2001 BMW E38 735i Sport SOLD

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2001 BMW E38 735i Sport SOLD

Post by Me. @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:34 pm

I've looked after this for a few years now after buying it for the client. It's the third one I've bought for him, and I've bought all of them back from him a few years later, still have the 728i Individual as well.
This is a very high spec car with satnav, PDC, Sport leather, Elec seats, Door courtesy lights, climate, auto tint mirrors, headlamp power wash.....etc. I've replaced one Brembo calliper and all the discs and pads (with Brembo parts), control arms, serviced it, fitted Style 22 18" alloys (though the original M-Sport alloys are on my 728i and could be swapped back, they are 18" Parallels).
The fuel tank had a small leak from the seam which is why it's a bit cheap but I treated it last year and it hasn't leaked since....but that's the reason anyway.
Drives great, is lovely inside, has MOT to May (price will go up to £1895 once new MOT is done) and might need a few drop links as usual for the MOT.
There's a few small blemishes I will attend to in the next few days....but this is a HELL of a lot of car for the money. £1500 as it stands right now to clear.

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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by spast1kunt @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:37 pm

This must be about the last of the line for the E38 if it's a 2001. Didn't the big slab-sided E65 come on the market about then?
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Doctor Congo @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:49 pm

How much would it cost to lpg convert that car?
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Me. @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:06 pm

spast1kunt wrote:This must be about the last of the line for the E38 if it's a 2001. Didn't the big slab-sided E65 come on the market about then?

Yep.....Godawful looking thing. I was working at BMW HQ design when they quickly brought it in for a facelift five minutes after they launched it. Chris Bangles parking space moved one space away from the main door every time we came back after a weekend off....by the time we moved the build to Turin I think he might have had to catch a bus.
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Me. @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:07 pm

Doctor Congo wrote:How much would it cost to lpg convert that car?

The std quote would be about £1500 but if you found a decent specialist with a spare kit I know it can be done for a third of that.
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Ghost @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:54 pm

Mileage?
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Me. @ Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:56 pm

115000, with history iirc, I'll double check in the morning.
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Rod Rammage @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:14 am

I love that car.
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Barbarianna @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:10 am

Nice looking motor Me. That colour and those wheels make it look grown-up classy, completely unfazed next to 66 plate cars in Heathrow Business parking.

How are they to drive about? My impression, based solely on their looks, is that they are rather flat footed, stiffly sprung and wide. Is that the case? I am hoping instead that they are dynamically as good as the 5-series, but I have no idea.
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Rod Rammage @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:21 am

I expect the satnav is awful.
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Barbarianna @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:30 am

Rod Rammage wrote:I expect the satnav is awful.


Next to useless I would guess. I wonder if there is a hack for replacing the hardware/ firmware with an updated or completely new version in those things. Even in cars that are 5 years old, they're shit.

I would have hoped the screen resolution and back end would be OK to deal with something new running it, just so that it continues to look stock without the need for using a window wart satnav. But it may be a case of E>R. Dunno.
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by mmm-five @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:39 am

Barbarianna wrote:
Rod Rammage wrote:I expect the satnav is awful.


Next to useless I would guess. I wonder if there is a hack for replacing the hardware/ firmware with an updated or completely new version in those things. Even in cars that are 5 years old, they're shit.

I would have hoped the screen resolution and back end would be OK to deal with something new running it, just so that it continues to look stock without the need for using a window wart satnav. But it may be a case of E>R. Dunno.

If it's the MkIV, then it's not terrible, but a bit basic (I use a TomTom stuck onto the glossy dash trim in my Z4 to avoid sticking it to the windscreen).

The best option I've seen for similar systems (if it's the MkIV) is to replace it with a tablet or double-din unit. You may lose some of the OBC functions that are programmed/accessed from the screen though.
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by CJ+ @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:12 pm

Doesn't everyone just use their phone to navigate these days if the built-in nav is crap?

I know my iPhone makes a better TomTom than a TomTom.

But then, I did hear that there are specialist satnavs for mobile rape shedcaravan owners and HGV drivers, presumably to stop them driving under low bridges and whatnot.
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Ghost @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:31 pm

Where is Me HQ? I feel an urge arising for that car. And how much to replace the fuel tank?
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Spannerman @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:02 pm

I like..

What's the height of the front seat base from the ground?
What's the space between the seat base and the roof?
What's the tax, £295?
V8?
Does it get to double figures mpg??
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Strawman @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:57 pm

Ghost wrote:Where is Me HQ? I feel an urge arising for that car. And how much to replace the fuel tank?

Near Oxford. Don't know the cost, Me will.
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Me. @ Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:50 pm

Spannerman wrote:I like..

What's the height of the front seat base from the ground?
What's the space between the seat base and the roof?
What's the tax, £295?
V8?
Does it get to double figures mpg??


Huh? Seats are adjustable electrically so that would vary. (both obviously, but if you want I'll measure it....why though? are you over seven feet tall? My mate is 6.7" and fits just fine.)
Yep, tax is K band so £295.

As to previous questions....drives like a dream. Ideally I'd prefer to MOT it again and maybe fit new drop links, sort the few other issues out but the problem is that then the price would go up accordingly. E38's are getting thin on the ground, most were shipped to Poland in bits. Facelifted Sport versions are even harder to come across in this spec. The Satnav knew exactly where I was while in the workshop.....
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Re: 2001 BMW E38 735i Sport

Post by Spannerman @ Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:52 am

Me. wrote:
Spannerman wrote:I like..

What's the height of the front seat base from the ground?
What's the space between the seat base and the roof?
What's the tax, £295?
V8?
Does it get to double figures mpg??


Huh? Seats are adjustable electrically so that would vary. (both obviously, but if you want I'll measure it....why though? are you over seven feet tall? My mate is 6.7" and fits just fine.)
Yep, tax is K band so £295.

As to previous questions....drives like a dream. Ideally I'd prefer to MOT it again and maybe fit new drop links, sort the few other issues out but the problem is that then the price would go up accordingly. E38's are getting thin on the ground, most were shipped to Poland in bits. Facelifted Sport versions are even harder to come across in this spec. The Satnav knew exactly where I was while in the workshop.....

6'5" and very dodgy knees, so getting in and out of a low seat is very painful. Hence needing to lose my C Class :(
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