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Discussion of BMW's 4th generation E65/E66 7 Series flagship. The E65 generated much controversy, due to its radical styling and iDrive user difficulties. Nonetheless, the E65 broke records to become the best-selling 7-series iteration ever, especially after its 2005 facelift.

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:14 AM
bmw456 bmw456 is offline
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Need some advice please

Hi all. I am new to the BMW forum. I currently drive a mercedes but an looking to buy a BMW. Specifically I have some questions for all you 7-series people out there. I found a 2004 745i with 49K miles for $19,600 from a private party. I haven't driven it yet but according to the owner it is pristine in every way. I have looked on all the appraisal sites and there appears to be quite a range of prices on this vehicle. Do you think this is a good price? Also, what are the pretty common problems/pitfalls of this vehicle? I know all vehicles have issues but what can I expect to repair or replace with certainty on this model car?

I appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:04 PM
chrisrees chrisrees is offline
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Location: Colorado
Join Date: May 2012
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Mein Auto: 02 745li
Transmission, alternator, coils, oil leaks, carbon build up, vanos solenoid, everything goes wrong. Not as reliable as your Merc.
Repairs 2012
wishbone & steering rack
Rfmd hydro steering gea
combination nu
Ball Joint
Tension strut with hydr
Switch unit steering column
Coils 5&7 and new spark plugs
Faulty DSC Control Module
Fuel Gauge
Leaking Crank Case Vent Valves
Power Steering pump, washer pump and grommont,
Crank Shaft position sensor
Total $13,481.37 in one year my mechanic swears all these parts are re engineered to work better than the originals lol
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:57 PM
Boeing750i Boeing750i is offline
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Mein Auto: 2007 750i
You should be able to step into the newer body style 06 to 08 for right around 22k. Less issues than the 2002 to 2005 model.

2007 BMW 750i Sport
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:26 PM
bmw456 bmw456 is offline
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Don't know about Florida but in Texas you're not going to get close to that price with 49,000 miles for a 2006- 08. I really don't want one with 90k+ on it. I'm under the impression that after 02 and 03 thing didn't seem to break down as much as much of the problems were fixed by software upgrades. Is an 04 model a"run as fast as you can" model? I am willing to factor in the occasional alternator , coils , routine stuff but I'm not willing to change out a whole transmission at 70k miles as a certainty.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:21 PM
wayne86 wayne86 is offline
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Mein Auto: 7 series, '08
OK but not a great price. Nada puts it at around 16.9K
TOTAL PRICE $14,625 $16,875 $18,775
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