2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test


2009 BMW 750i: Fast and Thirsty, For Oil at Least

March 30, 2009

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Took the big, bad 750i this weekend and it is indeed one serious sedan. For something that weighs 4,600 pounds, the 750 can make surprisingly quick work of unsuspecting Mustangs on freeway onramps. Especially lowered black ones with Eibach stickers in the side windows, or so I'm told.

It also happens to have an alarmingly voracious appetite for oil. At one point this weekend I was warned by the much improved iDrive system that the oil level was at the minimum, which struck me as strange given the car only had about 4,700 miles on the odometer.

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Since there is no dipstick, I had to rely on the computer to give me good advice. It said to add a quart, preferably Castrol. A bottle of full synthetic drained my wallet to the tune of $6.99, but considering that it only represented .007789% of the BMW's sticker price, it seemed like a worthwhile investment.

A quart later, the readout said I was topped off and ready to eat some more Mustangs. It also said the first service wasn't due for another 11,000 miles. Not sure how that works out, but if we're down another quarter at 10,000 miles I'll be a little suspicious.
Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor @ 4,778 miles

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