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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 282 Ratings for the 2002 - 2008 models.

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

Very good car with some exceptions.

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,369

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good looking car. Fun to drive. Very fast."

Cons: "Major transmission problems. Expensive to repair."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car in 2009 with about 12,000 miles for $25,000. I have only put about 20,000 miles on it in about 6 years. I live in Panama City, Panama in central america. Parts for this car are very expensive here, so I get a lot of my parts new from Amazon or used from E Bay. In 2010 I spent about $5,000 in a mechanic to replace struts, shocks, spark plugs, and a whole lot of other stuff. In 2015 I had to replace my transmission which only had about 30,000 miles on it. I also had to replace the valve body at the same time. That cost me about $5,000. I also replaced my alternator this year. I had a problem with it. The car would start indicating many faults and would shut off. It has been a very reliable car except for the 2 major repair jobs that I have had to do. I must admit that I am apprehensive about having any major computer problems with this car because that would be very expensive and the 745i is loaded with computers. It seems that in 2015 I have had to replace many parts. I had to replace the radiator receptacle tank, Xenon head lights, IVN or Integrated Supply module. both sides of the head valve cover gaskets because there was a serious oil leak all over the engine in the sides and underneath engine, and replaced the upper radiator hose because of a leak. So in 2015 I have spent about $7,800 on these repairs. Now the labor rate in Panama is much lower than in the USA. Where something in the USA would cost me $1,100 in labor it cost me $350.00 in Panama. Now in the previous years my cost were nominal. It was only costly in 2010 and 2015. The other years was your normal oil change or new tire expense. So in the 6 years of ownership I have spent a total of about $15,000 or $2,500 per year in repairs."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Expensive but well worth it.

By on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Like nothing else in its classs"

Cons: "None for me, parts are expensive but worth it"

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

When I bought it , looks as good today as it did then.

"I bought my 06 750 CPO with very low miles, originally under CPO warranty a bunch of repairs were needed within few months of ownership (gas gauge was bad, computer needed reprogramming, etc) nothing major after that it was just regular stuff (oil change, fluid flushes, brakes, maintenance items basically) until 90,000 miles.
at 90K miles my water pump went bad not too bad as far as cost go.
at close to 100K miles,

1-thermostat needs changing due to a gasket leak (the thermostat is fine but have to change due to gasket leak). Surprisingly cheap to fix this part.
2-pan gasket needs changing (not bad price wise).
3-Alternator bracket gasket (this one is expensive due to 10-14hours of work needed to reach the part).
Overall the 06 was reliable (compared to other lux cars I own) I think there are 2 things to watch out for. The pre-facelift version of this car (05 and older) have more problems. These were the first version much improvement was made with 06 and up.
You have to maintain the car by the right service provider. The car has very complex systems that you cant just take to your friendly mechanic at 1/2 the price to fix. Well he will fix it with aftermarket from chain auto parts stores and not do a few things BMW specialist will know about to do and there goes a bag of worms you dont want to open.
It is true the parts are expensive but they are higher grade components (compared to say toyota).
It is true labor for BMW mechanic is higher than say Toyota.
but it is also true that if you drive this car and you love cars and driving (not to get from point a to point b but really love driving) this car will be your dream come true.
I have owned Acura's, Lexus's, MB's and all have their benefits. Acura's were the most reliable ones out of the bunch. I would still buy this car.
You get what you pay for. If you are looking at cost of ownership and thats all that matters to you then go with acura or lexus. If you want a TRUE Luxury sports sedan that wont leave you stranded buy a well maintained BMW 750. I have driven my car HARD and it has been a pleasure driving this car. Has never left me stranded not even once. The paint looks as good today as it did the day I bought it. The car does not age as fast as other cars. It still looks super good and I get compliments on it at times (it looks amazing with 21" bmw star 128 rims). So moral of the story is, 1.do not take it to any mechanic 2.if you must save money on parts buy parts recommended in forums like bimmerfest rather than general chain stores. German OEM parts recommended by people on forums are a lot cheaper but not as cheap as the chain auto part stores. 3-do not buy if your only objective is to get from point a to point b. This is not your car get a MB or Lexus for that. 4-Keep it maintained or pay the price."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

When I bought it , looks as good today as it did then.

The BMW 745i 2005 is an unbelievable car. Fast.

By on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,780

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very luxurious car. Very fast. Handles good."

Cons: "Expensive to maintain. Poor transmission."

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

BMW 745i 2005

"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."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

BMW 745i 2005

The very best car I ever had (and had a few)

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"actually looking just fr a newer one because I cannot think of a better car. Has 500HP and everything else you can imagine and hope for."

12 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Wouldn't Own Anything Else (BMW Only)

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 166,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Super Drive powerful (beaten Vettes, Mustang, etc)"

Cons: "This year: no USB : ("

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

"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."

18 people out of 25 found this review helpful

replaced transmission (40k) and engine (78K) -

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"I drive is is insane - it is a race horse when it works. The worst car I have ever owned - I have a RX 350 Lexus SUV - the best vehicle I have ever owned"

9 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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