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2009 BMW 750i: We Go to Alice's Restaurant

March 30, 2010

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Another exercise in distance driving and found myself again with the BMW 750i in my driveway with about 1000 miles over the weekend in front of me. You can't help but look at the thing and wonder if there's too much car here to have much fun, all 199.8 inches of it from tip to tail and 4,599 pounds.

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2009 BMW 750i: Enough Trunk Space for Just About Anything

March 16, 2010

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Would you look at the size of that trunk? I mean, that sucker is huge. Maybe it's just the petite size of the girls clothes that News Editor Toepke left in the trunk, but still there's clearly room to spare in there.

Now, there are still some problems. I mean, there are small cargo nets on the sides, but what about stuff that's loose in the middle? Where the net for that?

And the liftover height isn't all that low. The lid doesn't close on its own either. Petty quibbles maybe, but this is a $90K car, shouldn't have to ask for anything at that price.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 27,579 miles

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2009 BMW 750i: Skimpy Storage Options

March 15, 2010

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I have big sunglasses.

They come in a ridiculously big, white case.

But should the ridiculously big, white case not be able to find a safe storage spot in a big car like the BMW 7 Series?

Won't fit in the center console. Won't fit in the door pocket. Will fit in the glovebox, but still nudges the case when I close the lid.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 27,566 miles

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2009 BMW 750i: Which Trunk Capacity Figure Is Correct?

January 28, 2010

 

2009_bmw_750i_measuretrunk2.jpgLast week I mentioned that our long-term 2009 BMW 750i has a 14-cubic-foot trunk. Then, vvk observed that my number was wrong, writing that the correct capacity is 17.7 cubic feet. I've seen this latter figure in a number of sources as well, so I wasn't sure which to trust.

So I asked a long-time friend in the BMW product communications department. Here's what he told me:

"We use the SAE 1100 standard for US trunk volumes. In the case of the 7 Series, it's 14 cu. ft. In Europe, the volume is listed as 500 liters, which translates to 17.7 cu. ft., so it's quite possible that you've seen both."

So there it is. 14 cubic feet. But it looks like so much more.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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2009 BMW 750i: The Trunk of a Crossover?

January 21, 2010

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2009_bmw_750i_measuretrunk2.jpg Our 2009 BMW 750i has a meager 14.0-cubic-foot trunk capacity and a ski pass-through, but no folding seat. So you might think our sedan is pretty useless for hauling compared to most luxury crossover SUVs and the emerging population of luxury hatchbacks (5 Series Gran Turismo, Audi A7).

Today, though, I got out my tape measure and, unofficially, found the 750i's trunk competitive with the cargo bay of a 550i GT I measured recently.

This isn't that surprising, mind you, given that the Gran Turismo has only a 15-cubic-foot bay until you fold its reat seats (--> 60 cubic feet). But I think it's a relevant comparison, given that the two cars share the same platform architecture and have nearly the same wheelbase (120.9 vs. 120.7), the same track width (63.4 front, 65.1 rear), and the same overall width (74.9). Our 750i is 3 inches longer overall -- 199.8 inches. Also, BMW is targeting a similar buyer with these cars... the difference might come down to a Labrador.

Here are the numbers. For width, I'm giving you a range from the narrowest point to the widest. And for height, it's the lowest-clearance point to the highest.

750i 550i GT

Liftover height, in. 27 27 3/4
Depth of trunk/bay, in. 43 3/4 36
Width of trunk/bay, in. 31 -- 54 40 3/4 -- 52 3/4
Height of trunk/bay, in. 19 1/4 -- 20 1/4 13 -- 26 3/4

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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2009 BMW 750i: Limo Duty

October 05, 2009

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I'm not really that into outlet shopping but my girlfriends talked me into taking a trip up to the Camarillo outlet mall.

As usual, I was the designated driver because of my car choices. Actually, one of my friends doesn't even have a driver license. She grew up in New York City and never needed nor bothered to get one.

So, I showed up on Saturday with the roomy and luxurious 2009 BMW 7 Series. My friends couldn't be more pleased. From its soft, quiet ride, to the individual climate controls and heated seats, to the navigation system with traffic notices, to the entertainment features, the BMW served us well. Driving can be a little numbing but the 7 Series is a great passenger car.

As Ed mentioned in his M3 post, iDrive is no longer a hassle. It is much improved and actually easy to use and extremely helpful.

As you can see from the photo, we shopped 'til we dropped. The BMW 750i's 17.7 cu-ft trunk swallowed our packages with room to spare.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 18,513 miles

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2009 BMW 750i: Plenty of Junk in the Trunk

September 01, 2009

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Initially I was worried about taking the 750i on a long trip - As soon as I got the car home, I wondered if maybe I'd opted for fun over practicality - the trunk size was a big worry. With some careful packing I found it is quite spacious and I didn't have to leave anything behind.

This packed trunk includes: 1 very large suitcase, 2 medium sized overnight bags, a large open canvas bag stuffed with swimming gear, a purse sized sundries bag, a messenger bag w/ laptop and various electronics and cables, a smaller canvas bag filled with shoes, 2 kid sized sleeping bags, 2 large pillows, 3/4 size acoustic guitar, a collapsible Razor scooter and a non-collapsible Barbie three wheel scooter. All in all, I'm impressed.

Brian Moody - Chief Luggage Sorter.

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2009 BMW 750i: Tell Me Why I'm Wrong - Road Trip Edition

August 27, 2009

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I need a car for a family vacation - Ford Flex is the obvious choice. Or is it...

Yes, the Flex's DVD player is nice, so is the spacious interior and built in cooler. But I chose the BMW 750i. For one thing, I only have two small kids, so a sedan like this is plenty big enough. Here's another good reason I chose the BMW:

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2009 BMW 750i: Family Chariot

April 14, 2009

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This past weekend, I used our long-term 2009 BMW 750i to shuttle my wife and two-year-old daughter to my in-laws house for Easter. There would have been quicker or more versatile long-term cars to put about 600 miles on, but for all-around style, comfort and luxury, the 750i was hard to beat. (And I would hope so, seeing as how it's priced at nearly $90,000.)

Most of what Erin wrote in her various posts about her long trip to Arizona proved to be true for me as well. A few more thoughts on using this executive sedan as a family sedan follow after the jump.

This is one impressive highway cruising machine. At speed, it just powers down the road with poise and presence. I could see where a small minority of people would find the car's ride quality to be a little firm. But for everyone else, it rides supremely. Meanwhile, the front seats are very comfortable and adjustable, and the max cruising range of 400 miles or so is nice to have.

Oh, and I was able to kill some time after Easter brunch by showing off the car to various family members. Side-view cameras, full-surround power rear window shades, voice-command bird's-eye nav, secret compartment to store stacks of cash from golden-parachute executive bonus payouts... it's the full uber-sedan experience. And then there was this conversation: Uncle Len: "This is a 750i? So does it have a 5-liter engine?" Brent: "No, it has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8." Len: "Oh. I thought BMW numbers matched engine displacement." Brent: Well, they used to..."

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