I also got one of the early models.
Had tremendous number of problems. The
dealership could never fix them. I
just traded it in on a Mercedes S class
and they gave me $50K trade in due to
all the problems...they know noone
wants the car.
This is our first BMW and we really
love it. We previously drove a 1998
Jaguar VDP and while it was a good
performer it lacked comfort and was
totally useless in the snow. Before
purchasing the 745Li we looked at the
new Jaguar XJ and the Mercedes S500. I
liked the style of the Jag and the
Mercedes better than the BMW but for
handling, features and comfort the BMW
came out leaps and bounds ahead. So
far it has been a great driving
I think the the I-drive is fun and I
also like the CD changer in the dash.
The sun shades are also a nice feature.
I liked the sytle better when the roof
line wasn't so rounded.
I just leased a 745i and the interior
of this car is like nothing I have ever
seen. Although the exterior takes a
little getting used to, the car is an
amazing ride. The fuel economy is
somewhat of a problem as every time I
fill the tank it costs me $50. However,
overall,this car is great
The 735I in grey insisde has problems
with the plastic trim on the doors. The
color peeled of for no aparent reason.
I recomend any new buyer to pay for the
extra special fornt seats. The standard
seats are not as comfortable and the
hight of the head rest cannot be
regulated at will.
The car drives beautiful even at very
high speeds 120mph+. However, I nted it
has a tendency to skid in very tight
curves, the type you found in European
The computer knob is fun to use and
quite easy once mastered. Great
conversation piece. However, the radio
is cumbersome to use.
Front seats are not as comfortable as
An altimiter and compass can be useful.
Glove compartment too small.
Air conditioning knob inside arm rest
compartment should work the other way
around. When you insert bottles you
risk moving the knob and turning off
the air flow.
The much maligned iDrive is a marvel.
It has a learning curve of course. It
combined with the active cruise control
make for a pleasant and SAFE vehicle
with performance and handling to set
the standard for all other cars.
Interactive speed control
Exterior styling could be improved, but
it looks just great from the inside.