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#372 of 831 Steering problems on 740i
Nov 11, 2005 (3:10 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 831 Inspection 2
Nov 14, 2005 (12:54 pm)
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.
#374 of 831 Inspection II
Nov 14, 2005 (3:00 pm)
Do it now.
Also have the transmission fluid flushed, yes, even at 55k miles. Also have the radiator flushed and the brake fluid flushed.
You'll thank me at 100k miles and well beyond.
#375 of 831 Re: 99 740i steering wheel vibration [jmindes]
Nov 16, 2005 (6:32 pm)
I took it to the local dealer, Macon BMW, and they balanced the tires. Probably got 90% of the 50-60 mph shimmy out!! The tech said the tire shop guys use balancing weights measured in ounces and they use weights measured in grams. Just don't know. I've driven at all speeds and it seems to have solved the problem. Of course they mentioned the that they didn't know much about Kumho tires. I went to the parts window to ask for a quote on tires...$299 for the front and $326 for rears for Michelin Pilot Sports. I figure if I'm only going to get 18-20K per set why spent the extra $600. Frugal or just cheap...your call, but I'm satisfied at this point?
#376 of 831 Re: Steering problems on 740i [92735i]
Nov 16, 2005 (6:42 pm)
Good points. The sport package essentially dictates an asymetric tire package, different sizes from front to rear, so no rotation of the tires is possible. Under normal driving conditions 20K miles per set of tires is "good."
#377 of 831 Just bought 99 740IL with 80,000.Miles
Nov 27, 2005 (6:33 pm)
This is my first BMW.
I have just bought 740IL with 80000 Miles car seems to have no problems did change the air filter and the spark plugs can somebody suggest me over the Transmission oil and differentiol oil or any other thing should I get done on this car to keep running it smooth like it is running.Is it a good car as over all or very un relaible.
Thanks and looking for feed back.
#378 of 831 Shaky engine
Dec 01, 2005 (7:02 am)
I own a 1995 BMW 740il with 205k for the mileage, and its going through some problems right now. When the car is started it shakes really bad, and will not stay running for long without me giving it some gas. Sometimes the car starts up, runs fine and after being driven for a while and then shut back off again, it will not start back up for up to two hours sometimes. Any suggestions on what may be causing the engine shakes and the car from not starting back up right away?
#379 of 831 Re: Shaky engine [my740il]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 01, 2005 (11:51 am)
Got any codes from the OBD system?
#380 of 831 1990 735iL with trans problem
Dec 01, 2005 (5:36 pm)
I have a 1990 735iL (204,000 miles) that needs a new transmission and has a power steering reservoir leak. It will only be driven for fun, about 10 miles a day. Is it worth putting $2,000 into it. Or should I expect to keep putting in $200 a month into it as I've been reading.
#381 of 831 Re: 1990 735iL with trans problem [quigs]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 02, 2005 (11:12 am)
Well it's an old car that has, at least statisically, run just about as many miles as the engineers planned for. So its "natural" life is over, I mean statistically, and so you must expect maintenance costs to increase.
But with such minimal use, I don't see how you could consume $200 a month driving just 300 miles a month. You'd have to have really bad luck, or you'd be plagued by old problems you still haven't repaired.
So if the REST of the car is tip-top, then $2,000 isn't so much for such a nice ride...but if the car has other issues, this may not be a good idea because at 200K, anything can happen.