I have replaced my Lexus GS300 Sport with a BMW 740 Sport recently, a 4.4 litre V8 engined saloon with more gadgets than Dixon's. I except that the BMW is a more expensive car than the Lexus and it certainly shows.
I opted for the Sport model because it has stiffer suspension, different final drive and interior trim over the standard model.
I feel the suspension mods are nessasary when you are taking about a two-tonne car which is capable of 155mph and 0-60 in 6.9sec. The car does everything I want, it's quiet, smooth-riding with a comfortable driving position.
When you want to press on, it does so with no fuss, and high speeds can be reached quickly and safely.
I realise that the mpg is not great (low 20s) but this is the price you must pay if you want this level of performance, comfort and quailty.
In 20 years' time, we may all be forced to drive cars that run on batteries or manure but until then I intend to enjoy such cars as the BMW 740i.
I have owned a 1995-registered 730i since 2000. I bought this car for £8500 plus my K-reg BMW 525i with 97k miles on the clock. The 730i had done 42k miles when I bought it.
So far the car has run trouble-free, it starts first time even after not using it for five weeks and the equipment levels are high. If it is driven with care, service intervals are infrequent and the service cost not too high.
The comfort seats with lumbar support are a boon, especially when you return to your car after a long, hard day! The car will be ten years old in July 2005 but looks and drives like new and has all the safety features one would want. I have thought about changing it but every time I test drive a car - I have tried the BMW 3 Series, Mercs and Jags - I return to my 730i and think to myself, why change this beauty?
I think I will drive this car to the ground or change it only if it becomes troublesome or a liability.With lifetime warranty available to purchase now, another worry is taken off your mind. In summary, a three- or more year-old BMW 7 Series represents fantastic value, and I can still get £5k in part-exchange for my car!
I believe this car drives better than almost any car made, though keeping it running is what drives you away.
This car is in the shop frequently on technical problems. The car is definitely worth getting with the warranty.
The BMW I drove was a 1996 P reg, and it was glorious!
I love big-enigined cars for the growl that goes with them. This car was perfect for me! I would love to try the 730 or 750.
The 728i, I drove was perfect, a happy car, it did as it was told when it was told and I loved having the option of being able to go into full manual mode.
The only problem I had was that the light sensors kept picking on the brake lights, saying they were not working while on manually checking them, they were fine. However, they did not pick up on the fact that the headlight that was out.
On the whole, BMW has got a perfect beast here!
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