2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test

2009 BMW 750i: Owner's Manual, Etc...

July 27, 2009


Last week I was whining about the lack of an owner's manual in our long-term BMW M3 before a co-worker pointed out to me that it's available on iDrive. And it's far easier to find what you need in this electronic version than it would have been in a huge paper book anyway.

But wait, there's more...

Here are a few more observations about the 750i, which I hadn't driven until this weekend.

1) The detent-free, self-damped doors which soft-lock in whatever postion you leave them are brilliant. Hauling an infant in and out of the 750i's back seat all weekend (often in tight parking lots), I came to greatly appreciate this feature. There's nothing worse than trying to balance a door between detents only to nudge it accidentally and have it whack the car next to you. It's never a problem with the 750i.

2) I can't believe comfort access doesn't come standard on this car. This puts me back into the key-out-to-unlock, key-back-in-pocket-to-prevent-loss cycle I can't stand on any car with keyless access and keyless ignition. Without a place to put the key, it's got to back in my pocket. It's troubling that a car this costly doesn't come equipped with this feature as standard equipment.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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