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By Dave
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2008 BMW 7 Series 750i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6A)


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Nice driving car, especially on longer trips, but high maintenance. Oil leaks started just after 50k mile warranty expired and grew over time. Very expensive to repair. Even at an independent shop estimate was around $4K. Several other expensive repairs - AC blower unit (twice), a window motor, and the electronic parking brake actuator (twice) . Brakes are great, but costly to replace. You generally have to replace rotors, not just pads. Even the battery for this car runs close to $500 installed.


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Good Car, but much to complexity, both as user and
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By Rodger William Engle
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2008 BMW 7 Series 760Li 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 6A)


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Read other reviews, which describe the car as a good handling, very comfortable car, that is overly complex for the driver and ridiculous in terms of servicing. All true I have owned and worked on cars for 40 years, and the unnecessary, and pointless complexity of the controls, particularly of the single knob to control many interior functions is several orders of magnitude worse than any other car, including benz, Rolls, and luxury american cars, mostly GM. This 760 li is some techie's wet dream, but a total nightmare for someone who wants just to use the car and have some reliability, and not program it just trying to get some usually simple function to work, like the radio, or AC. Also, ridiculously expensive service, new key fob and programing at dealers $1000.00 per replacement key for a $30 to $100 of value. BMW rips off its customers, over and over. never buy one again. wife's idea, very very bad value, but meets her needs for prestige car, all she cares about and I am stuck with the outsized bills, and frequent failures of water pumps, hoses, AC, etc etc etc ad nauseum. (Must be worse of all cars, and designed to be needing very frequently very very expensive repairs.) I thought Benz and Rolls were ridiculously expensive and overrated, but this BMW is in a class by itself, almost as expensive as my cessna 441 (about as overpriced as possible, but delivers something special, fast turbo prop aircraft able to get into and out of short fields with max load), and not nearly as user friendly or as well made as the cessna, but with about the same complexity and frequently required very expensive service, like the cessna, without any of the cessna benefits. Summary, overpriced, piece of ______, ripoff in every way, but a nice car in the infrequent times it actually runs, and most everything works, between nearly constantly recurring service, to replace something which is overpriced and poorly designed and poorly made, causing frequent failures. Makes the cessna look like a reasonably priced, and low maintenance machine, which it certainly is not.


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Buyers beware
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By Jesse Griffin
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2008 BMW 7 Series 750i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6A)


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I would suggest you take your car to a mechanic and have them pay close attention to any leaks they see in your car. I purchased my car in 2017 and fortunately I purchased a warranty through Ally auto. I drove the car from VT to Virginia Beach and when I got it home I noticed something burning and it smelled like oil. I called my local BMW dealer and set up to get it checked out and sure as the sky is blue I had several leaks that needed to be fixed and for sake of detail it took $3500.00 to fix. Less than 10 months later another oil leak coming from a similar location. I set up the appointment with the same dealership and that was an additional $4500 plus my side mirror(s) motor to wind them back in place after opening would not open. Long story short $800 a piece to replace the mirror motor so another $1,600 to fix. Total repair was a little over $6100. I almost fell to my knees! The best part of this story was that I purchased that warranty and all repairs were covered 100%, well I did have to pay for the second repair $200 deductible. That warranty was the best investment I could have purchased because those charges were almost 1/2 of what I paid for the car. My concern with this car was it only had 59,940 miles and a 2008. It blew my mind to have repairs costing this much for a car that is built to last.


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Bought it used but.
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By DocAceZ
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2008 BMW 7 Series 750i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6A)


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I've had this for a few years now and it's holding up nicely, had the valve cover gaskets done as they were seeping and the lights all around the exterior of the vehicle seem to be burning out here and there lately. The FOB lose there memory capacity (seat, steering wheel and so on) as well. No funny noises either.

The rear sun shades had an issue with the one jamming on the leather at the bottom of the sill. It got lose and hung up the shade as it went up pulling it off it's track.

The outside holds up well as long as you take care of it as does the leather interior BUT YOIU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE LEATHER. Otherwise you interior will fade and look horrible.

Had to install a Bluetooth module in it for that to work with my devices - it came with none.

Overall this is a really nice car, and I like it.


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I love it, but there are some systemic issues...
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By DocAce
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2008 BMW 7 Series 750i 4dr Sedan (4.8L 8cyl 6A)


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This car suffers from older technology, (even when it was built) as in that you can't stream music through your sound system. Got BlueTooth what BT? You actually have to buy a BT adapter and plug it in the 3.5 port in the storage compartment to stream music - OLD SCHOOL for sure, even for 2008. BLUETOOTH HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1998!!!

The Idrive is wanky with its physical feedback on the knob. The damn thing bumps around when it's not feeling so good. It takes some getting used to for sure, and even THEN it's awkward to play with. For a 70K + car the stereo needs some beefing up as well. The Logic 7 version of this stereo is a bit better but there is lots of room for improvement. The L7 stereo should have been stock for this car, as should Bluetooth for streaming music.

Some interior panels have surface PEEL, and that makes the interior look "low rent". I have had several 7's and this is a virus through the line for sure. It does not scream quality. That is why I have given up on the Mercedes. Their interiors fell apart, and I just don't like them overall - one was enough for me. BMW mold your panels IN COLOR, laminated colors will always fall apart with age. You can do better for the price you charge for this car.

The power and handling are great, the mileage not so much. The inside (when not looking at the peeling lower panels) is nice. The seats are comfortable and GRAB you when you get in. The outside noise is almost non-existent which is nice.

What can I tell people is GET IT CHECKED OUT before you buy. Pay the money for a pro to look it over. Then get an aftermarket warranty and keep up with your maintenance and you should be OK.

The Transmission is great 95% of the time but when the car is using the Dynamic drive sometimes it tends to cause a fault that can only be reset by shutting the car off for 20 mins. The circle with the triangle in the middle is the dash warning symbol. The car is drivable without issue but you are driving old school, the car will not compensate for slippage so be on your best behavior.

It's impressive looking and when you drive it people notice.


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