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#177 of 832 1998 740 IL TRANSMISSIONS OIL CHANGE
Feb 13, 2005 (5:24 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 (9:29 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 (2:08 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.)
Feb 16, 2005 (8:43 am)
My personal opinion is that the BMW beats the Lexus mercilessly in all categories you mentioned except reliability. The BMW will probably have little burps and glitches and probably cost more per mile to run.
I've driven both these cars and again, I personally would put up with an occasional spit up and temper tantrum for the benefits of having a car that is much more exciting to drive and a lot more fun to look at.
But if you willing to trade off these things for the edge in reliability, then the Lexus would work better for you.
#181 of 832 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 16, 2005 (9:23 am)
What do you think about the 740 vs (MB) S430 comparison?
I agree that reliability wise (overall) Lexus probably edges out both BMW & MB, but loses in styling.
Comparing BMW vs MB though would seem to be a little more difficult.
Feb 16, 2005 (11:25 am)
I still think the BMW is a better driving car in every respect than the MB. I think the engines are better definitely.
#183 of 832 01 740 owner's manual - extended warranty
Feb 19, 2005 (8:51 pm)
i am a new member.
i just bought a 740 il sport and i am considering to buy the extended (platinum) service warranty. the coverage is for 36mos/36k miles for $3,300 with a $150 deductible. what do you think of it.
since the car did not come with the owner's manual, i am having difficulty learning to operate its options/equipments. any idea where i can obtain a manual.
comments and advise are highly appreciated.
Feb 20, 2005 (4:17 pm)
The dealer sells the manual and probably has it in stock.
As for the warranty---how many miles are on this car already? Also, I would strongly suggest you read this warranty cover to cover so that you know exactly what is included and excluded.
You can run up a $3,300 repair bill pretty easily on a 740, especially if you drive a lot.
If you are out of factory warranty already, it might be a good idea if the exclusions are not too many or too severe.
#185 of 832 Re: it depends [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 22, 2005 (8:32 pm)
the odometer registered 51,062. carfax report indicates 51,943 as of 9/20/04. this is confusing. which of these is valid.
the extended warranty by Driver Edge VSC, Inc, excludes any tune-up item (spark plugs and wires, distributor cap and carburator), electronic equipments (alarm system, telphone, clock and inverter), normal maintenance items (tires, wheels, wheel covers, shock absorbers, alignment, brake shoes or pads, rotors or drums, belts, thermostats, houses, filters, exhaust or emission parts, clutch, pressure plates or clutch release bearing and CV boots).
Feb 22, 2005 (9:55 pm)
Well forget it, that's most of the car for gawd's sake. And "all that" for only $3,300?
You need to keep shopping. THere MUST be a better warranty out there. (Actually, these aren't warranties, these are insurance policies you are buying---they are betting you DON'T need the repairs and you are betting you do).
Also the discrepancy between CARFAX and your odometer is troubling.