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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
BMW 7 Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.4 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 325 hp @ 6100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 BMW 7 Series

  • The new BMW 7 Series is probably the most technologically advanced passenger car in the world, but is it too complex?

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Advanced powertrains, sumptuous luxury, technology showcase.

  • Cons

    Toys can be distracting from the task at hand, odd styling details.

  • What's New for 2002

    Completely and controversially redesigned, the 2002 BMW 7 Series arrives chock-full of innovative technology and luxury trimmings.

Full 2002 BMW 7 Series Review

What's New for 2002

Completely and controversially redesigned, the 2002 BMW 7 Series arrives chock-full of innovative technology and luxury trimmings.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Bmw745li won't go in gear

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Vehicle: 2002 BMW 7 Series 745Li 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

I have a BMW 745li that the transmission was replaced at 20000. If I drive it now and turn the car off it may not go in gear for at least an hour. It will start but not move. BMW dealership could not tell me the problem. The car is still under 100000 but no longer under warranty because of the year. I would like to know if anyone else has this problem. Any repair suggestions?

2002 bmw 7 series (good

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Vehicle: 2002 BMW 7 Series 745i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

I want to buy a 7 Series but I have been told by many BMW salesmen that if I'm going to get one, by a 2003 or newer. They say that the 02 had several problems. I like the 2002 and newer body style. I Never cared for the 2001 and before body styles. But what I don't understand is for such an expensive car why did it come out with so many problems. Most of the reviews on the car from anyone who has owned one seemed to be very mixed reviews. People keep complaining that the car has several mechanical problems, but also say that they've kept the car for 5 to 10 years. So it must not be that bad. What changes were made in the 2003 and newer models to improve all the problems?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Had enough!

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Vehicle: 2002 BMW 7 Series 745i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

After 7 years of ownership, finally had enough of the continual issues with this car and traded it in (not a BMW). Only drove the car in the summer but that did not prevent many costly repairs once the warranty was over. Major coolant leak leading to engine damage (covered by warranty), cooling fan replaced, passenger window motor, 2 batteries, alternator, 6 CD changer malfunctioned, steering alignment could never be done properly leading to uneven tire wear on expensive Dunlops, bad sunroof windnoise that "could not be fixed", excessive road noise, clunky transmission, check engine light "forever" ON, low battery warning would appear often. Each dealer visit; minimum $1000. Enough!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Love/hate -- sold it and

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Vehicle: 2002 BMW 7 Series 745i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

I had the 745i for 10 years and at only 80 thousand miles, i finally decided to get rid of it. Fortunately, I sold it for a pretty good price and I was being very honest to the guy who bought it about the problems I had with the car before (they were fixed). I love the driving and I do agree that it's very addictive and this is why it took me so long to sell it. But, after 6 years, it started to need my attention and i have not stop paying money to keep it running in good shape. I had 3 oil leaks, coolant problems, vacuum failed twice, power window, shade, door lock, power button for the seat etc....and, I had the service engine lights on as well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Most comfortable and powerful car!

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Vehicle: 2002 BMW 7 Series 745i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

I wanted BMW 745i rather than 745il! I was searching for one for a long time till I got this one. Very comfortable luxury sedan with sporty handling and plenty of power! Really a cool car even after 8 years! It's charisma did not fade all these years, paint looks new. I have a flawless grey exterior,but wait... what is the color of the interior? blueish gray! Grayish blue!? What color blind person made this interior? I didn't like the interior color at all, since the car was clean, and left with no other choice I've been forced to buy this BMW! Mechanically it is a good vehicle though. I am still puzzled, which guy with right frame of mind would make such an ugly color for a classy car?

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Bad experience, worst car to

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Vehicle: 2002 BMW 7 Series 745i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

From the day i bought until now, every week i drop off the car for repair. I am broke, I did not know that I am paying for the BMW mess, mistake, for not making the better engine and computer complication. I think it is the time for 745i BMW recall. Whoever owns and has problems with car, like i mentioned before, should go public, media and have BMW fixed their own mess. I think even Mazda, Ford, Honda, Toyota are more reliable cars than BMW.

Talk About The 2002 7 Series

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In addition to my 325Xit I have a "04 Acura TL and one of the many nice things on it is that you can easily do that kind of programming yourself/...

Don't get the seats. BMW design is becoming tragic. I thought the removal of Bangle would fix the problem. If you look at the prevous 7-Series (2000-2002) that design is still timeless to me - elegan?...

When the previous generation 7 series was introduced in 2002, I actually interviewed for a position at the BMW dealer in Manattan to become an "iDrive Delivery Specialist." I didn't get the...

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Gas Mileage


  • 16
  • cty
  • 24
  • highway
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