This car suffers from older technology, as in you can't stream music through you sound system. You have to buy an adapter and plug it in the 3.5 port in the storage compartment - OLD SCHOOL for sure, even for 2008.
The Idrive is wanky. It takes some getting used to for sure, and even then it's awkward top play with. For a 70K + car the stereo need some beefing up as well. The Logic 7 version of this stereo is a bit better but there is room for improvement.
Some interior panels PEEL, and that makes the interior look shitty (ya I said it). I have had several 7 series autos and this is a virus through the line for sure. It doe not scream quality. That is why I have up on the Mercedes. Their interiors fell apart, and I just don't like them overall - one was enough or me.
The power and handling are great, the mileage not so much. The inside (when not looking at the peeling lower panels) is nice. The seats are comfortable and GRAB you when you get in. The outside noise is almost on existent which is nice.
What can I tell perspective buyers of this one. GET IT CHECKED OUT before you buy. Pay the money for a pro to look it over. Then get an aftermarket warranty and keep up on your maintenance and you should be OK.
It's impressive looking and when you drive it people notice.
I would never buy this piece of Junk. It is just a waste of money. Too many issues. I purchased a 5 year old CPO 750i. A few months later I found out that it has original air filters installed, the dealer did not even bother to check the basics. I filed a complain, both written and by phone. I wasted so many hours but no results. The customer rep says that the dealer is not answering them, what a BS.
Overall it's just a great car, rides well, always works as it should, Once you get to know iDrive it's a good system but not great, quality fit and finish inside and out, comfortable on the highway, in traffic, or on the twisty back roads. Decent MPG for a large car with a V-8, average 16 MPG, (80 city, 20 highway driving). Can be had at great price right now with slowing sales and a new model coming out soon, if you don't mind driving the older model. Can't beat BMW's warranty and free scheduled maintenance.
Great engine, smooth transmission, comfortable front seats and interior, smart dashboard design, balanced ride, sharp handling.
iDrive controller and display (revised in the 2009/2010 7-series), Should be Standard for 80K luxury car; Adjustable Suspension (ride pkg), Comfort Access, and Premium sound Pkg, iPod Interface. BMW bring a diesel and Xdrive (AWD) model to the US immediately!
Best-in-class handling and ride. True quality everywhere you look and touch.
Handling, ride, quality.
1. Get rid of iDrive and go to a touch screen system. 2. Four stalks on the steering column are two too many. 3. No need for cruise control presets. 4. I'm not sure the average valet can bring the car back from the parking area without help from the owner as it is currently configured.
This is the fourth BMW 7 series I've had and it is better than the others. Subtle changes from the 2006 and all make the car a bit more fun to drive. Great deals available as it is the last of this model. It is considerably less than a comparable Audi, Mercedes, or Jaguar, and definitely better to drive.
Handling, interior, overall design. I love the iDrive which I know some find difficult. It's the third one for me and other cars seem boring in comparison.