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Lots of little stuff is typical (archive)

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Posted by RogerL on March 15, 2000 at 22:18:36:

In Reply to: Re: Just bought a 1997 740i posted by ed on March 15, 2000 at 19:17:03:

: Thanks for the info. Sharing info on this board is great. So I guess they replaced it with non-defective converters and I'll be OK in the future....thanks again....Ed

: : If the 7 uses the same catalytic converters as the 5, there was a manufacturing defect in the converters used on at least some of the 1997 cars. Apparently the guts come lose from the case. I also had to replace both on my 1997 540. This was an "infant mortality" issue.

: : Lance

My '97 has 34k miles. The standard stuff to expect are brake pads every 15-20k miles; rotors every 30-40k miles; front end links and/or sway bar bushings (source of clunks, grunches and other sounds in cold weather); emergency brake cable guide (source of faint squeaking sound from rear end -- requires routine lubrication or replacement); clicking sound from HVAC system (stepper motors that can get annoyingly noisey and are replaceable under warranty). That's the typical stuff. Like any car with a couple years worth of mileage, odds and ends are possible. They're extraordinary cars but they're not Toyotas.

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