I have owned numerous Jap cars over the past 20 years. I am, for the first
time looking at a BMW 740i. Are they noted to be as dependable as the jap
cars? I have put between 200K-300K miles on most of my Jap cars. Can I
expect the same with the BMW's? Are they as easy to work on as the jap
cars? I have done most of the maintenance on them also myself. Thanks in
If you're first priority is reliability, I'd pass on the BMW.
Escpecially a 740 as there is a lot of electronics to fail. Not that
they are unreliable, but they are not Toyotas. They are not difficult to
work on, but you often need special tools and test equipment.
For the n-th time, one does not buy a BMW for reliability reasons. One buys
it for the handling/fun-to-drive factor. If you're looking for reliability,
stick with the Japanese makes, but make sure the car you buy is actually
manufactured there because I had a US-made Accord and it was pitiful as far
as reliability and manufacturing quality. My Audi A4 was far better than
My Lexus 400 did not make 100k miles before multiple system failures made it
not worth fixing. Many in and post waranty repairs.
My Infiniti did not make 70k before the exhaust sytem completely died.
Otherwise it was reliable if boring.
My Corvette: what more need be said?
How could BMW be worse than that? Bimmers are a whole lot more fun to drive,
70K and you had to replace the exhaust on your Infinity? What's wrong
with that? How does an exhaust system "die"? They rust out, usually
from the inside out unless you are in the snow and salt if a factor.
If the manifold(s) crapped out on you that's different but unlikely.
BTW - I don't own an Infinity, and never have, so I'm not supporting
them it just seems odd that it would be considered a problem with that
If you want to go the German route...Porsche builds a very reliable car,
depending on year and model. The only drawback is when you do need to
replace or fix something is much more expensive than a BMW. I owned many
Toyotas and I can tell you my old 1984 944 was as reliable as any of them.
I gues that makes my BMW a 'Germ' car.
They aren't as reliable. They should go 200k miles or higher. and they are a
hell of alot more fun to drive. I don't think you buy a BMW for reliability
(I have had 3), but as I drive around, the thought 'ultimate driving
machine' keeps coming to mind, after all these years. And you will have the
good fortune to pay a lot for gasoline. And parts. And service. Not for
the faint of wallet. But I get in my 530 (or my previous 540 or 325) and i
just feel great and feel like I own the road.
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