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#364 of 832 BMW longevity and reliability
Nov 04, 2005 (12:19 pm)
I now have 220k miles on my 1992 735i.
I paid $30k in 1994 off a lease, it had 30k miles.
Radiator and fan clutch 150k miles
power steering hoses (both) twice in 11 years
radio (replaced with another OEM)
headliner 140k miles
Drive shaft 220k miles
Fuel pump 160k miles
bulbs every now and then
top-end freshen up 160k miles ($3000)
Car runs perfect, no open maintenance or repair items pending.
I change oil every 3k and use synthetic. I change Tx fluid and filter every other year ($120 at dealer)
Use OEM for everything and always go to dealer.
I really like the 2001 740i spt pkg but can't justify spending $30k when my car has plenty of life left in her.
Happy and loyal BMW owner.
#365 of 832 finding a Timesport 8000 for 2001 740il
Nov 04, 2005 (9:38 pm)
I love my 2001 740il and have Timesport 8000 Motorola telephone but I am concerned if its lost, stolen or breaks down, since its discountinued, it is possible to find a BMW dealer in US or other source to buy one? would like to find one as a back-up now since years later it may be harder to find
(and to answer one other posting about getting service, I was able to at Verizon, they set up a new tri-mode tele and then called that tel lost and got tel # off that tel and then put in on my BMW tel, it works great,
#366 of 832 Re: finding a Timesport 8000 for 2001 740il [lloyd7196]
Nov 05, 2005 (9:34 am)
Not only are those phones hard to find since they have been discontinued for years, but they are not 911-compliant, so the cell carriers won't activate them. You might be able to bribe them, but they aren't supposed to activate them due to the FCC regulation.
#367 of 832 Re: 99 740i steering wheel vibration [jmindes]
Nov 07, 2005 (2:45 pm)
I've been told that could be the problem...the new tires are Kumho ECSTAs that are supposed to be as soft. Didn't have the problem with the ContiSports that were on the car when I bought it, but they were noisy. It's frustrating to have it happen. I'm going to drag it to the dealer to see what they say. Thanks for the info.
#368 of 832 Re: 99 740i steering wheel vibration [johnbob1]
Nov 07, 2005 (9:11 pm)
Let me know what you find out. I'm scheduled to get new tires in a few weeks.
#369 of 832 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Nov 10, 2005 (7:46 am)
Speaking of weak batteries, I have to ask if anyone else thinks that a battery for a 2001 740i at $250.00 plus $150.00 installation is being a bit greedy by the dealer when I got a compatible battery installed free for $90.00? I know they have to make a profit but.....
#370 of 832 Re: 740ILphone [rebel920]
Nov 10, 2005 (8:34 am)
I recently purchased a 2001 740i and had a similar problem. Turns out that if it is from the earlier part of the year they have no retrofit harness to accomodate bluetooth but later year model does. You may want to contact BMW for info. Have you heard any good news to help?
#371 of 832 Re: 2001 740iL water pump failure [edj2]
Nov 10, 2005 (8:43 am)
I feel for you as I have a 2001 740i with 62,000 and the battery has gone bad and they wanted $400.plus to replace it. What a ripoff. I found a comparable installed for $90. So far, so good. I still have a CPO until April. Any other problems with this car? I want to buy a 2001 740iL and have been tracking Ebay to search for one.
#372 of 832 Steering problems on 740i
Nov 11, 2005 (2:10 pm)
I also owned a 2001 740iL not spt pkg but did have the BMW Spt 18" rims with ContiSportContacts.
Your symptoms are tire related. If suspension is "true" you have a tire issue, period. I had Kumhos on my 735i and they were the worst tires I ever had.
All performance tires will become noisy with wear, and will shimmy with wear. You have to adjust tire pressures accordingly to your driving habits.
Try increasing tire pressure to 38psi. See how the vibration travels throught your speed curve and adjust to where you are most comfortable.
Then buy quality All Season tires.
#373 of 832 Inspection 2
Nov 14, 2005 (11:54 am)
I have a 2001 740i with about 55K 50/50 highway and city miles on it.
At what point are you supposed to get Inspection 2 done? I know the manual says to wait for
indicator to light up but I usually get an oil change before the indicator lights up and
I am wondering if, when they reset the oil indicator they also reset the Inspection indicator by mistake.
Also, Service Engine Soon light went up and some of the crystal squares on the digital clock got burned out. Are these common problems? I hope they are covered by the certified warranty.
Thank you for your replies.