In Reply to: My new (used) 740i -- Did I just buy a money pit? posted by Jim on March 05, 2000 at 18:15:04:
Despite being maintained well,, the car you purchased for $16,800 seems to be a pretty good buy with 71k miles on it... The problems you mention are common with cars of this mileage regardless of make..
My A/C fan was making grinding noises too.. Changed the Micron-filter and seems to work well now... Turns out the dirt buildup was causing blockage.. The CD changer may have been removed by the previous owner or never installed.. It's already prewired, and I've seen new ones in Roundel advertised for around $400.. The brake and rotor problem can happen to any car depending on who drives it... At 30k miles it seems to be time to change the pads anyway.. Changing the rotors at the same time is not much more labor..
Personally I find the seats on the E32 BMW very comfortable.. If the rocking seat, and no cupholders really bother you,, why did you buy the car then?? All, the problems you mentioned can be fixed for around $1,200... A pretty good buy for an otherwise for a high end luxury car for $18,000 wouldnt you say??
: I just bought my first BMW, a 1994 740i with 71,000 miles. My old car, a 1992 Lexus SC300 is sitting in the garage until I decide whether or not to get rid of it. These cars are kind of like Yin and Yang to each other. The Lexus (IMO) offers far superior ergonomics, audio, and general creature comfort -- the BMW offers vastly suprior performance and two much needed extra doors.
: Anyway, I bought this 740i for $16,800 from a guy that took excellent care of the car. He had all of the suggested maintenance, including replacement of the 'short block' at 29k. Comparatively, the Lexus is a pretty straightforward car. There aren't as many things that can go wrong. I'm beginning to wonder whether I just bought a Chrysler quality car with a terrific engine and great ride. Here are some things I'm having a tough time with...
: * The electronic headrest adjuster doesn't work.
: * The seats stink and move slightly during hard turns.
: * The A/C makes the occasional (very) soft grunting sound.
: * There's no CD changer (how can a $50,000 car not have a CD changer?)
: * There's no cup holder!
: * The plastic cup-holder contraption I bought from BMW doesn't work -- coffee on the pants already!
: * The car needs front brakes and roters after only 30,000 since the last replacement at BMW -- seems odd.
: Anyway... I do love this car. While it's certainly not nearly as comfortable as the Lexus (the seats are awful) it is great fun to drive. I'm just worried that even a well cared for 1994 740i is a money pit. Anyone want to make me feel better about this anxiety? Or should I just deal with it?
: This is a great board by the way!
: St. Louis, MO