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BMW 745i 9 69.23%
Used Mercedes Benz S430 1 7.69%
New Mercedes Benz S430 0 0%
Used Mercedes Benz S500 3 23.08%
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Old 05-06-2004, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey please take my poll, i am really at a loss and need to limit my options by peoples experiences with these cars!
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hellllllloooooooo, you're on a BMW board, we tend to be a bit biased.

Don't ever mention the Mercedes word again in this forum.

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yeah, you are on a bmw forum.... so i dont think mercedes is going to get alot of votes
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of four friends with BMW 745i's there have been Five engine rebuilds and two trransmission replacements....all under 100,000 miles. I have yet to see one with over 150,000 miles on it. I would never ever ever buy any 8 cylinder BMW, I am convinced that they are all destined to follow the same trail of the 750 V-12 disaster. My 1988 735 six cylinder has almost 200,000 miles and the engine is like new inside and the transmisson is the tightest I have ever seen. I expect to drive it for another 200,000 miles. My son's 318 has 160,000 miles and is 100% reliable. My opion is the same for the Mercedes V-8 engines go for an e-320 with a straight six if you want longevity. Just a guy who drives alot.
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of four friends with BMW 745i's there have been Five engine rebuilds and two trransmission replacements....all under 100,000 miles. I have yet to see one with over 150,000 miles on it. I would never ever ever buy any 8 cylinder BMW, I am convinced that they are all destined to follow the same trail of the 750 V-12 disaster. My 1988 735 six cylinder has almost 200,000 miles and the engine is like new inside and the transmisson is the tightest I have ever seen. I expect to drive it for another 200,000 miles. My son's 318 has 160,000 miles and is 100% reliable. My opion is the same for the Mercedes V-8 engines go for an e-320 with a straight six if you want longevity. Just a guy who drives alot.
he;s actually right. Yall should look at Consumer Reports. BMW has a horrible record for reliability.. at least with the 5 and 7 series. The 3 seems to hold up better for some reason.

edit: but mercs weren't much if any better....
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I test drove a used 3 series that looked to be in great shape, contemplating trading my new GTI on it, and was so dissapointed with the quality of the car that I walked away with a very low image of BMW. The car had lots of little rattles, no power, and the controls looked cluttered and complicated to easily use while driving. I RAN away from that deal, and then found a 740iL that I absolutely love.
the 740 is a 95 model, and it's still as solid to drive as my new GTI is.

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