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Old 01-18-2009, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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740 Transmission problem

I'm new to the forum and I'm looking to buy a 1998-2001 740i or il, but I have been hearing a lot about the transmission going out and having problems. Is this issue really that common?
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If they haven't had fluid replacements by about 75K miles, yes, these transmissions are known to die. If they've been serviced properly, then no, they'll last forever.
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If you have a ZF factory around where you live(they are dotted around the planet),even if it dies so to speak, they can fix it,as they build them, its often just a marble that rattles about stuck in a channel in the complex brain, had mine done its like new now.Approx in $ 400

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So if the fluid has been changed then I'm ok then?
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Yes, you should be fine anyway, make sure you take it for a test drive, and tell the seller a time you will be coming to view and arrive1/2 hour early so he hasnt got time to warm it up, when on test drive, try the kick down, go in to sports, and manual (if fitted),
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So if it works good in all those modes I should be in good shape?
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Yep, all should be fine, before test drive let it sit for 10 minutes so the box oil has time to warm up a bit,also if it hasent had a box service, fluid and filter ,get one done as soon as.
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So if the fluid has been changed then I'm ok then?
most likely but not for 100% sure
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