In Reply to: Seems like you are nit picky on a car w/71k miles posted by Kendall- on March 06, 2000 at 13:56:35:
: Despite being maintained well, the car you purchased for $16,800 seems to be a pretty good buy with 71k miles on it... Agreed. The problems you mention are common with cars of this mileage regardless of make.. : Not so Kendall.
My SC300 (75k) has had no such problems. The BMW has more problems in it's current state than the Lexus has had in its entire 8+ year life, minor or not. What's more, the Lexus looks like a '00 model car on the inside (no exaggeration). The Bimmer interior is a bit dated.
Now all of that said, I prefer this '94 740i to my SC300. I love the car. The performance of it is simply in another league. But, it is entirely fair to take BMW to task for producing a $55,000 automobile that has so many (admittedly minor) problems at 70k. For God's sake, I didn't even mention the low rumble on smooth pavement between 55 and 70 mph. (I understand that that issue is an inherent flaw in the car that cannot be repaired.)
Small problems or not, it is a bit of a step up. I plan to take good care of it and live with the fact that the same persuit of perfection that brings the great performance, increases the likelihood of other problems, like a broken headrest adjuster (which, arguably, is best left manual for that reason).
There's obviously a lot of passion on these boards for BMW. I'm new to BMW, so my perspective is fresh, if different. I'm very happy with my purchase, and no doubt, in a matter of months, I'll be 100% converted. It certainly is a lot of car for $17k.