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1997 BMW 7 Series - Consumer Reviews

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Good Car, High Cost to Own
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By Chicago Bimmer
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Vehicle

1997 BMW 7 Series 740iL 4dr Sedan


Review

Love the car, hate the car. Most beautiful car I've owned. A joy to drive, when everything works. Replaced 4 window motors, 1 seat motor, a radiator, 2 water pumps, an alternator, a drive shaft, a CD player, and dash read outs. The other day the exterior door handle just came off in my hand. This car has been maintianed by BMW and certified mechanics, yet the build quality work against the owner. It's a shame considering the cost of the car.


Best Features

Style. Handling, interior comforts, and surprisingly good mileage for a car of this size.


Worst Features

BMW should admit to common fails and reimberse owners. Some of the these repairs are completely uncalled for, when you consider that we paid >$60K when new. Old Nissans I've owned have had better repair experience.


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The Ultimate Ride & Repair Costs
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By DarkShark
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1997 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan


Review

Fantastic car to drive! Plenty Leg Room and comfort features but don't plan on leaving the repair shop for less than $1,000 per visit (for instance, I needed $30.00 in parts and the total bill was close to $900.00). If you buy one, do yourself a favor and STRONGLY consider getting an extended (high performance) warranty...You WILL forget about the repair costs while driving though! The best of the best (unless you have the pleasure of driving the 2004 535i)!


Best Features

On board computer, digital sound,


Worst Features

BMW warranty up to 100k instead of 50k miles


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lots of fun/problems
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By sanjaysp
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1997 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan


Review

Great drivers car!!! pleasure to drive, get lots of looks.


Best Features

4.4 liter V8, 282 hp, exterior styling, interior styling


Worst Features

reliability!!! 2 cat. converters ($3000), dashboard led's ($2500) xenon's ($2000) a/c does work, sunroof broke I can go on!!


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love it, but.....
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By glfahlcron
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1997 BMW 7 Series 740iL 4dr Sedan


Review

this is the ultimate driving vehicle...the only problem i have is when i have to put it in the shop for repairs. expect to dig deep... nevertheless, when i get back behind the wheel it seems all worth it.


Best Features

the 440 watt 14 speaker stereo will blow you away... i've never been able to turn mine all the way up... the handle is like a sports car but a nice road vehicle all the same


Worst Features

can't think of any really...


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Endless money pit
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By RenoBMW
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Vehicle

1997 BMW 7 Series 740iL 4dr Sedan


Review

Great road car when it's running, but plagued by extremely low realibility and extremely high repair costs. Bought this off lease and have had it in shop at least once every month since for various things breaking or not working. The A/C has been repaired twice at $1800 per trip, and still doesn't work all the time, new driveline, suspension, seat motors, DMK motors, the list is endless. I've paid nearly as much in repairs as I did for the car. As soon as the last payment is made I'm buying a Lexus.


Best Features

Rear seat leg room, performance, on board computer.


Worst Features

Quality control, improved realiability, better service system.


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