2000 BMW 7 Series 740 IL 4.4 V8
It makes a statement!
Nothing, as it's still the beginning of the relationship.
Oil and filter change.
Front pads change, expensive at $130.. originals.
Replaced rear woofers, old ones were shot.
Everything in the car works.
As a previous owner of 2 beemers, an M3 and an M5, BMW's are no strangers to me.. They are fun cars and reasonably reliable.
This 740 drives like new even with 97,000 miles and everything works like it should..
Enough power to move this heavy car, and the handling is better than many smaller size cars.
Room is massive in the IL version and the interior is quite comfortable.
It's a very quick car from point to point and relaxing at the same time...
I wanted the latest version, but always had a soft spot for the E38...The shape is simpler and classic..
MPG is 17/18 overall, which is OK..
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st July, 2009
11th Nov 2010, 11:41
I am now on 120K miles approx after having owned this car for 1 1/2 years and 24K miles later, I can still say that it still soldiers on and feels even better now that I spent some money on upgrades.
I have redone most of the suspension front and rear, Remus exhausts, upgraded headlights, Alpina wheels, etc.
The car still returns a phenomenal MPG, and pulls like a train. It is a constant fun factor, and this is a car that you cannot sell.
I'm just trying to keep the mileage low now by using other cars and letting the big 7 take a well deserved rest...
This is one of the best cars BMW has ever built.
27th May 2013, 05:25
Hello there, still own the E38 and now 135K miles. And the car never disappointed me.
The beauty about owning a 12 year old car, is that you can do to it pretty much whatever you like. It's now all matte black, and still as new, in and out.
Expenses are only consumables, and the power is still amazing. If you can find a good, clean E38, it will probably last forever...
25th Nov 2014, 12:44
5 and a half years later of ownership, and still the 7 provides everything.
Had to change the alternator, which packed up on a trip. Replaced with an overhauled item at $350. It still soldiers on with 155,000 miles now and all still working as it should be. I really have no heart to selling, even though I yearn for a nice 650/645 cabrio... Maybe it's a bad idea considering their reliability. Who knows? The 7 might still be here for some time to come.
This car really has minimal maintenance, bar a tire change every 2 to 2 and a half years... and ditto for front pads. Apart from that, it's 8L of full synthetic oil and a filter every 5000 miles...