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#353 of 832 2001 740iL water pump failure
Oct 25, 2005 (7:19 am)
I have a 2001 740iL with about 49,000 miles on it. The water pump just failed, which also ended up shredding the fan belt, cracking the radiator and probably breaking a hose which drained the coolant. Of course the car is now 5-months out of warranty. Needless to say a $1,500 bill for a part that (in my opinion) should typically last 50-100% longer than it did has me wondering if others have had this problem. Fro mwhat I see on this site there are some issues with early water pump failure on the 740.
Has anyone had any luck with BMW USA covering an "early" failure such as this out of warranty?
Oct 28, 2005 (9:54 am)
Well I finally made the decision to buy a 2006 750 Li and within 2 months of owning it the car stalled in the middle of me driving it twice, causing me to have to pull over, put the car in park, and re-start it. Be aware that the egineers at BMW are aware of this problem, which has something to do with the ignition system. The system had to be completely replaced, and the car re-programmed. I"m assuming if enough issues comes up, there will be a recall. If this happens, take it in immediately, it was a very dangerous situation.
Oct 30, 2005 (3:22 am)
Have the opportunity to urchase a 97 w/ 130,000 miles. Brand new engine and just about evething under he hood was replaced. Digital reouts have missing lights on the radio part but, odometer part is OK. Needs fog light. Interior is 95% clean. Third owner. owner wants $10,500. Drives great?? Nice car, would just be a toy. Would drive only about 5000 miles per year? What do you think!?
#356 of 832 Re: should I buy? [brawnydawg]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 30, 2005 (9:50 am)
trouble. He replaced everything and now it's your turn. This car doesn't sound like it's had a good history if you think about it. Personally I'd look for one owner, very short history of problems and lower mileage.
Also it's way overpriced for mileage and condition.
Buy a nice one for $10K-12K and be happier.
#357 of 832 Re: End of Lease Situation [Mr_Shiftright]
Nov 02, 2005 (3:27 am)
Mr_Shiftright and Others, The BMW dealer has offered me $52,750 for the car. They will apply the difference between the $45K residual and $52,750 to a paydown on the Adjusted Cap or give me cash. Sounds like a good deal to me. Any problems that you can see???
#358 of 832 99 740i steering wheel vibration
Nov 02, 2005 (6:26 pm)
I have new tires, recently balance and aligned 740i sport package car with 84k miles. I've owned it for 3 years, bought with 39k mi. No vib problems until about 5k miles ago. Driving me crazy with a steering wheel vibration. Between 50-60 mph the vibration occurs, vibration sometimes goes away after driving...sometimes within a few miles, sometimes it takes 20 mi to subside, but usually dissipates. When the car sits for a few hours or over the weekend seems to exacerbate the situation. I haven't had the suspension parts assessed for bushings, etc. Any similar problems out there? I had a 95 740i previously and had no such problems.
#359 of 832 Re: End of Lease Situation [sltools]
Nov 03, 2005 (6:45 am)
Take a cash... Don't put extra money into a lease if you don't have to. Car_man goes over this all the time: If your car is totalled tomorrow, then that cash down totally disappears, plus the cash down doesn't reduce the total amount you pay over the course of the lease, so there is really no reason to do it.
#360 of 832 Re: End of Lease Situation [bdr127]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 03, 2005 (9:50 am)
Yep I'm no lease expert but I do know that putting cash into a lease is crazy for the reasons stated above---that is lost money.
#361 of 832 Re: End of Lease Situation [Mr_Shiftright]
Nov 04, 2005 (3:24 am)
All, I agree. If I apply the cash to the write down of the Adjust Cap the only "real" benefit I would get is a small reduction in the interested charged on the financing of a reduced Cap price. The reduction in the Cap otherwise only gives me the same cash back spread monthly over 24 months due to a smaller Cap-Residual. Good point and well taken. Thanks.
#362 of 832 Re: 99 740i steering wheel vibration [johnbob1]
Nov 04, 2005 (10:37 am)
I have exactly the same problem with my 2000 740il sport package. I took it to a tire shop and they pointed out that the tires had flat areas that was causing the problem. It wasn't an alignment problem. Probably because the wide rims require Z rated tires which are considered soft. I haven't replaced the tires yet but now they have some that aren't so soft. The current tires are less than 18 mos. old. Have you had someone tell you why you are having your problem.