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Power steering hose leaking: $159.
A/C belt cracked/dry rotted: $159.
Replace storage bin in center console: $399
Replace center armrest between front seats: $599
Hazard button sticks: $55
Central door lock button is cracked: $72
One of the interior lamps has broken contact: $95
Replace instrument cluster backlight bulb behind odometer: $99
Replace throttle plate switch (because ASC light came on): $179
Door pocket has cracked plastic: $299
Front cupholder broken: $295
Trunk latch faulty and lock cylinder jammed: $759
Steering column trim snaps broken: $215
Faulty level switch on windshield washer tank: $299
Replace 4 cabin filters and disinfect evaporator and heater core: $399
Airbag light on due to excessive resistance in internal left-front seatbelt buckle: $249
oh man. I'm sorry to hear all of this, I really am. It sounds like these guys took advantage of you BIG time. Honestly, I would NEVER buy a 740 with that many miles on it. I know that's not what you want to hear but maybe it will help your decision abilities. First and foremost the transmission. I would make absolutely sure that this transmission shop is a reputable and trustworthy shop. Your average transmission shop, in my opinion, is nowhere near capable of rebuilding a bmw transmission especially if it is a ZF tranny. For the price they quoted you it really isn't that bad of a deal. I would venture to say that the trans probably wouldn't make the full 400+ mile journey home and if you are fortunate enough to be near a transmission shop now, take advantage of it. Provided you decide to keep the car. Make sure that this transmission shop also provides a warranty on their services. But, the thing you have to remember is that you don't live in that town. So if you run into trouble while under warranty, you can't take it in. Advantage transmission shop. So, hopefully this is a national chain and you have one in your home town that will honor the warranty.
Throttle position switch replacement because ASC light is on: believe it or not, this could be related to the trans problem. It's a lengthy explanation but trust me I have seen it happen before. If you chose to keep the car, wait til the trans is replaced and see if the problem is still there.
Powersteering hose: This will eventually happen with ALL bmw's. If it's not pouring fluid out then you could wait and replace it over time. Just keep an eye on the fluid and make sure the level stays to specifications.
A/C belt: Not critical but if it breaks then you have no a/c. Replace it over time also or decide how important a/c is to you.
Storage bin in center console: Obviously not important now. You can do this later or never at all
Center arm rest: Ditto
Hazard button sticks: Most likely the cause... spilled soda. Some form of sticky substance is inside the switch. A low buck alternative... get an aerosol can of the alcohol based electronic cleaner. It can often be found at Radio Shack or any electronic store. Get a high powered vacuum, coin operated car washes are perfect. turn on the vac and direct the tip of the spray between the button and the case of the switch to get the cleaner down into the switch while holding the end of the vac hose directly against the swithc. The alcohol solution will break up the stickiness and dilute it, reducing it's consistency which should free up the button and the vac will suck up as much as possible and dry everything up. Be careful because there is alcohol in the spray and could discolor the wood or leather. Don't go overboard either.
Central door lock button: not necessary. Do it later
Door lamp: same
Instrument cluster back light: Not 100% necessary but is a personal decision and/or may pose a problem with a safety inspection (if required by DOT in your area).
Cracked door pocket plastic: Can do later if you decide. Not necessary
Front cupholder broken: same
Trunk latch faulty/ lock cylinder jammed: The problem is probably the actuator. this is a personal decision. It could be done later.
Steering column trim broken: Cosmetic. Can do it later. You could do this one yourself.
Level switch in washer bottle: Not necessary. Can do later. You could even do this one yourself also. It's a little time consuming for the untrained but not hard.
Cabin filters and disinfectant: If the filters haven't been changed and are dirty.. do it. Nasty smells and airborne nastiness is not pleasant. The filters are for just that, filtering the cabin air so you don't breath nasty air. Also, if the filters get too clogged, you can affect the air system's performance. The disinfectant is optional if there is a foul odor in the car.
Airbag light due to faulty RF buckle: You weigh yours and your family's safety. Your airbags (especially driver's) may not function at all or properly with this switch malfunctioning.
Catalytic converters: The V8's usually need replacements around 100k. Engine performance will surely suffer and can eventually lead to other problems.
Hopefully this gives you some food for thought and information to making a decision with what you wish to do. An option that you should consider is taking some time to research some BMW independent shops in your home town. Find a good reputable shop and ask them for their pricing on what the dealer has quoted you. You could have the trans replaced where you are (if you trust the trans shop or try driving all the way home) and then have the shop in your home town do the other work for cheaper.
I hope that I have helped you in some way. I will be happy to help in any other way possible, I hate to hear that you are in this situation.