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Old 02-26-2008, 12:11 PM   #11
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go for the ssei, bmw'* cost so much for upkeep and all that crap...
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:15 PM   #12
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Where'* Pinky? He'll give you his take on BMWs
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Old 02-26-2008, 03:07 PM   #13
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Get the SSEI and really learn first hand about the 3800.
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Old 02-26-2008, 03:19 PM   #14
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sseis are cheaper to fix and maintain.

BMWs are nicer cars.
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Old 02-26-2008, 03:33 PM   #15
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Don't forget, he has a Black 95 SLE/SC also, so he'* no stranger to the 3800.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:15 PM   #16
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Guys I went against the Grain I purchased the Bimmer. Hey hey, before you start reaming me a new one listen to my reasons.

-The older Body style of the 740'* I always liked. Reminds me of the 95 or closer to an Impala SS.
-I got an amazing deal on it way better than the SSEi (private party)
-There is NO leaks anywhere on the bimmer nor much wrong with it besides the radio doesnt work(different system going in it anyways). There was the oil leak on the SSEi and I noticed that it was actually leaking pretty bad (probly not a big problem). But the engine bay was sooooo dirty that I couldnt see where the leaks where comign from.
-The Steering shaft wasnt doing to good. (it would have to be replaced sometime)
-And I just didnt get that feeling I got when I jumped into the BMW.
-The Oil gauge was wacked.
-And the foglights didn't work
-I hate the tan interior on a bonneville.
-Not to mention the scratches all over the paint on it.

Pictures will come this Sunday When I clay bar it and wax it

I will be driving the 740 I think to WCBF unless I get the 95 back in shape. BUT I WILL BE THERE!!!

Also I will have another BLACK GXP! Or SSEi Thinking about Feb Next year though
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:49 PM   #17
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Well..... I wish you luck on the Bimmer.

Just so you know, the 4.0 V8 in those have quite a few problems, such as head gaskets, and are VERY costly to repair (upwards of $1600-1800)

And the engine has some cylinder liner problems, that lead to severe engine damage. It is hard to avoid as most American gas considered "low quality"

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BMW used Nikasil, an aluminium, nickel, and silicon alloy, to line the cylinders of the M60 engines. The cross-hatched Nikasil linings react with the high sulfur content found in lower-quality gasoline, such as that used in parts of the United States. This reaction causes damage to the very top of the cylinder bore, where there is the most contact of the burning mixture and the cylinder lining. The damage prevents a good seal from forming between the piston and the cylinder wall, causing a loss of compression in the combustion chamber. This "leak down" will cause M60s with worn linings to exhibit a rough idle, and if the problem continues unchecked, the engine will not start.

The only permanent fix for this problem is the replacement of the short block with the equivalent block using Alusil linings, which do not exhibit this corrosion problem. After the problem was found, BMW issued an extended six-year, 100,000-mile (160,000 km) warranty to cover these engines at no cost to the owner.
Also as you know, tune up parts are high, as with most repairs on these cars. They are nice cars, comfortable, quick, but will cost ya in the end. The E38 is also known to have some electrical problems.

I owned a '87 325is, and the tuneup alone was going to cost me almost $400. I had a friend with a 530i, and he hated that car, it cost him a TON to maintain and keep on the road.

Good luck.
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Ahem....

You don't realize what you just got yourself into, I mean, whats done is done, but those damn things, IMO, one of the best machines on the road...are HELL to maintain...that mostly attributed to the cost of the replacement parts. Other than that, they are THE example of a car made to be non-shadetree serviceable. So much so, that in the new ones, they've actually stopped installing engine oil dipsticks, in order to know the level, you have to drain and refill the engine. Seems insane, but true.

You best hope it doesn't break down anytime soon, and I suggest you start a separate savings fund just for any repairs that arise, because they almost always have to be done AT a BMW dealership. You think a domestic dealer deserves the title "stealership", HAH.

I suggest only using Chevron or Shell in it though because of the existing cylinder problems.

Maybe it'll be good to yah.

I do have to say something though, that is one awesome looking car.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:59 PM   #19
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Here is the way I look at it. Its a beautiful car if it starts having small problems here and there I could sell it for what I bought it for and most likely more. Where were you guys last night??

Anyways I am happy right now and I am sure you guys will hear about the problems if they arise.
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Old 02-26-2008, 09:29 PM   #20
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just seen this. I would trade my bonnie for that 740iL in a heart beat
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