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#299 of 831 1995 BMW 740IL: 2 problems
Jul 17, 2005 (11:22 am)
Having two problems with our 1995 740IL BMW. We've had the car for about 21 months and ran into these problems last summer also. Wanted to know if anyone else had the same experience and if they had any luck correcting the situations.
Problem 1: air conditioning stops working--only blows warm air when the car is idling--otherwise ac works fine.
Problem 2: Digital Sound Processing Display goes out when temperature outside is 85 or above. When car cools off the Digital Sound Processing Display returns.
#300 of 831 Passenger door on 740i will not open
Jul 22, 2005 (6:30 am)
For the last few days the front passenger door on my 740i will not unlock with either central locking/key or from inside with the handle. Tried checking all fuses etc.with no joy, anyone have any idea how to solve the problem?
Hope you can help as the wife is a getting a bit miffed having to climb in through the window all the time!!!
#301 of 831 Re: Passenger door on 740i will not open [clivepatrick]
Jul 23, 2005 (12:05 pm)
I thinks its time to take it to a BMW dealership and get it checked out! See what they have to say and then go on from there...might be a ECU lock programming glitch or something
#302 of 831 Re: Passenger door on 740i will not open [bimmer750]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 23, 2005 (12:18 pm)
Can you put your ear to the door and hear anything working in that door? What I'm driving at is whether you have a malfunctioning lock motor that isn't even working or if the motor is working but the mechanical connection to the lock itself is busted.
#303 of 831 vibration; octane; repair manual; 1995 7-series
Jul 24, 2005 (11:50 pm)
1. Can anyone tell me if there is any harm in burning 89-octane in a '95 7-series? My BMW mechanic says that's what he burns in his. He said "That's why they have knock sensors. The computer detects any knock due to octane and makes the appropriate adjustments to timing, etc. Can 89 really have a noticable effect on fuel injectors?
2. Does anyone know of a place to purchase a repair manual for this car? I have seen them for 3- & 5-series...and for earlier 7-series (like Haynes, e.g.).
3. I am the 2nd owner of this car. Bought it at 63,000 miles. It was pristine. Only problem was that I've had a shimmy since day one. The BMW shop that sold it too me went over the front end (and I have since had several other mechanics do so) and couldn't find anything they could attribute this to. He insisted that it was the tires. So I bought a new set of Dunlop A2 Sports...same problem. He then said "Oh, you HAVE to run Michelins on this car". So I next bought a set of MXV4s. Seemed fine for a short while, then back to shimmy (can feel it in floor board and very prominent in steering wheel). I've replace the rotors and brake pads. Any thoughts?
#304 of 831 BMW Engine problem
Aug 05, 2005 (11:17 am)
I have 1997 BMW740il. When I drive for a few miles it gets very hot under the left side of the hood.
Just wanted to know if anyone ha the same problem.
All responses are welcome.
#305 of 831 Mr Shiftright
Aug 05, 2005 (1:11 pm)
I have been thinking af getting a bmw 7 after this last cycle change..I was wondering when the all new 7 would be introduced? The Lexus I have has the last four yrs is still a year away from the big change, and I also am tired of the same old same old, although it has been an easy car to own....I got my wife a new bmw 530xi station wagon and she loves it...I have been messing around with the i drive and find it complicated at first, but I think it will get easier with more familiarity...That has really been a big negative for even thinking of the bmw, so now I am thinking...Thanks Tony
#306 of 831 Re: vibration; octane; repair manual; 1995 7-series [hoot48]
Aug 09, 2005 (7:45 am)
I have the same vibration problem and have the same tires as you do on my
2001 740il. Having talked to BMW techs and gone to the website tirerack.com,
I believe that Michelin Pilots are the best tires for the 7 series. When my MXV wear down, I will replace them with Pilots. Also, are your bushings leaking? That
may be a factor in the shimmy. Air pressure. I run 33 psi in the front and 35 in
the rears. Alignment. Costly and be sure that BMW techs use the weights in the
care for the proper alignment. Good luck.
#307 of 831 Re: Mr Shiftright [anthonyp]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 09, 2005 (8:34 am)
You know I'm not in the "in crowd" on this information, but I'm guessing 2007, since Lexus isn't changing for 2006, so....I wish they'd ditch iDrive in the 7 series, I think it's killing the car.
#308 of 831 Purchasing a 1999 740i
Aug 10, 2005 (8:04 pm)
I am thinking about purchasing a used 1999 740i. Can you guys tell me what things I need to look out for on the vehicle before I make the purchase. From reading these forums it seems they have bushing problems but I wanted to see if their is anything else the group would recommend I have checked out before I buy.