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BMW 7-Series 2006 and earlier



  • My salesman, while very nice and respectful, doesn't understand some of the details very well...joe
  • whemmewhemme Posts: 4
    I believe that the automatic transmission in this car is a ZF unit. It has exhibited a strange behavior on at lease two occasions in the past 24,000 miles that I have owned this car. When pulling away from a stop sign and at a speed estimated at only 5 to 15 MPH, the car will jerk almost violently like the automatic transmission shifted into reverse for only a 1/4 of a second or so and then will proceed normally with its acceleration from the stop sign. It almost seems like the computer controlling the transmission got momentarily confused as to which direction the car should be traveling. Have any of you 7 series owners out then every experienced this and if so what other information about it can you provide me. I would hate to think what would happen if this problem ever occurred when traveling down the highway at 70 MPH!
  • Hey everyone currently drive a 200 740i Sport/fully loaded. We have been looking for an SUV, does anyone know when the x7 is due to come out we would love to have another one fo these babies in the garage. Also we are looking at the rr cross Country, any feedback? Thanks a lot.
  • is4b2rdis4b2rd Posts: 66
    If it were my money, I'd wait for the NEW Range Rover, which should be available next year. I like the style of the Rangie more than the X5.
  • Please post the details about the key memory, because my dealer and parts department said they know of no such thing. The details would be greatly appreciated.


  • force98force98 Posts: 81
    I have a '99 740iL with this feature. The keys were programmed for my wife and I. There is no need to have the keys reprogrammed each time you make changes. I have discovered that the particular key remembers all settings from the previous time it was used. If I use my key remote to open the car after my wife has used it, the seats, mirrors, radio, HVAC, etc., all return to my preferred settings. Also, for security, the car will lock the doors automatically when my wife uses her key, but not when I use mine. Nice feature!
  • force98force98 Posts: 81
    Hi to all you 7-series owners. My wife owns a '99 740iL, which has been virtually trouble-free over the 18 months we've owned it. The driver seat leather, for some odd reason, wore out prematurely where one's lower back is located (only had 9K on the car at the time). The dealership pulled the seat out and had it reupholstered, at no charge. Also, the transmission slips at times, then bangs into gear hard. This occurs mainly when the car is in the middle of a downshift at slow speeds, then I suddenly accelerate. BMW says this is normal, which I find odd. When we purchased the car we immediately upgraded the wheels and tires. We purchased 17" Momo Sport wheels and Nitto NT 450 Extreme Performance tires. Car handles much better than with the stock Continentals (don't have the sport package).
  • brucec35brucec35 Posts: 246
    Sounds like a good price to me, depending on condition. Some '97's with that mileage are going for about the same price.
  • bwhbwh Posts: 76
    Be prepared to open your wallet. Transmissions are known to fail. If it shifts abruptly that is a bad sign. Rear shock accumulators are known to fail. Not real expensive but very common. Heater cores are prone to leaking. I looked at one that had the ASC (traction control) illuminated. Turned out to be $3000 worth of electronic parts. Not all of the power seat controls worked right. This was on a very nice looking '90 with 63,000 miles. They are wonderful cars, they are just VERY complex and getting old. If you don't mind tinkering yourself you can save some but this is a very expensive car to care for. On the plus side they are magnificent machines, king of the road.
  • vovovovo Posts: 1
    Does anyone know if/when BMW is introducing the new shape. I have seen a sleekier version of the 7 series in one of the auto mags but could not figure out if it will be introduced as a 2002 or a 2003 model.

    I am seriously looking at 1998s 740i, 749iL, and 750i. Am very interested in hearing about their perfromance/troubles (if any) from respective owners.


    p.s. any experience with BMW White Plains vs BMW Greenwich dealers?
  • BMW is going to introduce an all new 7 series as a 2002 model year. I have not been able to determine exactly when they will introduce it. Apparently, BMW launch dates are uncertain and they move a lot until the cars show up. One local dealer claims the new 330 is 5 months late. On the 7 series I have been told as early as June of 2001, and as late as June of 2002. I think it will most likely arrive in the US in the fall of 2001.

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  • I read in auto week that next generation 7 will be 2003 but who knows, I have a 95 740 il with 50k on it loaded out its for sale and has warr until june 2001 (cashemere). I would stay away from 750il who really needs a v12 the maint and resale are the down side
  • From what I can decipher in the BMW internal bulletins, new 740i due out in spring of 2003 with the iL to follow in summer of 2003. That's what BMW is saying NOW, when it comes time, I'm sure timeframe will change

  • I meant spring and summer of 2002, sorry!

  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    And it promises to be some kinda car. One feature I found very interesting is "Automatic Lane Correction" and of course the "I-Ball" system (?), if you think the S-Class is techy just wait.

  • famous ky horse trainer just traded 1998 740ilbmw 25,000 miles
    $45.900 if interested contact shannon
  • sergeymsergeym Posts: 271
    Does anybody know when 7-series body was refreshed last time? I saw 2001 740il yesterday and it looks a little different than 95 model.
  • This is only one of many letters I have written to BMW and a few times I have recieved a reply from the CEO in Munich. Here it is:

    What is the epitome of driving? THE BMW 7 Series.

    BMW sets trends, not follows them like Mercedes or Audi. So what all you so called "Loyal BMW-Fans" are actually urging the complete disintegration of the 7 series. You are actually plotting against classic BMW design, even the Z8 encompasses classic design, whereas NONE of the new designs have any classic styling. If BMW wants to continue updating, that's fine but don't destroy the Ultimate Luxury Car. The current design commands respect and prestige. Where I live, five or six Mercedes S500 and S55s go by and no one turns their head, when a new 740iL or 750iL (2001) comes down the street, traffic stops and everyone looks. BMW can create a new design, but re-number it, keep the current design and call it the 740isL or something of that nature, S for sport. BMW has always set the trends, and Mercedes and all the other companies follow BMWs designs, BMW sets trends, not follows them.

    If you agree with me, please write BMWDesign Works and express your feelings.


  • I am looking at purchasing a 1993 740il with 65000 miles on it. I gather from some of the messages I have read that there is a problem with the block? Can someone expand on this and also are there any other known problems with that year?
  • I just purchased a 740IL with 50K miles. I got a great price but the car was short the manual. I've tinkered with the universal remote for the garage door opener unsuccessfully while I wait for my manual.

    Can someone give me a quick sentence on how I "teach" my beemir remote to talk to my garage door opener?
  • Good luck. I've been unable to program my garage door opener. Apparently, mine switches codes everytime it operates, and the opener cannot "accomodate this". Anyways, hold down the two outside buttons for about 10 seconds, until the little light is flashing. Then press the button you want to program and your old garage door opener button simultaneously. That should just about do it. It didn't for me, but good luck anyways.
  • The garage door opener on the 740 is capable of being programmed for use with the rolling code type of opener. Call BMWUSA or the garage door opener manufacturer and they will give you instructions for your vehicle.
  • to prgram your 'universal garage door opener' you first have to hold the 1 and 3 buttons until the light is flashing.

    when that happens, hold you transmitter butoon down at the same time you hit the 'ugdo's' number.

    the light will start flashing.

    when the light changes the flashing sequence, it should be programmed.

    I've programmed a number of them this way, and I know it works on the newer models, not sure about the older ones though

    good luck!!! :))

  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    Regarding post #204:

    millerro3, unfortunately the standard procedure you described will not work for rolling codes. I've got rolling codes and had to setup HomeLink for it on both cars. HomeLink is made by Johnson Controls and if you follow their link below you will find rolling code programming instructions:

    Good luck.


    p.s. - Their hint about using a second person should be heeded unless you are very fast to scramble up and down a ladder (which you will probably need unless your garage roof is very low).

  • I've noticed several inquiries to this list from those seeking informed opinions from owners of the earlier 7 series. Most of you seem to be current model owners. Anyone know of a similar resource for praise/horror studies on what was universally acclaimed, "the best car in the world," (750i) upon it's debut? I must admit, a 1991-1992 + 750iL is a seductive machine... on surface and dynamic feel...
  • arcoatesarcoates Posts: 221
    It would help you to type in the letters E30 when searching for info on the old body style BMW 7's, as that is the internal BMW code, and any real info you need will be on web pages designated that by informed owners.

    The E30's are still fantastic cars. We have one ourselves. They still look great, drive great, and our real deals. Look at a Cadillac Seville from 1990- it looks so square and disgusting whereas a 1990 750iL is very contemporary.

    Research it well if you are looking into one. I have read horror stories about them. Ours is a gem. A 1988 (first year) 735i with a stick shift. Extremely rare. That's part of the reason my father keeps it around. He can't really fit into a 5 without squishing the person behind, and he would not buy a new 7 because it is only automatic. For my mom sure, but he wants a stick.

    Hope this helps. Remember E30.

  • clum1clum1 Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2001 BMW 740iL about a month and a half ago. I'm am totally un-impressed after living with it for a while. The negatives are: Paint is very un-resistant to fine scratches. It even scratches when using a cotton terry cloth to dry the car. So does the interior wood trim. Cup holders are really cheap, so is the floor mats and the sun visors. You would think that for a $70,000 car you wouldn't get such chinsey workmanship. The seating is uncomfortable and front seat leg room is not to be desired. The center console is too wide. I have this "great" option called active seating. It feels like a rolling pin going over your rear. The car rides more like a sports car than a luxury car. It's just to tight and you feel every bump in the road. If I wanted a sports car I would have bought one. Nothing like the ride in my 1997 Cadillac STS, which I'm glad I didn't trade in because I drive it more than this BMW. The Navigational system is a joke. It cost a few grand more and you'd be much better off with a $5 road map. As soon as you get off a major highway it usually tells you that you've left the digitized map area. A lot of good it does, I don't usually get lost on the major highways. My city population is about 100,000 and there are exactly 24 city roads on the map. There is only one button to unlock/lock the car from and it is in the front on the center console. If you have had the twilight feature on any other car, you better get used to turning your lights off yourself, because BMW's don't have that feature. It really gets annoying after you've left your lights on a couple of times The stereo system is lousy, again nothing like my Cadillac. Don't try to do anything quickly, all radio, CD, Navigation system and computer system goes through one complicated display panel. This is an accident waiting to happen. The passenger side rear -view mirror automatically goes down so you can see your rear tire when backing up. It seemed like a great idea when I bought the car but after backing up a little more often I realized that if anything it makes backing up even more difficult. You can't see anything more than a couple of feet off the ground. I've owned a lot of luxury cars in the past. A 1997 Cadillac STS, a 2000 Lincoln LS, a 1994 Jaguar XJ, a 1992 Lincoln Continental, 1998 Lincoln Navigator, as well as others and this is the worst of the bunch. I hope if you were seriously considering buying one, this makes you think twice about it.
  • arcoatesarcoates Posts: 221
    Oh boy, have you bought the wrong car. If you wanted something that was a floaty boat, you picked the wrong car company. Did you not know that BMW is renowned for it's sports cars. Every model is a drivers car, not a comfy cruiser. Your complaint about the suspension should not be a complaint at all, but a plus. They have perfected this, which is a major feat considering it is a premium luxury car.

    I hope you send it back to the dealer, so someone can appreciate it. Every driver has their personal preferences, but the BMW 7's are co-leaders of the pack with the MB S Class. I guess you would have been better off with a Lexus or another Cadillac- a cruising car, not a drivers car. Good luck!~ A.R.
  • Based on all your complaints, it seems the Mercedes S-Class would have been a better choice. The ride is creamy smooth, but you can switch to sport mode which allows more aggressive driving.

    Or if status doesn't mean anything to you, you can't go wrong with the Lexus LS430 for the money and you will get more of that "Cadillac" ride.

    If you are going to sell it, you better do it quickly because the new body-style is coming at the end of this year, or very early next year and you will see the value on your car plummet.
  • axel4axel4 Posts: 6
    I put this question on the BMW/BB/L board, but don't see any responses, although it is a great site, as is this one. I can afford a new 5 or a used 7 . Have driven a 530iA sport and a 525iA. Went to drive a 740/1998, but it was sold. There are many available in Houston (40 miles away). Anyone have who has experience in both and would care to comment on the differences, I would appreciate your thoughts.
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