Just bought a used one with 110,000K on it a week ago, and LOVE it. The power is surprising for 282HP, but 325LB FT of torque is sweet. I don't have the contour seats, but the basic seats are great. This car handles great for its size. I have a rare Slate Green 740i with Oyster Nappa leather, and english green dashboard and carpet. It truly is a joy to own. There are a couple little problems but cheap to fix. GREAT car.
Style, Comfort, Ride Quality is superb, Almost no road noise, Heated front and rear seats, Dual fan controls for front passengers.
This is one amazing car!! for what you can pick up a nice clean 01 740i for today everyone should try it out.
The motor is bulletproof the trans is the weak link, however rebuilt it and the car will run to 200-300k easily.
Getting there might not be cheap, radiators, water pumps, expansion tank, suspension parts will break down and random sensors and gaskets will leak.
Despite all that this car is tight as a Drum at 125k miles, handling is amazing for a car this size. I installed some 18 M- Parallel staggered wheels.
The power delivery is fast and linear, only 282hp but feels faster than my friends 550i. Car is a beast, a tank call it what you will, no body roll on highway!! Buy one
Power, handling, comfort, seats, awesome stereo, still looks like a Boss rolling on M-Paralles!
Where else can you get all this refinement and driving pleasure for $6k, I had Audis, Lexus(GS and LS400) Cobras, corvettes, Z28s.
This car is a 4 door Cobra, my 01 had 320hp but this car with 282hp feels faster and handles just as good with way more comfort and room for 5! only if it has a manual trans it would be perfect!!!
everyone cries about parts $$, don't take it to a dealer. There are many vendors on line that sell parts that are no more expensive than a part for a Camry. Find a good indy mechanic and you can enjoy this car for a long time for little money. Easy to work for DIYers!
I purchased my 740i the summer of 2007 with 122K, it now has 170k. Mechanically i have changed a suspension component ($250), brakes($1100) battery($150) and tires($1100) otherwise just oil service.
Recently it has began to slowly leak coolant. The reliability has been excellent and it still feels very much like a new vehicle. Preformance is Great but remember it is a large sedan The interior is beyond expectations. Exterior is beautiful with the sport package!!! Overall it is a great vehicle to enjoy for many years. I would never consider trading for anything else of similar value,
Bought an 01 740i w sports package 100K on the odometer. Put $2K into Trans fluid, Belts, Oil leak all other fluids, new plugs etc... I drive over 150 miles per day in it at 80mph and it still averages 24 mpg! Build quality is unmatched, engine is so quiet at idle I need to look at the tach to see if it's on! These cars are made to last (if you take care of them). Seats look unworn due to the incredible quality of the leather on an 8+ year old car. Oh, and buy the warranty, It'll save you!
Handling, acceleration, looks, build quality, the constant stares at it (even with it being 8 years old), At 30 or 90 mph the ride is the same and you feel you have the same control.
This car is one of the best cars of all time. It can be smooth and quiet on the highway , but when you put your foot down its 4.4L V8 surges forward with 324lb.ft. of torque and 282hp. The steering is heavy and responsive. The suspension soaks up bumps, but delivers sharp handling when you want it. In 5 years of owning this car the only problem was getting the handsfree phone setup. Our car had an outdated navigation system and the rear cup holders once broke, but there were no other problems. This BMW is in my opinion one of the best cars ever overall. This one of the last real BMW's from before the new bigger Bangle designed BMW. It has a classic look, but appears modern.
Looks, safety, handling, steering, comfort, acceleration, 33mpg on the highway in our experience, and luxury.
As with many European cars it has terrible cup holders and the Navigation system in our car was hard to use and slow.