2001 BMW 740iL Reviews
2001 BMW 740iL Reviews and Owner Comments
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Lots of people buy bad cars and good cars of EVERY make and model. Bad reviews from angry people mean they bought the wrong car, didn't have a mechanic check it out (Used Car Buying for Dummies === GET A MECHANIC!) or fell in love with something cute. I've had my used 2001 BMW 740iL for 6 years and it is a great car. Just clocked 175K miles and she's running like a charm. Yes, some repairs are expensive, but most are not. Yes, it's a beast on the road and commands huge respect. Yes, it is the Ultimate Driving Machine, but more it is the Ultimate Road Car. Taking a long trip in anything else is unthinkable. Replacing a window motor is painful, but so are car payments on a new car that is worth 40% less the minute you drive off the dealer lot. Use your heads, girls! Get a good and experienced BMW mechanic to check out ANY used BMW you're going to buy. The rest is up to you, i,e, maintenance, the KEY to a car's long life.
Great Car and able to maintain affordable once you get rid of OEM parts.A new aftermarket part is as much a 70% less than a part from the dealer. My Car is a 1995 has 240,000 miles and runs awesome, I will put it up against any new car. Still gets 22 mpg on highway. That said I live in Texas. The car glues and rubbers were not meant to handle the extreme heat we get down here. Many problems with the interior coming unglued in some areas.. and problem with many of the rubber and plastics just rotting away... guess can be expected with the age of the car...the electronics, wiring, harnasses and such break way to easy. Makes working on it frightful to find the replacement harnasses is tough. The A/C does not cool the car in the high heats and in city driving. Need to do some of your own maintenance on this car to keep it affordable...which is fine with me...gives me a hobby. But the E-38 Chasis is probably one of the best BMW's ever made. The technology is common now and is much easier to maintain then any of the newer BMW's or Mercedes. Easy to repair on most items and is affordable. The clear coat does not hold up in Texas heat either. That said I love the e-38. One of the most beautiful sedans ever made..a true pc. of industrial art. Just have to understand one thing about these Cars...they are designed by Germans. So figure that climate and their nature. Which is meticulous and not disposable. So they will work on their cars and do the easy maintenance themselves.
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.
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..
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?
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. :)
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.
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!!
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!!
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!
not so impressive for the money paid. expensive to maintain
Hefty repair bills
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.!!
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
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.