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Old 03-29-2007, 11:18 AM
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I am looking at possibly stepping up to a 2004 745i or Li..anything inparticular I should be looking for on inspection? Do these cars have a particular weak area? I see that Consumer Reports is really down on the 7 series cars..what is that all about? They dont say specifically what the issues are just that reliability has been down.

Also, how can I find out what the maintence schedule is for thses cars and how much each of these services will cost?
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:48 PM
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New to this board and first post!

I am looking at possibly stepping up to a 2004 745i or Li..anything inparticular I should be looking for on inspection? Do these cars have a particular weak area?
Hi there, well inspections will all be part of the maintenance plan that comes with some of the 7 series, if you buy a BMW certified series....
Any reason you considering a 2004?

Why not go for a late production 2003...as the warranty is longer on these models for 6years/100K and if you buy a Certified 2003 from a BMW dealer...you get free maintenance along with it....which means you just pay for fuel and tires

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I see that Consumer Reports is really down on the 7 series cars..what is that all about? They dont say specifically what the issues are just that reliability has been down.
Well thats mainly because of some early '02 745s that had some issues because the technology was really new at the time it was introduced and with any new tech. there is always some quirks and glitches that need to be resolved afterwards

Which is why in order to retain consumer loyalty BMW extended factory warranty to 6yrs/100K for all 745i/Li MY '02-'03 cars

Also, a lotta critics made some false comments about I-Drive and that also contributed to negative ratings

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Also, how can I find out what the maintence schedule is for thses cars and how much each of these services will cost?
On BMW Certified model years 2002 and 2003...thats $0 until 100K

For '04 - '05 its a nominal expense for a standard luxury car, at least thats what we feel for our 760Li

Good Luck car hunting!
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:01 PM
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one thing i would do is upgrade the navigation disc if you buy a new car its a $199 dealer accessory and it is completely worth it. the 2004 disc was kinda sketchy half the time i would be driving on either an unmarked road or on a gray screen cause it thought there was no road there so def get an upgrade navigation disc. plus i told it to find me a gas station in downtown indiana cause i dont live there and my first time being there and it took me to a kroger lmfao so you wont be sorry unless you dont use navigation then dont bother with it.
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Old 03-30-2007, 02:21 PM
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I copied the new DVD disc and it worked. Try that first.
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Old 03-30-2007, 02:56 PM
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I copied the new DVD disc and it worked. Try that first.
huh? explain that again?
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Old 03-30-2007, 03:05 PM
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huh? explain that again?
wats there to explain....he copied the DVD
Thats what I have to do for our 760Li as well
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Old 03-30-2007, 03:06 PM
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oh ok how do you copy it? like where do i get a copy from lol
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oh ok how do you copy it? like where do i get a copy from lol
1. thepiratebay.org and search for BMW.
2. Burn to a DVD, and insert in drive
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Old 03-30-2007, 03:30 PM
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http://thepiratebay.org/tor/3546605/...h_CCC_Software

dude what kind of file did i download? i dont know if thats it or not but i dont even see how thats a file i can even burn

EDIT: nvm got a friend explaining everything to me thanks a bunch jalli!!!!

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Old 04-03-2007, 11:12 AM
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Hi there, well inspections will all be part of the maintenance plan that comes with some of the 7 series, if you buy a BMW certified series....
Any reason you considering a 2004?

Why not go for a late production 2003...as the warranty is longer on these models for 6years/100K and if you buy a Certified 2003 from a BMW dealer...you get free maintenance along with it....which means you just pay for fuel and tires




Well thats mainly because of some early '02 745s that had some issues because the technology was really new at the time it was introduced and with any new tech. there is always some quirks and glitches that need to be resolved afterwards

Which is why in order to retain consumer loyalty BMW extended factory warranty to 6yrs/100K for all 745i/Li MY '02-'03 cars

Also, a lotta critics made some false comments about I-Drive and that also contributed to negative ratings



On BMW Certified model years 2002 and 2003...thats $0 until 100K

For '04 - '05 its a nominal expense for a standard luxury car, at least thats what we feel for our 760Li

Good Luck car hunting!

I may consider an '03..seems like the mileage has been less on '04's and I figgered they might have gotten the bugs out after the first year cars? What price range should I be seeing for '03 or '04 with 40k-55k on them? I realize there are options and all o fthat but generally speaking..

Unsure what a nominal expense is for a lux. car.. havent really been in this area before..I did have an NSX once but those have a diff. expenses (valve adjust, cant rotate tires that wear down quickly).. does the 7 series have timing belts that need to be changed? how about brake pad wear? unusual/quick? oil changes how often/many miles?
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:04 PM
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I may consider an '03..seems like the mileage has been less on '04's and I figgered they might have gotten the bugs out after the first year cars? What price range should I be seeing for '03 or '04 with 40k-55k on them? I realize there are options and all o fthat but generally speaking..

Unsure what a nominal expense is for a lux. car.. havent really been in this area before..I did have an NSX once but those have a diff. expenses (valve adjust, cant rotate tires that wear down quickly).. does the 7 series have timing belts that need to be changed? how about brake pad wear? unusual/quick? oil changes how often/many miles?
Check ebay and autotrader for current prices. That will be a clear indicator. Like you said options and i vs li will influence cost.
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STAY AWAY FROM 02's!!!!!!!! Its been a nightmare so far! Only good thing, car still under warranty!
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The only thing Consumer Reports is good for is Refrigerators and other home appliances, not cars.

Some '02s are nightmares, but ours is perfectly fine.
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