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BMW 7 Series, Electrical, Engine, Sedan
#555 of 832 Re:(2001 740iL) Love the car when it's out of the shop
Feb 25, 2007 (4:38 pm)
Unfortunately, I've had the same experience.
I had to replace two window regulators and have a third that is on it's way out.
My power steering hose has been replaced.
My radiator was replaced (under warranty at least).
My front calipers stuck and had to be replaced.
My front seat lumbar support had to be fixed.
How much did it cost you to get the NAV computer fixed?
My NAV/radio resets itself all the time. In the colder weather it seems to work, but it hardly works at all in the heat.
Not the image of quality I was hoping for by buying a luxury BMW. Like I said, it drives wonderfully, but I can't believe how many problems I have had!
#556 of 832 Re:(2001 740iL) Love the car when it's out of the shop [jantonac]
Feb 26, 2007 (5:47 pm)
The Nav drive/computer (the black box in your trunk where DVD drive goes) is $1300-1500 for a rebuilt unit at NY area dealers. Check eBay and online stores for better deals.
#557 of 832 1993 bmw tranny problem
Mar 19, 2007 (12:21 am)
I have a 93' 740 il. I was wondering if the 740 il trannys were compatible with the 750 il? If not what would be the most inexspenssive way to go about fixing or replacing the tranny?
#558 of 832 Re: 2001 740IL with computer problems [mybmwat50]
Mar 22, 2007 (12:50 pm)
Actually the dealer was at the beginning. The MkII computer that is the E38's are suseptable to voltage and thats the ususal start. Note all audio, Nav, TV etc goes through the NAV unit. If there is a problem with the Nav unit it takes about 2 min to cycle through and say I have a problem and the whole thing shuts down . Thats why when you hit the on off swith again it stars again for about 2 min. How do I know this -I was also a victim. I fixed my systen 2 ways first I upgraded to the MK IV ($750) and it was easy to install but the disc is $200 extra. I also repaired my MKII and have run it flawlessly for 1 month. I think Ill stick with the Mk Iv but I would part with the MK II
#559 of 832 Re: 1993 bmw tranny problem [perfectdriver]
Apr 20, 2007 (10:29 am)
I find myself in your situation. I too have a 93 740i with trans problems. I've been getting price quotes that are pretty expensive. Have you had any luck? Please let me know.
#560 of 832 1986 L7 All Wet
May 13, 2007 (4:53 pm)
I bought an 86 L7 about a year ago, lots of miles, but it ran and looks great. A couple of weeks ago it poured rain here and I came out to find a foot deep puddle around the car. Like an idiot I started it up to get home and the car would barely move. I don't know if I sucked water in through the exhaust or what. I've ran it almost completely out of gas, added fuel additive twice, and it does run better. It starts with no problems, and while in park, it revs and sounds fine. However, when I'm in gear it doesn't want to go. It's sluggish to move and will eventually go but sometimes I have to have it floored to get to 35 mph. Sometimes when it's floored there is no reaction just a slow pick up of speed. Any ideas??
#561 of 832 L7 Glove box
May 13, 2007 (4:56 pm)
My glove box got jammed somehow.
Any ideas on how to open it without breaking it?
#562 of 832 1999 740iL
Jun 08, 2007 (3:58 am)
I am a newbie here so excuse me if i sound ignorant.
I am looking at purchasing a 99 740iL with 88K on it. It has the 18" M rims. i am planning on asking a gas station to look at it real good and look at everything, as well as drive it. inside the vehicle, it looks pretty good. slight cracking in the center console and the trays aren't in the best shape... but they will be fixing the cup holder. i dont see any substantial oil on the undercarriage.
what should i look for in a addition to what the mechanic tells me? they are asking $13,800.
oh, and i asked the dealer about the recalls and they didnt know, or haven't told me yet.
thanks very much
Jun 08, 2007 (7:45 am)
That's a little pricey, not too bad if it's really sharp but really it should retail for around $11,500--$12,000.
If I were you, I'd make SURE every gadget switch, AC, window, light etc. worked perfectly. I'd spend time just playing with everything and carefully noting how they operate.
My main concern with this car would be a) electrical glitches, b) service records c) CARFAX report and d) checking the control arm bushings in the front end, especially with 18" tires, which tend to stress the suspension.
Good luck in your purchase...it's a great ride....
#564 of 832 Re: 1999 740iL [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 08, 2007 (1:30 pm)
thank you very muc for responding.
I will definitly check all the gadgets like you say. with regards to your main concerns, i have checked the carfax and its clean. although, there is a 2 year gap in its records of anything (it was leased by the original owner and then went from a dealer to another dealer)other then that it looks all good.
how do i find out the service records?
will a regular mechanic shop be able to identify electrical glitches, or do i need to take it to a BMW dealer?
same question for the CA bushings but i imagine a regular mechanic shop can do that.
as far as the engine and drivetrain, is there anything i should look for? will a regular mechanic shop be able to identify issues, or is that a bmw dealer thing to look at?
again, thanks very much for the response.