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Re: 89 735iL purchase advice? (archive)

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Posted by RLombardo on December 28, 2000 at 17:04:30:

In Reply to: 89 735iL purchase advice? posted by Scott on December 28, 2000 at 16:58:09:


I have an opportunity to buy an 89 735iL, 120k miles, 2 owner dealer maintained - all records, and as near to perfect as I have seen a car of this age, inside and out. It has new V rated tires on it, and other than that, no other mods or improvements that I am aware of. Everything on the car works, and it drives tight, does not seem to have any suspension issues. I can probably get it for around $ 8,500.00, and I am wondering if this is market value, and also are there any potential problems to watch for? I have owned a couple of E-28's, and several MB's and do most of my own maintenance.

Thanks for any help.

Scott


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.



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