What did nanny use to transport your kids prior to her decision to buy the BMW?
You must pay your nanny very well. Otherwise she has delusions of grandeur.
A 740i is a very expensive car to own and drive, and the expenses will really start piling up after 100K miles. I’d estimate it will cost between $1.00 and $1.50 per mile to drive this car, maybe a bit more. Every day, every mile. Do the math.
Insurance? Ha, ha, ha. I hope she calls her agent before she buys the car.
Seriously, this car will bankrupt anyone who doesn’t have very deep pockets. Maintenance and repairs are outrageously expensive, and it will drink premium gas as if it were water. Tap water, not the expensive bottled kind.
Be that as it may, before we can discuss the relative safety of a given vehicle we’d have to agree on a definition of “safe,” and I think that varies quite a bit from person to person.
A 1998 BMW 740i is at least as safe as, and probably safer than, most cars built in 1998. How it compares with a car from, say, 2008, however, is another matter. But, again, it depends on how you define “safe.”
The 740i was the top of the BMW line, I believe, in 1998, so it is loaded with everything the BMW engineers could think of in terms of comfort, safety, performance, and convenience. And the BMW engineers are pretty good.
The 740i is also a large, heavy car, so if you’re in the “bigger is safer” camp the 740i will fill the bill. I had the pleasure of driving on of these cars briefly a few years ago, and I can honestly say it was one of the most impressive cars I’ve ever been in. I loved it.
Assuming someone else was paying for it, I would gladly drive a 1998 BMW 740i, any time, any distance (it’s a superb highway car), at any rational speed (100 mph feels like 60), and I would feel completely safe doing so.
I would also feel completely safe allowing any of my children or grandchildren to ride with me in the car, as long as they are properly restrained.
As with all other cars, the DRIVER has more to do with safety than anything else. I’d let my grandkids ride in any car if I trusted the driver.
If you trust you nanny’s driving abilities it really doesn’t matter what she drives. Her choice of used vehicle, however, makes me question LOTS of things.
I understand the appeal of a 740i. It’s a fantastic vehicle, and quite handsome, but I would never be crazy enough to try to own one. I know I can’t afford it.