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2001 BMW 740iL Reviews and Owner Comments

 
2001 BMW 740iL
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2001 BMW 740iL Owner Reviews (13 reviews)
  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    Visitor, San Diego, CA, October 06, 2013 17:06
    Bought this beauty a couple of years ago. Currently has 138500 miles. Still looks and runs great. I've only had to replace the battery and one tie rod end, and replace the two front tires which it needed when I bought the car.
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    Visitor, Jackson, NJ, August 26, 2013 16:14
    To those who wrote (POS)? Obviously your experience is based on how well you take care of your own car or how much abuse it will take from you. If you bought a BMW Used and not certified or thoroughly reviewed and checked out, then who is the POS? You simply bought someone Else's abused headache. The E38 is one of the best cars ever built. I owned 3 bimmers in my life and all different models. I like to maintain what I can and know when I can't. The ingenuity of this car can not be beat. Anyone who compares the nightmare of a Mercedes to a BMW, obviously does not know much about cars. I had a Benz, and never again. Fuse system based on left side and right side? Ludicrous! What is up with the gap in the gas pedal? Do they still do that? Here are some facts on my (E38) BMW 740iL, which is not garage kept at 220,000 miles and 15 years on the east coast of winter cold and summer hot sun. Original parts still with me: no dashboard or leather seat cracks, complete muffler system, engine, paint, BMW rims, interior, drive shaft, transmission, power windows, audio system, power seats & heating units in seats & mirrors, never had a tune up and no squeaks. All running well, awesome idle and smooth riding. There is a ton I didn't mention.. Parts that were changed: radiator, valley Pan, 3 sets of tires, oil at least 3-4 times a year, cabin filters under hood and under dash twice, oil air filter 3 times, brakes front and rear 4 times, air conditioner second fan, idler arms, ball joints, water pump & serpentine belt. I'd like to see your car at 220k.. You can find my Black Beauty on most Bimmer Boards..
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    abugsy1, Audubon, NJ, March 22, 2013 08:26
     Rookie
    i bought this 2001 BMW 740il this year i enjoyed this car. i always get a lot of attention on my beauty. i have over 130,000 miles on it and drives like a new car. i was lucky to get this one because the interior inside is practically brand new. only thing that was broke inside the car was the cup holder i will never use anyway. (too pretty inside to drink in my car)and the driver side controls to move your seat up and back. im talking about the panel is broke not the controls okay! thats minor right. im telling you it's a beauty.the engine compartment is so clean under the hood. i dont what anybody checking my car out because they might touch something wrong. the only thing is that i wanna know where should i get my oil change from. i went to that damn JIFFY LUBE and the didn't know how to open up the hood. can someone tell me where is the best place to get 1 done?
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    Visitor, Sugar Loaf, NY, March 05, 2013 10:07
    Best driving car ever BUT. You shouldn't defend a manufacturer that can't make a reliable car. Have spent tons on starters, new radiator, lots more. Eats batteries like popcorn. Don't ever buy this car. If you want one, lease and release and then never more that 36 months. Brakes, tires all are outrageous. Go with a Japanese vehicle. NEVER buy one of these. On a positive note..everytime you repair it you want to kill yourself. But when you drive into a tree you come out unharmed. :)
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    Sea Knight Driver, Eastpointe, MI, January 01, 2013 05:39
     Rookie
    I have the 740i and absolutely love the car. Granted,I've put a good amount of money into it but I've never regretted spending one single dime. The Basket Weave Wheeels were gone 2 weeks after I bought it and replaced with 19" Style 95 spokes from a 96' 7 Series. I get compliments every where I go and a few offers to buy it on the spot. I bought it with 102,000 miles on it and fully expected to have some issues. The Radiator and expansion tank were replaced at 150K along with the alternator, water pump and drive belts. Next were the Power Steering Hoses. The timing chains (elective) were done at 164K along with the trans (slipping)- both at the same time for $6000. Front Suspension (elective) at 168K, Fuel Filter and OSV @ 170,000. I've ungraded the Nav to the MKIV (save your money on that one). The Body integrity, exterior and interior fit and finish are flawless and it's a dream on the highway. While I don't have a car payment and average out the repair cost per year, it's about $120.00 per month to own - Tell me what new car of this quality that you can buy today for that little. Keep in mind, the car is 12 years old - I'd buy another one in a city minute.
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    Visitor, Seminole, FL, April 24, 2012 12:33
    Its a BMW..... What are you bitches all crying about? Its a BWM.... It WILL Be expensive to fix and Maintain! Hello???? Its a BMW not a kia...... They are expensive and cost money!!
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    Visitor, Lawrence, NY, October 15, 2011 17:42
    I bought this car off ebay and thought it was god deal. Boy was i wrong. i have already put 3k into the car just with the steering issues. I mean not for nothing, it has 169k miles on it. So it has been around the block. But you know what, i love it. If you do not have the money and the patience to put into this car, then DO NOT BOTHER. SAVE YOUR SELF THE AGGRAVATION. I have no qualms. This is a project car for me. The tranny and other issues are endless. But after it's all done, this car is a beast and easy on the eyes. Faggoudaboutit!! As i said, live within your means. if you dont have the cash, this one is not for you!!
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    82NCMARINE, San Jose, CA, July 23, 2011 23:29
     Rookie
    I HAVE HAD TWO 740'S AND OTHER THAN ROUTINE MAINTENANCE THERE IS NO BETTER CAR TO OWN! I READ THE PUTDOWNS AND I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW THESE PEOPLE FEEL, BUT YOU GET AT YOU PAY FOR! HOW CAN YOU RATE A CAR THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR SO LONG AND WITH NO SHOW OF WEAKNESS AS A BAD CHOICE? YOU BUY A CAR THAT ONLY HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT THE PREVIOUS OWNER DONE OR DIDN'T DO! BOTH OF MINE WERE USED BUT I CAREFULLY CHOSE THEM AS TO THE OWNER AND CONDITION! YOU SPEND $4,800 DOLLARS ON THE FLAGSHIP THAT ALONE SPEAKS VOLUMES! SO I WILL ALWAYS HAVE A BMW IN MY GARAGE. THERE ARE SO MANY NEW CARS OUT THERE, YET WITH ALL THE NEW TECHNOLOGY, IT SEEMS ALL THEY CAN DO IS COPY(LEXUS) EVERYTHING ELSE OUT THERE AND CLAIM IT AS INNOVATIVE! SO SORRY YOU GUYS BOUGHT MISTREATED CARS, BUT IT'S YOUR LOSS!
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    Visitor, Germantown, MD, May 14, 2011 16:13
    not so impressive for the money paid. expensive to maintain
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    daspotts, Pittsburgh, PA, December 09, 2010 18:45
     Enthusiast
    Hefty repair bills
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    Visitor, Asheboro, NC, December 09, 2010 18:41
    I just got bought this POS car (2001 BMW 740il). I have owned a older mercedes before (300E), and it was very reliable. Just typical oil changes and brakes, radiator flush, brake flush (all as cheap to do as any other car, the mercedes was a dream really.Had 175K on it, and sold it. Well, I decided I might want a BMW, and went and saw this car. Of course, it is drop dead gorgeous, and I took a little test-drive, It all SEEMED fine. I paid the guy a pretty cheap price, so I thought I got a good deal. WELL, today I took it to the BMW Dealer for a oil change, about an hour later they call me over, Sir, your tie-rods,bushings,ball-joints are shot. Also, you have leaks ALL around the engine. Also, your drain plug is stripped and will need a new pan and plug, gaskets of course. I said, how much to fix it all? How about $4850.00...!!!!!!!!! I said F**K you, I will just re-sell it to the next sucker. I am so pissed, I am just letting it sit in the parking lot, until my title comes in the mail. Of course this doesnt even include the bald tires I need to buy, or the cosmetic trim stuff thats missing around the car. I just want to ram this thing into a tree. I wished I would of read these reviews. I did read some, but they all complained about the sh&%tty navagation, which it is, and the cheap drink - holders that break (and mine are too). It is a Black widow, She has the looks, but when she gets u in her web, she will eat you alive.!! Hate BMW's now forever.!! RUN AWAY from this deadly beast.!!
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    Visitor, Carlsbad, CA, December 09, 2010 03:27
    POS car!!!! RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN AWAY!!!! Unless you have a TON of cash that you can burn! Will most likely never buy a BMW again as a result
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  • 2001 BMW 740iL
    healey100, Raleigh, NC, November 24, 2010 11:56
     Enthusiast
    This is my fourth 7 Series BMW. These cars are not for the faint of heart. When they break, it costs, but I have had very good reliability issues from my first in 1985. With only 4 cars in over 25 years, you might say that I have been happy with the car brand and will continue to purchase a 7 series in the future. Find a good mechanic, do the routine maintenance and take the car in at the first sign of a problem. This will save you money and NOTHING rides better than a 7 Series.
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