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2002 BMW 745i
2003 BMW 745i
2003 BMW 7-Series interior
2004 BMW 760Li interior
2004 BMW 745i
Smooth, powerful, and athletic, the 7-Series is virtually devoid of dynamic flaws. Spacious and exceeding comfortable, it delivers first-cabin travel by any standard. How you cope with iDrive and the other new-think controls depends on how comfortable you are with cutting-edge technology. Be sure to try the system carefully before considering a 7-Series sedan.
BMW redesigned its flagship rear-drive sedans for 2002, giving them fresh styling, an innovative control layout, and the industry’s first six-speed automatic transmission. Both the iDrive control setup and the imaginative body profile engendered considerable controversy, prompting love-it-or-hate-it responses from both the media and the public.
Compared to the old 7-Series, the 2002s were about 2 inches longer in wheelbase, overall length, and height. These luxury four-doors were also 1.6 inches wider and some 120 pounds heavier.
A 4.4-liter V8 continued in renamed 745i and long-wheelbase 745Li models, but it was actually a new design with 43 more horsepower than the previous 740i/740iL. The six-speed automatic transmission operated from a stalklike steering-column control instead of a conventional console-mounted lever.
BMW’s new Active Roll Stabilization system adjusted front and rear antiroll bars to minimize body lean in turns. An Adaptive Ride Package with electronically adjusted shock absorbers and rear self-leveling, via new air springs, was an Li option. Both models rode standard 18-inch wheels but could have 19s at additional cost. Each had antilock all-disc brakes and a traction control/antiskid system.
Inside, front knee airbags joined torso and head-protecting side airbags as standard equipment. Rear torso side airbags also were available, coupled with tubular head-protecting airbags that ran the full car length on each side. Sensors deployed any airbag only if an occupant was detected. Antiwhiplash front head restraints were standard.
BMW’s iDrive control used a console “joystick” to select and change various audio, climate, and navigation functions, as well as operation of an available phone. The settings displayed on a dashboard screen. Conventional switches were provided for a few frequently-used adjustments of the audio and climate systems.
Options included a tire-pressure monitor, front/rear obstacle detection, in-dash CD changer, break-resistant window glass, and power rear sunshades. Power 20-way front seats with internal fan ventilation and a power “massage” feature also were available.
|2003 BMW 7-Series
A V12 flagship joined BMW’s top-line sedans for 2003. The 7-Series was now offered as the 745i, the 5.5-inch-longer 745Li, and the new 760Li. The 745 models used a V8 engine, but the 760Li got a 6.0-liter V12. All models came with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, full-length head-protecting side airbags moved from the options list to become standard equipment. All models had BMW’s iDrive, with its “joystick” knob to operate audio, navigation, and some phone and climate functions.
BMW’s Adaptive Ride Package was standard on the 760Li, optional on others. The 760Li also included front/rear obstacle detection, and ventilated front and rear seats. Rear seats in the 745Li could have internal fan ventilation as an option.
New options for 2003 included active cruise control, designed to maintain a preset distance from traffic ahead, as well as 18-inch run-flat tires.
|2004 BMW 7-Series
Satellite radio was a new option on 2004 models, but little else changed.
|2005 BMW 7-Series
Rear DVD entertainment and keyless access that allows entry and starting without removing keyfob from pocket or purse are among the new-for-2005 options. Newly standard for ’05 are steering-linked headlights and front and rear obstacle detection.
|2006 BMW 7-Series
Updated styling and more V8 power highlight BMW’s 2006 flagship sedans. All get revisions to exterior appearance, interior trim, dashboard, and chassis. A 360-hp V8 powers 750i and 750Li models, which replace the 325-hp 745i and 745Li. Also newly revised is BMW’s iDrive, which adjusts audio, navigation, and climate settings via a console “joystick” knob and dashboard screen. Added for ’06 is a wireless cell phone connection.
|2007 BMW 7-Series
A sport-themed model was a midyear addition to BMW’s large sedan lineup for 2007. The 750 offered an optional Sport Package with firmer suspension and, for ’07, 20-inch wheels. Standard power folding door mirrors were new for ’07, and 750s gained heated 16-way “comfort” front seats. Newly optional were BMW Individual packages with various mixes of trim and features. Also available were DVD entertainment and keyless entry and starting.
There were no changes of note to the 2008 BMW 7-Series lineup.