2005 BMW 7 Series Consumer Review: Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast
By Steve on


2005 BMW 7 Series 745Li 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6A)


I’ve owned 9 BMWs. We presently own 3 (2004 325xi, 2003 X5 4.4, and a 2003 745Li). I really agonized about giving up my last 740iL so I didn’t get one of those awful first year 745s. Well, after 2 years and 17,000 miles in the 745Li, I have to say it is the absolute best car I have ever driven but the absolute worst pile of electronic crap I’ve ever had to deal with. I’m an engineer so I understand iDrive but this 745 has become a one-user car because iDrive is unnecessarily complicated and no one else in the family will drive it. Reliability has been perfect but this new style reminds me of driving a well engineered brick, not an art form like previous cars.

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Tone down the Bangle tail and make iDrive something that doesn't scare the wife so much she won't drive the car.
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