2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test


2009 BMW 750i: Welcome To Nevada

November 06, 2009

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You learn a lot about a car between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Most of your time is spent on Interstate 15 banging through the set of the Road Warrior. It's a wonderful drive to clear the head and education yourself about a vehicle's rights and wrongs. Basically, it's a 600 mile (300 miles each way) run with nothing to do except nit pick your ride.

Here's what I learned about our long-term 2009 BMW 750i, there are ten.

1) It can travel more than 400 miles on a tank of Premium.

2) Its driver's seat is comfortable for atleast 300 miles.

3) Its steering wheel mounted cruise control controls are very intuitive. I especially like the thumb wheel used to dial your speed up or down.

4) The BMW's navigation system is easy to program and never seems to think you're someplace you're not.

5) It likes to go fast. So I'm told.

6) There's still a little too much surface vibration in the big sedan's ride (probably due to our combination of a Sport Package and run-flat rubber), but not enough to keep me from driving it for the next week.

7) Its engine and transmission are from the engine and transmission Gods. This car's twin-turbo V8 is its absolute best feature.

8) Its headlamps are some of the best in the world. It's dark out there in the dessert.

9) You can use the seat heaters and air conditioned seat function at the same time. Not sure why.

10) All the numbers on its dashboard add up to 4,407. (Don't check.)

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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