I bought this car for my wife, knowing about the BMW driving experiences. She upgraded from an Olds 88 to a 740 iL. Needless to say, she loves driving it. We both agree that the engine harmonics are superb, the chassis well designed for its time, and the inside build quality very good. But the cupholders are useless, the doors open so wide that you won't reach the inside handle anymore and heavy to manipulate, and it's not the most reliable car out there. In a few words : the typical German car. Also, don't trust the computer mpg consumption. Way optimistic! Old school calculations returned 25 mpg on highway at best, without cruise control, and 16 urban. Get a late production car w/wide nav.
Acceleration, listening to the engine roaring up to 6000 rpm, the different programs of the 5 speed ZF transmission, the 3 auto-dim mirrors, the driving impression and feedback for such a large vehicle, the hidden tape-deck, cold + convenient option packages, exterior styling, DSC, etc. etc.