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Old 04-04-2019, 10:33 AM   #1
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Tom's 2000 750iL Project

After much driving around and looking/debating e38 7-series cars over the last year or more, I bit the bullet and emptied toys fund wallet for one this week. E38 has been on my bucket list to own and I'm not getting any younger. Most of the cars I had looked at were 740's and many were just trashed. The only decent one I found was a '95 but the interior of lite grey just wasn't for me. And I hadn't seen any 750's until this one popped up this week. So I had to go check it out. Pictures looked decent and they just do not pop up very often.

So I took off with my mechanic in tow (still owe him lunch) and we checked out this 2000 750iL. My Mech has been working on these for many years and is very familiar with e38's. Car is far from perfect, but mechanically, body wise and interior seem all to be in good shape. So I finished the deal that day and now it sits in my driveway awaiting closer inspection and some attention.

As of right now the list of issues needing attention:

Steering rack is leaking from somewhere.
Central locking not working
Glove box drawer hinge points under the dash are broken and one of the struts needs to be replaced.
The center console/arm rest has a number of plastic attachment/mounting points that have been compromised and I want to rebuild them. Looks as if someone has been in there and they were broken off for whatever reason. Plastics seem to be very brittle and caution is required with this old girl.
Tint needs to be stripped off the windows.
The engine hood release is compromised. I think it's the cable but we will see. My mechanic got it open during inspection but I haven't been able to. BTW, the engine bay was spotless. And not armourall spotless, just clean clean and the motor was dry (no leaks).
Little bit of rust under the front doors that I want to address right away. Otherwise there is no rust anywhere. When we had it on the hoist, the underside was spotless. This car apparently never saw a winter.
Check engine light which I believe my mechanic said is an o2 sensor. Anyways, he wasn't worried about it.
Valve for the rear air ride needs to be addressed as I believe he said the arm is broken(?). So the back end of the car is sitting high.
Tires as the ones on the car pass safety but are garbage.
Driver and passenger front outer lower plastic seat trim need to be addressed as both are loose. It's a common issue for the attachment screws to have pulled through the plastic. Anyways, (my new favourite friend) shows a fix for this.
Headliner in the rear is starting to fall a bit. About the size of a venti starbucks cup is falling at the back.
Gasket on the top of the front windshield (exterior) is rotten and needs replacement.

Car also needs a thorough cleaning and the paint needs to be cleaned and polished.
Full size M-parallel spare in the trunk is brand new and never been used.
169k km.
No recorded accidents nor could we find any evidence of accidents anywhere.

Anyways, that's it for now. Still having a thorough go through the car. Right now I'm pulling a lot of the interior out to fix some of the issues and also make sure everything inside is secured and tight. Going to also do some preventative maintenance (mainly fluids) as she has no service records that came with the sale. And once she's back up to snuff, then we'll see where we go.

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Old 04-05-2019, 11:40 AM   #2
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Glove box, center console and all the stuff between the two front seats is out. 20 years makes for an interesting buildup of crud. She needs a solid cleaning as this definitely was no show car. Taken care of on the surface but under the skin ain't the same. But so far no other issues popping out.

Also, time unfortunately is not kind to the plastic bits where things are screwed/bolted to. Plastic mounting points are a tragedy.......

Still pretty amazed at all the leather covered surfaces covered in this 750. That's a lot of work to do all that........ by BMW. Really a lot different than all the plastic and plastic composite stuff now.
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:34 PM   #3
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Very good! There's nothing like a V12, especially these days--they're in a league of their own. As you can likely see, the V12 cars got a lot more options, and just feel more opulent inside than their peasant V8 cousins

Best of luck with the restoration. It's never easy, but luckily there are myriad resources available for the E38, and a lot of things were shared with the E39 and E31, so parts are rarely an issue.

Will be following.
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:33 PM   #4
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I'm also very very fortunate that a very good friend of mine (also an old guy like me) is a mechanic that has experience with these ...........and they also had one in the family. So he has a wealth of knowledge. He's the one that came with me to inspect the car and I would likely have never considered buying one of these with resources like him on hand to ensure me that I wasn't making a massive mistake in taking this on. Restoration of cars like this are a big commitment........ then again an old BMW is if you want to do things properly.

I've gone through 5 BMW 2002's, two E30 M3's (one was a nutz and bolts restoration) and a Z4M. Those have all been sold at some point in the past except the Z4M. I've likely pissed away more cash on BMWs than I care to admit to. But they make me smile and I enjoy being around them........ restoring them........ driving them....... sharing them with like minded individuals. So we'll see what adventures a 750iL will bring........ I hope they will all be interesting !!
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:34 PM   #5
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Congrats and good luck. Looking forward to seeing another 750 on the road. They are great cars. Give me a holler if you need some advise in restoring it.

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Old 05-21-2019, 08:08 AM   #6
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Thanks, I appreciate the offer.

Everything but the dash is out of the interior. Headliner and pillars being swapped to black. And black carpet also being installed. I'm keeping all the original carpets in case one day someone wants them. Headliner was drooping in the back so it had to go. Recovering it will be an arduous task, especially in the area of the "oh-shit-handles". And the person that came up with that glue they use and the "orange" backing stuff from Satan needs to be hung. Horrible stuff.......
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