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fun and pleasure
By jere on 07/21/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 7 Series 740iL 4dr Sedan

Review

Have owned car about 16 months. Fun to drive, especially on trips. Some problems I wouldn't expect...radiator replacement, valve gaskets...but have found a reasonable repair shop. Looking for a 2001.
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my 740i
By rickter on 06/29/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan

Review

It is an awesome vehicle, but it costs to keep them going. I had the same problem with the "check taillight" alert. It is due to water getting in the rear light assembly. Costs about $300 to get both fixed. This car really scoots and is very fast and fun to drive. It's worth the $
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BMW 750 CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
By DADIO on 05/26/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 7 Series 750iL 4dr Sedan

Review

PURCHASED ONE YEAR OLD. "ENGINE LIGHT" CAME ON EVERY 2000 MILES. TEMPERMENTAL POLLUTION CONTROLS ON THIS V12. WINDOW MOTORS ALL FAILED. HEADLAMP WASHER FAILED. ELECTRIC HEAD REST FAILED. CIG LIGHTER MOUNT FAILED. DRIVER SEAT MEMORY FAILED.
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My last BMW
By MJS on 04/20/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 7 Series 740iL 4dr Sedan

Review

My second 740 and what a disappointment. Too many minor problems, mostly electrical and all costly. Virtually all 1998 versions have leaking rear light assemblys( condensation after rain) which cause false "brake light out" messages. The climate fan is loud and costly to repair.
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Great Performance AND Luxury !
By MKTViper on 04/05/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 7 Series 750iL 4dr Sedan

Review

The 750iL is unlike any car I've driven. The V12 accelerates so smoothly and quietly it feels like a (very powerful) electric car. And you can select "Sport Mode" on the transmission and dampening control for a high performance rocket that rivals 2+2 sports cars! Luxury features on this "top of the Line Bimmer" are abundant--to include power/heated REAR seats! Only complaint: lots of wind noise with exposed moonroof due to improper windshield fit. About $200+ to fix.
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too many problems
By johnfra on 01/28/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan

Review

This is an absolutely incredible driving car, nothing can touch the BMW driving experience. However, as exceptional as this car is in driving and performance it's equally disappointing in it's reliability. My car has been in the shop for so many issues I can't recall them all. The majority of the problems were fixed under warranty but I had to have the radiator replaced,new suspension components, a complete new ignition system ( this one was especially fun since the car would not shut off with the key completely removed from the ignition,)along with just nagging problems.
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Big Money Wasted
By timber on 01/27/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan

Review

Great performance car, but the electrical and mechanical expenses will nickel and dime you to death. Looks great and interior is fantastic, would not own another bmw, ever. Better have a large amount of money for the repair bills. Has been running about a grand every 3 months on my low mileage vehicle.. a 1998 with 30,000 miles.
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740 Maintenance Blues
By Highalpine on 01/25/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 7 Series 740iL 4dr Sedan

Review

What a great car! But how could BMW put such a maintenance monster on the road? Thank goodmness for the warantee! Don't drive this car without one! A $70k vehicle should not experience the kind of parts failures I have experienced. Brake rotor failure, catalytic converter (60K miles), radiater, valve cover seals, transmission seal, etc, etc.
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750 il
By jambroziak on 01/23/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 7 Series 750iL 4dr Sedan

Review

Best car on the road. Bought used at 40k. Drove in 1 year 30k miles. No problems. Maintance is expensive: 12 qrts of oil. Tires 800$. Sparkplugs for 12 cylinders, 2 airfilters, etc. If you have a reset key it can be done at home, but needs oil changed according to internal lights every 9-10k. At 100mi/hr rpms are only 2200. Gas milage varies from highway 23-24 mi/ga on good gasoline to 16 in city, and 12 in sports mode. For little extra, much better deal than 740: much more power, torque, all leather and no vinyl, double security glass, lots of extras, and better quality.
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740iL, Simply the best 4-door driven
By JT928S on 01/16/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 BMW 7 Series 740iL 4dr Sedan

Review

I have owned a 97 for the past 3.5yrs. And it has been the absolute best driving, handling and performing, not to exclude safest car I've ever owned. My 2nd car is a 85 928S owned since nearly new. So if you want near true 2- door sports car performance and handling without the cops pulling you over too often the 740iL is it. My car has been driven nearly 50K miles since I bought it and only the typical services had to be performed and it still runs like new. Those are the facts. Only thing better 750iL...maybe my next car.
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