I am asking anyone to PLEASE reply to this question.
I purchased a 1996 740IL in April of 2002. It was used but gave me no
problems till January of 2003. Very long story short, I've had to make
several high cost repairs on the car that were all beyond wear and tear type repairs. I can't say that I've had 4 straight months without needing a major repair.
It started with a clogged crank case valve, belts, hoses, spark plugs,
breaks and rotors, Tie-rods, then the radio would loose reception but the CD player would still work. After the radio was replaced with a 1998 model, the only one they could find, the CD changer is not compatable w/that model radio so I can't use
it. It still hasn't been replaced. Then replaced the water pump. As of today, 7/15/04, I just replaced more hoses and belts, bought 4 new tires, replaced a badly leaking power steering hose, had the car alligned, and replaced a window regulator. I still need a washer fluid sensor replaced. As soon as I picked up the car, the console that controls the climate controls failed. Now I have no heat or A/C. Great for a car in the sun that's black with black leather interior. In just a little over 2 years, I have made very close to $10,000 in repairs alone. Some repairs were wear and tear but this is ridiculous. I thought that BMW's were much more reliable than this. I found out last year that the car came off a lease and I purchased it 3 days after the manufacturer's warrantee expired. Was 1996 a year of badly manufactured BMW's? Should I chalk up the losses and sell the car? And should I even consider another BMW? This one really has me considering purchasing a Lexus or Infinity or even a Chrysler. Should I take my chances and keep it since I practically replaced every major component? Should I consider this car a lemon and contact an attorney? Again, I know repairs are going to happen, but this frequently doesn't make any sense. What else can go wrong? I really appreciate any and all suggestions.