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Old 11-28-2010, 07:41 AM
stlrsfn stlrsfn is offline
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Mein Auto: 1989 BMW 735
Help with 89 735i

I just bought a 1989 735i with 241k miles on it and my wife is mad because she thinks its junk. I need to know if there are any known issues with BMW, as this is my first, that I should know about.
Im taking it in for a checkup today and if there is major issues, I wont buy it. For $600 is it really going to hurt?
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:01 PM
RogerBimmer RogerBimmer is offline
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Mein Auto: 01 m3
should watch out, bimmers have a tendency for electrical problems that can run you just as much as the car is worth sometimes.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:35 AM
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Mein Auto: 91 318is 92 525i manual
I had a question on a 94 740il any thing that I should look out for? It has 175,113 miles on it and its from a little dealer. I know the cooling system has to be flushed and check to see if the tranny has been changed or rebuilt but anything other than that? Thanks
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:18 AM
RandalLovelace RandalLovelace is offline
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Mein Auto: 1/88 735i (E32)
stlrsfan - I paid $900 for an 88 with known electrical issues - so at $600 your already ahead of me on this purchase.
RogerBimmer - good point - thankfully my electrical woes won't break the bank...
andrew sheperd - and for that matter stlrsfan - check the brake booster system - it's a PITA to fix and can be costly.

The real good thing - keep the oil changed and the engine will purr for a long long time.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:12 PM
John in VA John in VA is offline
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Are you aware of the 7-series-specific section? http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=181

These are also good resources:
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/e32/
http://e38.org/e32/
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:23 AM
mach8 mach8 is offline
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Mein Auto: 735i
Buy it. If repairs get to costly for you it can be parted out. Do a search for the 10 most common 735 problems. Look for Timm' BMW at meeknet
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