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BiturboSI
03-13-2011, 06:40 PM
Any suggestions or recommendations regarding the 745i?

Pro's Cons?

Thanks!

740-iLL
03-14-2011, 03:40 PM
Both those years have many cons. Many electrical issues. Check the forums here or on bimmerforums.com which has a ton more info on these issues.

I would go straight to a 750i or 750Li instead of the 745 all together

Transporter
03-15-2011, 10:36 PM
I would buy a 740i, you will be a lot happier *th-up*

slemmer
03-16-2011, 12:55 AM
I would buy a 740i, you will be a lot happier *th-up*

*th-up**th-up**th-up**th-up*

740-iLL
03-17-2011, 11:24 AM
+3 :d

BMW Rated
03-23-2011, 11:39 PM
If you have your heart set on a 2003 or 2004 745i just make sure you get a warranty with it. If the place your buying from doesn't offer a warranty there are some companies that you can just buy a warranty for your car for a piece of mind, in which I would recommend if your going with those years as noted before the electrical issues were quite a bit on those cars.

Blackedout95
03-23-2011, 11:42 PM
Pros, you can afford a 2003, con, you cant afford to fix the 2003 that WILL have issues and bills in the thousands.

If you are aiming at a particular year because its all the money you have, it isnt a good idea when you will have to park it when it breaks. jmo

shelby guo
04-08-2011, 09:11 PM
Both those years have many cons. Many electrical issues. Check the forums here or on bimmerforums.com which has a ton more info on these issues.

I would go straight to a 750i or 750Li instead of the 745 all together

seriously???i wanna buy a 2002 bmw 745 around the end of this year,i want know its worth to buy or not.i dont want pay a lot to fix it.lol.thnx man

740-iLL
04-09-2011, 08:54 PM
seriously???i wanna buy a 2002 bmw 745. i dont want pay a lot to fix it.lol.thnx man

Don't buy it. You will pay a lot for repairs.

Find a maintained E38 and go with That

shelby guo
04-10-2011, 02:47 PM
Don't buy it. You will pay a lot for repairs.

Find a maintained E38 and go with That

i love e38 also,its my dreamcar when i was young,but the thing is e38 is older than e65...im afraid of e38 got a lot of electrical issue..its there any easy way to diagnosis e38?thnx a lot!!!

slemmer
04-10-2011, 07:58 PM
no issues with mine.

330Hi
01-16-2012, 04:49 PM
Are there any known issues? And what starting what year were the issues fixed? Recalls?

And what's the difference between the i and iL or Li ??

BiturboSI
01-16-2012, 05:01 PM
So I ended up buying a E60 545i, so far the car has been great!

Thanks folks for your input.

740-iLL
01-17-2012, 01:12 PM
i love e38 also,its my dreamcar when i was young,but the thing is e38 is older than e65...im afraid of e38 got a lot of electrical issue..its there any easy way to diagnosis e38?thnx a lot!!!

The E38's don't have many, if any, electrical problems like the newer E65's have....

And what's the difference between the i and iL or Li ??

An ' i ' is a short wheelbase, and an ' iL ' or ' Li ' are a Long wheelbase

So I ended up buying a E60 545i, so far the car has been great!

Thanks folks for your input.

Congrats on the E60!

330Hi
01-17-2012, 02:05 PM
Is there a later year after which the issues were taken care of?

2006+ or something?

740-iLL
01-17-2012, 05:31 PM
Yup, the later models, 2005+ were better, albeit not that much better.

But definitely stay away from 2002-2004

propr'one
01-17-2012, 06:18 PM
I've seen the ZGM on a 745i fail for (presumably) no good reason, car wouldn't get out of limp mode until unit was replaced (has to be new, 850$) and coded (an hour labour).

No thanks.

bmwm5lover
01-18-2012, 12:53 PM
I've seen the ZGM on a 745i fail for (presumably) no good reason, car wouldn't get out of limp mode until unit was replaced (has to be new, 850$) and coded (an hour labour).

No thanks.

This is how I know you aren't a baller. :P

330Hi
01-18-2012, 10:56 PM
^ Isn't it the same story with the M5's though? The E6x I think?

careless7
01-19-2012, 12:40 PM
Yes stay away from 2002-2005.

Either go retro E38 or 750Li.

I had three friends with brand new 745Li and 760Li both were junk. Electrical and software issues galore, sercurity system problems TPMS problems, loads of maintenance off warranty engine problems... it goes on.

My 740i Sport was far less headaches and I let them know it haha.

propr'one
01-28-2012, 03:04 PM
This is how I know you aren't a baller. :P

1) Balling is retarded. I spend my money carefully.

2) Me having been in a shop while this is happening tells you what?

Mikey83
01-30-2012, 09:58 PM
My late model 2003 745Li was been great for me, only driven in summers and no major engine or electronic issues the 5 years Ive had her. But I'm rare indeed, for any E65/66 grab 2005+ face lifted model with warranty if possible. Any work I have done has always been by the dealership since I only trust them with this line of bimmers.

GTCobra
03-02-2013, 09:48 AM
LOL I own a 745Li I actually Jusst gut it last summer I know the guys that sold it to me well... 3rd motor btw but when the 2nd motor went I bought the car on the condition of a 4.8 put in which they found with 20k on it... So far the car friggen ROCKS maybe it's cause I been in fox body Mustangs since I was 13 which is when I did my first rebuild/resto with money I saved blah blah the 04 I got works prefectly fine in the electric depot. As for service and parts it's just who you know cause I think it's not bad and to an extent affordable and the prices are expectable... Advice... Don't buy what you can't service