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Gary Dietz
08-13-2001, 03:58 PM
I'm toying with the idea of selling my 1984 733i 5-speed and looking around for an early 90's 735. Most of what I'm seeing out there for 91's and 92's are cars in the $12k-$15k range, with 90k to 120k miles. I've got 180k on my '84, so am not afraid of the miles, but I am wondering if the early 90's 7 series was any better with things like<br>vacuum leak problems and HVAC, climate control problems that seem to plague my (and other) early/mid 80's 7 series? I'm really quite tired of messing with the obstinate HVAC system, and would like to know if I'm<br>likely to face the same challenges with the newer cars?<p>Thanks - Gary

Ed_FLA_84 733i
08-14-2001, 07:23 AM
<i><br>I'm toying with the idea of selling my 1984 733i 5-speed and looking around for an early 90's 735. Most of what I'm seeing out there for 91's and 92's are cars in the $12k-$15k range, with 90k to 120k miles. I've got 180k on my '84, so am not afraid of the miles, but I am wondering if the early 90's 7 series was any better with things like<br>vacuum leak problems and HVAC, climate control problems that seem to plague my (and other) early/mid 80's 7 series? I'm really quite tired of messing with the obstinate HVAC system, and would like to know if I'm<br>likely to face the same challenges with the newer cars?<p>Thanks - Gary<p></i><br>My dad has a 1990 750iL and the car feels light years ahead of the E23 in terms of refinement and technology. The A/C on the car has never given him any trouble at all (quite a contrast to ANY E23 out there) and the air is wickedly powerful. My 733i has tinted windows and I always park it in the shade in order to keep the interior cool. My dad's 750 can be sitting in the sun all day (his windows are not tinted) and after 5 minutes the car feels like a refrigerator inside.<p>I've even considered buying the 750 when he's ready to sell (I did buy the 733i from him) but decided to later this year pick up either a '97-'99 M3 or a '99-'00 528i Sport with a 5 speed instead to keep the 733i company. I love the power, smoothness and refinement the E32 offers. Would I sell the 733i? No. I'm a big fan of 70s and 80s BMWs and the 733i puts a grin on my face every time I drive it.<p>From what I've heard, the early E32s ('88 and '89) are notoriously troublesome when it comes to their electrical systems. Make sure you pick one ('90 and up) that has been properly maintained and you should have plenty of good years with the car ahead.<p>Good luck!<p>Ed<br>'84 733i<p>P.S. I believe '90 was the last year for the 735i with a 5 speed.

Gary Dietz
08-14-2001, 12:28 PM
<i><p>I'm toying with the idea of selling my 1984 733i 5-speed and looking around for an early 90's 735. Most of what I'm seeing out there for 91's and 92's are cars in the $12k-$15k range, with 90k to 120k miles. I've got 180k on my '84, so am not afraid of the miles, but I am wondering if the early 90's 7 series was any better with things like<br>vacuum leak problems and HVAC, climate control problems that seem to plague my (and other) early/mid 80's 7 series? I'm really quite tired of messing with the obstinate HVAC system, and would like to know if I'm<br>likely to face the same challenges with the newer cars?<p>Thanks - Gary<p><br>My dad has a 1990 750iL and the car feels light years ahead of the E23 in terms of refinement and technology. The A/C on the car has never given him any trouble at all (quite a contrast to ANY E23 out there) and the air is wickedly powerful. My 733i has tinted windows and I always park it in the shade in order to keep the interior cool. My dad's 750 can be sitting in the sun all day (his windows are not tinted) and after 5 minutes the car feels like a refrigerator inside.<p>I've even considered buying the 750 when he's ready to sell (I did buy the 733i from him) but decided to later this year pick up either a '97-'99 M3 or a '99-'00 528i Sport with a 5 speed instead to keep the 733i company. I love the power, smoothness and refinement the E32 offers. Would I sell the 733i? No. I'm a big fan of 70s and 80s BMWs and the 733i puts a grin on my face every time I drive it.<p>From what I've heard, the early E32s ('88 and '89) are notoriously troublesome when it comes to their electrical systems. Make sure you pick one ('90 and up) that has been properly maintained and you should have plenty of good years with the car ahead.<p>Good luck!<p>Ed<br>'84 733i<p>P.S. I believe '90 was the last year for the 735i with a 5 speed.<p></i><br>Ed. Thanks for the reply. Interesting that you should mention the 1990 750. The local Chevy dealer just got a 1990 750iL in on trade. He's asking $13,900 for it. Fully loaded with all options. Has 147k miles on it. I took a quick look at it yesterday. It was 100 degrees outside and immediately the air conditioning had me freezing. Quite a change from the mediocre air in my 1984 733i!!! I'm thinking strongly of buying this car, but am afraid of the V12. Or at least the $$$ that it may cost to maintain it. I've got 180k on my 733i and have been able to do the repairs that it has needed (water pump, power steering, brake bomb, etc) that it has needed myself, but looking at that massive V12 crammed into the engine bay makes me think it is beyond my capabilities. How many miles on your dad's 750? What kind of problems has he had?<p>Thanks - Gary


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