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2007 BMW 7 Series

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2007 BMW 7 Series Review

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There is no sweeter reward in life than vindication, which is why BMW's styling guru Chris Bangle must now be sporting a smile wider than the Mississippi river. Known as the father of the 7 Series, Bangle's critics delivered him a horrible thumping after the car's unveiling, yet the same bulbous curves and distinctive bustle trunk that so offended four years ago have unexpectedly shown up on such stalwart vehicles as the new Toyota Camry and Lexus LS 470. Vindication indeed! For its part, the 7 Series continues to serve as the BWM flagship and offers unparalleled levels of luxury, interior space and overall performance. Available with a choice of a V8 or V12 engine, the 7's appeal grows stronger as its once controversial design becomes the new norm.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like a car with an IQ higher than yours, the 7 Series is sure to please. There is almost nothing this car can't do, and the stretched L version makes a perfect rolling office for the businessperson (or rap star) on the go.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the 7 Series if you are a traditionalist driver who is not willing to relearn the BMW way. Just about every feature, from the gearshift lever to the temperature control to the starter, operates differently than in a standard sedan.

What's Significant About This Car?

New standard features include three-stage heated front Comfort Seats, power folding feature for side mirrors and an auxiliary audio input. Twenty-inch wheels replace 19-inch wheels in the Sport package, but the Sport Seat option is no longer offered. The short-wheelbase 760i is discontinued.

Driving the 7 Series

Driving Impressions If you're lucky enough to be the one behind the wheel, you'll be surprised at the level of steering response, control and acceleration the 7 Series possesses. The braking, the...

way it turns into corners, the turning radius and the vehicle stability are all exemplary. You can push the 7 Series into the tightest turns and never feel as though you will lose control of the vehicle. Even when the traction control is prompted to intervene, a simple easing off of the throttle brings the car back into line.

Assisting you on the drive is BMW's six-speed automatic transmission, which offers crisp, precise shifts and eliminates off-the-line lag. The 4.8-liter V8 is smooth and powerful, and you can feel the added torque when passing. If you are truly power-happy, the 760 offers a direct gasoline injection V12 engine that churns out over 400 horsepower.

Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls
Just about every function can be controlled from the steering wheel-mounted touch controls. There is even a "soft button" you can set to operate any number of automated functions.

20-Way Comfort Seats
If you can't get comfortable in these, you should lie down in the back seat and let someone else drive.

2007 BMW 7 Series Details
Interior

If you're not driving, the 7 Series is a great place to stretch out and relax. Rear-seat passengers can recline and have their backsides heated or cooled. Front-seat passengers can speak commands to the audio and navigation systems while they get comfy in their 20-way adjustable seats. BMW has improved the functionality of the audio controls, leaving you the option of avoiding the iDrive system when making simple adjustments such as frequency and source settings.

Exterior
2007 BMW 7 Series photo

The 7 Series strikes an imposing pose even standing still; the car looks substantial because it is. Riding on enormous optional 20-inch wheels and wide tires, the 7 Series takes a bulldog stance that says to all other traffic "don't even try." Its exterior size translates into excellent comfort inside, especially in the long-wheelbase version.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

When it comes to notable standard features, there are almost too many to list. We like the flawless six-speed automatic transmission with hill-holder device, electronic parking brake, hands-free phone and the myriad of airbags that surround the interior. Other 7 Series goodies include xenon adaptive headlamps, Park Distance Control, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, Active Roll Stabilization and an interior loaded with yards of leather and wood.

Optional Equipment

Options include the Logic 7 premium sound system with 13 speakers and a six-disc CD/MP3 player, Adaptive Ride Package with self-leveling rear suspension, sport suspension, heated steering wheel, power-closing doors, power trunk lid, Adaptive Cruise Control, rear side-impact airbags, the Individual Package that includes Merino leather seating and unique exterior colors, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Night Vision and rear climate control.

Under the Hood

The 4.8-liter V8 is yet another example of BMW's masterful engine design process. The increased power and torque are much appreciated, as a loaded 7 really packs on the pounds. The V8 is more than adequate for most drivers' needs, but the V12 is as much a status symbol as it is a performer so, if you have the cash, go for it.

4.8-liter V8
360 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
360 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

6.0-liter V12
438 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
444 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22

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2007 BMW 7 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 276 Ratings for the 2002 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Best BMW -- second one with the 4 liter engine

By on Friday, April 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, acceleration, comfort cooled seats"

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."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best $8,000 i ever spent!

By on Thursday, March 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, Confort, spacey"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car at 90K miles and this had been the best car i ever bought! im thinking about upgrading to a 2012 model ;)"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Excellent condition

By on Friday, January 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "front road nicks/road rocks. Very small"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Too much to list. It includes 2 head rest TVs, HID fog lights, non-smoker, always garaged, $5K 22" GSG wheels, new tires, rear spoiler. Asking $19K"

7 people out of 17 found this review helpful

my best car ever

By on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 184,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "awesome driving machine!"

Cons: "bad radio reception"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car with 60K miles in it and now have 184K and I can say it has been the most rewarding 124K I have ever driven. This car drives amazing, yet the gas mileage is 29 to 31 HWY MPG. It is spaciousness and comfort are unequal, yet never fails to turn heads wherever it goes. The best part is that this car is made for a driver and someone who doesn't trust anyone with their car but who is a doer himself. You can reset and read almost all codes through the dash and when you need to buy parts, they are far less expensive than an American car. The only reason I am selling is because I would like to upgrade to a 2010."

32 people out of 47 found this review helpful

They stand behind the car!

By on Sunday, August 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfort and ride"

Cons: "No backup camera"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought car used, but certified, 100,000 mile warranty. Love the car! Although they had to put a new $8,000 transmission, under warranty . They bent over backwards for me, always a loner car. Sarasota BMW. Even the owner sent me a gift basket because of the inconvenience. Car now runs like a top. Perfect for me, I'm 6'5."

23 people out of 38 found this review helpful

This is the Ultimate Spending Machine. Do not Buy

By on Thursday, July 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The last repair this year after spending $3700 was the $710 yesterday for the rear seat belt buckle and a new battery at the BMW dealer. Going home and after 10 minutes every light lit up in the dashboard. Made a U turn dropped the car back at the dealer. Got a call this morning to fix the faulty brake light, ABS light another $2200. The ultimate driving machine has been nothing but an ultimate spending machine. Seriously BMW?"

36 people out of 49 found this review helpful

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