BMW 7-Series | Which year 1988-1991 BMW 735 is a good choice? | Maxperience

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BMW 7-Series | Owner


You have an excellent question that begets a wider range of answers, depending on the type of person that answers your question. To quantify your question, I would rather ask you these questions and then we go from there.

Do you like fixing cars?

Do you know a good BMW mechanic/shop that is near your place of work or at your home?

How well do you maintain your cars? This car you are buying?

How well do you keep your current cars running in good or excellent condition?

What is your yearly maintenance budget for this car?

What is your budget for buying this car?

Are you tolerant and patient when this car breakdown?

Do you know the cost and labor to replace parts for this car? A rear brake job will set you back 150 dollars, as an example.

Reliability is really a misnomer. Why? Even new cars are not as reliable to the point that they do indeed breakdown once in awhile, old cars are no exception.

Remember, the older they get the more they tend to be exhibit problems. Buying a car with a questionable history is a virtue that buyers should adhere to religiously. even if money is no object, maintaining these cars can cost a lot of dough. It really doesn’t matter if one year model is better than another. what counts most is your affinity to have these problems fixed without complaining.

The older series 1988 1991 tend to exhibit electrical problems. The 1992’s have somewhat curtailed that problem but, from time to time, there seemed to be some intermittent problems cropping up for these cars.

Later model cars are also prone to have reliability problems.

BMW 735

As an example, BMW manufactured engines with Nikasil block from 1993 to 1996 with M60B40 engine blocks installed in the 540, 740 and the 840 series. BMW lined the engine component with Nickle and Silicon (Nikasil)on these cars. Unbeknownst to BMW, Nickel reacted violently to sulphur found in gasoline.

Fortunately, some of the cars shipped to the west coast, especially California, did not have engine damage at the 20K to 50K mile because of the low sulphur content in the gasoline, 30 ppm, compared to the east coast that were registering 1000 ppm. What happened was that the reaction eroded the lining of the cylinder walls making them unable to have a full compression.

There was a leak pass the piston and hence, it was unable to compress the air and gasoline mixture in order to combust and start the engine. However, sooner or later, these same engine will have problems when they reach the 100k milestone or even the 120K mark. BMW instituted a silent recall and those that knew about it where given a choice of having to replace the engine with the new Alusil (aluminum and Silicon) block or having an extended warranty.

Usually, the engines on the east coast were failing at a relatively low mileage from 20k to about 50K miles. This is just an example.

Below is an example for the model year 1988 735i.

Some of them are too numerous to list. Here is a link that may open your eyes: and select recall and technical service bulletins for a particular car of your choice.

Recall – Radiator Cap Replacement

000194 JAN 00 Service Action/Recall Campaign Codes Index

350197 OCT 97 Recall – Cruise Control/Throttle Cable Breakage

320296 AUG 96 Recall Campaign 96V-110

1307923700 JUL 94 Feed Fuel Hose Recall Campaign #94V-066

5206881702 AUG 88 Recall No. 88V-135: Seatback Retention

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