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Used BMW Alpina B7

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About BMW Alpina B7

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 current 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 five years ago has begun showing up on a number of new designs, most noticeably such stalwart vehicles as the Toyota Camry and Lexus LS 460. Vindication indeed! For its part, the 2008 BMW 7 Series continues to serve as the company's flagship and offers unparalleled levels of luxury, interior space and overall performance. Available with a choice of regular or long wheelbase, a V8 or V12 engine and, for the lucky few, the 500-horsepower Alpina B7 trim, the 7's appeal grows stronger as its once controversial design becomes the new norm.

Consumer Reviews

nice but high maintenance transmission issues

By on Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, comfort ride, plenty of leg room"

Cons: "Power train not reliable, high maintenance costs"

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

"The car has nice features and comfortable to drive, but that's no good if the vehicle isn't reliable. I was averaging 2000 dollars a year by maintaining the vehicle. At 95,000 miles my transmission failed. The sad part, tranny maintenance isn't until 100,000 miles. The cost for replacement? 8600.00. Overall, the car is a head turner, but reliability just isn't there."

29 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Ultimate driving machine on Interstate

By on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I bought this car used at 110K. I had to spend some money on small plastic parts and I had to have the seals and gaskets on the engine repaleced as all BMWs leak when over 100K. But they also tend to get 200K plus on the drivetrains if you keep up maintenance. What a stout Panzer. The car rides like you are on air and is fast and nimble. It handles like a big sports car in the curves and accelerates like a jet. As with all german cars the plastic starts to degrade after 10 years and you have to replace plastic components. The car can be costly if you take it to the dealer but is feasible if you search the web for parts. This is my fourth BMW and 6th German car. I love to drive this machine."

26 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Great car but expensive

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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

"My 2003 745Li was purchased new and handles as you would expect from a manufacturer known for producing high performance vehicles. It accelerates readily (after the turbo lag) and can compete with any vehicle for exceptional handling. Although heavy, its manueverability is impressive and it stops on a dime. You will feel the road bumps more than in a Mercedes or Lexus, but you will also note a significant difference in performance and WOW in this car by comparison. THANK GOD that the original warranty was 4 years and that we smartly bought the additional 2 yr extended warranty (something I never do). The car has had multiple issues during the warranty period to include small interior trim pieces falling off, multiple electrical issues, seat malfunctions such as cooling fan or massaging seat support not working (ultimately requiring replacing the drivers seat during the extended warranty period), the front wheel splash guards ripping several times (an admitted design flaw),new cd player,various warning lights initiating without true issues, etc. One time the fasten seat belt warning "ding" spontaneously rang for 45 mins while driving about 3 mos after purchase. We were advised to pullover, turn off the car, "let it sleep" 20 mins then restart it which did fix this mysterious issue. WARNING NOTE: the brakes are recommended for replacement almost immediately after the initial warranty expires ($1800), thus making the extended warranty purchase worthwhile and a cost "wash". Now the extended warranty is over and we've just replaced the airbag/seat restraint sensor-the BRAINS of the passenger safety system- ($1800) and a sunshade malfunction ($300). Thus, the maintenance is expensive but expected for cars like BMW, Mercedes, etc. Still, its one fun car to drive and hard to imagine a better car for a road trip, esp. for my 6"4" frame! When I work long hours, it is a joy to RELAX in my car as I drive the 25 mins home! While I'm sure that the car is overpriced, especially with the precipitous drop in its current trade-in value (about $19G now compared with its original $80G cost 7 yrs ago), its still mostly cutting edge technology even now!"

17 people out of 17 found this review helpful