Bought @ 50K miles for $29K out the door. Needed major service, thrust rod bushings & sway links. After $2,100 all good. Since then: battery x 2, climate control fan motor, radiator repair, tires, repair hood latch, replace oxygen sensors, new front pads & rotors, new electronic thermostat, 2nd major service, added new center armrest & ashtray coin tray, replaced cup holder & console wood trim, replaced outside mirror pass. side, replaced map light rear pass. side, replaced two side windows pass. side & rear driver side, several scheduled maintenance visits & replaced one ultrasonic parking sensor. I may be missing a few things, grand total $13K. Present mileage 100,400. BMW: Break My Wallet.
Seamless power delivery, phenomenal suspension, handles like butter, snob appeal, great creature comforts, still rivals cars 8 years later, little details in the programming and options too many to mention.
Make parts that last. Electronics & mechanicals should last longer on a $92K car.
The ride is excellent but too many
gadgets have had to be repaired: rear
and front cup holders, rear glass
window up and down, car phone
electronics still do not work, glove
compartment latch. I could go on, but
the smooth ride is still the best.
The seats are very comfortable and the
ride is great.
The inside components: cup holders are
not secure enough to hold drinks, even
when they do work. Telephone worked
very short time. Decided my cell would
do just fine when BMW Service couldn't
fix the intergrated phone.
This was our first 7 series - our
other being a 2000 740iL.
Have been impressed with the quiet,
comfort and speed - not to mention
the "legacy look" of the E38 7 Series.
The new E60 series are too hodge-
podged on the exterior for our taste.
I doubt we'll be upgrading anytime
Only issue - the Nappa leather on our
green one (a butter creme colour) --
seems to reek of mustiness all the
time - especially when the summer heat
bakes the car during the day.
Replacing the airfilter, as well as
placing boxes of Arm & Hammer baking
soda doesn't seem to remove the stale
smell. *sigh* - time for
some "leather" spray I guess.
This is not only a high performance
car, it is a beauty, both in and out.
Design wise, has BMW written all over
it, unlike the new 745il that can be
mistaken for an Infinity or a Nissan.
It broke my heart when they
discontinued the 740.
Everthing in this car is great, from
the powerful engine, to the interior,
to the ergonomics .... you name it.
Not much, the gas milage could be
better, but hey, you want performance,
you should expect it
A great car I am sure when new. Bought in 2009. 10 yrs old. Main module computer replaced, radiator, air-cond, headlight, deadpixels, worst, unfixable petrol smell, told a leak is there and the seal replacement is expensive. Great to enjoy it but when comes to maintenance, well, you know... I make sure I get the best out of it before my bankruptcy if I keep it. Once in a lifetime experience, may even get another one when the right encounter occurs. What a love-hate relationship!
All the standard features normally classified as option in the other 7 series.
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