The drive is best of all the cars I
have owned and I have owned MB,
Infinity Q45 and Accura Legend. No
other car on this planet can compare
to the fun driving this car. After
this car I dont want to drive my MB
420E as it is so primitivr to & series.
Th i drive which is very intutive and
easy to use if one uses common sense.
I drove my 2002 745i for six months
before I finally was fed up with the
never ending updates/defects and traded
I quickly learned the iDrive system and
I have no patience for the whining
computer illiterate types who bought
the car and can't figure out how to use
This car had a never ending series of
bizarre defects and constant problems
that were repaired 2 or 3 times with
I also tired of the never ending series
of software updates and control module
replacements that required an average
of 3 days in the shop per round of
Flawless engine, perfectly tuned
suspension, excellent performance for a
large sedan, extremely quiet ride on
the highway, Logic7 sound system
upgrade is worth the money.
BMW should do better quality control
and test the car in Europe before they
bring it to the U.S. full of software
defects in a brand new, highly complex
The yellow caution flag unfurled
shortly after I took delivery of a 745i
in May, 2002. The clock lost time, the
sound system developed a roaring hiss
and the navigation system intermittenly
stopped working. The clock module, the
computer screen, and the navagation
system were replaced. The car lost
battery power once. Last autumn, an
engine malfunction developed. The alloy
coating the valve stems flaked off. One
cylinder was scored, so the ENGINE was
replaced! Did I mention a defective
ignition coil after 9000 mi? I think
the dealer did as best as possible. No
matter how much sugar you put on a
lemon, you are still left with a sour
taste in your mouth.
The iDRIVE concept, road-handling,
More attention to reliability of
hardware and software. More padding of
the driver's seat-bottom.
Likes and dislikes in order:
It is good looking. It turns heads like
you can't believe. It steers like it is
on rails. The I-drive is easy if you
give it a chance. It is just a learning
curve you have to get through. It is
safe and efficient.
It is extremely cold natured. The I
drive is great...if it hangs up here
and there go get the latest software
update. I don't like the seats..period.
I would like to up shift manually.
Looks..It is bad!
Performance on city streets and
highways! Courage by the designers and
engineers to try and suceed with
something that was not mainstream!
It is a cold natured beast. Park it in
a garage. The seats are tough for me to
get used to but I am sure I will get
over them. I have been driving a Lexus