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Chris Mika
02-04-2000, 02:02 AM
I am so happy I stumbled across your forum. My lease expired on my '97 318ti (thank God) and I'm ready for a real Bimmer.<p>I found an '83 733i for sale in my area. Very clean rust-free body, automatic, flawless navy blue leather, and only 110,000 mi. The owner has records for last 6 years, engine is strong, and all electricals work. Car seems to only need shocks. They're asking $2,900.<p>I know very little about these E23 cars. I've owned Volvo 240s over the years for their durability, availabilty of cheap used parts, and their easiness to work on. Can I expect similar experiences with an old 7er?<p>Are used/relatively inexpensive parts available? Interchangability with 5 and 6 series? What are the expensive/problem areas? Are there any decent bang for the buck performance mods possible?<p>I'd appreciate any comments about your cars and advice on purchase.<p>--Chris<br>[email protected]

Boomer
02-04-2000, 01:29 PM
<i>: I am so happy I stumbled across your forum. My lease expired on my '97 318ti (thank God) and I'm ready for a real Bimmer.<p>: I found an '83 733i for sale in my area. Very clean rust-free body, automatic, flawless navy blue leather, and only 110,000 mi. The owner has records for last 6 years, engine is strong, and all electricals work. Car seems to only need shocks. They're asking $2,900.<p>: I know very little about these E23 cars. I've owned Volvo 240s over the years for their durability, availabilty of cheap used parts, and their easiness to work on. Can I expect similar experiences with an old 7er?<p>: Are used/relatively inexpensive parts available? Interchangability with 5 and 6 series? What are the expensive/problem areas? Are there any decent bang for the buck performance mods possible?<p>: I'd appreciate any comments about your cars and advice on purchase.<p>: --Chris<br>: [email protected]<br>I recently purchased a 83 733i with over 150,000 miles on it in good condition. My kids call it the silver jet b/c it will fly on the highway doing our daily commute. The kickdown switch is nice!!! If you hang out on this site you will find valuable info on the E23. If it is in good shape I would go for it. Where do you live? I paid 4,000 for mine but the prevoius owner did keep it up( new paint, only runs synthetic oil, and good records). GOOD LUCK AND LET ME KNOW WHAT U DECIDE. Boomer<br></i>

Marguerite
02-07-2000, 10:38 PM
<br>: I am so happy I stumbled across your forum. My lease expired on my '97 318ti (thank God) and I'm ready for a real Bimmer.<p>: I found an '83 733i for sale in my area. Very clean rust-free body, automatic, flawless navy blue leather, and only 110,000 mi. The owner has records for last 6 years, engine is strong, and all electricals work. Car seems to only need shocks. They're asking $2,900.<p>: I know very little about these E23 cars. I've owned Volvo 240s over the years for their durability, availabilty of cheap used parts, and their easiness to work on. Can I expect similar experiences with an old 7er?<p>: Are used/relatively inexpensive parts available? Interchangability with 5 and 6 series? What are the expensive/problem areas? Are there any decent bang for the buck performance mods possible?<p>: I'd appreciate any comments about your cars and advice on purchase.<p>: --Chris<br>: [email protected]<br>Chris,<br>Hop on board! I worked on my Volvos for years and finally graduated to the cars I first learned to drive on... BMWs. If you know your Volvo inside and out, you're ready for the big 7! At first the intake manifold will look a bit overwhelming to you, compared to that simple B32 compartment. I think it's actually really cool, because once you get to know your way around in the 7, you'll appreciate your knowledge from the Volvo. The 7 isn't loaded up with high tech stuff like the lease car you had. If you changed the plugs on the Volvo you'll find the first tune up on this 7 is a bit of a strain on your back, those two extra plugs will tire you, and the last plug closest to the firewall will really make you nostalgic for your simple Volvo. But when you take this bomb proof baby out on the highway, you'll never look at a Volvo the same and you'll be dying to get back under the hood. Oh and the coolest thing about the hood, is that you never have to worry about whether you latched it. You'll be going 90mph wondering what that rattling is... push the latch with your foot and just keep on passing everybody. (I say this, because you might initially think it's crampy under that reverse opening hood, again compared to the roomy straightbox hood of Volvo.) No more slowing down on the on ramps. If you live up north like me, you'll have to weigh down the rear end for better traction in snow. <p>Anyway, I could go on... I think that as long as you are sure it's mechanically sound and that you really know how to access for rust, under carriage, not just the looks on the body, that you'll find it to be your best friend.<p>I learned to drive on a Bavaria, tore up California canyons on 3 & 5 series in the 70-80s. So I'm back behind the wheel of my favorite cars. I do most of my own car work since 1983... the '85 240GL and this 7 are my favorite cars to work on of the long list below. <p>oh the parts on 5 & 6 are not as interchangeable as you'd like on this 7. lots more relays. <p>just make sure the auto transmission is okay<p>cheers<br>Marguerite<br>'82 733i 290K, 5 spd expect to get another 100 miles out of it, even with rust, never lets me down. service myself. When either the car or I have been laid up for a few days, I am known to hop out of bed in the middle of the night and dissapear into parts unknown New England and come back a thousand or two miles later. I love my 7.<br>'85 528e checked into infirmary (I'm not a good doctor with this car, nds a specialist)<br>'59 TR3 wish I still had it<br>some of my other cars<br>'85 Volvo 350K serviced myself<br>'84 Volvo 350K " <br>'83 Volvo 325K<br>'78 Volvo 360K A TANK!<br>Audis<br>'78 Toyota pick up truck that wouldn't die<br> <br>phew!

sean
02-08-2000, 05:55 PM
<i>: I am so happy I stumbled across your forum. My lease expired on my '97 318ti (thank God) and I'm ready for a real Bimmer.<p>: I found an '83 733i for sale in my area. Very clean rust-free body, automatic, flawless navy blue leather, and only 110,000 mi. The owner has records for last 6 years, engine is strong, and all electricals work. Car seems to only need shocks. They're asking $2,900.<p>: I know very little about these E23 cars. I've owned Volvo 240s over the years for their durability, availabilty of cheap used parts, and their easiness to work on. Can I expect similar experiences with an old 7er?<p>: Are used/relatively inexpensive parts available? Interchangability with 5 and 6 series? What are the expensive/problem areas? Are there any decent bang for the buck performance mods possible?<p>: I'd appreciate any comments about your cars and advice on purchase.<p>: --Chris<br>: [email protected]<p></i>Compared to other BMW's I've owned, my '82 733 is the most expensive and troublesome of all. Parts usually have to be ordered, repair manuals are not available and the heating/ac and electrical systems are a pain in the neck.<br>This is also the least expensive car I've ever bought, maybe because the owner saw the problems coming. It is quick and drives nicely with 5-speed trans. I've got about 160,000 miles. I don't doubt the motor will go for a very long time but I don't think the electrics and HVAC will make it.<br>The best BMW's I've owned were the 320is (sold with 300,000 miles, still running) and a '74 2002 with hot-rod motor (sold at 180,000 miles). I had a 530 for a short time and also a 2000.<br>

Devin L
02-15-2000, 12:33 PM
1. Parts are expensive.<br>2. Its the smoothest, funnest car Ive ever driven.<br>3. Fuel mileage is 20mpg, tops, although it maintains this figure up to about 85mph or 3500rpm, whichever you go by. Preimium fuel recommended.<br>4. Its a 4500lbs car, with a 3 speed auto; easy on the trans.<br>5. Ive heard that the front subframe bolts are sub-standard, and cause tremendous problems if the car has ever been hit. My 83 733i dropped the subframe, which caused catastrophic problems with the radiator and transmission.<br>6. Change the suspension bushings with the shocks. I should have done this on my car, the handling is mushy.<p><i>: I am so happy I stumbled across your forum. My lease expired on my '97 318ti (thank God) and I'm ready for a real Bimmer.<p>: I found an '83 733i for sale in my area. Very clean rust-free body, automatic, flawless navy blue leather, and only 110,000 mi. The owner has records for last 6 years, engine is strong, and all electricals work. Car seems to only need shocks. They're asking $2,900.<p>: I know very little about these E23 cars. I've owned Volvo 240s over the years for their durability, availabilty of cheap used parts, and their easiness to work on. Can I expect similar experiences with an old 7er?<p>: Are used/relatively inexpensive parts available? Interchangability with 5 and 6 series? What are the expensive/problem areas? Are there any decent bang for the buck performance mods possible?<p>: I'd appreciate any comments about your cars and advice on purchase.<p>: --Chris<br>: [email protected]com<p></i>

smb
02-17-2000, 04:11 PM
<i>: : I am so happy I stumbled across your forum. My lease expired on my '97 318ti (thank God) and I'm ready for a real Bimmer.<p>: : I found an '83 733i for sale in my area. Very clean rust-free body, automatic, flawless navy blue leather, and only 110,000 mi. The owner has records for last 6 years, engine is strong, and all electricals work. Car seems to only need shocks. They're asking $2,900.<p>I have a '79 733i. I'm the second owner and have put about 100K miles on it. It currently has 170K on the odometer. I've had little or no problems. The car is big, powerful,fun to drive, and classy. I do have a class A mechanic that does cares for the car and I found a great used parts supplier.<p>It's a really nice car, but you may hve trouble with parts. I'd buy it :)<p><br></i>

Devin L
03-29-2000, 03:51 PM
1983 733i<br>Boomer- You said something about a kickdown switch on the 733. I blew up my 3 speed auto for lack of such a device. Was this an option, and if so, where is the 'switch' located? Im assuming this is not the standard kickdown that occurs when you step on the throttle.<p><i>: I recently purchased a 83 733i with over 150,000 miles on it in good condition. My kids call it the silver jet b/c it will fly on the highway doing our daily commute. The kickdown switch is nice!!! If you hang out on this site you will find valuable info on the E23. If it is in good shape I would go for it. Where do you live? I paid 4,000 for mine but the prevoius owner did keep it up( new paint, only runs synthetic oil, and good records). GOOD LUCK AND LET ME KNOW WHAT U DECIDE. Boomer<p></i>


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