I have read about the maintenance costs on the 740s, but I would like to
give my buddy a more specific answer. Any ideas about what services are
due in the near future and/or what is likely to fall apart ?
Here's the excerpt of the original email, privacy-protected.
I'm thinking of buying a used 1997 BMW 740iL. I read that people really
love to drive it, but that the reliablity on accessories is really
I found someone [close to the northern CA city I live in ] who is
selling one with 65K on it for around 16,000. I can probably get him a
little cheaper, but because the milage is so low it probably is not
I was thinking of making it a gift to [my girl] - she always wanted a
car like this, and she has no clue that I am looking into this. I was
going to sell my [current car] and replace it with a beemer. I figure
it will last a long time, even though I know there will be problems with
the accessories and electronics. What do you think? Is it even worth
considerting, or should I look elsewhere? The seller says everything in
the car works, but I was going to take it to a mechanic first and have
them to a full check to see if this is true or not.
If you think that there are better models, let me know, but I like the
size of the 740. Or, is there a better alternative with similar
size/features that would be a little cheaper/more reliable after
market. I know the BMW name carries a little more weight...
Let me know what you think!
I was also looking at a 1995 750iL - although it looks good, it has
almost 100K on it. But, it has bullet proof glass - how cool (and
useless) is that??? :-)