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Old 06-08-2010, 06:57 PM
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:25 AM
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What size tires are you running on rears? I swear everyone has 255/45/18R but I have 275/40/18R which is sweet cause it gets a better, smoother ride, and a lot better handling. Can't spin the tires much but oh well
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:55 AM
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Looking really good! Did she come with the car?
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:16 PM
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Looking really good! Did she come with the car?
Thanks.. nah, thats my wife of 21 years..... I sold her 03 745Li, so I had to put her in the next best thing. Actually, she likes this one better!

So far I already ordered new trunk & hood emblems & a good used center console shifter/trim piece. Mine is cracked and warped real bad from heat.
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:17 PM
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What size tires are you running on rears? I swear everyone has 255/45/18R but I have 275/40/18R which is sweet cause it gets a better, smoother ride, and a lot better handling. Can't spin the tires much but oh well
Ill look when she comes home & post up later!
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:25 PM
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looks good. garage kept? why did you get rid of the 745i? this should prove to be a great car.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:03 PM
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looks good. garage kept? why did you get rid of the 745i? this should prove to be a great car.
Garage kept its entire life! The 03 had a payment, this one doesnt!
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:08 PM
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What size tires are you running on rears? I swear everyone has 255/45/18R but I have 275/40/18R which is sweet cause it gets a better, smoother ride, and a lot better handling. Can't spin the tires much but oh well
255 45 18 rear & 235 50 18 fronts Theyre BF Goodrich G-Force and they are pretty loud. What is the "ideal" tire and tire size for these cars?
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:58 PM
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Looks nice - congrats
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:09 PM
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Always one of my favorites. Very nice.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:05 AM
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Hey fella, You might want to search www.allmercedes.com for parts. I know it says Mercedes. But this place is in California and they actually sell all European car parts. Even better that there over night shipping is $20 (p.m. delivery) amd $25 (a.m. delivery). I order from them all the time. Also you can refer to www.realoem.com to get part numbers and dealer prices. The website is like a overall schematic parts map. And you cant forget www.E38.org, this is the best DIY website for these cars.

Again congrats and good luck!
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:01 AM
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Very nice car I love it.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:45 AM
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That car looks eccellent, like it just rolled off the lot, but lets get some pics of the vette too. I've always wondered, how our cars compare performance-wise to corvettes from the same years. I'd imagine that the vette would be faster in every way, but is it as stable as our 7 at higher speeds? How does it ride around town? Reliability? I'm only asking because I could be in a position to get a 98 vette soon and I have never had a chance to test drive one.

Beautiful car Ultm8drvnmchn, I'm sure your wife will love it.
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:53 AM
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That car looks eccellent, like it just rolled off the lot, but lets get some pics of the vette too. I've always wondered, how our cars compare performance-wise to corvettes from the same years. I'd imagine that the vette would be faster in every way, but is it as stable as our 7 at higher speeds? How does it ride around town? Reliability? I'm only asking because I could be in a position to get a 98 vette soon and I have never had a chance to test drive one.

Beautiful car Ultm8drvnmchn, I'm sure your wife will love it.
Thanks bro! As far as a Vette/740 comparo.... thats a tough one. My Vette happens to be a Z06 and I cammed it along with a few other goodies. Its got 467 crank hp and 411 hp 381 tq at the wheels. Its a rocket and corners like its on rails. At speeds over 145, she gets light feelin'... but the car is only 3116ilbs, so it is light. Ive owned 7 Vettes and 2 of them Z06's. Its a really fun experience to say the least. I maintain all my cars to a very high level so as far as reliability, Ive never had an issue with any of my Vettes really. I had an 81 shark and it was the worst of all of them. My favorites are my Z06 and the 1992 ZR-1 I just sold in March. It was the 4 cam Lotus engine Vette. It was 1 of 502 for 92. That was hard to let go. I still miss going out to the garage and seeing it. Thers no sound like an LT5 cranking out 7100 rpm through long tube headers and a full B&B exhaust. almost as good as sex my friend!!

This is my 3rd BMW. Had an 02 525 which was very nice, but a slug. The 03 745li I just sold was frikken as luxurious as one could ask for. No real problems with that car either.
I really like this 740il. I didnt have to give up much on the options list and the looks are better than the 03 IMO. The 03 was an effortless high speed cruiser. 130 mph felt like 65 This 740 gives me a more sportier feeling. I havent really had time to get it out on the highway and I probably wont ubtil I replace the crappy, noisy BFG G-Force tires. They are not a good match for this car IMO.

Go test drive a few Vettes before you buy one. Some are great cars and in mint shape. Some have been beat to hell, but still look nice because dents and rust are not an issue on a plastic car. They are a real kick in the pants to drive. You can PM me if you like if you have any questions or if I can help in any way. Good luck in your quest. Take your time. Theres a crap load of Vettes out there to choose from and prices are very competitive.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:36 PM
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Thats what I like about LS and LT motors, they are so easy to find parts for, and there is a wealth of knowledge from people who have modified them, and are willing to help. My brother and I are currently doing our first motor swap by putting a LT1 in an 87 Caprice. We were going to put an LS motor but we couldn't find one for the right price. He plans to do alot of upgrades to it and make it a sleeper.

I, on the other hand, always dream of modding my cars, but never actually get around to doing it. That's why I look to buy cars that I can enjoy stock. If I get the Vette though, , that might change. The first thing that comes to mind is a cam, headers, and a supercharger. I actually had a ZR-1 with an LT5 come into a shop I was working at. When I asked how much he wanted for it, he could only smile. We started talking and he told me it was the only real Hemi-Chevy I'd probably ever see. His car was immaculate.

One thing I've always wanted to ask though, since the Vette has a trans-axle, can you change the gearing in the rear-end?

Give me a couple years, then me and you are going to have to line them up .
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:02 PM
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Thats what I like about LS and LT motors, they are so easy to find parts for, and there is a wealth of knowledge from people who have modified them, and are willing to help. My brother and I are currently doing our first motor swap by putting a LT1 in an 87 Caprice. We were going to put an LS motor but we couldn't find one for the right price. He plans to do alot of upgrades to it and make it a sleeper.

I, on the other hand, always dream of modding my cars, but never actually get around to doing it. That's why I look to buy cars that I can enjoy stock. If I get the Vette though, , that might change. The first thing that comes to mind is a cam, headers, and a supercharger. I actually had a ZR-1 with an LT5 come into a shop I was working at. When I asked how much he wanted for it, he could only smile. We started talking and he told me it was the only real Hemi-Chevy I'd probably ever see. His car was immaculate.

One thing I've always wanted to ask though, since the Vette has a trans-axle, can you change the gearing in the rear-end?

Give me a couple years, then me and you are going to have to line them up .

Actually, the Vette really doesnt have a trans axle in the traditional FWD car sense..... The trans and rear are coupled together, but completely serviceable separately. You can go with 3:42, 3:90 or even 4:10 gears if you like.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:03 PM
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question about garage door opener

Hi new to site but not with BMW had one since 1989 and my first was a 1986 528e 5 speed. I am asking for a little help with the program of the system in the 1998 740il for the garage door opener. could you post this info or send it to my email -al300ways@att.net
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:43 PM
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Sorry, I have no clue how to program it. I just use my clicker.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:55 PM
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Hi new to site but not with BMW had one since 1989 and my first was a 1986 528e 5 speed. I am asking for a little help with the program of the system in the 1998 740il for the garage door opener. could you post this info or send it to my email -al300ways@att.net
Sure thing there is a PDF somewhere on it. Also the owners manual will tell you all about it.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:57 PM
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OP I love the all black E38! Drop her down a little bit and tint the windows
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