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BMW's Minor Defects (archive)

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Posted by RLombardo on March 07, 2000 at 07:29:18:

In Reply to: Agree, but... posted by Jim Dove on March 06, 2000 at 16:55:12:

Jim:

Congrats on your new purchase, and best of luck. I should tell you that I also have very little tolerance for gremlins like the ones you describe, but you have to be fair. First, while I have no doubt that your Lexus has been a great car, you are wrong to state that Lexuses (how do you say plural "Lexus"?) do not suffer from problems. I know several very enthusaistic Lexus owners who, after about 4 or 5 years, experienced the same types of minor problems that you describe. And let me state that I like Lexuses and think that they are great cars. BMWs, like any complex piece of machinery, can be a challenging car. I think the thing that you need to keep in mind is that at 71k, a car is hardly new. Not that it is past its useful service life, because a well maintained BMW, or any well maintained car for that matter, can typically go 200k. But it is at this point in a car's service life that niggling problems begin to arise. I have driven Hondas, BMWs, Toyotas, and even some American cars. And at this age, there are almost always a few things that start to go wrong. Each type of car typically has its own problems. My experience has been that American cars have the most severe problems because their structural rigidity begins to deteriorate, although I have read that the newer ones are much improved. Toyotas and Hondas invariably start to rust. (Do you ever wonder why there are so many clean mid-1980s BMWs and Mercedes around while most Toytoas and Hondas of that period look like they are ready for the salvage yard?) And BMWs start to have some electrical gremlins appear. And this is why people who are either well off or just too busy to be bothered lease or trade the cars after a few years. And this is why there are so many great used cars around out there, like yours I am sure. Just think that these annoying problems saved you the difference between the cost of your car and the cost of a new 740i, or around $45,000. Happy motoring. Welcome to the club.


: : 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.

: Regards,
: Jim




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