1. BuickFan
    September 6, 2017 @ 12:58 am

    $100k car for $3999? What could go wrong?!


    • DailyTurismo
      September 6, 2017 @ 2:38 am

      I'm going to start with "electronics" and then let someone else continue…oh…wait…you meant that rhetorically.


    • FTB
      September 6, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

      I worked at a dealership when this model was introduced. What a hellish experience that was. Going from the e38 to this in terms of engineering and manufacturing was like going from an Amish buggy to the space shuttle, and there were SO many issues with the CAN-bus system in this car. BMW's engineers wanted to wait to release this car because it wasn't ready for prime time yet, but in a sign of what was to come at BMW, the marketers won out over the engineers. Unfortunately for us sales schmucks, we bore the brunt of $90k car buyers discovering the hard way that they were unwilling beta testers for BMW. Lots and lots of lemon law applications and buybacks for these, but by now, most of what can go wrong has gone wrong and is known…..just don't count on a shadetree mechanic being able to fix a lot of it.


  2. sean scott
    September 6, 2017 @ 4:12 am

    Old ones > New ones


    • kaibeezy
      September 6, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

      @Sean – I'd like to get your opinion (and anyone else's for that matter) on what would be good choices of year, drivetrain, options, etc. I'm looking for a 7 in slow motion, mainly because it has to have a stick, which I also assume probably means it will have the smaller of the available engines. I'm actually OK with that, as the narrow roads, crazy drivers and vicious speed cameras around here drastically reduce the value of horsepower.


    • Fleetwood T. Brougham
      September 6, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

      I'm not Sean, but I have some ideas. Based on where you are, you have a lot more options than we do here (last 7 with a stick in the states was the 88 735i). Based on your needs, I'd try to find an e38 728i with a manual. All the modern luxuries and refinements of the e38 chassis, combined with straight-six goodness and reliability. (Plus you get to drive around pretending you're The Transporter). E32's aren't bad choices either, but nothing really makes them stand out above an e38—-they have no more refinement or driving character, and actually less electronic reliability. If pure mechanical analog simplicity is what you're after though, just stick with an e23…..basically the same driving and ownership experience of an e28 5 series in a larger wrapper, with virtually nothing you couldn't fix in your driveway.


    • sean scott
      September 6, 2017 @ 3:27 pm

      Another vote for the e38. I am curious to see how rare they are?


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