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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 BMW 740iL

1996 BMW 740iL

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1996 BMW 740iL Problems

Engine -- Verified

Leaks are known to develop in the cooling system. It is common to see more than one part recommended for repair/replacement due to overlapping labor and the use of many plastic parts in the system.

Engine -- Verified

Engine oil leaks commonly develop from both valve cover gaskets, intake manifold, and PCV plate after about 60,000 miles.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A fluid leak may develop from one or more power steering hose. When a leak is being repaired, it is not uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The rear lower ball joints may wear causing alignment and tire wear issues as a result of the excessive play in these joints. Our technicians tell us a 4wheel alignment should be performed after ball joint replacement.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front thrust rod bushings—also referred to as tension strut bushings—are known to fail occasionally. The oil-filled rubber mounts weaken and crack over time, causing a mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering wheel when going over bumps. These worn bushings should be replaced.

1996 BMW 740iL Recalls (Recent)

Suspension & Steering, October 30, 1997

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. ROAD GRIT AND GRAVEL ASSOCIATED WITH WINTER ROAD CONDITIONS CAN PENETRATE THE RUBBER OF THE LOWER FRONT SPRING MOUNTS AND ACCUMULATE IN THE MOUNTS CAUSING NOTCHES OR PITS TO DEVELOP. THESE NOTCHES CAN DEVELOP CRACKS RESULTING IN BREAKAGE OF A BOTTOM COIL OF THE SPRING.

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1996 BMW 740iL Questions and Answers

Donyetta, 1996 BMW 740iL, Greensboro, NC

My car alarm went off and the only way I could stop it was to disconnect th battery. What could be the problem?

dw4533, 1996 BMW 740iL, Memphis, TN

New MAF Sensor put on and car stumbles and surges then cuts off. Car has been reset.Code 8b comes up on scanner. What's the problem.

dw4533, 1996 BMW 740iL, Memphis, TN

My ASC-T and ABS light came on after the MAF Sensor had been replaced. The car was reset but the next day two lights came on. I tried to reset the the lights will not go out. Once I fix the new fau...

Bodick, 1996 BMW 740iL, Florence, KY

We have replaced several batteries (in a short period of time). If we do not run the car EVERY day for at least 45 min to an hour, the next time you try to start the car it is dead (click click cl...

Riaz Khan, 1996 BMW 740iL, Aberdeen, MD

when my car stops it start missing in slow motion

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1996 BMW 740iL Reviews

i have a 1996 BMW 740IL the trunk is stuck and a key will turn completely around failing to catch or even attempt to open the trunk...I would like to know what will I need to get this trunk open? Thanks...

I have a 1996 740il - and it just turned 70,000 miles. I baby this car - only drive it around town and around New England some. I have been lucky - no major expenses - yet. But, I replace things rather preemtively and do some basics myself - plugs, the occasion coils various hoses that may look tired. Not sure what my plan is with this car - but as long it keeps going, I will stick by it. These cars are a dream to drive but, owning - apparently your mileage may vary..........

I bought my car used in 2002 and have loved driving it the past 8 years. Like any vehicle, you should keep up the maintenance on it. The only issue I have is that some of the lights on the dash have gone out, so I can't see the temperature outside or set the temperature inside for each side of the car. I figure if it's cold, I'll turn up the heat, if it's cold I'll turn it colder. To replace the module, I was told it would cost $700 from the dealership, but I found a website that said BMW knew that it was an issue and that if you wrote to them, telling them which dealership you were taking it to, BMW would cover the cost, so I may have to try that. I love all the features and comfortability of this car. I would buy another if I knew I wouldn't have all the problems other people have.

what kind of oil do i need

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