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. Great value. 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. Ive 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 00, 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 dont 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.