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This page of commentary is just from Wiley of the United States, also generated from a posting I placed on a BMW enthusiast's discussion forum, telling of

wow that is harsh! but if you have been paying the prices you showed on your web page then it's no wonder you are frustrated. $2500 to replace the a/c compressor? i changed mine for less than $500, and that includes getting it charged. it sounds like you need to get away from the stealer and find an independent mechanic. or buy a repair manual and get busy...........good luck but don't give up
wiley  (1989 750iL)  <email address on file>
Indiana USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 19:38:29

which is worse?  i'm not sure which is worse. what they(the STEALER) have done to you, or you letting them?
wiley  (1989 750iL)  <email address on file>
Indiana USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 08:39:20

i hear mopeds are cheap to work on too
wiley  (1989 750iL)  <email address on file>
Indiana USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 16:58:52

aftermarket parts  do you realize that not only are aftermarket parts less expensive than oem, but in some cases they are better made and more realiable? no the compressor for your a/c is not more than $500(unless you order it from the dealer) you can get an aftermarket rebuilt(the dealer uses rebuilt ones too, not new) for 150 - 350. still leaves some change for a little freon
wiley  (1989 750iL)  <email address on file>
Indiana USA - Monday, April 23, 2001 at 23:18:37

if it is your decision to only use bmw oe parts then you deserve the price you pay. besides that places like JAC can get the bmw oe parts for a fraction of the cost. it should be obvious to you that the majority of the people on this board do not go to the STEALER unles they do not have a choice. and most of these people use after market parts. do you think it's just a freak of nature that just about all of us are happy with our cars? NOT! we are happy because we have mastered the ability to maintain our $70,000 cars on a slaves wages.
wiley  (1989 750iL)  <email address on file>
Indiana USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 08:00:17

Axel's replies:  To your first comment- Less than $500 to replace the compressor?  The parts alone cost more than that.  Given the difficulty I've had with this car, or this website for that matter, it should be clear I am not someone who gives up easily, but I think it's time to give up on this car.

To your second comment- which is worse, a car that breaks down 100 times, or a car that costs $32,000 to maintain?

And to your third comment- do you think someone makes a 12 cylinder moped?

To your fourth comment- aftermarket parts are not guaranteed by BMW, and my custom has been to always use new, original BMW parts.  Unfortunately, many of the the BMW parts I had installed failed shortly after the one year warranty on them, like the radiators did.  (I believe that freon is becoming outlawed, because of its negative impact on the environment, so I would have to use something else to fill the air conditioner).

To your fifth comment- I congratulate you on being able to self-maintain your "$70,000 cars" (although yours is currently valued at well under $10,000) and if you are happy with your car then good for you.  However, in looking over the Forum's endless questions, comments, and exchanges of repair tips, your cars are hardly problem free.  I could pull in some excerpts here that were not left in direct connection with my car, but I'm trying to limit my website to commentary directed at my car.   Since you've brought it up, I'll add just a couple here as examples.  These were not posted in connection with my car.  Here's an excerpt from what someone wrote:  "V12 Engine Fires.  Before I bought them I had considered purchasing a 750 from an insurance auto auction and fixing it up since my father in law has a body shop. And today a coworker told me his brothers 89 750 caught fire a couple of years ago. Why these two are related is over the course of 3 months of watching auctions in the USA a total of about 30 750's of various years came up but all prior to 1990, and over 1/3rd of them had suffered an engine fire.  ...Anyone have any ideas of what had happened? Just curious. The Boy Scout in me caused me to install a portable Halon extinguisher in each car just in case. I think mostly it must because a fuel rail, injector, hose or something opens and spills fuel which ignites on a hot surface? Or does anyone know if the fires were initiated electrically first?"  There were a series of responses both confirming and refuting such occurrences.  And a different posting spoke of someone at BMW telling them that the 1989 750iL was the worst car BMW ever made.

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