Pros: "Very luxurious car. Very fast. Handles good."
Cons: "Expensive to maintain. Poor transmission."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The BMW 745i is a classic car with all the convenience of a luxury car. Although I live in Panama, where the roads have a lot of pot holes and the roads are not the best. At about 17,000 miles I had to have the complete suspension system replaced and spent about $3000 in parts and $2000 in labor to get it fixed. At about 30,000 miles I had to have the transmission replaced or rebuilt and also had to have the valve body replaced. I spent about $4,700, of which $700 was for the valve body valves. It is a fast car and a very comfortable car for long drives. But I live in a city with lots of stop and go traffic. It is a 2005 model and I only have 31,780 miles on it. Parts for the car are expensive, so plan on spending money to have parts replaced or fixed. An oil change in Panama can cost me about $120 in oil alone from BMW. The car handles like a smaller sports car yet it is a sedan. It is very very fast. It handles and corners very well. It has a strong engine. I had to replace the top and lower valve cover gaskets because the car was leaking oil badly. Labor alone in Panama cost me $350.00. I've had to replace the alternator and belts. I have had to replace electronic parts for the trunk of the car and add hydraulic oil to the system. It has an automatic trunk open and close feature. Over all it is a good car, but not built for the roads and traffic of Panama. It is built to be driven on the freeways in the USA."
"i have a 2002 745i, which was BMW's first year of current body style. I have owned it since new and have 49100 miles on it. I agree with everyone about how well the car drives....enough said about that. I drove a Lexus before this car and got pretty spoiled on reliability. After 14 years of ownership I couldn't even start to list the shop visits. I will say I just replaced the torque converter for $5,000.00 and it has had a number of rides on the back of a flat bed to the shop. All in all counting depreciation it cost me since new about $2.50 a mile to drive not counting gas. I will say that two years ago with the Car being 13 years old at the time, I was invited to a BMW dealer party at a local country club. The valet Parker thought it was the display model for the dealership and parked it at the entrance of the club and people were sitting in the car and commenting on how nice the BMW looked, thinking it was a new car. Style and beauty it has but maybe my last BMW."
"Have driven BMWs since 1990. Had an "88 M5 E34 and was hit by a drunk driver that crunched the car in half and saved my life. Would only buy a BMW after. Tried to get back into a 5; maybe the shock of the accident, but when I drove the 7, I felt safe.
The comfort of this car is great with the extended seats (I'm tall). iDrive makes it easy to manage the car from a single point ... outstanding. I have LOW PROFILE staggered wheels, keeps the car low to the ground with a tight drive.
Have not had problems with my car. Under warranty: exhaust replaced at 2 yrs. It has 166k miles on it and as long as I keep up the oil changes get 19 city, 25 hwy. My mechanic can't believe it. Had the oil pan changed a yr ago, the rear shade recently broke, hmmm, nothing else to date. I have people stop me on the street offering me $ for the car. Still not for sale and I'll keep it as long as it drives. Excellent ride, short or long."
Cons: "Rear tires only last 20k. $165.per hour labor"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought it with 24k on the speedo three years ago. Only replaced battery and seeping transmission seal - $1300.both paid for by the warranty. Never got to use more of the $3600. warranty. I pass trucks at 90-130 mph, and slow down. Superior handling,use it for coast to coast trips a couple of times a year. A 3, or even 5-series doesn't come close to this car in comfort, or performance. Everybody said too complex to work on, and trouble prone -- not so. I change the oil myself and replace the $350.rear tires every 20k that is all The anti-paparazzi side and rear power window shades, cooled/heated massaging seats and rear foot rests spell luxury for the next starlet you date. I would buy another used one in a heartbeat. On a flat Kansas interstate I get 26.8, around town 19.8 I have the regular suspension and premium 19" wheels. Best car I have ever driven."