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Old 02-21-2013, 10:45 AM
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Buy a 2002 745? Yes or no? What to look out for? Newbie

Are they that bad? I'm selling my 300c and wouldn't mind a big body bimmer. If I do what do I need to test? I see the alts go bad, anything else? The mileage will be 95-120k.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:42 PM
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745i Beware

I have a 2004 and I love it and hate it at the same time. What to look for ?
ASK units go out on virtually everyone at $900 discounted dealership price.
Next is the Logic 7 amp at a similar price.
Transmission issues associated with down shifts or shifting in general.
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No aftermarket shocks available if you want to go Bilstien or Koni the answer is no.
Make sure you can either turn a wrench or have a great BMW mechanic and you are armed to the hilt with diagnostic tools. The e65 board is very helpful and active on this site.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:08 AM
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dont buy one i was gunna until i did research, and im a mechanic and my family has been running an auto garadge for 30 years , and i still cant keep up with one of thosedreadful cars, i just got a 2001 il instead , that car is a dud, one of bmws worst cars ever produced, just didnt get it right
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:28 AM
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Are they that bad? I'm selling my 300c and wouldn't mind a big body bimmer. If I do what do I need to test? I see the alts go bad, anything else? The mileage will be 95-120k.
Personally, I would not buy a 2002 model as the first model year is very prone to many issues. Avoid it like the plague.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:41 AM
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go with a older 7 series one.. i just got a 97 740il and so far runs good bout to do some upgrades to the radio and stuff.. if you need some car audio let me know pm me i will hook you up
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:05 AM
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Umm hell no. Its been said by lots of enthusiast, the 2002 745i is the worst BMW made. Because of those motors are somewhat of a nightmare, the transmissions are a gamble. Than you get into the electronics and what not inside the car. I'm a tech savvy person, and 1st Gen iDrive was terrible. Skip the 2002 and look for 2004 or later, although the 745s have been E38 cheap from a few years ago.
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:25 PM
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Is the 2003 the same too of just the 2002? 2004 not in my budget.
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