Great road car when it's running, but
plagued by extremely low realibility
and extremely high repair costs. Bought
this off lease and have had it in shop
at least once every month since for
various things breaking or not working.
The A/C has been repaired twice at
$1800 per trip, and still doesn't work
all the time, new driveline,
suspension, seat motors, DMK motors,
the list is endless. I've paid nearly
as much in repairs as I did for the
car. As soon as the last payment is
made I'm buying a Lexus.
Rear seat leg room, performance, on
Quality control, improved realiability,
better service system.
I had always owned MBZ and although I
was quite happy with what I drove, it
wasn't until I got behind the wheel of
this 740i that I understood the meaning
of the ultimate driving machine. What
Although the trunk changer is great, it
would be nice to be able to insert a CD
in the dash once in a while. Front cup
holder is not up to the task of
anything large than a dixie cup.
I love my 740i. With the Dinan engine
upgrades and stage 1 suspension it is
like a large sports car. Smooth and
powerful with a navigation system/TV.
So far, only the cooling system
(radiator, water pump and resevoir) has
broken. I hope that will be all but
that is a lot for a 1997 with 60,000
miles on it. Certified warranty keeps
costs down up to 50,000 miles.
Although the extended warranty to
100,000 miles covers the repairs, the
repairs never stop nor to the headaces
of having the car towed back to the
dealership. Replaced stereo 3 times,
valve cover gaskets, water pump,
replaced radiator 2 times, trouble with
the electronics, and now the A/C. BMW
can make a great car, have a 92 525i
with 182,000 miles and no repairs, plus
it's fun to drive.
Make the 700 series as reliable and fun
to drive as the 500 series