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#582 of 831 Knowing the problems, would you buy again?
Sep 08, 2007 (3:06 pm)
Ok, now that everyone is scaring me, I have to ask: how many of you would buy again? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? I ask because I'm looking at the 2007 750iL and a VERY attractive incentive. I'm also considering the LS460. Yeah, I know they're two very different cars: performance vs. luxury. But having owned an SC400 for 14 years w/o a single problem is very compelling! The other side of the coin has me owning a 2002 vette with the average number of chronic problems traditional of vettes, but what a hoot to drive when its healthy. I'm leaning towards the 750iL b/c I figure it would give me the best combo of luxury and performance (selling the vette). But if the problems are even worse than what I've had with my $50k vette, I don't want any part of it, especially not for $86k. I think the BMW beats the Lex in performance, styling, and discount percentage off list; but Lex wins in reliability and features (ie. touch-screen vs iDrive). WWJD or what would you do? Thanks
#583 of 831 Re: 2001 740IL? [rcharcom740]
Sep 08, 2007 (3:22 pm)
where do i start with my grief- 2000 740il less than 90k
it was 100 degrees for 5 days , equals new navigation system,
new radiator,, water pump, replacement of jam between passenger and rear seat window- belts, both steering arms last week- one helluva ride when its out of the shop- buy japanese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#584 of 831 Re: Knowing the problems, would you buy again? [atb84]
Sep 08, 2007 (8:17 pm)
Differnet Cars the E38 was a very nice vechicle but in the life of upper level cars and thinsgs it was loaded and had some faults that showed up later. The new platform of the new cars is much different. I was able to have my daughter drive me with me in the back- sweet ride , I have fun driving it too and would buy a new one if I needed it. The Lexus 460 is a nice ride as well butdoesnt seem to be a drivers car. I hope this answers your question - with the issues there is no better car to fly down the I5 to LA
#585 of 831 Re: Knowing the problems, would you buy again? [rcharcom740]
Sep 09, 2007 (5:38 pm)
If you are buying new you get the warranty, so at least you do not have to pay for the repairs. Bring it to the shop which is still a pain get your loaner and drive away.
I would not want to own a BMW without warranty but with one i would get it again.
#586 of 831 Re: 2001 740I with NAV/computer problems [eric312]
Sep 11, 2007 (6:13 am)
I wanted to post my problem - hope this is the correct format:
I have a 2001 740IL - Navigation system – Words are out of alignment – should say “in 300 yards, turn left”, instead it says “in 300 yards, left, turn”. Also, should say “turn left ahead” instead it says “Left, turn ahead”. You can tell that there should be another word afterwards. I just purchased the car and it was transferred from California. I changed the CA CD for the TX CD. It's weir because this happened to me several years ago when I purchased a 740IL from Ohio. They ended up replacing the Nav system. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
#587 of 831 Re: Knowing the problems, would you buy again? [rcharcom740]
Sep 11, 2007 (10:58 am)
I am getting pretty scared reading all the entries about all the problems on the older 740 BMW’s. I purchased a 1998 740IL in 2004, traded it in on a 2000 740IL in 2006, and traded that in on a 2001 740IL this week. I have been very lucky as I have not had any major problems with them at all. The only two problems I’ve had were with the NAV on the 2000 & 2001 and I could not find my problem in the forum which makes me think it’s something new. I purchased both cars from CarMax, one transferred from Ohio, and the last one transferred from California. On both cars, the words were out of alignment – should say “in 300 yards, turn left”, instead it says “in 300 yards, left, turn”. Also, should say “turn left ahead” instead it says “Left, turn ahead”. You can tell that there should be another word afterwards. On the 2000, BMW replaced the NAV system with a 2006 system and it worked great. CarMax paid for everything. They even paid for the whole CD series since the car came with Ohio CD. I love CarMax. I already made an appt with CarMax for them to look at this problem – I assume the same results will happen where they will take it to BMW center and they will replace it. But isn’t this weir?? Has anybody hear of this? Thanks
#588 of 831 Re: 2001 740I with NAV/computer problems [buckleym]
Sep 12, 2007 (6:01 pm)
Just curious here.. do you have Mk2 or Mk3 Navigation? (Widescreen is generally Mk3) and what version software are you running?
#589 of 831 Re: Knowing the problems, would you buy again? [buckleym]
Sep 15, 2007 (9:49 pm)
What kind of warranty/service contract does CarMax offer?
#590 of 831 Brake pads and rotors cost
Sep 17, 2007 (6:55 pm)
Can anyone recommend a good shop for changing brake pads and rotors on my 1998 740IL? What should be the cost?
Thanks in advance.
#591 of 831 Re: Brake pads and rotors cost [nirh]
Sep 17, 2007 (9:57 pm)
My 2000 is very simply to do - The Germans made a beautiful design to replace the system - Parts are about $500 to $800 depending on rotor and Pad Brand (thats for all 4) labor is extra.