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Please help me choose a beater for my father. He's looking for a relatively cheap large sedan. I succeeded steering him towards the German Panzers but i'm looking for advices/personal experiences. Also maintenance/parts costs.
Right now we found an 1988 735 I, high mileage(200K miles), clean body and a 1988 560 SEL 140K mi, but there is some rust on it. Before we go to look at any of them what are things to watch for?


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Re: 1988 BMW 735I or 86-90 Benz W126 (KARMANN_16V)

Benz is a better bet (though the rust sucks). Those old BMW's have a lot of electrical problems......
 

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Re: 1988 BMW 735I or 86-90 Benz W126 (BeantownGTI)

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Benz is a better bet (though the rust sucks). Those old BMW's have a lot of electrical problems......

Speaking of which... how do you get those electrical problems fixed???

BMW's http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif their styling looks much better (spec the 80's). Personally i think the M-B styling didnt get any better till 95 and up
 

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Re: 1988 BMW 735I or 86-90 Benz W126 (Deflated_97)

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Speaking of which... how do you get those electrical problems fixed???

BMW's http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif their styling looks much better (spec the 80's). Personally i think the M-B styling didnt get any better till 95 and up


agreed but that Benz is a tank. the newer Benz' are not built nearly as well. yeah the BMW 7 of that design was my favorite design for years and years, just lots of problems. my grandfather had the 735il and there were lots of glitches right off the bat when it was new.
plus you get healight wipers w/ the SEL
 

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Re: 1988 BMW 735I or 86-90 Benz W126 (BeantownGTI)

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agreed but that Benz is a tank. the newer Benz' are not built nearly as well. yeah the BMW 7 of that design was my favorite design for years and years, just lots of problems. my grandfather had the 735il and there were lots of glitches right off the bat when it was new.
plus you get healight wipers w/ the SEL

The Benzes pop up every now and then preatty cheap locally. He's not forced to get it now but im the next month or so. I personally had a 420 SEL and the car was an accident repair. It had a bent frame

I got it with about the same mileage as the 560 mentioned above but i never had any technical probs with it.
 
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