It's not all roses - 2009 BMW 750i Long-Term Road Test

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2009 BMW 750i: It's not all roses

May 18, 2009

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I was fortunate to spend most of last week with the our long-term BMW 750. What a great car: accurate steering with great "feel", excellent ride/handling balance, and gobs of power. The 750 handles like and has an overall feel of a smaller sedan.

What's left to do but pick nits?

1. There is a ton of wind noise coming from the driver's window area. I tried lowering and raising the window, of course, to try to reseal it. No joy. This condition was present in another 750 we drove recently, so this isn't an isolated case. (There is, however, almost no road noise present.)

2. Initial throttle tip-in is feeble. When the driver senses this he compensate by squeezing down more throttle, then the car quickly picks up. When driven aggressively, it's no problem at all. But when just cruising or puttering about at low speeds, it is a challenge to drive smoothly and not befitting a luxury car.

3. The A/C is weak (it was hot in SoCal the past several days.) Fortunately, there is a MAX A/C setting (full blast fan with cabin recirc) you can use when it's hot, but it's too loud and drafty to run this setting continuously.

4. Accessory drive noise. This is the worst problem of the car and it's annoying. The 750, with the exception of the D-window wind noise, is very quiet. However, from a start or at low speeds with partial throttle openings, the engine bay emits a relatively loud accessory-belt whining noise. The last time I heard such sounds were from a lower-end sedan.

None of these things are deal-breakers of course. It's still a great car.

But they shouldn't be present in a $90,000 sedan.

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Eval Engineer @ 8740 miles

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