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A maintenance nightmare
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By toni p
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1998 BMW 7 Series Sedan 740i 4dr Sedan


Review

This vehicle has been like a beautiful woman with an evil heart. From the first year until the eighth year of ownership, it has been one "freakish" thing after another. Unbelievably, in the third year the engine went, a piston through the heart! Cat converters, AC, exhaust. Car is in shop for it's final repair, a blown gas tank! Another $2100 repair bill! Great driving, great looking classic, but I've had enough. Time to look at another brand! Did I just get a lemon or what?


Best Features

Great body style, exceptionally smooth driving.


Worst Features

This car just simply had mechanical issues from the beginning. Wouldn't even know where to start with suggestions on the mechanical improvements for my vehicle.


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A very expensive love affair
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By Jay
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1998 BMW 7 Series Sedan 740iL 4dr Sedan


Review

I fell in love with this car as soon as I saw it and I bought it without thinking twice. Big mistake!! Don't get me wrong, I still love this car but it is not for an average joe like me. It costs a lot and costs a lot more more just to maintain it. Every now and again problems creep up and every problem cost me more than a grand to fix. It's the best ride ever if you can afford it.


Best Features

Powerful engine. Spacious interiors.


Worst Features

Too many electrical and mechanical design flaws. Bad suspensions. Bad radiator.


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BMW 750iL GREAT MACHINE!
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By Danie Erasmus
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1998 BMW 7 Series Sedan 750iL 4dr Sedan


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I bought this vehicle four months ago and it is in a very good condition with 128,000 km on the clock. Only modification seems to be a performance exhaust system. The 250km/h top speed governer has certainly been disabled, and the car might have an added performance chip. Reason I am saying this - I recently took on a Porsche 911 Carrera on the highway, and the Porsche lost. The owner told me later that he was doing 280km/h at top end, so the Beemer must have been doing 300km/h plus - it is difficult to say exactly as the speedo is marked to 260km only. The car is very fast and a mighty performer, I rate it in the top echelons of motoring society, and I got it at a fraction of the price.


Best Features

Performance. Driveability. Comfort. Great sound system.


Worst Features

Very difficult to change spark plugs. Hot air circulation inside cabin needs improvement.


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You have truly arrived
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By JR
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1998 BMW 7 Series Sedan 740iL 4dr Sedan


Review

Once you've owned a 7, You really have truly arrived. Realistically you're driving a very sophisticated luxury sedan that is supposed to be maintained to spec. BMW did not market this car to those who could not afford the maintenance costs. I find that the most reliable examples of any BMW I've looked at or talked to people about seem to be the ones that have been maintained correctly, this doesn't mean just oil changes, I'm talking following the full maintenance schedule. With the proper care and love these cars will treat you well. It demands respect when you pull up to a gathering and defiantly has a lot of presence. Do not let the E38's minor issues deter you from owning one.


Best Features

14 speaker DSP audio system, powerful, fuel efficient powertrain, fatigue-less seating. (I can drive over 300 miles and not have to get out and stretch. Amazing!)


Worst Features

BMW should have used an all aluminum radiator and expansion tank similar or exactly like the Zionsville one that is available as an aftermarket replacment. An electric fan, the fan clutches are too susceptible to failure and can cause fan blade failure.


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1998 740iL
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By 740ilDuke
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1998 BMW 7 Series Sedan 740iL 4dr Sedan


Review

I'm in college, purchased my car on eBay with 35k miles on it. I did my research and have had the expected issues - radiator, window regulator, cupholder, grills. I have used enthusiast message boards to find, fix, and do preventive maintenance. I now have 71K miles on it and everything works as it should. I love driving the car, it handles great and is wonderful for long road trips. I live on a tight budget and have been savvy enough to keep this car in order, which leads me to believe that anyone can. I think I'll see just how far this one will go. If you buy an older car, research it and spend some money doing preventative work like transmission flushes, etc. Mainly enjoy driving.


Best Features

Bose sound system is great, window shades, trunk space, back seat room, ride, handling, style, M Parallel wheels!! Stay away from those basket weaves!


Worst Features

Radiator, cupholder, grills, window regulators, rear brake lights leak.


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