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      01-07-2019, 09:31 PM   #67
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I sympathize with the OP, but I can assure you as someone who has owned 4 Hondas, BMWs can be as reliable as Japanese cars with much better rust resistance, if you pick the right model. My E90 is bullet proof and is such a joy to drive. At best, the Hondas were decent to drive, but the BMW takes it to the next level.

You unfortunately, bought the most unreliable engine BMW ever made, bar none. They pushed new technology without having a proven design and you will be paying the price. The older 7 series used to be decently reliable.

Best advise is to sell it and buy a BMW with an inline 6. The V8s in all their incarnations over the years have had issues, but the older V8s non turbo charged had less issues. The NA inline 6s are bullet proof, and the N55 Turbo 6s onward are decently reliable. Just stay away from the N54. Good luck and happy motoring.

Unfortunately I have been told by many advisors that the 7 & 5 series bimmers are all like this. New or old. The only bulletproof car is the 3 series but at that price I'd save my money and go back to a camry. I've bought extended o for $3K and so far so good. I'm praying to God I never have to use it but I'm pretty sure I will. I love the car but the reliability is complete trash for a $130K car. My plan is to hold on for 3 more years and dump.
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I made the mistake of buying a used 5.0 XJ before doing enough research to discover that Ford screwed up the water pump design. Mine failed big time on I-40 with enough residual heat to trash the motor. The problem was exacerbated by Jaguar damping (or trick f'ing) the temperature gauge to the point that it was easy to believe I had a sensor fault regarding coolant.

There were two attempts to change the motor and my SA advised I dump the car as that much disturbance of the wiring "often leads to issues". That was 100% true as the first time I tried to pick up the car it seems that somebody missed a vital motor ground connection.

I thought I was good to go as the car before the XJ was a 4.2 XKR which was faultless other than the usual Jaguar infotainment sensitivity to battery voltage. The only other thing wrong with the XKR was the state of the roads in the desert SW, if you get my drift.

My point in all this is to back up the OP in his assertion that a FLAGSHIP model should not exhibit these kinds of issues. It tarnishes the entire brand. You could not give me a V6 or V8 Jaguar with a pre-2015 water pump in it today.
My point exactly. Flagship my a$$
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I sympathize with the OP, but I can assure you as someone who has owned 4 Hondas, BMWs can be as reliable as Japanese cars with much better rust resistance, if you pick the right model. My E90 is bullet proof and is such a joy to drive. At best, the Hondas were decent to drive, but the BMW takes it to the next level.

You unfortunately, bought the most unreliable engine BMW ever made, bar none. They pushed new technology without having a proven design and you will be paying the price. The older 7 series used to be decently reliable.

Best advise is to sell it and buy a BMW with an inline 6. The V8s in all their incarnations over the years have had issues, but the older V8s non turbo charged had less issues. The NA inline 6s are bullet proof, and the N55 Turbo 6s onward are decently reliable. Just stay away from the N54. Good luck and happy motoring.

Unfortunately I have been told by many advisors that the 7 & 5 series bimmers are all like this. New or old. The only bulletproof car is the 3 series but at that price I'd save my money and go back to a camry. I've bought extended o for $3K and so far so good. I'm praying to God I never have to use it but I'm pretty sure I will. I love the car but the reliability is complete trash for a $130K car. My plan is to hold on for 3 more years and dump.
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I sympathize with the OP, but I can assure you as someone who has owned 4 Hondas, BMWs can be as reliable as Japanese cars with much better rust resistance, if you pick the right model. My E90 is bullet proof and is such a joy to drive. At best, the Hondas were decent to drive, but the BMW takes it to the next level.

You unfortunately, bought the most unreliable engine BMW ever made, bar none. They pushed new technology without having a proven design and you will be paying the price. The older 7 series used to be decently reliable.

Best advise is to sell it and buy a BMW with an inline 6. The V8s in all their incarnations over the years have had issues, but the older V8s non turbo charged had less issues. The NA inline 6s are bullet proof, and the N55 Turbo 6s onward are decently reliable. Just stay away from the N54. Good luck and happy motoring.

Unfortunately I have been told by many advisors that the 7 & 5 series bimmers are all like this. New or old. The only bulletproof car is the 3 series but at that price I'd save my money and go back to a camry. I've bought extended o for $3K and so far so good. I'm praying to God I never have to use it but I'm pretty sure I will. I love the car but the reliability is complete trash for a $130K car. My plan is to hold on for 3 more years and dump.
That's not true, you can get the 5 series with the reliable 4 and 6 cylinder engine. Glad you got the warrantee enjoy it while you can
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I did extensive research prior to purchasing my 14 740i with xdrive. From all that I found the 750 just isn't reliable with their existing v8 powerplant. I've had my 740 now for 2 years and haven't had a problem. Just regular oil changes every 6 months and a replaced battery 6 months ago.

Sounds to me you got a lemon from all the issues your having. Get rid of it and maybe get into a 740 or a 535?
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