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post #166 of 222
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Either one would be good, IMO. My preference would be for the 740i since it would have more creature comforts, but the 540i would be lighter and handle it bit better. Good choices.

Well what about potential problems? It seems like the 740i has a lot of complicated electronic systems and stuff. Maybe they are super reliable but it just seems like they have a lot of parts that can break or malfunction.
post #167 of 222
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Yes.

Yes. Yes.
post #168 of 222
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Well what about potential problems? It seems like the 740i has a lot of complicated electronic systems and stuff. Maybe they are super reliable but it just seems like they have a lot of parts that can break or malfunction.
This is true. The 540i will have fewer gadgets to repair/replace and repairs may be less costly on the 540i overall.
post #169 of 222
Any word on the 335d?

I don't especially need a crotch rocket for where I drive, and the notion of getting 700 miles per tankful is appealing.
post #170 of 222
The 740i is no more or less reliable than the 540i (in the 1999 - 2001 models, anyway). Same engine, very similar electronics and mechanics (and the same parts are used in both cars and both break at the same rate). By 2001, the 740i had almost all the bugs out since it was the last year of that particular model. I'd stay far far away from the 2002 and 2003 7-series, when they re-did the body style and introduced new electronics. $15k - $20k is way over the mark for a nice one, by the way. I tend to think you can find an extremely nice, clean, and well-maintained 740i for no more than $15k. PM me if you want, as I just traded mine in and was watching prices for a while.
post #171 of 222
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The 740i is no more or less reliable than the 540i (in the 1999 - 2001 models, anyway). Same engine, very similar electronics and mechanics (and the same parts are used in both cars and both break at the same rate).

By 2001, the 740i had almost all the bugs out since it was the last year of that particular model. I'd stay far far away from the 2002 and 2003 7-series, when they re-did the body style and introduced new electronics.

$15k - $20k is way over the mark for a nice one, by the way. I tend to think you can find an extremely nice, clean, and well-maintained 740i for no more than $15k. PM me if you want, as I just traded mine in and was watching prices for a while.

Well 15 is for a 01 740i in excellent condition with low miles. This is according to KBB. An 03 540i in excellent shape is more around 17. And these are dealer prices. I've never driven the 7 but my buddy has an E39 wagon with the V6 and it drives great. He beats the crap out of it too so I know they hold up well. I'm just deciding which body I like better. And I'll just keep an eye out on ebay and cars.com until I find one I like.
post #172 of 222
Some nice ones pop up on Ebay, had my eye on this as a second car and would have pulled the trigger if it weren't for the automatic transmission:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-...item58852b7473
post #173 of 222
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Some nice ones pop up on Ebay, had my eye on this as a second car and would have pulled the trigger if it weren't for the automatic transmission:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-...item58852b7473

Yea I saw that one. That thing is mint. It's in IL though.
post #174 of 222
Acura RL, fully loaded.
post #175 of 222
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What is the point of this besides making both the car and driver look stupid?

Thats fine that you think that, doesnt bother me lol
That is a tad extreme, I agree, that car isnt a daily driver. The point is, it looks cool to a very large group of enthusiasts around the world.
post #176 of 222
I would get a 07-08 BMW 650i or 07-08 Mercedes CLS550...
post #177 of 222
jbreen, youre crazy for spending 30k on a car thats 9 years old and is not collectible in the slightest. you'll be bored of the car in a month or 2 and won't be able to sell it for a fraction of it's cost. get something newer for that price and dont do any mods, you'll be much happier when it comes time to sell it. or for near 55 cop a new CTS-V, american and crazy powerful for the new year.
post #178 of 222
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Don't know how I didn't find this sooner but I'm in love. Jag XF. Car and Driver 2009 top 10 list and the 2010 is even better with the 5.0 V8. Seems like a great value to price ratio. Just trying to find out more about the reliability of these.
post #179 of 222
^^^It's a nice car but it reminds me too much of the old Ford Taurus.
post #180 of 222
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^^^It's a nice car but it reminds me too much of the old Ford Taurus.

a buddy of mine has one. Beautiful interior (except the weird gear shifter), but I could never really get past the ugly exterior.
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