The car is wonderful. Comfortable, rides nice, engine, transmission and most components function and last very well. Purchase price is very reasonable, however, maintenance cost and upkeep are terrible, the car is fairly difficult to work on without the right knowledge. In my experience I have to constantly make sure everything is good, I've replaced many parts that are not cheap. I've mainly had most of my problems with the cooling system: blown radiator here, broken thermostat here, shot fan clutch here, etc. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone, just not as a daily driver or only car. It is comfortable, rides and drives nicely, but the maintenance cost and maintenance itself is just too much for a daily driver. Do not buy this car unless you are ready for the headache it may cause you.
This car is an amazing performer. It outshines many of the newer BMW'S . Mine has 204000 miles on it . Ive replaced the water pump , changed the oil , and thats about it !! WHO CARES ABOUT THE CUP HOLDER! LOL. I love my 7. just about the funest car ive ever driven. Big , luxurious, sexy body lines,responsive v-8. I get an average 22-23 on the highway, 21 all day in the city. nothing comes close to the beuty of this car. It is silver with grey leather. Smoked lenses complete this beuty. I wouldnt trade her . Shes a keeper . I'll probably drive her till' the wheels fall off. :) Scoop one of these up . . .if you can find a decent one .
Over the last 12 years I've owned a 528i and then briefly owned a 2004 M3 (what a machine that was) and for the last couple years I've owned a 98 740i with a Dinan package. Amazing deep blue car that is a joy to drive. The problems just started after about 106K miles...oil leak, spark plug issue, heater quit working, power steering leak...ugh. Just got a call from the shop wanting more than $4K to fix it all. I feel the car is a beautiful car but freaky to spend this much all at once. I just put brand new tires and brakes 6 months ago as well. All in all...I haven't driven a car I like better except for the M3...another story...just make sure you are aware that the big 8 cost more to fix.
I love the look. It's stately while sporty.
The wrap around plastic around the seats are ridiculous. I've had luck with the cup holders on this car. Just wish it would grow old gracefully.
Arguably the most comfortable performance sedan ever built. Nice clean lines. Buy it right but set several thousand aside for initial remediation. I replaced water pump, window motor, control arm bushings, right cat, headlight lenses, and tires in the first year. Had leather refinished to like-new last year. You can get good quality non-BMW aftermarket parts drop shipped to your independent mechanic and save big $$$$. All-in I probably put 4K into the car since purchase bringing total cost to less than 11K. I get 22 mpg highway driving aggressively, 24 otherwise.
The seats are amazing! Almost six hours without getting out of the car and no back fatigue at all (and I am nearing retirement age). The trunk is huge. Acceleration is smooth and fast and the engine has plenty of reserve power.
The stereo is great but setting it up the way you like it will take a little time.