View Full Version : looking to buy a 1995 e38 740i as a daily

09-24-2009, 12:58 AM
going to look at a 95 e38 740i tomorow, pretty much a complete nubie when it comes to e38's, the price is just too good so i cant pass it up, car is really clean it has had a motor swap tho from bmw. anything i should know or look for in these cars, I have heard the 95's had head gasket problems it was the first year of production for the e38's any help would be greatly appricated
thanks in advance

09-24-2009, 09:06 AM
7series and daily should not be used in the same sentence, probably the least reliable of a by model made that year.

Expect alot of electrical problems/climate control/check engine lights, etc.

09-24-2009, 11:00 PM
my daily driver is a 740i..
but again it had $7k in maintaince repairs in the past couple of years
and i always use premium 94 with synthtic oil changes every 3k

09-24-2009, 11:47 PM
The only reason I am considering this is because it seems like the owner has replaced almost everything possible on the car, including the motor. although I know it never stops

09-25-2009, 08:31 AM
Knock on wood, plastic, cement - mine has been literally troublefree except for a recent CPS (cam position sensor) that kicks on the check engine light. Trying to see if it can be cleaned or reseated to extend or correct the matter.

09-25-2009, 12:08 PM
they are not as bad as people make it out to be.

some electrical glitches can occur, sure ( like any other bmw)
but everything can be resolved through various great info around internet sources
besides we got a ton of BMW recyclers around here - so its not exactly a nightmare getting parts.

95 4.0L motors are deemed as fail in Bimmer community, but then again - some e38's with them run fine - some dont.

power steering hoses always leak/fail. Do not use BMW part for those - get aftermarket steelbraided ones if you dont want to change them every 2-3 months

maintance and ammount of owners is always key.

09-26-2009, 04:45 PM
the 95 i believe has the m60b40... i have the same drive train with pretty much problem free besides the transmission. i bought the car with the problem though, first gear wouldn't engage so i used winter mode all the time. but reverse started acting up after, and that's a fairly common problem.

other than that i have almost 322kms on my car and it runs perfect. factory rebuilt on motor at 100kms due to a recall on the block.

09-29-2009, 07:30 AM
Buy it

10-03-2009, 12:14 AM
scratch this, i ended up getting a 98 740 il going to pick it up next week i cant wait *rockout*

10-10-2009, 12:39 AM
if i may,

i just have a question, Was the M60 V8 of the early E38 were affected by what is known as the Nikasil?

or was it only the E34?

10-11-2009, 07:49 PM
yes, the early M60 V8's were affected by the Nikasil blocks. But most, if not all should have been replaced by recall.

oh and tig, congrats on the purchase! you should familiarize your self with www.e38.org as it has a wealth of knowledge for our cars. Also, bimmerforums.com has a quite active 7 Series forum for quick responses to any questions and concerns.

Enjoy that E38 ;)