In Reply to: Agree, but... posted by Jim Dove on March 06, 2000 at 16:55:12:
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.)
It's not accurate, nor fair, to criticize the "low rumble." This is NOT an inherent design "flaw". It is a logical and necessary "effect" (just like I love how the car pulls at 5000RPM, but the inherent flaw of the dang engine getting loud!).
You stated that you love the way the car steers/handles, well this is the price you pay. I have a 94 740i (E32), and a 96 740iL (E38), (assuming bone stock) the E38 is much quieter, but does not have the great steering of the E32. The E32 may be louder, but handles better.
I have put 18" rims on the E38, and it handles better, but it also generates more road noise than the stock 16" rims.
It's a trade off. If you can't stand the increased road noise, you should have looked at another car, as this type is aimed more at the enthusiast than a Lexus or Mercedes-Benz. Funny how a 4-door BMW "boat" has better handling than a 2 door lexus sport car (and yes, I've drive it before).
Enjoy your 740i, it really is a great car.