2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test

2009 BMW 750i: What Does That Dot Mean?

January 18, 2010

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Our long-term 2009 BMW 750i has a feature I never seen (or at least noticed) in any other car I've ever driven. It's a small thing, but it's the small things (and the big things) that add up and make a car special. And make a car worthy of a near six-figure price tag.

See that dot within the fuel range meter, it is telling me the volume of fuel I will need to get to the destination I had just programmed into the BMW's navigation system. If it is beyond the amount of fuel that is in the car's gas tank you know you better fill up if you are going to make it. If not, which is obviously the case here, you're cool.

Last night, I obviously had plenty to spare. There was 335 miles worth of fuel in the BMW's tank and my destination, a friend's house, was less than 100 miles away from my present location, which was Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. That's right sports fans, we had just watched my New York Jets continue their march to the Super Bowl and we were heading for home. Great day. Great game. Okay hot dogs.

By the way, that yellow triangle with the exclamation point is telling me the car is low on windshield washer fluid. Maybe I'll pour some in today.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 24,608 miles

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