In Reply to: Lots of little stuff is typical posted by RogerL on March 15, 2000 at 22:18:36:
Ditto to all the above. Just had my 97 740il in for it's 40K service....cost over $1200. Needed two new tires, brakepads, (tried to say I needed rotors, but think they forgot they were already replaced at 16K), and regular checkup. Previous warranty covered items included emergency brake cable being replaced for noises, moon roof gasket was replaced due to air noise, and both catalytic converters were replaced. Still have a shimmy around 50mph, even with new tires. They think replacing some bushings in the front end will correct this. Yet, I just love the car!
: : 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.