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#233 of 832 Re: Engine Problem - 98 740i [Mr_Shiftright]Engine problem
May 15, 2005 (7:55 am)
I recently had a 1991 735 iL with 98,000 miles on it.
I loved, loved this car -- it in great shape, looked great and had a great feel to it.
It stopped once unexpectedly on the road and the dealer said the cable connecting engine to computer got disconnected. About 3 months later, after also replacing the alternator, the car stopped on the road again while driving, this time resulting in a wreck and the car was totaled -- luckily every one was safe.
Is this something that just happens to this model of BMW -- would it be safe to buy another one?
#234 of 832 Re: 02' 745i A/C Problem [sadone]
May 15, 2005 (7:36 pm)
I feel your pain. Just traded a 02 745 with 38K miles. Purchased it used with 20K drove it a year. In that time: (1) Airbag warning failure (2) Navigation system never worked well (3) Air conditioner blew warm air on driver side (4) Right Window broke (5) Rear trunk would not open properly (6) Radio Presets not working properly (7) Transmission felt strange at idle-lurched forward (8) Air seats not working correctly (9) Chime for keys would stay on for 5 minutes some times. This was all within 11 months. Loved the look and the drive, traded it in on a Lexus GS300. Had buyers remorse until while at the dealer the right door would not close and I couldn't remove the 6 cd's from the player-never had a problem before. BMW can provide all the bumper to bumper warranties they want since If the car breaks you have to deal with the crummy service-try getting a loaner car. No regrets and really enjoy the Lexus.
#235 of 832 Re: 02' 745i A/C Problem [jndorit]
May 15, 2005 (10:31 pm)
Thanks for your responce. It is terrible how such a high end automobile can give us so much trouble. I spoke to a BMW rep and was told with the customer loyalty program I can be credited a big $1500 towards the purchase of a new car. Wow, I almosted jumped on it! just joking. I do not see me purchasing another BMW. I am going back to Lexus. I learn from my mistakes.and you are right, it is the worst car I ever had too. Not to mention the most expensive. Shame on you BMW, you should be embarrased.
May 15, 2005 (11:53 pm)
I have 2006 730i BMW car. I notced that when turn off my car that the car is moving but when i do it and i press the brakes, it doesnt move. Should i press the brakes when i turn off always??????????????????
#237 of 832 Re: 02' 745i A/C Problem [sadone]
May 16, 2005 (7:43 am)
I’m with BMW of North America, LLC. I’m so sorry to read of these problems with your air conditioning. We are here to work with you and your BMW center, and we’d like to help. Please phone us at (800) 831-1117, and mention Reference # 200513600328 so that we can help you more efficiently.
BMW NA Customer Relations
#238 of 832 Re: Engine Problem - 98 740i [Mr_Shiftright]Engine problem [writeman]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 22, 2005 (11:31 am)
That sounds like a totally weird problem and maybe even a mis-diagnosis, since it happened again. Computer harnesses just don't get "disconnected"....they are plugged in there pretty tightly with clamps.
#239 of 832 Re: Help me 1999 740IL 104107 miles [markinla]
May 23, 2005 (5:09 am)
Sorry about all your problems w/ the car. I have a 1998 BMW 740i w/ 60,000 miles and the car has been perfect save for normal wear and tear items (steering pump and a few other items were covered in warranty). I met a guy at the tire dealer when I was getting some new tires. He has the Exact same car as I (color, year ect) except his has 160,000 miles and he said he was "trouble free" save normal wear and tear. His LED's were all fine, DSP sound and everything. Maybe all the hard driving the car had before is causing all of the extreme maintenance items you are having to pay. No one wants to throw money down a "rat hole" so perhaps you sell it ?
#240 of 832 Re: Extended Warranty for 2001 740il [bvisailman1]
May 23, 2005 (5:12 am)
Where (web site ect) did you purchase the Warranty Direct coverage and how much? I have 60K on a 1998 and wonder if the $$ is worth it.
#241 of 832 Re: Transmission oil [eric312]
May 23, 2005 (5:33 pm)
From what I understand the life of the vehicle in BMW terms is 100,000 Miles
#242 of 832 7 Series Modification to increase driver legroom
May 24, 2005 (6:03 am)
I'm looking at a 2000 740 iL and would like just a tad bit more seat travel backwards on the drivers seat. I heard it is possible to remove a clip and get an extra inch of travel??? Has anyone done this? Is there a down side to this modification that will cost me later...or is there a reason not to do it? Room is not a concern in back......Also, what do you folks think the line in the sand is in terms of cost of extended warranty? Nissan dealer offering 3/36 bumper to bumper for $3.5K (backed by Nissan). I'm guessing I could easily spend this amount in repairs over the next 3 years (car has 55k miles)...so I'm thinking it is worthwhile. Is there a better after-market warranty? I have all maint records from local BMW dealer, and don't see any glaring historical issues. Thanks in advance...