This is an elegant and wonderful to drive vehicle. Too bad the constant repairs costing thousands of dollars make it impossible to recommend. The car wont start so Im having it towed. The hood wont open, trunk opening is broken, glove box wont open, 3/4 windows don't open, nav computer is kaput, and this is only the latest repairs needed. The warranty is up so I'm guessing the repairs from todays tow to the dealer will be between $1k and $5k depending on if the nav/radio system need full replacement. The cup holders are terrible, the stereo has very poor sound relative to new Camry and others. I just wish I could talk my wife into another brand. Maybe after this expense she will consider it.
Body style and handling are excellent. Tons of power, maybe too much with today's gas prices. Who needs a gas guzzler with gas at $4 a gallon here?
With payment, gas and insurance we pay well over $1k a month for this car we bought used. Tune ups and repairs are ridiculously expensinve and something new breaks once a month. Do not buy unless you have money to burn.
Best built sedan by far; the sports package makes it even better. An absolute dream machine to drive for the past 6 years. Unmatched style and performance compared to any new BMW sedan or other comparable sedans don't even come close. Great MPG on highways. Without a doubt a better car for you than new, if you find an 01 one with low miles (40k to 60k) get it. You won't do better money wise or performance wise anywhere else at this price level, around $20k.
Best sedan ever made in general and best by BMW: style, comfort, performance and reliability. The 740i is a true dream machine. Goodbye to grace and hello to hideousy!! Whatever they replaced it with - a total disappointment with the introduction of the new 7 series, six years later, they still can't get it right.
This is my second BMW. I have a '98 5 series which was the best car I had ever driven. Compared to the 740iL, the 5 series is very pedestrian. I have never driven a more responsive, agile and comfortable car. Its a true sports sedan. The interior, while not overly exciting to the senses, has a refined, rich feel. It has all the bells and whistles. The stereo is nice but not conducive to bass heavy music. Also, back up the Brinks truck when its time for repairs. If you can find a good mechanic, avoid the dealership. However, the real fun begins when you sit behind the wheel. A lot of power. I cannot describe the driving experience. You have to live it. Forget Mercedes, Lexus, Audi.
The power, handling, and suspension is impeccable. This car is a beautiful car thats great to look at. Huge trunk.
I've owned my 740i sport edition (black/black) for 4 years and put about 40K additional miles. This car is the most stylish 7 ever. Sports edition with 19" rims and slim muscular looks. I've had minor issues with mine (cup holder broke, engine opening cable issue, radiator crack (covered under warranty). Always a nice drive, and acceleration is awesome, particularly from 40 to 80 mph. I've had the car up to 110 mph and it seems to want to live at that speed. Extremely smooth drive. Traction control helps in snow, but forget about this on any substantial ice/snow. The 282 hp is deceiving, torque is calibrated perfectly to compensate. I love my 740i Sport Edition. A classic car some day.
I'm 6'5" and seat controls include the ability to lower the top part of seat back, but then pull the upper section of top seat forward. I've yet to see another car do that (ex. not in Merc CL). Styling of course w/ sport pkg. knobs to tweak everything. Acceleration from 30 to 70 mph range.
1. Embedded phone/address system works with one BMW-Motorola antiquated phone - can't find anywhere. 2. Cup holder. great for 12 oz can only, forget your coffee mug. 3. You will inevitably get scratches under the door handles which are lift kind - lights highlight. Full bar handles would be better.