Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by craigl33, Aug 27, 2006.
is it just me or are these super cheap for what they are?
yea.. cost of maintainance is too high... its a great deal if you find one in decent condition with no problems.. plus it has been almost 10 years since these cars came out.. still i think its a great deal.
i think they are a great deal .... the 8's will be alot cheaper to maintain than the 12's but still a bit on the expensive side (maintenance wise)
if you can find a good one thats in good condition. then you'll be fine!!!
maybe check out dealers that specialize in used bmws that way you'll have a better chance of getting one that is in good condition...
about how much in maintenance costs are we looking with one in decent shape, at about 70-80K miles?
Insurance is a grip as well. Love the one statham drives in the Transporter...
i think he drives a 735i?
I am not sure, just know there are a few beautiful ones for sale in my area. Checked the insurance price, and it was insane. No manual transmissions either.
I am back on an E36 kick now. Looking for a clean sedan...
Manual in a full size luxury sedan?
They look too outdated IMO....
i gotta disagree there. the e38's are a timeless design and the center of what a bmw should look like, in my opinion. the e38's, along with the e34's, e36's, etc.
a 2001 black/black 740i sport would be a great dd. i just wish i had more money.
Stay away from the E38's; there is a reason the prices are where they are. Auto trans problems, rear self-leveling suspension problems, many electronic issues (ECU's, modules, etc--like the E39's). Under-dash electronics that need to be replaced will be very high in labor cost. When the cats go out, big money there. Watch the valley-pan gaskets. Early models that still have the nikasil blocks are troublesome at around 125k (not sure if any of those were in the E38's; might have just been E32's)
nikasil vs. alusil
early model e38's had this problem along with late model e32's. it was the v8 (also found in the e34 530i and 540i). i believe they fixed this problem in '96 or '97.
Timeless as the mid-90's (mid-80's, mid-70's, and so on) BMWs are, I gotta say the new sixes look damn fine. Totally different kind of BMW, but still a BMW.
I have a 2000 E38 with 147K on the clock the thing runs mint. I do all my own
work of course have never brought my car to a dealer. The only thing that you
have to really do on these cars is change the radiator every 50k or so because
the plastic end caps tend to go after a while and change the Clutch fan assembly
every other year of every year depending on the mileage. When that fan blows
you are looking at some serious coinage for repair work. Mine went and it cost
$9200 to fix the car. Luckily my insurance company covered the car fully.
Also when the car starts to have electrical issues it sometimes is just related
to the alternator. When my alternator started going everything in the car just
went to hell in a hand basket. The tranny started tripping because it wasn't
getting enough power to run properly. Once the alternator was changed it's been
running fine ever since.
I think with proper preventative maintenance they cars will last for a while. I will
keep mine a little longer until I can pick the Aston Martin DB9 I want.
Engine's were also made partially out of Magnesium, which doesn't work well with gas. The newer one's are fine, that's why...besides the tranny...that the prices are low.
Koala sells a 6-speed manual conversion for the e38 starting at $9800.
Well worth it, IMO.
2001 740iL sport bright red on black ftw.