE CITY, TO RUN FOR ANY CODES HE SAID CAR NEEDS NOTHING AND FOR THE TRANS HE SAID IF ITS NOT LEAKING DONT TOUCH IT ..I AM CONCERN ,I DONT KNOW WHATS IN THERE WITH 150K ANY ADVICE THANKS ..IS THIS MORE LIKE( BLOOD TYPE A OR B THAT IF I CHANGE THE OIL IT MIGHT GO WRONG OR TRANS MIGHT NOT RECONIZE THE NEW OIL AND TRANS MIGHT GO BAD,,,, RIGHT NOW ITS RIDING LIKE NEW BUT HAS 150K A LITTLE WORIED,,,,,,,ANY HELP THANKSSS
Feb 14, 2005 (10:29 am)
First off, please turn off your CAPS LOCK. It's hard to read and it sort of violates online courtesy. Many folks will simply not respond to posts done in CAPS LOCK.
But I will, just this once!
I don't think I'd touch the trans unless you can look at the fluid and inspect/smell it. If it looks VERY dirty (like mud instead of pure and clear red) and/or smells like burning cork, you might want to drop it out. I don't see any harm in changing the oil and filter if it is dirty.
Feb 15, 2005 (3:08 pm)
I'm thinking about buying a '00/'01 740 sometime this upcoming May/June. I'm comparing this with a same year LS430/LS400 and S430. I'm already leaning towards the 740, but I'd like some of your opinions in the matter since I don't have much 1st-hand knowledge/info (yet) in this class of cars. I know that quality wise each individual car is different.
I have done the basic research on Edmunds, so I know that the S was new for '00, and the LS was new for '01, but I still like the 7. I know the 7 is new for '02, but that's a little out of my price range.
I guess I'm looking for why you would buy the 7 vs the LS or S.
Quality/Reliability? Handling/Performance? Styling/Image?
(This is my 1st actual post, although I have been browsing these forums for some time now.)