Filed under unintended consequences: 's current 7 Series is so controversially styled that it's ballooned the value of its predecessor. Yes Review Date: 13th May, 2006 Faults: Thermostat is stuck open. Hey, what are they gonna do? So we're cruising down the Antelope Valley Freeway at, shall we say, 85 mph when this Honda Accord, doing about 55, suddenly swerves into our lane. Just fabulous, if you have 90000 euro laying somewhere, go get a 7 series Beammer. I catch myself eying my own car even now, after a while of ownership, whenever I leave her in a parking lot.
Very happy and highly recommended. Sure, the body armor and thick glass add weight and raise the 740's center of gravity, which sometimes makes it tip alarmingly when entering bends. The suspension is remarkable for a large sedan. Then I test drove the 2004 body style Mercedes E500. I now have 151,000 miles and wanted to sell to buy a 2004 body style 5 series.
Not that the old car is unworthy. There are drawbacks to the Sport Package. For one year, '96, just the long-wheelbase cars were imported. Essentially the same car except for her length and some engine updates, resulting in slightly more torque. I have had the car for almost a year, and it hasn't given me any problems whatsoever.
The standard automatic that comes in the 750iL and other models is a fantastic transmission. Various trim feel to pieces. You know, aggression based on superior armament. It's even availble as a bulletproof Protection model - just in case. The voice recognition is also a nice gimmick. After sliding the shifter to the left, the lever can be moved rearward to select a lower ratio; moving it forward shifts it into a higher gear.
This transmission allows the driver to change gears using a semi-automatic mode. There are drawbacks to the Sport Package. Stereo amp failed £800 to repair. The front suspension uses a double-pivot strut-type layout, with forged aluminum lower arms to reduce weight. Walkaround The short wheelbase 740i is hardly a runt, riding on a 115.
Brittle windscreen cracked twice for no apparent reason. As before, the 7 could be had with the 4. With loads of aramid armor and heavy glass added to the 7-series structure, you'd expect even greater body rigidity than usual. It's really a shame, as such an advanced car really needs first class mechanics. The Sport also has a shorter final drive ratio, 3.
They are maintenance free, and even if that might sound great, it isn't. Using Steptronic to control the transmission yields a more sports car-like experience with the 740iA Sport. One might expect a safe but boring understeer designed to keep all but the talented out of trouble. Vibrations course through the steering column, too, in a way they don't in a standard soft-skin 7-series. The 740 drives like a dream, powerful and agile. As I expect a little more fuel efficiency in the 21st century, this is my only disappointment about this otherwise great car! Congrats on a nice car - make that two! Umm after that, not much happened. Steptronic can be overridden; sudden full throttle will cause it to downshift, and it will upshift when maximum revs are reached.
The only issue with the car is a few interior faults. When examining a prospective purchase, take the time to make sure all the subsystems--navigation, telephone, Active Comfort seat, etc. On the '99 740iL, ensure that recall 99V005 regarding premature transmission wear has been performed. But the front suspension is lower by 0. The sharp-eyed may notice the lowered front end and Shadowline exterior trim matte-black replacing chrome around the side windows, body-side molding and windshield washer jets. I love pulling up next to someone who just plunked down 80K for a new 7 series the glorified Hyndai Genesis and blowing that ride away.