In the market for a vintage BMW to cruise around in or commute with? The E38-generation 7-Series is now over 20 years old, and we think it's one of the best big luxury cars out there. Prices are pretty low right now, so finding a good deal is easy. This clean 1998 740i . You should buy it.
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According to the seller's description, this 740i is in great condition, with no strange noises, suspension play, or obvious damage. The odometer reads 99,205 miles. The exterior is impressively clean, with no significant blemishes. There's some slight fading on the side sills, and the wheels could probably use a refresh, but otherwise, it's nice. Being a standard wheelbase model, it doesn't have elongated rear doors, which means the proportions are just right.
The inside is nearly as nice, barring a worn driver's seat. The air conditioning and heat are said to work perfectly, and an aftermarket satellite radio unit seems to have been added to the left of the steering wheel by a previous owner. The engine bay looks equally clean, as does the trunk. The only thing missing from this ad's extensive gallery are pictures of the underside.
Being an early 1998 model, this car sports the squared-off headlights and, more importantly, the non-VANOS equipped M62 V-8 engine. It makes slightly less horsepower than the later version, but it's also less complex. Of course, the 7-series was an expensive car when it came out (this one was $61,500 in 1998), and cars like that are not cheap or easy to maintain now. If something goes wrong, like the timing chain guides, you're looking at paying nearly the purchase price to get the car fixed. As long as you're prepared to spend to keep it in shape, you'll have a pretty cool car.
The car , with a Buy It Now price of $5100 or best offer.