In Reply to: 89 735iL purchase advice? posted by Scott on December 28, 2000 at 16:58:09:
Thanks for any help.
It sounds like a great car, assuming that you have had it checked out and that it has a clean title. The 3.5 liter engine is a durable unit, and the rest of the major components are also hardy if given the proper maintenance. The rear suspension on the iL's is prone to failure--the shocks and the accumulators for the self level system often need to be replaced between 70k and 100k, so I would make sure this has been done already. The only downside to a 735iL is that you should make sure that the performance is adequate. While I think that the 735i and iL have plenty of power (208hp and a broad torque curve), some people think it does not. But if you are happy with the power, it is a non-issue. The only other thing I would tell you is that the pre-1990 cars tend to have more electrical problems. But, again, if this is a well maintained model I would not get too worried about this other than making sure that the various electrical options work, and once again, having a shop check the other major electrical and mechanical systems. Good luck, you probably found a great car. The price is probably cheap because the 735iL is not as desirable as the 750iL, but like I said I think it is a matter of personal preference.