I have a 2001 740i Sport that I
actually know is a great car to drive.
But I experienced about 80 days in the
shop for warranty work over the 3 years
I owned this car with problems never
seen before. It didn't stop me from
buying a new one. Now I purchased a
new 745i because the truth is, once you
drive a BMW, it is second to none. I
need to get familiar with the iDrive,
but bottom line, once you get used to
it it should be no problem. I opted
for the comfort seats....WOW. You
could take a nap if the car had auto
pilot. Even though I had prolems in
the past, I just love BMW's (my wife
has the 2003 530i Sport w/ 5 speed! :-)
The seats, the sound system, the RIDE
and the HANDLING!! BMW ... the best!!
I bought the 7 Series because I had
good luck with my prior BMWs. The car
is comfortable and the gadgets are
intriging, but beware, this care is
incrediby unreliable and has been in
the shop almost a whole month now or
for 7 visits (including 3 tow ins) to
date. Also, BMW does NOT back their
car, they refuse to admit there are
obvious problems including electrical,
ride and other problems.
The seats are incredibly comfortable.
I really think this car is way too
unrelaible and BMW will not back it.
Excellent handling capability BUT
Not fun to drive. Try down shifting
with the steering wheel button and then
figuring out what gear you are in while
watching the road at the same time.
Every service is a multi-day ordeal and
there have been too many.
Uneccesary complexity, the radio is
basically non-functional outside of the
pre-selected stations.A real problem if
you are routinely in different
Handles like a BMW
One day service or get more help
Make a usable radio
I know how to work the computer and
Simplify-don't like the multiple
manipulastion to access the controls.
Give more control to gear selection.
The GPS system is not as accurate for
directions as my previous 740.
The voice activation doesn't work well
and the electronics seem to need
constant updating as the phone and
navigation system don't always work
The steering has a vibration in the
steering wheel until the low profile
tires warm up, which takes about 8-10
miles of driving before this goes away.
This is not what you should expect in a
The car handles exceptionally well on
all types of roads.
BMW needs to simplify the voice
activation system and correct the
faulty electronics as it relates to the
phone and navigation system.