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"Cynics might also point out that there is also a rough correlation of profit weakness with the tenure of controversial stylist Chris Bangle, famed for the Bangle butt on the 2001 7 Series, and "flame-surfacing." Bangle left the company early this year." When the dust clears, BMW may struggle to compete (Detroit News) More troubling for BMW though, is this quote: People are losing interest in fast cars and driving.
Here is another take on the whole HELC thing. 1) Clearly there is no relatonship between purchase price and ownership satisfaction. In fact, for some people the more they pay for a car, the crazier they get if they have a problem. Take a look at the posts on the MB S Class site by a guy who paid 140K for an S63, had his air conditioner compressor fail, and it ... Read More
Lexus dealer in Gwinnett, Georgia is selling 2001 BMW 740il-asking $12,990.00, with 106,000 miles. I test drove it and didn't notice anything irregular (drove just fine), and it looks fantastic. I'm no mechanic however. No maintenance records are available. Tried checking the local dealers with the VIN# and was told the last time was October of 07. Very worrisome-but I love this car! BIG concern about costs-have read many posts, gone ... Read More
Too much!! $10500 would be retail for a nice one that needs nothing. You'd best be very careful with a 750iL and verify the "work" and the "estimate". A 750iL can break you in half with repair costs. If a BMW tech is quite certain that $3000 will fix everything, and if the car is very clean, offer $7500 tops or keep shopping. These are fabulous cars but also Elephanto Blancos, ... Read More
Well it's official. Chris Bangle, head of design at BMW since 1992, and the man who singlehandedly stirred up a hornet's nest of criticism with his 2001 designs, is leaving the German automaker. The article says this is strictly voluntary. What do you think?
im considering buying a 2001 740il. would be my first bmw. im convinced its one of the best luxury sport sedans in its class.. my only concern is the cost of the normal maintenance of the vehicle over the next 50,000 miles or so assuming i can prove normal maint. has been performed. im hoping to find one with about 50k in miles . please enlighten me. im very excited to ... Read More
I am getting pretty scared reading all the entries about all the problems on the older 740 BMW’s. I purchased a 1998 740IL in 2004, traded it in on a 2000 740IL in 2006, and traded that in on a 2001 740IL this week. I have been very lucky as I have not had any major problems with them at all. The only two problems I’ve had were with the NAV ... Read More
It has sport package, convinience package, cold weather pkg. 63K miles. Got it as a certified BMW in 2003 for $43K Kelley private party is $20,600 I am asking $20,500. $15K sounds more like Kelley trade in value. I also thought it could be time of the year...
I agree. 740s are great cars but reliability is very bad. I got my 2001 740i when it had 25,000 miles on it and it was certified by a BMW dealership. It has 62,000 on it now and my NAV broke twice. I had to replace radiator, instrument cluster, window regulator, power steering hoses twice and a few other things.
I have a 2001 740iL. It is fully loaded,handling package, SEDC, massaging seats etc. It currently has 72K on it and was purchased w/ 58K on it. The car drives great, has great looks and is fairly fast but in my opinion is a P.O.S. as far as electronics and gadget reliability goes and would not recommend buying one of these with any amount of miles on it. The list of ... Read More
I am mid-30s, used to be a software company executive, now am an attorney. Looking to get a nice 5-6 year old luxury car to put in the stable for the singlular purpose of carrying clients to dinner or golf, and 5-6 long road trips to visit clients. Price range: 18-22k. The car will need to be in service for about 4 years before replacement. I am currently looking at 2001 ... Read More
Sorry gang, Mrs. Shipo is working in Hong Kong this week and so in addition to picking up her half of the duties with the kids, I've had some pretty significant deliverables due this week. As such, I haven't had any time for recreational clicking. ;-) brightness04 "The 3.2 M3 engine is the only high output engine (i.e. not a long stroke engine designed for torque) with more than 3 liter ... Read More
Unfortunately, I've had the same experience. I had to replace two window regulators and have a third that is on it's way out. My power steering hose has been replaced. My radiator was replaced (under warranty at least). My front calipers stuck and had to be replaced. My front seat lumbar support had to be fixed. How much did it cost you to get the NAV computer fixed? My NAV/radio resets ... Read More
I have a 2001 740iL and it's been the worse car I've owned. I purchased the car with 19K miles and before the 100K warranty was up, I had the following problems that were covered under warranty: 1. radiator replaced 2. 4 days after replacing radiator, the car was towed again to the shop to replace the supply reservoir (or something). 3. power steering hose replaced 4. regulator on rear door ... Read More
In the last 4 months i have had the following fixed on my 2001 740 with only 60,000 miles on it: 1. NAV computer replaced 2. Rear window regulator replaced 3. Power steering hose replaced 4. Radiator replaced Is this typical of BMW quality?
I have a few questions: 1. Does BMW allow leasing used 745/750s? 2. Is it true that BMW extended original manufacturer's warranty on 2001-2003 (does anyone know exact years) cars due to quality problems? 3. Does BMW extend original manufacturer's warranty for the duration of a second lease? 4. How much can I expect to pay a month for 2003 745i that retails for about $48,000 on a 36 months 0 ... Read More
Is garbage, I hope this is not the real car in the pictures. The back looks horrible. Why change something thats not broke, sales are oviously up, who cares about BMW enthusiasts? I fell in love with the 745 in 2001, the change now (750) is okay. Point blank, If it is soooo ugly and offending, why are sales through the roof? Stop it, you can't argue facts. "Offensive" is IN, ... Read More
Sword down for a moment. In reading the LS board I sense that some have decided to leave us again because there hasn't been enough praise of the new LS. In fairness, the review in which one compares the LS460L to the E63 AMG is bunk and not at all fair to the LS460L. Car and Driver's comparo while having some curious points concerning weight and having used a pre-production LS460L, ... Read More
Tag, I don't know if you remember or not, but back in the summer, Merc and I, during the much-heated debates of the LS' redesign, brought up Lexus pricing stragegy of late. This opened up a whole can of WTF? And of course, we all never fully agreed on anything. Well the time has come, and as predicted, the new LS460(especially in L) is no longer that "value-conscience, sensible" buy that ... Read More
On the LS forum, there is already notable criticism of the LS460. As in criticism posted by yourself?? and other Europhiles who have not even seen the car in person, much less test-driven the vehicle itself?? Your insistence on asserting "price advantage" only begs to bring the subject of actual price back again . . . after all, how can you even talk about "price advantage" without verifying the actual prices ... Read More
im in the market for a 2006 or 2007 bmw750li monaco blue exterior/black & lava blue interior. premium sound,comfort access,satellite radio,luxury seats,convienance package,power rear shades,19"wheels w/ performance tires. msrp $84,390 dealer dropped down to $82,990. i have a 2001 bmw 740il w/ 97,000 miles to trade; dealer says he will give me $17,000 for it.????... so the deal is: if i lease the described 06 car, it will cost me $1145.71 ... Read More
I haven't really been reading what all the fuss is about with the surveys this time around, but I do think JDP should have broken the IQS into two surveys because certain brands (like BMW) rank differently when you break down the two categories they used this year: A little something I saw on MBWorld.org, someone posted the breakout for the study: Auto news More rankings June 8, 2006 Email this ... Read More
Performance. The LexIthinkIcans can rant all you want about a 3 year old test that the LS "won", but if the S500 was there, it would've been an entirely different playing field. True, both the A8 and S is a step behind the 7 in the adhesion department, but the Lexus is, well, Park Avenue-esque in the turns(don't want to sound "bad"-but it is). So strange that all of sudden MB,BMW, ... Read More
Overall the car still impresses me but I have had my share of 'issues' as well. First was about 2 months after receiving it. I had just filled the tank and my gas gauge showed 3/4. Next morning my gauge showed empty and continued all day. Turns out the fuel sensors were bad and had to be replaced. Two service visits, one to diagnose the problem, the other to fix it. ... Read More
Been on a long Memorial Day vaction. What did I miss? hpowders - BMW should drop the 7-Series? I had to do a doubletake at the user ID when I read that post. No, they can't drop the 7-Series. As others have stated BMW's overall image would suffer relative to Mercedes' without the 7-Series. The 7 is really BMW's only car that competes in the high-end space with Mercedes on a ... Read More
So you want to call me a looney who lacks cogent thinking and gets lampooned left and right. Alright, carry on, but then dont expect me to save you next time when you make a less than perfect comment. You think I am doing this just to "GRAB ATTENTION". Well I dont get it! I have been saying all along that it does not behove Lexus to under-cut competitors prices, when ... Read More
"By the way, for someone who has a taste for the likes of Jags and Maseratis, I don’t get your fondness for the SC400. In my opinion it is as plain and uninspiring as it gets... as interesting as a bar of ivory soap. I certainly think the SC430 has more styling booty and panache.: Woah, I never said that I think the SC400 is the best looking car ever, or ... Read More
Tagman, I respectfully disagree with your assessment. I still own my 1992 LS400 and will not part with it period. I don't need to justify anything: My experience with Lexus Customer Service and their Service Department has been very poor. How would you like it if you've invested $200K in a certain brand and they treat you poorly when you need them? That's not called Service. They were not loyal to ... Read More
I just wanted to chime in with my great experience with my '06 XJ Super V8. I am not a die hard Jaguar fan, have not dreamed about owning a Jag all my life. I did not intend to buy a Jaguar this time around. But having done so, I am really happy. Here is my story. I had owned a two Cadillac Eldorado STS from 1995 through 2000. I enjoyed ... Read More
How close is "close" to empty? There is a section in the owners manual that refers to getting too close to empty, (I believe less than 1 or 2 gallons which can create a problem. Check this area or call BMW customer service and they can answer this for you. By the way, as a note for future reference; I have a 740i 2001 with 88,000 and the lower coolant level ... Read More
Well, in the LS430's defence, it is a 2001 design. We'll see if the LS460 has what it takes to battle the S550. I dont think anyone else in the class has a chance at the moment, bad news for BMW, Audi, and Jaguar.
No kidding. If throwing in additional 50hp at the tail end of vehicle development cycle were that easy, why not throwing 5 more and trounce the S550? The whole point about Lexus "copying" MB on horsepower is ludicrous. If not for competition, none of the big three premium brands would be updating their products as frequently as they do. Of course all of them try to anticipate what the competitions offer ... Read More
Wow! I am so surprised at you! You, of all people, know better than that! You know how hard it is to build a V8, especially to Lexus/Mercedes/BMW levels of smoothness and durability. You know Lexus isn't just throwing 50-60HP onto a car at the end of testing, just to amke a point, or keep up with the Joneses. They haven't done that before, so why start now? You KNOW they ... Read More
Having the Maybach and S-Class virtually share taillights, or the C-Class and S-Class of a generation ago, is not a good thing, as it says cost-cutting to the trained eye. Yeah this is a good example. Now if this were true, why doesn't it mean the same thing for Lexus? Lexus is doing the same thing with design from model to model. Anyway, the cars you mention don't have the exact ... Read More
Although in my IMHO I do not judge the car by its sales, but thats why manufacturers produce cars? to sell no to display?! anyhow, Lexus sales were shown against BMW sales, and here is the other part of the story, the MB sales (USA only), lets see how tremendous it is! yah BTW, here is an intersting point: "Posting its best sales month with 31,192 units sold in December, MBUSA ... Read More
All of that about 1906 goes back a way bit before my time. Lexus' original LS400 was rounder than the German iron of the day for sure, but the overall presentation made you think "Mercedes". Sure the individual details were different, but the whole thing screamed Mercedes overall. Thats why Lexus got the copy rep from not only the press, but buyers alike. The 2001 LS430 only made it worse. Now ... Read More
I don't want to get too much into lease vs. buying, lest we raise the ire of hosts (and justifiably so). What you said about lease vs. loan is correct in a conventional case dealing with third-party banks. The case is quite different with vendor financing. Lease with inflated residual can be a very effective way of cooking books on sales revenue. What happens is that, some manufacturers often offer lease ... Read More
mr shiftright or others, I want to replace the brake pads on my 2001 740i w/ 69000 miles. I do not care for the local BMW dealer and am looking for an independent in Memphis. Can I use any premium aftermarket pad or is the OEM pad superior? Suggestions? price paid for job?
I have almost exactly the same problem. I've had some kind of electrical drain that has caused three battery replacements in the last 5 years. I have a 2001 740i with 105000 miles. All the miles are highway. The battery started failing again a month ago, the trunk softclose stopped working, the trunk open warning went off as soon as the car started moving, and the car alarm would not engage ... Read More
Never said that and yes I still think they'll be passed in status in the the next 3-5 years (which is what I did say). Ok, now its 3-5 years instead of the previous 3 you gave back in 2001! Ok. Either way, ain't gonna happen. Lexus ain't gonna build the top-end cars or have the world-wide presence of Mercedes-Benz to do that. M
Hi All, I don't understand this prestige argument at all...Isn't it obvious a nameplate that has existed for not even 20 yrs will NOT be considered more prestigious than a historical marque such as MB..I think we can all agree on that fact Prestige is a function of time. I do think MB is concerned with Lexus at least in the USA. I distinctly remember a Mercedes VP complaining in the ... Read More
I own a 1992 735. I bought it in 1994 (Florida) for $29,500 with 30k miles on it. I now have 223,670 miles. I too have had to decide between repair or replace. At this point I can say that I'm glad I did all those repairs. And some were substantial like a/c, front end suspension, drive shaft, exhaust. I now have a basically refurbished BMW, always reliable, still performs, and ... Read More
I went out town for 4 days & when I came back my 2001 bmw 740il car battery was died. I gave it a hot shot & it started up but I lost the display on my navigational screen, the truck release and the alarm would not work. Magically a few days later the alarm & trunk release started working but the navigation screen still would not come on. the dealer ... Read More
I WENT OUT OF TOWN FOR 4 DAYS & WHEN I CAME BACK MY 2001 BMW 740IL WOULD NOT START. I GAVE IT A HOT SHOT TO START IT. IT STARTED RIGHT UP BUT I NOTICE THAT THE NAVIGATIONAL DISPLAY SCREEN, MY TRUNK RELEAST & ALARM WOULD NOT COMING ON. A FEW DAYS LATER THE ALARM & THE TRUNK RELEAST MAGICALLY STARTED WORKING. BUT THE SCREEN IS STILL NOT DISPLAYING. THE ... Read More
Does he even realize that Nadsaq, the Dow and the S&P are at the highest levels they've been at in 4 years? So is Purvey an idiot or genius for being worried while stock markets are humming along? In all honesty who knows, not even the Oracle of Omaha makes Index bets! But let us consider the following: The Dow Jones was hitting all time highs and the the Great Depression ... Read More
Doesn't anyone realize that the future resales cited are based on the lease residuals offered? Subsidize the lease and you get rewarded. Don't subsidize the lease and you get penalized. This stuff can almost be considered marketing costs. I'll say it again - in 2001 the S500 was supposed to retain 68% of its MSRP based on my lease after 3 years and 36K miles. It probably won the award that ... Read More
Yeah, I wasnt surprised to see that GM has abandoned their "value pricing" strategy in favor of the usual heaps of incentives after the showrooms became ghost towns in October. GM has been the "Bob's discount mattress warehouse" of car companies since 2001, and that kind of consumer perception takes years to change, not one month. Ford is definitely in better shape, as I think one of their biggest problems was ... Read More
I also owned a 2001 740iL not spt pkg but did have the BMW Spt 18" rims with ContiSportContacts. Your symptoms are tire related. If suspension is "true" you have a tire issue, period. I had Kumhos on my 735i and they were the worst tires I ever had. All performance tires will become noisy with wear, and will shimmy with wear. You have to adjust tire pressures accordingly to your ... Read More
I recently purchased a 2001 740i and had a similar problem. Turns out that if it is from the earlier part of the year they have no retrofit harness to accomodate bluetooth but later year model does. You may want to contact BMW for info. Have you heard any good news to help?
I love my 2001 740il and have Timesport 8000 Motorola telephone but I am concerned if its lost, stolen or breaks down, since its discountinued, it is possible to find a BMW dealer in US or other source to buy one? would like to find one as a back-up now since years later it may be harder to find (and to answer one other posting about getting service, I was able ... Read More
I now have 220k miles on my 1992 735i. I paid $30k in 1994 off a lease, it had 30k miles. Repairs: Radiator and fan clutch @150k miles power steering hoses (both) twice in 11 years radio (replaced with another OEM) headliner @ 140k miles Drive shaft @ 220k miles Fuel pump @ 160k miles bulbs every now and then top-end freshen up @ 160k miles ($3000) Car runs perfect, no ... Read More
Same old stuff, just rehashed it seems. The 2007 S-Class is "dated" and has too much bulk - though it has yet to be seen in person by anyone here. I'm trying to find an article that says the car has too much bulk or that it looks like it does. Mercedes is struggling to find a new look for the marquee car while Lexus has been struggling to find a ... Read More
I have a 2001 740iL with about 49,000 miles on it. The water pump just failed, which also ended up shredding the fan belt, cracking the radiator and probably breaking a hose which drained the coolant. Of course the car is now 5-months out of warranty. Needless to say a $1,500 bill for a part that (in my opinion) should typically last 50-100% longer than it did has me wondering if ... Read More
First of all I don't understand why Lexus even enters the discussion. It's a simple POV re this S-class design and has nothing to do with Lexus in any way. So trying to create a new series of flame posts re the two brands accomplishes nothing and is downright silly so I won't even go there. My point is not to start another debate about Lexus and Mercedes, its just that ... Read More
I have have always wanted a 740il and since a wreck a couple of weeks ago totaled my car I had decided to go after one. I am not wealthy and have a limited budget for car purchases. Since the wreck safety has become my NUMBER ONE concern in the next car I get. I totaled a 2001 Bonneville - it did a good job protecting me in the wreck and ... Read More
"I agree, over time Lexus will be able to raise its prices relative to the Germans." As far as I am concerned it happened a long time ago with 2001 being the real benchmark year of major change. That is when Lexus kept raising the ante while MB lowered its prices significantly. A fully loaded LS Ultra is a stone's throw away from an MB S430 and the lease cost is ... Read More
Everyone else I know with a Lexus is either over 50 or retired, except for some RX owners (women). That might be among the people you know, but in the overall marketplace things are different...MB owners on average are older than Lexus buyers. source: "Fixing Cadillac," Newsweek, May 28, 2001 luxury car median age household income % of college graduation Mercedes-Benz 52 $186,236 71% Lexus 50 $151,711 69% BMW 45 $149,609 ... Read More
Newbi, I have the same vibration problem and have the same tires as you do on my 2001 740il. Having talked to BMW techs and gone to the website tirerack.com, I believe that Michelin Pilots are the best tires for the 7 series. When my MXV wear down, I will replace them with Pilots. Also, are your bushings leaking? That may be a factor in the shimmy. Air pressure. I run ... Read More
Point well taken and I think there is a 50-50 relationship on lease vs buy in most lux cars. Remember a lot of people take that lease deduction for business. I think there are a couple of points made here that really explain some resale issues. Designman has said a number of times now that performance buyers put reliability lower on the totem pole. I see his point and buy into ... Read More
If you can tolerate high mileage you can get an 02 745 for well below $40K... Is this not the year you want to AVOID at all cost ? The 2002 745 was, well, a big phat dud reliability-wise.... If you must buy a used Bangled 7-series, get one post 2002, period. Sometimes, spending a little bit more $$ can get you a much better car. Try expanding the price to ... Read More
I have a 2001 740il with the Sports Package and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Tires. BMW recommends tire pressures of about 30 and 37 on the front and rear. If I run 37 on the rear, the center of the tires wear out very fast. I am experimenting with 32 and 28 front and rear. The handling seems to be OK. Does anyone have thoughts on this?
Thank-you Mr Shiftright. I felt a little pinch in my stomach, but wanted to check it out here to confirm. Is there much of a reliability difference (or other consideration) between 1999-2001 740s that I should be aware of? Realizing that this is a BMW site, how do you think the 740 stacks up to the A8L? Heard some war stories on out of warranty maintenance, but I really like the ... Read More
I had warranty direct too, and had issues with them. They were very picky about paying for certain components. I had suspension issues with my 2001 740IL and they did not cover any of the rear suspension components. Then the second time BMW misdiagnosed the problem, and it ended up at another BMW dealer and again my warranty did not pick up the tab, when it should have been covered. I ... Read More
Not to my knowledge...the front end bushings yes, they wear on most BMWs and your radiator will probably crack on the upper hose connection, but never heard of a particular leak problem on a BMW. On new Porsches, yes, but didn't hear anything about BMWs in that regard.
The "E" numbers are BMWs internal codes to refer to a specific vehicle platform, so I guess I said it wrong before. Sorry about that. Anyway, the current E60 5-Series is a completely different platform from the ground up than was the previous generation E39 5-Series. The E60 5-Series has been/will be offered with a total of seven engines so far, and the E39 5-Series was offered with a total of ... Read More
The new 750Li makes my 2001 750iL feel like a piece of junk. it rides very quietly, nothing raddles, it is quicker, though the power comes at different stages of the acceleration.one tip for you gus buying the car, BMW financial allowsyou to purchse as many miles as you want on a leaseat 16/mile up to 9 months before lease end. so I got a 10,000 mile/year lease and will buy ... Read More
I own a 2001 330ci with similar wheel and steering problems. At 30 to 40 mph, when I let go of the steering wheel, it begins to moves back and fourth quickly (shimmy). When I accelerate past 40 mph, it stops. I just put knew tires on the car without an alignment. Took the car to BMW and they advised me the rear wheels were out of balance. They balance the ... Read More
I have just purchased a used 01 740 and was wondering if someone could help me in respect with the door locks. I remember in my 2000 740 when I turned off the ignition the doors would automatically unlock yet with my 01 this does not happen. Is there a way for it to be programmed? Or is this just something BMW discontinued? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have just purchased a used 01 740 and was wondering if someone could help me in respect with the door locks. I remember in my 2000 740 when I turned off the ignition the doors would automatically unlock yet with my 01 this does not happen. Is there a way for it to be programmed? Or is this just something BMW discontinued? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
merc 1 my point is that the 87 thru 91 420sel and 560 sl are the pinnacle of quality materials and quality of assembly , and product engeenering at mb. it remained so from 92 until the new s class came out recently ,but the 92 thru 2001 or so, were in fact over engineered .too much mass . and high quality of materials and assembly . but way overdone in ... Read More
We have a 2001 7 series with the sports package. The car is driven very carefully by my wife, and I get to drive it sometimes if I am good. We do not drive it anywhere near its limits. You can enable and disable the sports package with a button. I really do not notice any difference with or without the sports package. I really like the looks of the car ... Read More
Purchased used MB in 1978, took Military BX European delivery of 300D in 1980, had to wait 18 months from date of order to delivery at factory. Traded in 1990 for a 1989 MB 300E (a lease return with some damage repair unknown to the dealer), 1993 traded for another 1993 (New) MB 300E. 1995 traded for new GMC Yukon, 1998 traded for new GMC Yukon. 2001 started looking for replacement ... Read More
Motor Trend and many others are cheering for BMW dumped the ugly 745i styling that in the front looks more like the 1995-2001's. I am glad you are happy w/ your car. BMW dealers can't hold onto pre-owned "dated" :P for many buyers can't stand the new 7. With the "fix" on the 760i, customers, dealers and trade mag are much happier, Mike V
I have a 2001 740il with 49k miles and still under factory warranty. I was feeling good until the radiator and water pump had to be replaced under factory warranty a week ago. Now I am considering an extended warranty. I am reading the fine print and a lot of things are being excluded. The warranty has a total maximum of $10k. The cost of the warranty is between $3k and ... Read More
Income and educational levels of affluent consumers driving luxury cars "Fixing Cadillac," Newsweek, May 28, 2001 If you wonder who is behind wheel of luxury cars, here are some interesting statistics: luxury car median age household income % of college graduation Mercedes-Benz 52 $186,236 71% Lexus 50 $151,711 69% BMW 45 $149,609 69% Acura 48 $107,261 61% Lincoln 59 $113,656 49% Cadillac 62 $106,701 46% Just found this on a google ... Read More
But isn't that exactly what you just did with your point about Toyota?? We are not talking Corolla here we are talking LS430, a car hardly made for the lowest common denominator. Let's get real. OAC - what I said about the MB S is what I feel personally and what I am hearing from others. The brand has lost stature since 2001 when I was shopping. Does anyone think they ... Read More
OAC - That car will make those and the others including the Audi V12 and VW V12 (do they even sell Phaetons anymore, I never see any ads anywhere and I never see the car on the road) look like dinosaurs and it'll be 15%-25% cheaper to boot. Latest and greatest technology in a sportier look from the worlds most reliable auto maker at a heavy discount. Pretty easy to see ... Read More
BMW 740i(and il) are hot items. Most BMW dealers that get a 740i or il see them sell in a day or two. I think the reasons are many are not happy with the 2002+ styling and the "I Drive", hence 1998-2001's are selling at a premium. I think the Carmax deal sounds good!
Car looks great! re: ""With the 2006 BMW 7 Series, the company has toned down the car's styling and shifted the emphasis back to performance."". I have always been a critic of the 2002-2005 styling. With the 2006, the styling looks evolutionary vs revolutionary from the 2001 BMW 7 series.
The next Jaguar S-Type will likely use the new XJ's aluminum chassis and have styling cues from the 2001 Jaguar R Coupe and the 2003 Jaguar RD-6. I think the grille and headlights need some work, but it looks nice. The Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe shows what the next XK might look like. The next XK will have to comply with new European pedestrian safety regulations. The next XK will use ... Read More
I think BMW made the 7 series bearable again! It looks closer to the 1995-2001 series than the 2004-2005 "mutants". BMW got an earful from the automotive press, customers ect. I was at the dealer various times in the 2 years after the 745i intro, and they always had a huge demand for pre-owned 2001's for the styling on the newer 745i's was in total, not a favorite. I think the ... Read More
The deal on the 740i seems pretty good. How many miles are on it? I have a 1999 740i and it had been 100% problem free. The reliability beats any Japanese or German counterpart I have owned. The guy who said average is 150.00 a month for service must have a lemon and a bad dealership! The 2001 is the last of the "best styled" BMW's IMO. Good luck!
I am new in this forum. Here's my 2 cents: I bought a new 2004 530i last May for its look! The first time I considered buying a BMW 5 series was in 2001, but I hated the look of the old E39. I love my Audis, but when I saw the new E60 last year, I had to have one. 7000 miles later, I still love it like the day ... Read More
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety would probably disagree with you. You seem to ignore that frame construction is the Number ONE factor whether it be an airplane or car. Wrong. That article mentions that a good structure is necessary in addition to side airbags. A good structure alone simply isn't enough. Besides, why does it matter? You talk as if Lexus has a better structure than Mercedes when there is ... Read More
kyfdx- Thanks for the input. I agree $4k is pretty much rape, but, if you're unfamiliar with the situation in CA right now vis-a-vis auto extended warranties, then let me just sum it up by saying as of July 1, 2004, It Sucks. Very few, and I mean hardly ANY companies will sell individual policies in CA due to the taxes and surcharges that the CA insurance commissioner imposed. The few ... Read More
I'm not going to be very helpful here, but.... If you are buying a car that requires a $4000 warranty, you are just asking for trouble.. I'm not saying that a 740i doesn't require a warranty (it definitely does), but the price should be a tipoff that you won't have a really happy experience with that car.. 3rd party warranty companies are always iffy.. Call around and see if you can ... Read More
In advance I'm sorry for length of msg, but just trying to provide background: We're very close to buying a 2001 740i Sport, 59K miles...to the best of my research, it appears to be clean title, 1-owner CA car, very good mech shape, etc. We would be buying it from a small wholsale operation that does have a very good reputation for both their sales and servicing of "high-end" German cars. ... Read More
"What has MB done for the industry in the last 15 years?...Yes, MB has managed to do more here in 120 years than Lexus has in 15. " You must have been living under a rock for the last 15 years. Even if we disregard countless Mercedes innovations and only include those introduced since 1989 Mercedes STILL trumps Lexus by a wide margin. Virtually every safety feature in every Lexus car ... Read More
Why did they do this? They were not stagnating. Or, at least very, very few were saying that they were stagnating. The 2001-2003 530i is still one of the best BMWs ever made. I HATE the interior of the new 5 series. Not even the $85,000+ M5 has a decent interior. The grey plastic around the Shift-My-Gears knob screams cheap. The new M5 doesn't even have four-piston caliper brakes. Car magazines ... Read More
No - not if Lexus gave it a S8 like bumpy ride. The fact that 200 of them sold tells you there was virtually no one who wanted the car. Let's see if Audi can sell 200 V12's in a year. Cars that sell that low in volume would be dismissed as aberrations and not part of a standard list of offerings by many who keep track of records. They would ... Read More
I don't get it when you talk about all these engines and platform options. MB's S had two engines in the affordable range for their base cars - a 275HP and a 303 HP when I shopped in 2001. The LS had one engine, the 290HP. The A8 had one engine, a 310 HP and they had just discontinued the SWB edition because they sold less than 500 of these in ... Read More
My basic point with you is that there is no way everyone is into the business side like you are, otherwise Mercedes, Audi, VW, Chrysler or Nissan back when they were dying would have ever sold a car. Just because you yourself read these things doesn't mean everyone else does. Secondly what "loss of momentum" are you talking about as far as Mercedes here in the U.S? They just had their ... Read More
I own a 2001, 740i , which currently has 60K miles. Purchased as a Certified Pre-owned when it had 42K miles. The car has been great, no significant problems to speak of, except for one nagging item -- it appears to have what I would consider to be an excessive level of wind-noise coming from the sunroof area when the sunroof itself is closed, and the "sunroof panel" is pulled all ... Read More
I am re-visiting the link provided by Merc1 re the 2006 7-series http://www.germancarfans.com/news.cfm/newsid/2050127.007/page/1/l- ang/eng/bmw/1.html and providing a couple excerpts that are just too funny to ignore: BMW’s iDrive control concept, the ergonomically sensible combination of single-button control and display monitor introduced in 2001 and much copied since then, has now been further refined.... Huh ? The idrive is now "much copied" ? By who ??? All BMW ... Read More
I thought the last 740il was in 2001. For a first time BMW buyer, you may have to read more from this forum before you decide. I am about to get my 3rd beamer this weekend and information from this forum has been invaluable. Although you are not paying $70K for the car, worn rear ball joints at 52K miles is not the norm. The wear and tear on ... Read More
You make an excellent point; reliability is not the only factor that makes a car great. Otherwise, Jaguar would have never sold one car. But you lost me on your factual observations re: reliability ("all these brands are within 10% of each other"). According to the 2004 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study, MB had 327 problems reported per 100 cars, BMW had 264, and Lexus had 162. That doesn't look like ... Read More
I wish you nothing but the best with your BMW 740i, same one I have. I was smooth sailing until 52,000 miles when a head gasket started leaking, then a power stering hose leaked, then front brake pads and rotars, rear pads, front bushings, and another alignment. Ouch. I'm hoping this is it but disappointed to be told the V-8's are high maintenance. Not the impression I had going in. But ... Read More
Just purchased my first BMW. I've always owned Japanese brands in the past but when I drove the 740i (2001), I just kept coming back. The deal I got also helped in making the switch...paid $26K with 48K miles. Car runs like it's brand new. An inspection 1 was performed on this car by a dealer in August 03 when the car had 32K miles. Since this is my first venture ... Read More
I am considering buying a 2001 740i with Sport Package, Navi, Heated Seats, PDC, all bells whistles essentially for $28,900. I'm also buying platinum package extended warranty which is good for 4 years and up to 100,000 miles. Are there any problems I should expect with the car. I'm buying this to help myself forget about a bad experience with a mercedes. I'm getting it for low blue book trade in ... Read More
I'm 6 ft 3 inches and with seat on the bottom, I can put my doubled up fist on top of my head in the Lexus LS430. I think you would find the Lexus ES300/330 a tight fit. As for ice & snow, the LS 430 is a rear wheel drive like the BMWs and MBs. You would need to get the top of the line snow tires. I believe the ... Read More