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BMW 7-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • keeskees Posts: 3
    02 745 A/C problem. I have had my car in the shop 6-7 times for the A/C. every time i turn it on it smells liek a cat ha spissed in my car. The smell is horrible and they kep flushinh it and changing filters, but it never helps. It is in the shop now again and I told I do not want it back if you did what you did in the past. Has anybody had this problem? Resolved ? I am very sick of this and must say this car is the worst I have ever had. It would eb OK, if BMW would act on it. I have aclled BMW USA no call back. Besides this, I also have issues with cd player get stuck, window does not go up, navigation system, seat memory does not work, trunk would not close, engibe failure twice..

    HELP ???
  • keeskees Posts: 3
    Don't buy it. It is a disaster..
  • keeskees Posts: 3
    I noticed yyour messsage on the board. Since I cannot get any reply fro BVMW USA by phone, I am addressing you. I have an issue with the A/C. It just stinks very bad when turned on. the mechnics admitt that this is a problem with the car and they have flushed and chnage filters 6 times. It doe snot help. The car is in the shop now and I told them to keep the car until they fix it. No more filter chnages, I need something done for real. Do you have a solution for this? It has been very frustarting!!! And why doe snobody at BMW USA call me back . Twice !
  • smodersmoder Posts: 13
    I purchased a used 2002 745 in March 04 with 19K miles. I had read many of the reports regarding quality issues and realize BMW's are not Toyotas(I have owned both before). Since March 04, the following problems have occurred. 1. Airbag Failure light(no found issues) 2. Passenger Window Broken 3. AC Never worked right 4. Navigation System-didn't work(slow) 5. Bells going off when the car is parked and key removed 6. Hum in Speaker 7. Air Seats not blowing properly 8.Radio not showing presets. The car looked and drove great. Couldn't stand all the problems..traded it in on a Lexus at 38K miles 11 months later. Lexus, 5000K miles no problems. I will keep my 1999 Z3, but will never buy another BMW. I heard the factory is offering a 100K warranty for 02 and 03 owners. It would be great If BMW would have sent that information to me(they didn't). Very Sad.
  • 95730i95730i Posts: 2
    I'm currently stationed overseas in Europe and just purchased a 1995 730i. The car is truly awesome but the owners manual is in German; is there anyway to get the owners manual in English via PDF file or purchasing one so I can truly understand all the features and capabilities of this great machine?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,591
    I'd try eBay or have a friend in the USA buy one at a BMW dealer and send it to you. Keep in mind though there is no 730i in America, only a 530i. So you might have to try a dealer in the UK.

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  • I just got a 1993 740il used and for the most part it has been great. I put a few things into it before I took ownership and the dealer was a friend of the family so he also did a few things that ordinarily would not have happened. The car is in mint condition inside and out especially for this many years old. It truly was a pampered car who ever had it. Ok, now the problem....Of late, every time I step on the brake the 1 Brake Light comes on with a bell sound. I check the bulb and the brake light is fine. After the car is turned off the 1 Brake Light sounds and continues to display. I guess at some point it goes off because it is not on when I get back in the car. As soon as I step on the brake I get the warning again. Why is this happening!!! The bulb is fine. I was trying to avoid a trip to the dealer because all of the early gifts from the dealership are through. Is this a prelude to electrical problems I have heard so much about with BMW's? Any advice I would greatly appreciate it.
  • hlindonhlindon Posts: 1
    94' 740i with 140K. Always maitiamned and the transmission has developed a strong surge / firm shift when shifting into the 5th gear.

    Fluid has been verfied . Looking for thoughts to follw-up that may assist. BMW want to replace....

    Service company indicates it somewhat normal. Everyone has different thoughts.

    Any suggestions,
  • Do i need to change the Rotors if i change the Brake Pads.The car computer says check the brake linings.Pls Suggest.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,591
    Depends on their condition. If they are worn down or grooved, you follow BMWs recommendations. They may require that you replace rotors and not turn them, I'm not sure on this particular model. Rotors aren't all that cheap for this car so I wouldn't just chuck 'em like you would with a Honda. Also you have a big fast heavy car and you don't want to cut corners.

    So to summarize:

    1. Does BMW authorize turning rotors at al for your model?

    2. Are your rotor surfaces in pristine condition or are they grooved or smooth but worn too thin?

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  • Thx for the Info
  • 95730i95730i Posts: 2
    will i find everything I need in a US printed 7 series owners manual for a 730i. I understand that the 730i is not available in the US but will the manual cover the specifics? if not what would not be covered?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,591
    Well what I meant was you won't find a US printed manual for a 730. You might find a UK printed one however.

    I'd have to do some research, as I'm not sure how a 730i differs, having never seen one.

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  • rog1111rog1111 Posts: 1
    Hi all

    I returned to my UK 1997 740i today to find that I couldn't open the central locking with the remote. No problem, I thought, it's probably the battery in the key fob, so I will just open the door manually. However, no dice, the key doesn't open the drivers door, the lock just turns, although the boot will open. There seems to be power in the engine battery, but I'm still locked out ! Does anyone perhaps have anything to suggest ?

    Thanks in advance
  • nsbeemernsbeemer Posts: 1
    anyone have experience parking a 745 li out in the snow all winter, i am up in boston, ma and do not have a garage? any suggestions/things i should be on the lookout for?

  • norms75norms75 Posts: 6
    I have a 90 750il that has a transmission problem. When driving, it seems that it takes quiet sometime for the car to go into gear. I had the oil change and transmission fluid checked four months ago and was told the the transmission fluid was full. I haven't noticed it leaking. Is this a major expense and is it worth it? Please advise.
  • bimmer750bimmer750 Posts: 3
    Hi everyone,
    First of all I want to say that this is one of the most informative bmw web-forums I have ever across with oddles of experiences and anectodes shared by various bmw vehicle owners. I just want to say keep up the good work :)

    I am a proud owner of a 750iL 98, with about 37K miles, yes I know thats ultra low but I drive it really less, its practically brand new. Never driven in winter, maybe I'll break that record this year who knows ;)

    Anyways I live here in Toronto and its been really hot lately these past couple of days... and whenever I go for refueling....its a mission in a half to fill up the gas-tank. :( ....I mean as soon as I put the noozle in the pump clicks in the first 2 seconds! :mad: I gently pull it out so only the top portion of the nozzle is submerged in the fuel tank ....again :cry: same thing the pump clicks....and it keeps doing it through out .....its sooooooooo embarassing driving a 7 series benchmark and this sort of thing happening everytime I go fill up on gas. I get all service done from the dealer the service rep said its normal and that you should pull the nozzle out gently and pump in that way....but hey thats what I've been mentioned earlier....

    I dont know what to do.....they said everything is normal....the mechanic voluntarily agreed to come with me and show me at the gas station how to do it...but I havent gotten the chance to meet up with him yet...however I want to know is there any cure for this?
    is this normal?
    am I in a very hefty expense?
    Can I use one of those fuel additives and put it in next time I fill-up to get rid of the air pockets?

    Sorry about the long post....please I need someone's opinion and advice as to what I should do... I mean I love the car its in immaculate condition and still has the new car leather smell in it....even after 7 years! and I hope there is a practical easy solution to this problem

    Kind Regards
  • jp7jp7 Posts: 2
    Hi, First time user,
    I have a question: My 1994 740IL, has a vibration when I reach the speeds of 52 - 55 mph, it is in the front. I replaced the original rims with rims from a 5 series that were alloy, same vibration, then I replaced the rims with chrome 17" mags. It didn't vibrate as much, but still there is vibration at the posted mph I mentioned. Any thoughts guys?
  • bimmer750bimmer750 Posts: 3
    Hi there f1buick,
    I have been there in your boat with my Lexus GS300. First-off whats the mileage on the car? Are you the first owner of the car, do you have service records on the car?
    Have your brakes been recently serviced?
    Are your tires new?
    Do they run true, i.e. do they have flat spots?
    Did you get the front control arm bushings checked? There is a possibility they have worn out considering its an 11 year old car.
    Are rims ok, you mentioned you only changed the front end rims....maybe the back rims are bent which is causing the vibration.
    Did you use roadforce for wheel balancing?
    Alignment could be out which could cause irregular wear patterns on tires and eventually cause them to vibrate.
    Many factors could lead up to the vibration you are talking about at the speed mentioned....please be more specific as to where exactly is the vibration felt from.
    Hope this helps
    Kind Regards
  • mellis1mellis1 Posts: 12
    Mr Shiftright, is there a BMW web site that shows illustrated pictures of replacing various components, on 7 series that is free for the use. Sometimes it helps to see a picture when they are explaining a repair or replacement, e.g. brakes

    Thanks in advance, if there is such a place.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,591
    Gee I haven't seen such a place per se but I'm sure everything is out there if you have the patience to look. There are often sites that do this but most are subscription I believe. (like

    You know, if you are going to DIY, there is nothing like a paper workshop manual right there in front of you. Even if you aren't doing the repair, you can look things up and even take the manual to the dealer to show him what you are talking about.

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  • jp7jp7 Posts: 2
    Hi, thanks for the advice. Hmm let me see if I can describe this best: I did have front brakes replaced, also, the front control arms were replaced, as well as bushings, as recently as 2 months. The car has 197,000 miles, I'm the second owner, tires and rims as just 1 year old, Bridgestone tires are on it. All 4 tires/wheel have been together since bought. runs great and drives great, except for the problem I described. Again, I appreciate you thoughts.

  • jdunnejdunne Posts: 1
    Having two problems with our 1995 740IL BMW. We've had the car for about 21 months and ran into these problems last summer also. Wanted to know if anyone else had the same experience and if they had any luck correcting the situations.

    Problem 1: air conditioning stops working--only blows warm air when the car is idling--otherwise ac works fine.

    Problem 2: Digital Sound Processing Display goes out when temperature outside is 85 or above. When car cools off the Digital Sound Processing Display returns.

    Many thanks.
  • For the last few days the front passenger door on my 740i will not unlock with either central locking/key or from inside with the handle. Tried checking all fuses etc.with no joy, anyone have any idea how to solve the problem?
    Hope you can help as the wife is a getting a bit miffed having to climb in through the window all the time!!!
  • bimmer750bimmer750 Posts: 3
    I thinks its time to take it to a BMW dealership and get it checked out! See what they have to say and then go on from there...might be a ECU lock programming glitch or something
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,591
    Can you put your ear to the door and hear anything working in that door? What I'm driving at is whether you have a malfunctioning lock motor that isn't even working or if the motor is working but the mechanical connection to the lock itself is busted.

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  • hoot48hoot48 Posts: 1
    Hi...Newbi here:

    1. Can anyone tell me if there is any harm in burning 89-octane in a '95 7-series? My BMW mechanic says that's what he burns in his. He said "That's why they have knock sensors. The computer detects any knock due to octane and makes the appropriate adjustments to timing, etc. Can 89 really have a noticable effect on fuel injectors?

    2. Does anyone know of a place to purchase a repair manual for this car? I have seen them for 3- & 5-series...and for earlier 7-series (like Haynes, e.g.).

    3. I am the 2nd owner of this car. Bought it at 63,000 miles. It was pristine. Only problem was that I've had a shimmy since day one. The BMW shop that sold it too me went over the front end (and I have since had several other mechanics do so) and couldn't find anything they could attribute this to. He insisted that it was the tires. So I bought a new set of Dunlop A2 Sports...same problem. He then said "Oh, you HAVE to run Michelins on this car". So I next bought a set of MXV4s. Seemed fine for a short while, then back to shimmy (can feel it in floor board and very prominent in steering wheel). I've replace the rotors and brake pads. Any thoughts?

    Many Thanks
  • ryclan4ryclan4 Posts: 1
    I have 1997 BMW740il. When I drive for a few miles it gets very hot under the left side of the hood.

    Just wanted to know if anyone ha the same problem.

    All responses are welcome.

  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,860
    I have been thinking af getting a bmw 7 after this last cycle change..I was wondering when the all new 7 would be introduced? The Lexus I have has the last four yrs is still a year away from the big change, and I also am tired of the same old same old, although it has been an easy car to own....I got my wife a new bmw 530xi station wagon and she loves it...I have been messing around with the i drive and find it complicated at first, but I think it will get easier with more familiarity...That has really been a big negative for even thinking of the bmw, so now I am thinking...Thanks Tony
  • jackiebjackieb Posts: 4
    I have the same vibration problem and have the same tires as you do on my
    2001 740il. Having talked to BMW techs and gone to the website,
    I believe that Michelin Pilots are the best tires for the 7 series. When my MXV wear down, I will replace them with Pilots. Also, are your bushings leaking? That
    may be a factor in the shimmy. Air pressure. I run 33 psi in the front and 35 in
    the rears. Alignment. Costly and be sure that BMW techs use the weights in the
    care for the proper alignment. Good luck.
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