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Old 04-12-2014, 06:50 AM
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Thinking of switching from FJ Cruiser to BMW - right choice?

Hi guys....need some honest help here. My husband and I currently own a GMC truck and FJ cruiser. They are great vehicles that have not given us any troubles. We are considering trading the FJ for a BMW - we have always admired the newer designs - want maybe a 06-07. We had a 02 BMW 325 a few years ago and loved it. It had a few quirky things going on with it, but only had about a year and half. My question is would a BMW be as reliable as our FJ? Or am I insane to even ask that? We want space and comfort. Would the 750 be good? We want the most reliable BMW we can get and open to any suggestions. We want to stick with years 07 or back because of budget.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:04 AM
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Prepare to open your wallet!!! There are many threads on here with the same question. The BMW 7 series is a beautiful car love hate relationship for many. If I were you and you really wanted to buy one have it checked out first. Make sure the car is not smoking/valve stem seals. Let the car warm up with a drive then come to a stop and wait for 3 minutes, then reeve the motor up a few times. Hopefully you don't see the white/blue cloud behind you between $2000 & $9000 to do job depending where you go. If the job has not been performed, maybe later in the future you will need.
There are a lot more things on the list. This is a big one.


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Old 04-12-2014, 07:08 AM
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What is the white cloud thing you mention? That's the thing we don't want to be shelling out big money every year to fix things on a car. Is the 750 less reliable? Are there other choice that maybe have less issues?
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:13 AM
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Read this, post #3 I put most of the issues.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=761960

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Old 04-12-2014, 07:17 AM
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Eeeek, sounds like a load of issues. Not sure I am willing to go down that road, sounds like a I'd be walking into a bad situation. I wish there was a very attractive luxury car that didn't have so many issues!
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:22 AM
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Not a easy road, you'll spend some
Money keeping it running. You'll love the car at first, then hate it, then love it...then set it on fire.

I'm truly honestly happy with my Audi A8.


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But seriously, look at the '08s if you like that body style.


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I agree with comment below, 07 or 08 would be a proffered choice. They are the last years of that body shape. I have 2007 and I dont even wont to get rid of it. Im looking for a Panamera Turbo now but I dont want to sell my 07 because Im so happy with everything in it.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:24 AM
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Would you guys say that like a VW CC, or Mercedes would be as unreliable as the BMW?
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Eeeek, sounds like a load of issues. Not sure I am willing to go down that road, sounds like a I'd be walking into a bad situation. I wish there was a very attractive luxury car that didn't have so many issues!
As someone already mentioned: Lexus LS460. I traded in my 7 and it was the best move I ever made. Since you're already familiar with the rock solid reliability of the Toyota brand, the Lexus LS will not disappoint.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:45 AM
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It all depends what car you will end up with. Cars are reliable if you find a good car that was well taken care of. You have to start with 07-08 models of the 750. Then you have to find a one owner or 2 owner car. I found my car on craiglist and it was 1 owner car from a wealthy neighberhood. I really got luckly because never had any big problems. Small things - thats it. You just have to really do you research, check maintenance records, etc. If you get it from a dealer - you really have to do your research to find a GOOD car.

Even if you find a reliable car, small things fail and BMW maintenance maybe expensive comared to lets say toyota or chevy.

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Old 04-14-2014, 07:54 AM
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I know I am jumping all over the place here but what about the BMW X5's? Are they any better?
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:00 AM
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I agree with comment below, 07 or 08 would be a proffered choice. They are the last years of that body shape. I have 2007 and I dont even wont to get rid of it. Im looking for a Panamera Turbo now but I dont want to sell my 07 because Im so happy with everything in it.
wow im also looking at a panamera ..problem is i find the prices to still be a bit high for my liking ... love that car a nice turbo one ... in white or black ....
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:42 AM
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can't really see what could go wrong with a VW CC, it's really simple and quite old technology, it looks fancy but trust me is outdated compared to what Audi, BMW or Merc are offering today on their high-end cars. And even though the E65/66 is a model which came out in late 2001, the technology was quite ahead of its time by at least 7 years i'd say.

However a VW CC can't even come close to an E65, i had a '12 GTi and my BF still has its '13 CC and i drove it and it's a dull car, at least the GTi was a fun car and took a lot of beating including track days and had no issues with it, the CC has the same engine and gearbox, same entertainment system, basically it's the same car with a different body, so it is reliable, no doubt about it.

If you want a 7 get the latest ones with facelift and accept that you might spend some money with it to keep it running. If spending money with it is not an option then buy a Toyota or something new/used with warranty.

As far as i am concerned these cars are good as long as they're properly maintained, except maybe the ones from the first years of production which were plagued with design flaws from the beginning.

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reliable and 7 series in the same sentence is crazy... lol go look at the Lexus LS460 you wont be disappointed with that and its reliability.
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I know I am jumping all over the place here but what about the BMW X5's? Are they any better?
Marginally better, but still highly unreliable. My wife's X5 has been less problematic than my 7 was, but even it has had coolant leaks (valley pan), CCV leaks (very expensive compared to the 7 to repair), radiator leaks, suspension issues, etc. Same engine as the 7 (4.4 liter V8)
She's now looking at Lexus RX's.
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