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BMW 7 Series, Electrical, Engine, Sedan
#504 of 831 Re: 2002 745i with 27,000 needs new engine? [kevin3344]
Jul 09, 2006 (5:34 pm)
I got my car back finally. The dealer recalibrated thirteen modules (not sure what that means) and so far, the issue hasnt surfaced. Im gonna give it a few weeks or so to ensure the issue has disappeared.
I would stay away from the 02 you drove. From reading the comments, I think the vehicle wont qualify as having a clean title.
The 03 you drove has a similiar service history as mine. I would also look for any paint work (from previous accidents, etc), misaligned chrome trim (if this is not the sports package) on the bumpers, etc. What options did the 03 have? How many miles? I think your offer is reasonable - the 7s dont exactly have a waiting list I paid $45,500 (dealer had it listed for $52k) for an 03 Sterling Gray/Black leather combo that had 22k miles. Options on my vehicle were:
* Convenience Package
* Luxury Seating Package
* Premium Sound Package
* Tire pressure monitor
* 19" wheels w/performance tires
* Park Distance Control
I bought it from a VW/MB dealer b/c I couldnt find black leather with low miles for the life of me from a BMW dealer! So technically, my vehicle isnt a CPO BMW. I wasnt to concerned with the CPO stamp as I was with the additional 2yr, 50k mile warranty (which applies to most 02s and 03s). I emailed BMWNA prior to purchasing the car to be certain the vehicle qualified for the additional warranty - and it did I also had to sacrifice the promotional financing that BMW was offering (maybe they still are) on the CPO 03s. They were offering 3.9% for 5 years. I ended up paying 5% thru my credit union.
#505 of 831 Re: 2002 745i with 27,000 needs new engine? [sadatx]
Jul 11, 2006 (11:40 am)
Good to hear about your car. The 03 I drove had comparable options; lux seating, logic 7, park distance control. Very nice when backing up I might add! The list was $49,999 with 40,100 miles. I went in knowing I wanted to spend $45k. The dealer came down to $47.5k, which was close but not close enough. I thought he could come down a little more to tell you the truth. The financing had just went up to 4.9%, which still wasn’t bad, keeping in mind the Fed had just raised the rates and I knew it would trickle down. But like you mentioned, it was 3.9%. Pretty good in this interest rate environment.
I must say the service history on the vehicle was great, in comparison to the 02. Someone told me the 02 was probably a buy-back by BMW and I should avoid it at all costs. Going by the service history of the vehicle, I certainly will.
As it stands now, I’m going to wait and see what happens. He has several 2003 745s on the lot so I can afford to wait a bit. The saleman told me “well, these might be sold next week” but for two weeks in a row when I have driven past they are there. Every once in a while I might see one missing (out for a test drive maybe?) but for the most part they get them in regularly on trades. I also check the Leith BMW website and look at the inventory. When I see one I like I will definitely check it out.
#506 of 831 Took delivery of my new used 03 745 :)
Jul 21, 2006 (10:33 pm)
I can't seem to get the grin off my face. After extensive research and patience in looking for a 745 I finally pulled thr trigger today on a low miles 21K 2003 745 for around 40K. Clean history and maintenance records. Theres one problem tho' the trunk doesnt open either from the remote or the switch inside the car.
What could be the problem? Taking it to the dealer tomorrow to see whether they can fix it. I hope so.
#507 of 831 Re: Took delivery of my new used 03 745 :) [rohan25]
Jul 29, 2006 (12:22 am)
That looks like a great deal. Can you tell me where you've got such a great deal. Currently I am looking around and found one place for 03 745Li with 17k miles for around $52k. After your deal this doesn't look too good.?
#508 of 831 electronics for 2000 740il
Jul 29, 2006 (3:00 am)
73,000 miles and the computer board that handles the navigation and cd player, and radio is out to the tune of a new board from East Bay BMW for 500 bucks! anyone else have this problem?
Jul 31, 2006 (1:33 pm)
just checking to see if anyone has heard of this..my husband say when he turns the steering wheel to the left he hears some kind of noise that sounds like air coming from the one of the tires????..we just got it serviced less than a week ago and nothing was mentioned..so now it going back again!!!
#510 of 831 Re: 2001 740I with NAV/computer problems [rvorbau]
Sep 11, 2006 (12:58 pm)
I have 2001 740i with 59,000 on it. Last night i was using Navigation and by accident clicked on emergency option on the screen. Nav showed me my location and then screen went blank. I turned off the car but screen would not come back. Radio, cd etc. are working ok.
I took out Nav DVD disc and turned on the car, screen came back. I turned off the car, put the DVD disc back in and turned the car on. Screen was blank, grey with white lines. I then tried taking DVD out again but it would not come out.
Just wanted to know if anyone run into similiar issue and how it was resolved. It sucks that my certified warranty run out in June.
Thanks for your help.
#511 of 831 UPGRADING ANGEL EYE BULBS FOR BMW 745s
Sep 13, 2006 (2:21 pm)
I've researched some aftermarket shops and have found angel eye bulb replacements for BMW 745s 2002 and up. The bulb give the look of HID like the headlight, not the yellow halogen light that it currently has. The question is, does anyone know where the angel eye bulb is located within the headlight module and how to replace it? I've looked over the Internet but can't seem to find any info regarding this. Any help would be appreciated.
Sep 13, 2006 (7:03 pm)
I followed the 7 Series boards for many a month a couple of years ago when I was considering a new car. It seemed like everyone was having massive problems with the new style 7 Series and it was clearly star crossed. I bought a Porsche instead and love the great customer service and the fact that there is no unscheduled maintenance.
I'm still puzzled though why people still want to buy these things. A quick scan through these boards reads like the Land Rover boards: most people love the cars, pay up for them, yet the ownership experience is awful! While the Rover thing is utterly baffling (a 70 MPH lane change in a Disco is a white knuckle experience while the ladder frame chassis takes a set and the roof decides much it is going to lean over) , I do understand how nice a 7 Series can be on a good day when the computers are all working, the I Drive in intuitively clear, and it is sunny out. But still, why do rational people buy such a problematic car?
Moreover, I can't understand the Bimmer resale values. Everyone agrees that the car has lousy reliability. Yet, a used new style 7 Series is still close to 40K and the car is 4 to 5 years old. Are there that many people out there that just have to have the Bimmer brand, to heck with the underlying value for the money equation?
#513 of 831 Re: It Must Be Like Crack [blckislandguy]
Sep 14, 2006 (10:58 am)
I have a 2002 745i, and I would agree that BMW's reliability isn't in the same league as Lexus, but they did realize the problems they had with the new 7 Series and extended the "new vehicle" warranty for another two years and 50,000 miles for '02 and '03 models. What other luxury marquee would do that?? I was in the market for a Mercedes S430 or S500 before I bought the 745. One of the many reasons for buying the Bimmer was the extended warranty - MB offered one at additional cost. Kelly Blue Book ranks BMW as the best in residual value over 5 years. Also, I think I can say with certainty that Bimmers are better in reliability than Mercedes, especially in recent years. Audi, I really can't say. Additionally, the technology is unparalleled (look at the new Benz S550 - they reek BMW inside and out!), the look of a Bimmer is unique, the interior is simple yet breathtaking, and most of all, they are FUN TO DRIVE!