In Reply to: You BMW enthusiasts are defensive... posted by Jim Dove on March 08, 2000 at 07:39:36:
The shake you experience on the highway particularly at around 55-65mph appears to be that the Thrust-Arm Bushing needs replacing... The majority of BMW's experience this problem at around this mileage particularly the larger models (5-series 7-series).. The heavier weight takes its toll on the suspension system.. Replacing the Bushing and getting a wheel alignment should eliminate this problem..
Also, you have to understand that the original owner has taken a big hit on depreciation on this car when he sold it to you... Let's face it.. If the car were so new looking and everything were as perfect as your Lexus is, do you really think he would have sold it to you for $16,800?? If it were so perfect, and he were to sell it, he'd probably charge a premium for it.. You also have to wonder why lots of BMW owners sell their cars at around this age and mileage.. This is around the time when all these little gremlins start appearing, and cars start to need more and more attention.. Just my 2-cents that's all...
: First, I did not complain about road noise. Second, and to re-state this for the 20th time, I love this car... I prefer it to my Lexus.
: Now, the low-level shake. I've read on this board that the vast majority of '93/'94 740i share this problem. It is similar to what you would experience if your frint tires were out of balance. It's most pronounced on smooth pavement and really only noticable (and not that bad to begin with) between 55-68 mph, more or less. When accelerating, it seems to go away.
: Other posters have alluded (sic) to this, and I have found it myself. Like I said, I am new to BMW. These initial comments are immediate reactions after having driven a Lexus for years. I bought this because I wanted this, a BMW, not a Lexus. Anyway, thanks for the post. THis is a great board.
: 1994 740i
: 71,600 miles