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Old 08-16-2012, 05:50 PM
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Looking at 1999 or 2000 740 - need advice

I have owned a 325 before and currently drive a Saab but want a larger car. I have younger kids and so I am looking for something large but used, something that can take a beating from my kids but still be a nice daily driver.

I am looking at a 1999 740iL and a 2000 740 both with around 190,000 miles. That's a lot of miles. I will certainly have a pre-buy inspection done by an independent mechanic before I buy anything but I was looking for some advice on what I should be on the lookout for and how much deferred maintenance (and the expense associated with) that I can expect.

My wife has a 12 year old Mercedes with 130,000 miles on it and it drives wonderfully. Can I expect the same sort of longevity with a BMW, particularly one that already has 190,000 miles on it?

Thanks in advance for any help for this newbie.

Will
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:35 AM
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Mein Auto: 1997 740 IL
Shoot over to E38.org. it has all the common problems with the car.

IMHO, the 740 IL is a complete dream. Here is one thing to consider between the two cars. The IL has approx 5 more inches of leg room in the back seat over the normal 740.. If you dont think its a big difference, sit in each of them. Even though you have small kids, Im sure you will want to drive it for other events as well. That extra 5 inches makes an absolute world of difference in comfort. Plus. I think it actually makes the car look better with the added length. But that is all IMO..

I would definitely hit ww.E38.org and http://www.meeknet.co.uk/E38/Index.htm

You will find tons of information on these cars and what to look out for and expect...

Happy reading and good luck
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