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BMW 745 Ratings

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BMW 745 All Years
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    4/6/2005 3:23:30 AM

    2002 BMW 745 - Li

    Pros: COMFORTABLE

    Cons: RELIABILITY ..NEVER RUNS

    Advice: RUN AWAY FAST

    ONLY ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE IT......JUNK

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    11/2/2003 6:43:25 PM

    2003 BMW 745 - i

    Pros: ambient light and climate controls

    Cons: remote not very sensitive.

    Advice: If looking for luxary sedan, this will be the best choice.

    I have sat in the Mercedes S-class, and frankly, there isn't enough class to complete with the 745i. The handling, material used, and pure driving pleasure is definitely higher in the 745i than the S500. I buy the car for its technology and driving pleasure, not just for its name-sake, so I ended up with the 745i, and extremely happy with it.

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    8/22/2003 5:50:31 PM

    2003 BMW 745 - Li

    Pros: Style and Comfort

    Cons: The time it takes to master the I-Drive

    Advice: Buy it!

    I have had my 2003 BMW 745Li for about 3 months. After one week, I had been left on I-95 at nignt due to a coil/computer malfunction. I have owned three previous 740iL's and never had the first bit of trouble. Since I bought the BMW phone, I was able to use the Road-Side service. The lady on the other end was very sorry for the troubles I was having - first thing that came to mind was she was very versed in saying 'sorry'. Anyway, since then I have had the starter button stick and car not start. Besides these problems, the car has performed very well. Even after the problems, I would still highy recommend this car. Like they say, 'No pain, no gain'.

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    1/2/2003 6:46:04 PM

    2002 BMW 745 - i

    Pros: Seats go every which way

    Cons: The complicated owner's manual

    Advice: Be ready for extreme comfort

    Great car...a little expensive at 75k...but other than that, it's great... I've had this car for about two weeks, and I just bought a Mercedes E420 about a month or two ago, my family traded in our old cars for these shiny German beasts. I've got to say this car is extremely comfortable, you really don't want to reach your destination once you're in it. But the iDrive system is very complicated, and you're best off reading the owner's manual cover to cover! BMW is smart, they just don't know how to put their great inventions into words on paper.

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    10/18/2002 2:19:45 AM

    2002 BMW 745 - Li

    Pros: The Harman/Kardon and i-Drive

    Cons: A lil too complicated

    Advice: Buy this car if you have the money but be sure to hire a co-pilot in the begining to understand the controls.

    There isnt much to say because everyone knows that its the most advanced machine on the planet earth along with phenomenol handling , great response and a fall asleep luxury. This is a sex machine !!!

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    9/13/2002 7:09:25 PM

    2002 BMW 745 - i

    Pros: Interior comfort and conveniences.

    Cons: The car is very unreliable. Don't know if it was released too early or if the technology is just too much. I have experienced three engine failures -- complete loss of engine power. BMW has been unable to fix it.

    Advice: Do not buy this car until BMW can prove the bugs are fixed!! If you want a reliable car, you will regret buying this vehicle.

    The car handles very well and acceleration is decent, not great. Interior comforts are wonderful - when they work. The big issue is that the car is very unreliable. I have experienced three engine failures during highway driving. The car loses all power and shuts down to idle speed. BMW has been unable to fix the issue, blaming it on 'programming problems'. Worse,BMW is unwilling to stand behind the vehicle even though it is dangerous to drive. There are also many other less significant problems such as naviagation system, phone and radio do not work 100% of the time. The car has had more than a dozen recalls. I have never had more car regret in my life!! DO NOT BUY THIS CAR!!!

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    7/4/2002 9:03:19 PM

    2002 BMW 745 - i

    Pros: Comfortable ride

    Cons: BMW's taking this long to correct the problems

    Advice: Wait a while

    I have driven my 7451 for about a month and despite the great driving characteristics expected from a BMW, this car is not ready to be sold. There are just too many important issues affecting its functionality that remain unresolved. Unless you have more patience than I with a 75k car, I would hold on to your 740 until the recalls are much further along. There are numerous problems that BMW is taking an inordinate amount of time to resolve. Most are convenience issues but others affect the safety and performance of the vehicle. Enough has been said about the i-drive,the remote entry frequency and the simple fact that this is an easy car to drive but overly complicated to operate. My son picked up the gadgetry quickly but he can't afford to buy one (yet). It's a generational thing. So I wonder why they tried to build a car for twenty year olds to sell to 50-60's. You just should not expect to drive it off the lot and get the full value of the engineering you paid for. I doubt that many owners will feel differently. You can't loan this car to a friend for a drive or pull up to a restaurant and hand the key over.It is too risky and I am surprised that BMW does not have disclaimers and warning stickers all over the dash for their own protection. They do have an 'accept responsibility' on the screen that must be activated every time you activate the IDRIVE. Really, what is the point? It is that 'vision thing' again, looking into the future of driving and as a consumer you have become part of the experiment. Bring the 740 back restyled and updated for performance for me. In the meantime let's speed up the recalls so that I can unlock the doors without having to find the spare key in the trunk.