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Re: 1988 735i-I NEED ADVICE (long) (archive)

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Posted by Jerry C on August 06, 2001 at 16:14:02:

In Reply to: 1988 735i-I NEED ADVICE posted by James Kettler on August 06, 2001 at 15:02:54:


Too bad you're not old enough to drink beer, this kind of car is good to look at in your garage while you are holding a cold beer. It always put a smile on my face just looking at this car.

I bought my 88 735i 125K last year and paid around $3K and found the following problems a few days after I drove it home, I'm too cheap to pay the "important pre-inspection test". My pre-inspection test was I drove the car to the freeway up to 80 mph for and check whether the temp gauge will go redline and listen to any strange noise and feel any vibration, the car drives smooth, quite, and no vibration.

1. missing front filler grilles
2. sunroof wont' closed all the way
3. power windows need help
4. AC blows air but not cold
5. twisted driver seat
6. broken fog light lens
7. instrument cluster (gas gauge, odometer no work)
8. chiming problem, sometimes annoying sometimes music to my ears
9. cassette radio - missing code
10. OBC - always in a power saving mode, once in a while it will wakes up and display -37 degrees

Money invested total $170:
1. $63.33 for both the small and center filler grilles
2. $4.20 for the instrument cluster fix
3. sunroof fixed with allen wrench (thanks to Gale)
4. Fog lens fixed with clear scotch tape.
5. passenger power windows fixed by not opening them no more
6. cassette radio replaced by $99 Blaupunkt Santa Monica

The car has no oil leak and drive better than my 91 325i.

I will not fix the AC as my wife will take the car away from me.

Good Luck

Jerry C

Hey, I was considering buying a 1988 735i with 150-160k miles. I'm only 17 years old but I really like BMWs and this car is just within my price range. Can anyone advise me as to wether or not this is a car that will be too expensive for me to maintain? I make about 7.50 an hour and i have to pay 60% of my paycheck to my parents to pay them back for the car. The car is in PERFECT condition, it's like brand new. Please someone email me or post a follow up with advice. Thanks.

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