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By Ty
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2001 BMW 7 Series 740iL 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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This is a great looking car. Fast, and comfortable, but that is it. Having owned many luxury cars, like Mercedes, Audi, Lincoln, Cadillac, and SAAB, I was very disappointed in the repairs for this car. Having owned it for about a year, I have spent over $8000.00 in various repairs, some routine. The car looks good, but have deep pockets before you buy it.


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The Cliche Holds True
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By matt laguardia
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2001 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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This car makes for a wonderful driving experience, especially on long trips. The sport package is a must have. These cars can be fairly reliable if scheduled maintenance is kept up, however, it's not a Honda Accord. If you're planning on purchasing a used E38, do your research. Suspension, cooling, and braking system repairs can be costly, and it's very helpful to know how to tell if the previous owner has kept up on these things. If you're an educated and savvy vehicle owner, you'll find that a used 7 series is a nearly impossible to beat combination of styling and performance for the price, even when figuring in maintenance


Best Features

Sport transmission, navigation (sometimes), adjustable seats.


Worst Features

Ugh...who puts a cassette deck in a 2001 vehicle? Also, the nav system is hit and miss. Sometimes I love it, but it's gotten me pulled over before because it sent me the wrong way down one way streets. Just pretend the cupholders don't exist, otherwise you'll accidentally break them.


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My 01 Big Bimmer 740i
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By bigmikeG
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2001 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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After 108K miles, the paint still looks great it accelerates wonderfully and the 18"-M parallel wheels still are timely. I recently change (6 liters) the tranny fluid and filter. No one could tell me what "life time fluid" means in miles or years. belts, O2 sensors and A/C blower have been replaced. Of course, you 01 owners know about the radiator and expansion tank problems (50k miles and death sets in). The display still has all the pixels and the Bose system still rocks. Try Toyo Proxos tire if you have a 7. They are the best tire I have bought. I love this car, costs a few bucks to keep going. But doing 79 on th highway and getting 25 to 26 MPG is pretty good for a 2 ton, V8 hoss


Best Features

Ergonomically sensitive, sound system, nav system. Service Engine Soon light is very sensitive. 9.9 times out of 10, it is the gas cap. It looks sharp in Titanium Silver. Last of this body style.


Worst Features

Cup holders really stink. Radiator and expansion tanks replaced before 50k (had the same problem on my 540i). 282 HP is a bit low for a heavy sedan.


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Too many repairs
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By Deborah n Steve
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2001 BMW 7 Series 740iL 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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This is an elegant and wonderful to drive vehicle. Too bad the constant repairs costing thousands of dollars make it impossible to recommend. The car wont start so Im having it towed. The hood wont open, trunk opening is broken, glove box wont open, 3/4 windows don't open, nav computer is kaput, and this is only the latest repairs needed. The warranty is up so I'm guessing the repairs from todays tow to the dealer will be between $1k and $5k depending on if the nav/radio system need full replacement. The cup holders are terrible, the stereo has very poor sound relative to new Camry and others. I just wish I could talk my wife into another brand. Maybe after this expense she will consider it.


Best Features

Body style and handling are excellent. Tons of power, maybe too much with today's gas prices. Who needs a gas guzzler with gas at $4 a gallon here?


Worst Features

With payment, gas and insurance we pay well over $1k a month for this car we bought used. Tune ups and repairs are ridiculously expensinve and something new breaks once a month. Do not buy unless you have money to burn.


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2001 - 740i - Sports Package
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By BMWOWNER
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2001 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 5A)


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Best built sedan by far; the sports package makes it even better. An absolute dream machine to drive for the past 6 years. Unmatched style and performance compared to any new BMW sedan or other comparable sedans don't even come close. Great MPG on highways. Without a doubt a better car for you than new, if you find an 01 one with low miles (40k to 60k) get it. You won't do better money wise or performance wise anywhere else at this price level, around $20k.


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Handling and performance.


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