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I've got a 2001 BMW 740iL in need of repair/replacement. It's being held together by a couple of pins....and advise is greatly appreciated.

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You posted a car question under computer motherboards. Fourtunately, I have a 2000 540i Touring at 115K and can offer some advice.

Your car was not built to be held together with pins. It should be a welded steel unibody with bolts and screws connecting all major mechanical components. If it is held together by pins you would have to be insane to take it out on the road!

What you need to do is to look for BMW-certified technicians in your area and have them examine the car for problems. You are going to have to pay for a couple of hours of shop time but you will get a list of the things that need to be repaired in order based on their threat to your safety.

Then you can attempt the simpler tasks and save up to pay for the big tasks. The most important thing you can do is change the oil every 5000 miles and check under the hood for problems such as leaks and worn hoses regularly.

If you need more information I recommend that you join Bimmerforums.com. I have found it to be an excellent resource for solving problems over the years.

Remember, this is the Ultimate Driving Machine! The cost of owning such a car goes way beyond what you paid for it. For example, my local Mr. Tire cannot align it because it needs a special rack. What sucks is that Mr. Tire did not know that and I went through my new tires in a year! IDIOTS!

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