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Old 12-15-2019, 06:03 AM
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Hi im looking to buy a 1995 750i with 146k milage.
Only thing i know about is that it was in the garage for the last 10 years, and now the owner recently changed the filters (oil,air &fuel) spark plugs.
What should I look for as like common issues with the engine and rust spots?
It would be my first e38 and first car that has a powerful engine so I could use some information about some things.
•How much money should I put aside for emergency repairs.
•Overall maintenance cost per some period maybe like a year?
•Overall reliability.
•Gas mileage 80% of the time driving in town.
I'm looking into it because I really like e38 overall appearance and comfort.
Also the price is very good (2500$)
My english isn't the best sorry ***x1f604;

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Old 12-15-2019, 07:17 PM
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It is a V12, driving around town your mileage is going to suck (<15MPG). And it runs best on premium or at least 89 gas, using a lower grade fuel will result in less power and lower MPG.
$1000-1500 would be ok to budget for a well sorted car, if this one has been sitting for 10 years you can count on a constant string of issues though and it may be $5000-10000 in the first year or two to get it sorted. The good news there though is afterward you should go a few years needing almost nothing.
Good news, the transmission they used with the V12 holds up really well.

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Old 12-15-2019, 11:43 PM
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Hmm okay thank you
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Old 12-16-2019, 08:23 AM
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Are you in the USA/North America? If so, keep looking for one that hasn't been sitting, better to pay a little more up front for one that gets driven than one that's been rotting. I don't have the V12 but those that do all seem to prefer it to the V8, and it appears to be more reliable.
If you find a 740 there were different V8's depending on the year. The early ones had the M60 4.0L which was a solid engine except for some oil pump issues, the nut would come off which itself was an easy fix, and they still used the beefier transmission. For a couple of years they used the M62 4.4L and then the M62TU (VANOS) which got a downgraded transmission along with having timing chain guide issues.
If you are outside the North American market there are other engines/transmissions to look for that are not as powerful but gets better gas mileage and reliability as well as being easier to work on.

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1999 740iA - long term project/summer DD
2000 Impala LS - RIP 12/23/2016, officially totaled by insurance company
2001 330xiA - fXtXeX/son project - now April's car
2008 335xiA - winterbeater Impala replacement
2002 530i/5 - 2.5 years searching...and it is John's car
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Old 12-16-2019, 08:30 AM
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Are you in the USA/North America? If so, keep looking for one that hasn't been sitting, better to pay a little more up front for one that gets driven than one that's been rotting. I don't have the V12 but those that do all seem to prefer it to the V8, and it appears to be more reliable.
If you find a 740 there were different V8's depending on the year. The early ones had the M60 4.0L which was a solid engine except for some oil pump issues, the nut would come off which itself was an easy fix, and they still used the beefier transmission. For a couple of years they used the M62 4.4L and then the M62TU (VANOS) which got a downgraded transmission along with having timing chain guide issues.
If you are outside the North American market there are other engines/transmissions to look for that are not as powerful but gets better gas mileage and reliability as well as being easier to work on.

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No im in Europe Estonia haha so theres not much of them pretty much the cheapest here is 5000€ and its not even in a such good condition.And the one im looking at has been sitting for 13 years and it has been in a dry and neutral temperature garage.
So for 2300€ it would be a great deal for me ***x1f604;
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Old 12-16-2019, 10:13 AM
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Since it has been sitting for 13 years (plastic/rubber/seals still age poorly), if there isn't anyone you can take it to (1990's BMW expert) for a pre-purchase inspection...make sure it is cold (sat overnight) start it up and drive it at least 25 miles preferably with the windows down and the radio off, make lots of turns, shift all the gears. After it has warmed up put a few highway miles on it and check the acceleration and especially the braking from 65MPH. Before taking it back find an empty parking lot and do figure 8's turning the wheel lock-lock. If the shifts are smooth, no vibrations or noises, temp gage stays straight up at 12o'clock, you are halfway there. The rest is playing with all the buttons, knobs and switches and a thorough visual inspection, have to see what works or doesn't and verify fluid conditions, no leaks, car sits level, no structural rust (any signs of rust on the rockers make sure you can jack each corner of the car, rust on the pillars or roof means RUN).

Oh...coolant should be checked before you drive or you'll have to wait a while for it to cool back down before you can remove the cap.

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2005 Venture Extended LT - what else you gonna drive when you have 6 kids, cargo and still want better than 10MPG
1999 740iA - long term project/summer DD
2000 Impala LS - RIP 12/23/2016, officially totaled by insurance company
2001 330xiA - fXtXeX/son project - now April's car
2008 335xiA - winterbeater Impala replacement
2002 530i/5 - 2.5 years searching...and it is John's car
1989 535i/5 - the spare car
2002 325xiA - to be Charlotte's when she gets her license (?2019?)

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Old 12-16-2019, 10:22 AM
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Since it has been sitting for 13 years, if there isn't anyone you can take it to (1990's BMW expert) for a pre-purchase inspection...make sure it is cold (sat overnight) start it up and drive it at least 25 miles preferably with the windows down and the radio off, make lots of turns, shift all the gears. After it has warmed up put a few highway miles on it and check the acceleration and especially the braking from 65MPH. Before taking it back find an empty parking lot and do figure 8's turning the wheel lock-lock. If the shifts are smooth, no vibrations or noises, temp gage stays straight up at 12o'clock, you are halfway there. The rest is playing with all the buttons, knobs and switches and a thorough visual inspection, have to see what works or doesn't and verify fluid conditions, no leaks, car sits level, no structural rust (any signs of rust on the rockers make sure you can jack each corner of the car, rust on the pillars or roof means RUN).

Oh...coolant should be checked before you drive or you'll have to wait a while for it to cool back down before you can remove the cap.

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He told me that the pull is a little slow but the gearbox doesnt show amy problems just prolly the oil and filter of the gearbox needs to be changed. And one tie rod is a bit noisy so some small things to do but nothing too big.Deffinetly gonna get a pre purache check done to it.
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:54 PM
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•Gas mileage 80% of the time driving in town.
The mileage in city driving is really terrible by any standard, it might be enough to have you hate the car.
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Old 01-12-2020, 12:59 AM
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15mpg average if you drive it mostly in town a little bit on highway. At least thats what mine gets.
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