by michaeljr5 on Dec 16, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 7 Series
No doubt, the late 90's 7 Series were by far one of BMW's most beautiful cars ever!
I bought my 97 740i with 175K miles on it.
It's not in perfect condition, it's been a project car.
If you're willing to shop around you can find good parts for really good prices.
I replaced all four struts, upper, lower control arms, tie rods and sway bar linkage for about $1000.
I did all the work myself.
It has that stupid Nav system in it and it doesn't work.
The bugger is that it's not wired like a normal stereo so replacing it is near impossible.
All in all, this one is a rocket ship!
I'd love to drive a new one!!!
by lousy cat on Aug 20, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 7 Series
This is the only car I have ever owned that literally falls apart before your eyes. BMW should be ashamed to put such a poor quality car on the market. It's only redeeming quality is that it looks good. The list of things wrong with my car are incredible for a car that has just over 100k on it BMW shame on you.
by 7 Series Owner on Feb 14, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 7 Series
This is BMW's flagship sedan and it does not disappoint in any way. Power, comfort, styling, safety and technology are all present here. One can easily go from 0-60 in less than 7 seconds, and at high speeds feel as if you are going half the pace with room to spare. More fun to drive than Mercedes, or Lexus combined!! The feel is rock solid and it handles like the 5 passenger sports car it really is. Plenty of creature comforts and cutting edge technology even in the older models. I have owned several hugh end luxury vehicles, domestic and foreign and this one is the best of all. It deserves the title "Ultimate Driving Machine" - I just can't see or imagine myself in any other car at all.!!
by Reston on Jun 22, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 7 Series
We bought the car used and had to sink some money into it right off the bat, for items not covered by the seller's warranty. Wondered about the choice for the first year. Then the car settled down and we've had routine maintenance since. It's a joy to drive, city or highway, and it's a joy for passengers. If you don't keep up with routine maintenance, and replace things at the first sign of trouble, expect to sink a lot of money into repairs. We do routine maintenance, and change the oil frequently, and we've been very satisfied. We plan to run the car for ten more years at least.
by willie on Jun 30, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 7 Series
The car is very sound (structurally). Reliability is poor. Too many expensive repairs for a expensive car. (radiator, steering, backfire plate, window controller) Think twice about this cas due to high cost of repair.
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