1999 BMW 7 Series 740il 4.4 liter 8 cylinder from North America
Overpriced old farts vehicle
Engine - leaks like a pig, still runs good though.
Rear passengers window won't open.
Navigation and stereo quit working.
Plastic around the driver's seat where the controls are, broke and fell on the ground. Can't attach it back, need a new one.
Drivers door handle broke, cup holder broke, ashtray broke, passengers seat magazine holder broke.
Pixels on the dash control instruments went missing, couldn't read the mileage and general warnings, fixed that one by removing the assembly and spraying contacts with electrical cleaner, degreaser.
Where do I start?
The good - the car feels like a plane, pretty comfortable, a pleasure to drive when you forget about ever appearing problems and maintenance costs. Love the looks.
The bad - some thing always seem to break. I thought german engineers were supposed to be one of the best??? Doesn't seem that way, for that kinda money, the car is supposed to be perfect, you get what you pay for, right? No - in this case with BMW it's not. Problems kept popping up, I couldn't keep up with them and sold the car, glad I did. I loved the car in the beginning, but grew to hate it...
Bottom point - it's an old farts with money car, if you are young get something else. If you are not made of money - get something else. If you want something that's not going to irritate you, get something else. If you don't want to deal with the dealers mechanic, get something else.
BMW - I'm disappointed in you, doubt I'm gonna stick to german engineering anymore...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd February, 2008
That is I mean on your comment on German engineering.
It is also here in Europe common for BMW to break down now and then, and it's expensive to replace.
But if you want a German car you can buy a Mercedes or even better an Audi with no fear.
In Europe we have some other good brands that you won't see in USA like Opel, also okay, and cheap.
But a car like BMW should really be checked before buying 2nd hand.
If not taken care of good, they come with a LOT of problems.