2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test


2009 BMW 750i: So Long Northern Calif.

September 07, 2009

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Hey, look at this - not every place in California is full of crazy people and pavement. There's plenty of wide open spaces and normal people when you get away from the large cities. Look at that behind the BMW, I think it's called nature (no people, crazy or otherwise would pose for this picture). Here's a few things I will and will not miss about the 2009 BMW 750i and Northern California:

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I will miss the around-the-corner market - this one is in my old Land Park neighborhood in Sacramento. I admit, the 750 looks a little out of place here.

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I will NOT miss the big BMW's city manners. Too jerky and abrupt for these conditions. The 750 craves high speed open highways. Driving it gently around town just doesn't work. For that, I'd rather have a Cadillac DTS.

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I WILL miss the 750 little touches. Here's the steep driveway I parked on every night while visting my dad. And....

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here's how the door never shuts on me or crushes my leg. No matter where you throw the door open, that's where it stays. German Engineering!

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I'll also miss the 750's thoughtful tech features. The numbered buttons at the bottom of the picture can store AM, FM and satellite radio presets as well as map scale presets. See how there's a crappy song playing now? Well before you start punching random buttons not knowing where a favorite station is saved, you can lightly touch the button first and it will tell you (on the screen above) which station or map scale is assigned to that button. Tech that makes life easier - thumbs up BMW.

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And finally, I will miss the open spaces and local, uh... culture(?) of Northern Calif. Out here you learn two important lessons - 1) some parts of the USA are still calm and uncrowded. 2) The BMW 750i really likes those places.

Brian Moody, Road Warrior @ 15,823 miles.

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