got this car in 2008, had to replace the engine in 2011, tranny gives a kick in the back had it
rebuilt, and it still kicks in the back, love love love the car though, the driving is awesome, on the hwy, ohhh boy, you have to be very mindful, it luvvs the hway, and....it hardly eats any gas on the hwy, but locally, wow, terrible, the drive is awesome though, and ppl still turn to look, a beautiful car, but not cheap
the ride, the look, the feel, it just handles like a pro...luvv it
The overall charistics of this car are fantastic.
I purchased this car 6 months ago for 8500.00 and it has 74k miles.
Its hard to find this much cart for this kind of money.
I own a Corvette and Hot Rod shop and have driven many many car of all ages and types. This 740iL is on my top 10 list of best overall car!
The back seats are incredible! This car has an unbelievable ride and seat comfort.
This is my 5th BMW, and also my favorite. Iíve owned several 3 series and 5 series. All great cars but the 7 series of this E38 generation is truly special.
The powertrain is strong by the standard of the í00, for 99% of your driving the power is more than adequate. The lines are classic, I still think the best of all BMW and the car continues to turn heads like no other. Clean, taught, uncluttered, and purposeful.
The true sport package on the 740i is tighter than most would like, would recommend the non-sport for most people.
If you are not mechanically included, or do not have a mechanic you trust and dependent on the BMW dealership, you may want to step with caution.
Comfort is great, seating position is about as good as it gets. Driving dynamics are wonderfully classic BMW.
Car has been free of major issues and after 4 years months of ownership, lower repairs than average ($200-400/yr) but some of this is DIY. It is easy to maintain if you have technical skills, online sites like E38.org are well organized and helpful.
The latent load on the battery is high, if you donít drive everyday suggest you plug into a battery tender.
I think the stereo is good, but not great nor as pure as I would have hoped.
This car is awesome no other way of saying it. it is better than any 7 series for sale today. the styling is classic. the interior is perfect and doesnt have any bmw i drive nonsense
just a good sized navigation system that matches perfectly in the center, the driving feel is awesome too. the leather quality is excellent and the rear seat leg room is something the be seen. the engine may be short of 300 hp
but you wouldnt be able to know once you floor it. the engine is perfect, the transmission is one of the smoothest out there. the car may be long and heavy but bmw has managed to make it feel only slightly short of an M3's handling capabilites. this car is a joy to drive.
handling, engine, rear seats they are more comfortable than some couches. front lay out, styling, transmission,engine noise, stereo, brakes the brakes feel like they are racing brakes they work flawlessly, traction control system is exellent.
have the Vanos not need replacing and 180k miles. find a way to improve city gas mileage, im averaging about 14 when driving city streets and 20-22 highway on long trips.
First, this will most likely be one of the very best cars that you'll ever own. Every aspect of this car is absolutely amazing. The engine is plenty powerful, and the ride is great. The first night that I drove it I didn't want to stop driving. This car has all the features that one could desire.
Now it's true that BMW's aren't the most reliable cars on the planet and when it comes time to fix them it usually wont be cheap. DON'T TAKE A BMW TO THE DEALER, or you're an idiot. Either find a BMW mechanic in your area or do the work yourself, it's very easy. If I, being a 19 year-old college student, can afford to keep this car running, you can too. (continued below)
Remember this car isn't a Honda or Toyota, so don't act like it is one. Also, use websites that carry OEM BMW parts for a discount, you'll be thankful that you did. For example, an oil filter at the dealer = $45. An OEM unit online = $13 plus shipping. That being said, change your oil yourself and save hundreds, very easy task.
The engine!! The silky smooth transmission, the navigation, the million-way power seats, the amazing seat heaters, the legroom in the back, the smooth ride, the handling, the climate control, the attention to detail, and all the features that you probably wont ever discover.
Better quality interior parts. BMW likes to use lots of plastic...