10k on the clock - 2009 BMW 750i Long-Term Road Test

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2009 BMW 750i: 10k on the clock

June 08, 2009

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Our Long Term 750 just passed the 10,000 mile mark. In that short time the car has largely been praised but there are a few issues. The front cup holder door is busted and there's a distant but annoying rrrrrrRRRrrrr noise coming from under the hood. Sounds like an '88 Ford Taurus power steering pump. Also, Editor in Chief Scott Oldham said he'd prefer the Hyundai Genesis - and that's not as crazy as it sounds. I may be in that camp too.

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Sure, the 750 is an excellent car - brilliant in many ways. Even when the car is switched off, the gauges look like they belong in a museum. The car's interior feels crafted not just assembled. And if you can't get comfortable in the 750's seats, it's time to start cutting back on the Biggie french fries and Angus Whopper with bacon.

But once the big BMW is under way, the driver can see, feel, sense and hear the fact that this is a very complex engineering masterpiece. I can't help but think most people just don't want all the drama and would be happy with something less expensive and less complicated. Then again, maybe those people aren't BMW customers - am I crazy or just too much of an average dude for this car?

Brian Moody, Automotive Editor @ 10,000 miles on the dot

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