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Re: OPINIONS ON 740iL/2000-never owned one-help! (archive)

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Posted by MikeH on October 26, 2000 at 10:47:25:

In Reply to: OPINIONS ON 740iL/2000-never owned one-help! posted by lois on October 26, 2000 at 00:47:42:

I'm curious where you live to be having this experience.

Here in Los Angeles, there are zillions of 740s. S class is popular, too, but a little of an older person's car. Our friends and neighbor are in the 40's, with young kids. I can think of three families with brand new 740s, and two (myself included) with 5 year old ones. The only person with a sn s430 is the friend from whom I bought my 740 (he was trading it in, let me buy it instead) (he is in his mid 50's).

And these are real "car" people. My second car is a vintage Corvette. Another neighbor's second car is a Porsche. The third neighbor has two Ferraris.

I see 740s at dealers with 30,000 miles...I don't consider this hiigh mileage. Mine has 80K and runs almost like a new car.

You might also consider the's a little shorter, sacrificing a little room in the back seat. But it's more nimble. If you don't often have adults in back, it's a great choice. That's actually what the majority of my friends drive (not an iL)

In summary, younger people who want a full size car can do no better than a 740. Older people may choose a Benz. They are fine cars, no doubt about it, but I continue to give the 7 my nod. I'm looking to replace mine with a newer used one in the next year or so.

Please DO look seriously at a used one. You will save a ton of money, and you can get it "certified" to 6 years/100K miles by BMW.

I think you are saying the 2000 iL with 6000 miles is $62K. I have the feeling you can do better. If you local dealer is a hassle, go somewhere else.

(p.s....dump AOL and go on the REAL internet. You won't believe how much better it is. DSL lines rock...I get 14 times dial-up speed for $39/month)

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