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What should i replace on a 96 740il

I'm going to be buying a 96 with 177,000 it needs a radiator, blower motor, rear breaks.When i get it home i'm changing the radiator, water pump,thermostat, belts, hoses. What else should i need to replace while i'm working on it? As far as the blower motor is concerned he tells me sometimes it works then at times it doesn't.Would that be the blower motor or the resistor? plus i'm buying a bentley and a peake tool.
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on the blower motor I vote on the resistor... Oh and DON'T forget the heater hoses!!!! i did and one exploded

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Also waterpump , expansion bottle, and rear coolant hose,this will go,its a matter of when and not will it!!!, number 8 here:

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apart from that, check the service history.

as for diagnostics rather than peake tool, if you have a laptop go for Carsoft 6.5 very cheap ( ebay), also you really need this for an E38.

Oh, On the blower motor I would check out all the connections 1st.

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^ I'm having so many issues with carsoft... i cant get it to do anything with the abs/dsc....

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^ Oh, In what way?, wont reset light, or read module ??? and where did you get your software disc from is it from carsoft or did it come with the leads. Also did you buy it direct from c/soft or via the net.

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Thanks for the input. I'm tied between the 96 740il and a 98 318i the 3 has 140000. I don't want a car that going to be a maintance nightmare or nickle and dime me. I want the 7 but it 6 hours away i don't mind how far it is but the 3 is local both cars was taking care of .Which one would i better off with. I just need something very dpendable
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The engine on the 7 is basically built proof,as is the rest, but im probably biased as I have a 7 and wouldnt drive anything smaller than a 6 or 8 series, but its up to you , IMHO the 3 will require a little more maintanence from what Ive read over the years, you get good and bad in every make of car.

Although to me its rather a large choice difference, 3 to 7 ??, 5 to 7 yea could see that but 3 to 7 not really anywhere near the same class. just my opinion, like going from a 500cc to a Goldwing

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Well i bought the 7. The radiator is fine it's the water pump thats leaking, the heater hose you mentioned is cracked but not busted,the breaks does need work i ordered new pads, rotors,might need a new wheel bearing on the drivers front, a small hole on the exhaust. On the lighter side it has a dinan carbon fiber cold air intake and maf, chip, and all the electronics work. The car has been somewhat taken care of just needs a really good detail job no rust. I'm happy with it just anxious to actually drive it waiting on all the parts for it plus when i get time to fix it so i might be a week before i drive daily. Oh i paid 2300 for it
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Sounds great to me and what you paid, I would say bargain, keep us informed.

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Exclamation 177,000 Miles or kilometers

Assuming the vehicle has 177,00 Km. I would change the transmission filter and fluid. Use a BMW factory filter and trans fluid which is very expensive. Aftermarket dont work properly. If you don't change the tranny fluid you will eventually have problems. Don't change the fluid if it has 177,000 miles on it. The sludge between the clutches in the transmission may be the only thing holding up the internals. If it has 177,000 mile on it just top off the fluid with factory fluid.
I know that nobody wants a car with problems. If you buy this this car you need to take the responsibility of owning a car like this. Yes, its a good car, not aways problem free though and repairs will cost more money than Japanese or American cars.
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Which BMW are you unable to get ABS/DSC codes with? Has it been all year? Just yours?? How many have you scanned?? Thank You!!
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