BMW 740i

Along with the E39 BMW M5, the E38 740i is one of those über sedans that is on my radar for future purchase. Every time I return home to Philadelphia, I see a number of E38s, mostly in black, cruising up and down Bustleton Avenue through the Northeast section of the city, a predominately Russian neighborhood. Popular, then, both at home in Russia and abroad. It is still commonplace to see the E38 function as the vehicle of choice for heads of state, executives and wealthy individuals the world over. This particular 740i in upstate New York has the popular M parallel wheels and only 68,000 miles under it’s wings.

2000 BMW 740i on eBay

Mint condition BMW 740i, THIS CAR VERY CLEAN IN AND OUT black on black leather with only 68k miles, this car is in mint condition as you can see in the pictures, the car is loaded with navigation system and cd changer options. This car is very fast and very comfortable, everything works as it should, ice cold AC, 18” sport wheels and tires are in mint condition ,the leather is also in mint condition. I will also help with shipping and storage until a shipper can come out to pickup, not to exceed 30 days after auction close.

Standard Features:
Compact Disc Changer
Fog Lights
Garage Door Opener
Power Heated Mirrors
Keyless Entry System
Power Moonroof
Premium Audio System
Automatic Climate Control (2 Zone) – Driver and Passenger
Power Driver Seat w/Memory
Power Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
Trip Computer
Stability Control
Traction Control
4-Wheel ABS
Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
Front Head Airbags
Front Side Airbags
Anti-Theft Alarm System
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Cruise Control
Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
Power Door Locks
Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlights
Auto-Dim Rear View Mirror

Optional Features

Comfort Seats
Electronic Damping Suspension Control
Heated Front Seats
Security Glass
Sport M Wheels
Rear Head Airbags
Headlight Cleaners

Specifications

Exterior:
Width: 73.3 in.
Height: 56.5 in.
Length: 196.2 in.
Curb weight: 4255 lbs.
Wheel base: 115.4 in.

Performance:
4.4L V8 DOHC 32V Engine
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower: 282 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque: 324 ft-lbs. @ 3700 rpm

Fuel tank capacity: 22.5 gal.

The asking price for this 740i is about in line with where current values on these models are headed. The color combination and mileage on this particular car are surely going to garner its fair share of interest. I can’t help but get weak in the knees every time I see one of these sedans. The crisp lines and stance, especially with the M parallel wheels, is just perfect. This, in my opinion, was the zenith of the 7 series. You can have the bloated and overly complex current range. I’ll take an E38, thank you.

-Paul

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7 Comments

  1. The Buy It Now price of $12,995 seems about right. A co-worker of mine got $11,000 in trade on a 2001 740i non-sport package with 68k a few months ago. It was not in as good shape as this car. The dealer which purchased the car put it on the lot for $11,995.

  2. “The asking price for this 740i is about in line with where current values on these models are headed.”

    So, a potential buyer would be paying now about what it will be worth in the future? (Actually, I don’t think the BIN price is unreasonable for this mileage, and the reserve is probably a bit lower.)

    I share your appreciation for the E38 740 Sport – particularly in this striking black color combo. Classic and beautiful.

    As we’ve heard (and some of us know from first-hand experience), there are few cars quite as expensive as a 8-10 year old German flagship luxury sedan. The accident history and rust belt history probably don’t help either.

    But it sure is attractive…

  3. I don’t think this is a genuine Sport package, the seats, steering wheel and chrome trim suggests it just has the M parallels fitted to a regular car.

  4. NOT a Sport model. The eBay ad does not claim it to be either…just a regular 740i and as such overpriced by about $8k.

  5. @Larry, I could be wrong, but I haven’t seen E38 values move much over the last year or two. I’d wager a guess and think they’d probably stay static or creep up a little bit over the next year or two. In time, these may become more valuable, but given what we’ve seen with other large German sedans, I kind of doubt it.

    @Tony and Larry, I know the 740i had different wood than the 740i sport, and since it’s hard to tell whether this has the higher stall torque converter, going on the non black window trim (something I didn’t pick up on) would tip this off as a non sport version. Amazing how wheels make a difference in how a car appears.

  6. I ran it through the BMW ETK and got the build sheet. No sign of a sport package or M Parallels so they could even be replicas.

    Here’s the build sheet :

    VIN WBAGG8344YDN78501
    Type code GG83
    Type 740I (USA)
    E series E38 ()
    Series 7
    Type LIM
    Steering LL
    Doors 4
    Engine M62/TU
    Displacement 4.40
    Power 210
    Drive HECK
    Transmission AUT
    Colour COSMOSSCHWARZ METALLIC (303)
    Upholstery STANDARDLEDER/SCHWARZ (N6SW)
    Prod.date 1999-09-17

    Options

    S358A CLIMATE COMFORT WINDSCREEN Climate comfort windscreen
    S403A GLAS ROOF, ELECTRIC Glass roof, electrical
    S438A WOOD TRIM Fine wood trim
    S494A SEAT HEATING F DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER Seat heating driver/passenger
    S502A HEADLIGHT WASHER SYSTEM Headlight cleaning system
    S521A RAIN SENSOR Rain sensor
    S522A XENON LIGHT Xenon Light
    S609A NAVIGATION SYSTEM PROFESSIONAL Navigation system Professional
    S640A CAR TELEPHONE PREPARATION Preparation f tel.installation universal
    S672A CD CHANGER BMW FOR 6 CDS CD changer for 6 CDs
    S677A HIFI SYSTEM PROFESSIONAL HiFi System Professional DSP
    S818A MAIN BATTERY SWITCH Battery master switch
    S925A SHIPPING PROTECTION PACKAGE Transport protection package

    Standard equipment

    S210A DYNAMIC STABILITY CONTROL (DSC) Dynamic stability control
    S216A SERVOTRONIC HYDRO STEERING-SERVOTRONIC
    S245A STEERING COLUMN ADJUSTMENT ELEC Steering wheel column adjustment,electr.
    S288A LT/ALY WHEELS BMW light alloy wheel, cross spoke 29
    S302A ALARM SYSTEM Alarm system
    S319A INTEGRATED UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL Integrated universal remote control
    S431A INTERIOR RR VW MIRROR W AUT ANTI-D Interior mirror with automatic-dip
    S441A SMOKERS PACKAGE Smoker package
    S459A SEAT ADJUSTM., ELECTR. W. MEMORY Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
    S473A ARMREST, FRONT Armrest front
    S488A LUMBAR SUPPORT DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER Lumbar support, driver and passenger
    S845A ACOUSTIC BELT WARNING Acoustic belt warning
    S850A ADD FUEL TANK FILLING FOR EXPORT Additional Export tank filling
    S853A LANGUAGE VERSION ENGLISH Language version English
    S876A RADIO FREQUENCY 315 MHZ Radio frequency 315 MHz
    S992A NUMBER PLATE ATTACHEMENT MANAGEMENT Control of number-plate attachment
    S694A PREPARATION FOR CD CHANGER Provisions for BMW 6 CD changer

  7. No mention of service records, carfax lists that it was in an accident, plus the seller is going to charge you $150 to have *your* mechanic inspect the car?!?

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