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BMW 7-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • No panels falling off but brake light bulb burned out once.

    I had a problem with service engine soon light, dealer replaced oxygen sensor under warranty.

    I forgot to mention one time i got stuck in the middle of the bridge. Could not restart the engine. Dealer said it was a fuse. The car had about 40k miles at the time.

    With nav, the screen goes blank or has some gray lines all over. I had to replace "black box" from the trunk. Got it used since dealer wanted $1300 for rebuilt one. Should have sold the car at that time when everything was working. That nav broke 3 months later and now i am on ebay looking for another one. :(
  • At +100 degree outside sometimes the nav freezes and then stereo goes out. Once I reboot its fine
    this is the second unit
  • Ok, now that everyone is scaring me, I have to ask: how many of you would buy again? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? I ask because I'm looking at the 2007 750iL and a VERY attractive incentive. I'm also considering the LS460. Yeah, I know they're two very different cars: performance vs. luxury. But having owned an SC400 for 14 years w/o a single problem is very compelling! The other side of the coin has me owning a 2002 vette with the average number of chronic problems traditional of vettes, but what a hoot to drive when its healthy. I'm leaning towards the 750iL b/c I figure it would give me the best combo of luxury and performance (selling the vette). But if the problems are even worse than what I've had with my $50k vette, I don't want any part of it, especially not for $86k. I think the BMW beats the Lex in performance, styling, and discount percentage off list; but Lex wins in reliability and features (ie. touch-screen vs iDrive). WWJD or what would you do? Thanks
  • where do i start with my grief- 2000 740il less than 90k
    it was 100 degrees for 5 days , equals new navigation system,
    new radiator,, water pump, replacement of jam between passenger and rear seat window- belts, both steering arms last week- one helluva ride when its out of the shop- buy japanese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Differnet Cars the E38 was a very nice vechicle but in the life of upper level cars and thinsgs it was loaded and had some faults that showed up later. The new platform of the new cars is much different. I was able to have my daughter drive me with me in the back- sweet ride , I have fun driving it too and would buy a new one if I needed it. The Lexus 460 is a nice ride as well butdoesnt seem to be a drivers car. I hope this answers your question - with the issues there is no better car to fly down the I5 to LA
  • If you are buying new you get the warranty, so at least you do not have to pay for the repairs. Bring it to the shop which is still a pain get your loaner and drive away.

    I would not want to own a BMW without warranty but with one i would get it again.
  • I wanted to post my problem - hope this is the correct format:

    I have a 2001 740IL - Navigation system – Words are out of alignment – should say “in 300 yards, turn left”, instead it says “in 300 yards, left, turn”. Also, should say “turn left ahead” instead it says “Left, turn ahead”. You can tell that there should be another word afterwards. I just purchased the car and it was transferred from California. I changed the CA CD for the TX CD. It's weir because this happened to me several years ago when I purchased a 740IL from Ohio. They ended up replacing the Nav system. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
  • I am getting pretty scared reading all the entries about all the problems on the older 740 BMW’s. I purchased a 1998 740IL in 2004, traded it in on a 2000 740IL in 2006, and traded that in on a 2001 740IL this week. I have been very lucky as I have not had any major problems with them at all. The only two problems I’ve had were with the NAV on the 2000 & 2001 and I could not find my problem in the forum which makes me think it’s something new. I purchased both cars from CarMax, one transferred from Ohio, and the last one transferred from California. On both cars, the words were out of alignment – should say “in 300 yards, turn left”, instead it says “in 300 yards, left, turn”. Also, should say “turn left ahead” instead it says “Left, turn ahead”. You can tell that there should be another word afterwards. On the 2000, BMW replaced the NAV system with a 2006 system and it worked great. CarMax paid for everything. They even paid for the whole CD series since the car came with Ohio CD. I love CarMax. I already made an appt with CarMax for them to look at this problem – I assume the same results will happen where they will take it to BMW center and they will replace it. But isn’t this weir?? Has anybody hear of this? Thanks
  • Just curious here.. do you have Mk2 or Mk3 Navigation? (Widescreen is generally Mk3) and what version software are you running?
  • What kind of warranty/service contract does CarMax offer?
  • nirhnirh Posts: 1

    Can anyone recommend a good shop for changing brake pads and rotors on my 1998 740IL? What should be the cost?

    Thanks in advance.
  • My 2000 is very simply to do - The Germans made a beautiful design to replace the system - Parts are about $500 to $800 depending on rotor and Pad Brand (thats for all 4) labor is extra.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    I think if you go to a good shop and they use the very best parts it's about a $1,200 job...depends a lot on what part of the country you are in, and labor rates.

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  • sorry for the delay - it's a wide screen screen so I assume it's a Mk3. I think that is the problem - I have a 2000 or 2001 Nav system and I'm using a 2005 CD. That is why the replaced the Nav system with a current one on my 2000 one. I'm hoping they will do something similar with the 2001. I really love carmax. They are the greatest - for a loaner they gave me a crossfire. Wow, it is sweet - but my wife took it away from me. ha ha - later
  • sorry for the delay - I can not said enough about carmax period. They have a 5 day grace period where you can turn in the car with no questions asked. They have a 30 day 100% full warranty on anything that goes wrong with the car - and they provide you with a loner!!! Since I've purchased two cars from them already - they have given me a F150 truck, ford taurus, and now a crossfire (which my wife sold from me). They also offer extended warranty - I got the 36 months for $1500. In my case, everything I've ask them to do - they do without any lip - wow!!! I asked for a Texas CD for the 1st car I purchased from them and they purchased the whole (at least 7 CD's) set for me!!! They are great - I guess that is why they sold over 2 millions cars by 2006.
  • I appreciate your comments - however I've had a 98, 2000, and just purchased a 2001 (with 49,350 miles) 740IL and I've had nothing but good luck with them. I an now scared by reading all the other the reviews on this site and hope my luck is not as bad as some of the writers. :<)ha ha. I was thinking, they must sell hundreds of 740IL's and only a hand full are posted with problems here - I want to think that the majority of the 740IL's work great. We can get a lemon in a luxury car too you know. I still love the car and hopefully my luck will hold out - if it does not, then I'll get it fixed and keep on driving - thanks
  • Thanks for the info. I have no experience with CARMAX, but may consider them when I buy a car for the wife.
  • Try autohaus arizona for brake parts. Front disc, pads and
    sensor alomg with tool for compressing cyclinder for $240.
    Brakes work great.
  • spagespage Posts: 1
    I recently took my 2000 740i in for servicing, detailing and to have my CD player looked at as it was not reading CD's and working. When I picked up my car my computer screen was blank and it was explained to me that since the CD cartridge was removed to send in for repair that the computer was out of commission until the cartridge was put back in. I was surprised to find that the computer screen came back on within the next few days despite the fact that the CD cartridge was still removed, with more computer functionality each day. I now have a few vertical thin blue lines that have appeared at the side of the screen and recently another vertical line in the middle of the screen. I now suspect that the shop where I took it possibly damaged the computer either by a short or water damage by the person who detailed the car. Any idea of what has happened to my computer and if it will deteriorate further. How contained is the computer from water damage? If it was water damage, would it be from the interior or the exterior? Would the computer be affected by the removal of the CD cartridge or was this a lie?
  • Anyone out there in the Dallas area could you give me the name of a good body shop in your area? My son-in-law was rear ended in his 745 last night. I see that there are two certified BMW shops in the area. One is Classic BMW. Any advise would really help.

  • Looking into a Pre-Owned 7 series since the current rate is quite low. Any suggestions?
  • I own a 735i e32 1988 model since i bought the machine i have been enjoying it but one thing keep croping up each time i want to carry out some minor repairs on the machine i will discover that i can not read the manual to carry out simple maintainace on my own because it is not writen in english. please can someone help me with the english version of it please, the person can help send it to my email petevio@gmail,com as an attachment thanks.
  • supssups Posts: 1
    im considering buying a 2001 740il. would be my first bmw. im convinced its one of the best luxury sport sedans in its class.. my only concern is the cost of the normal maintenance of the vehicle over the next 50,000 miles or so assuming i can prove normal maint. has been performed. im hoping to find one with about 50k in miles . please enlighten me. im very excited to buy my first one. tell me what you think.
  • The plastic nipple on my radiator intake hose broke so I ordered a new radiator and replaced it. I also found the rats had chewed some wires that went into the radiator, so I taped them up put on new hoses, rinsed some gunk out of the engine block and put stuff back together. However the electric fan doesn't come on and I overheat in about a mile of driving. Is there a way to check the fan or a fuse to see if it needs to be replaced?
  • My fob and/or the center consoul button are not unlocking the doors, any ideas?
  • I had the dealer repair one window, I can't afford to have them fix the other three. Anyone ever try to repair them? They won't roll up.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    Go to this website:

    Then click on "checklists" and then on "7 series 2001" and it will tell you what to expect regarding maintenance items.

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  • mmrenommreno Posts: 9
    I must ask a question, have you purchased the Original BMW Mobile Traditions Book or CD? If that is the manual you are not able to translate, I agree with you 100 percent. I was able to get an original BMW paper, USA edition copy from a member of the BMW CCA member 8 or so years ago, in english, and it was an exact copy of the BMW dealer book, man what a savior!

    If you have just the basic German info book, go to , Bavarian Auto Parts, and they have almost all the BMW CD's in english now. I would let you use mine, but it only goes to '87. Best of luck to you!
  • Just bought a 2000 740i Security
    Read that ...
    You can download or view a .PDF version of the owners manual in the "owners" section of the BMW site


    Thanks :P
  • I have a 98 740il and had the same problem, if u look in the trunk just above the battery you'll find a fuse box. i replace the fuse for the trunk & door locks which had blown after i change the battery now it's working perfect. hope this helps........
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