: 2005 BMW 745Li Review!



brandondeleo
06-09-12, 06:12 AM
It can be found on my blog here, too. www.deleob.blogspot.com :thumbsup: Tell me what you think!



BMW has been around since 1917, and itís gained a reputation as a respectable and prestigious marque by producing remarkable cars such as the famed 3 series. The company has grown to be one of the largest automakers in the world, owning brands such as Rolls Royce and Mini. It is no stretch to call a BMW a status symbol. Since its introduction in 1977, the 7 series has been BMWís flagship sedan, the utmost in BMW status. The 7 series is known for its luxury and technological prowess. The E65 was the first mainstream BMW released under chief designer Chris Bangleís full freedom, so itís no surprise it was one of the most controversially designed models ever released by BMW. In 2005, Bangle commented on his design of the 7 series, saying ďin a few years all luxury cars will look like this.Ē Bangle was very confident in his new flagship sedan, and it was a successful car. They sold like hotcakes. More than 50,000 7 series were sold in 2005, outselling the 7 seriesí arch nemesis the S class by over 1,000 units worldwide. Thus, despite the immense amount of controversy generated by the design, no one could argue with its unquestionable success.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1582.jpg

The imposing 745Li exudes class and aggression simultaneously with its long, sweeping body lines and bold front end. The hood is long and well proportioned, but the grilles are a little small and odd looking, and the headlights are straight up ugly. The bumper line is pleasing, with chrome trim running along the top edge, but I think that the fog lights are very tiny and disproportionate to the front end. They could have either been more proportionately sized, or at least hidden better. The indicator lights on the front quarter panels break up the large surfaces a little bit, adding a touch of detail. The chrome trim around the windows is a nice touch, but the chrome strips above the doors from the front edge of the windshield to the bottom edge of the rear window are redundant and awkward. The little shark fin antenna on the roof is a tad too big, so itís not exactly inconspicuous. The factory 19Ē alloys are very good looking and well proportioned. I could have gone without the chrome door handles.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1584.jpg
http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1583.jpg
http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1591.jpg

Now to the famous ďBangle Butt.Ē The term ďBangle ButtĒ is actually a misnomer, because the rear end was designed by Adrian van Hooydonk. Donk. Oh, the irony. Hooydonk worked closely with Chris Bangle between 1992 and 2009, when he succeeded Bangle as chief designer at BMW Group. The dual-level trunk lid is abnormally tall and narrow, and it protrudes out from the rear quarter panels both horizontally and vertically. Between the high, flattened face of the deck lid and the massive, flattened rear bumper, it would be like rear ending a house. The taillights flank a long, rounded strip of lights across the deck lid. The odd angles and quasi-bustle-back shapes of the E65/66 trunk drew massive criticism, and because of the abnormality of the rear end (and the absolutely miserable iDrive system) it was named one of the 50 worst cars of all time by Time magazine. To be completely honest, itís growing on me. Itís not really that horrible, it just needs to hit the treadmill once and a while.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1586.jpg
http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1585.jpg

Being a $75,000 luxury sedan, there is an expectation of a plush and luxurious interior. The 745Li surely delivers. The wood trimming in this car probably took a small forest to create. Itís absolutely everywhere, and it has a nice texture. The wood trimming feels solid and well put together, as with everything else in there. The finishes are generally of high quality, but there are areas that feel flimsy, such as the iDrive controls in the center console, and the door panels. I am not a fan of the key setup in this car, either. It feels flimsy and itís extremely awkward to use. The knobs, buttons, and switches generally feel substantial, but there are far too many of them. Itís like being in a nuclear submarine.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1577.jpg
http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1587.jpg

For example, there are eleven buttons and a knob just for the driverís power seat.
The steering wheel is blocky and seems to be mismatched with the rest of the interior. The buttons are dated and oddly placed, and the buttons and switches on and around the wheel are absolutely overwhelming.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1588.jpg

The bulging dashboard is packed to the brim with features and electronics, such as the horribly lamentable iDrive system. It controls everything from the stereo (which sounds very nice) to the carís lighting scheme and tire pressure sensors. The large knob that controls it is too sensitive and has a mind of its own, and it feels like it was stuck on there with a toothpick. The screen is set too far into the dash to see comfortably while driving, and if youíre short youíll have a hard time seeing the bottom portion of it. It would take half of a lifetime to master it. The iDrive system has supposedly improved over the years, butÖ no.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1580.jpg

Even the gear selector is weird. Itís a small electronic multi-directional stalk on the steering column that you touch up and down to change gears. To select park, you have to push in on the end of the little stalk, similar to many older cruise control stalks.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1579.jpg

The interior is very spacious, especially in this long wheelbase model. The seats are very comfortable and supportive, and the driving position is good. As I mentioned before, there are extensive seat position, heating, and ventilating controls which make driving comfortable and fully customizable. The rear seats are cavernously spacious, and very comfortable. The legroom in the rear is very well more than enough, no matter your height. The rear seats in the 745Li rival those of limousines. There is a large flip-down center console in the rear with lots of storage, and cup holders pop out of the seat in the middle. There are zoned climate controls in the rear as well, with vents placed on the top of the front center console. The vents are in an odd place, but they manage to pull off the look well. The door controls are comfortably placed, but the door handles themselves are a little uncomfortable to reach (both in the front and rear) if youíve got long arms. The trim lines flow smoothly through the front and back doors, with plenty of wood and chrome to go around. Storage is plentiful, with hidden cubbies everywhere and a large center console, as well as decent-sized door pockets. The trunk is very large and very well finished.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1576.jpg
http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1589.jpg

The 745Liís 325hp 4.4L V8 provides plenty of power for this two ton beast. The worldís first 6 speed automatic transmission helps move the 17 foot long beast along from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds, .6 seconds faster than the 2005 Mercedes S430. Surprisingly, the 2005 Lexus LS430 beats the 745Liís 0-60 time by .4 seconds. The BMW N62B44 V8, offered on the X5, 545, 645 and 745 for 2005, requires premium grade gasoline, and you can expect 16mpg city and 24mpg highway with a real world average of around 18mpg. The handling is very impressive for a full size luxury sedan, in the BMW tradition. Body roll isnít prominent, and it always feels planted on the road. It seems to be much sportier than its competitors. The steering itself is responsive, and it doesnít wander or float. The ride is very comfortable, but the 19Ē rims and relatively low profile tires make rough roads a little bit more jarring. There is a touch of wind noise at speed. Not very loud, but a little bit unexpected in a $74,000 car. The road noise isnít nearly as suppressed as in the equivalent Mercedes S class, and itís nowhere near as isolated as the Lexus LS430. Things like ride comfort, softness, and quietness are crucial in any premium luxury vehicle, but the 7 series has more of a sports car feel to it than a luxury barge in that respect.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i419/brandondeleo/2005%20745Li/DSCN1581.jpg

At 203Ē long, the 745Li is a large car, but itís not so large that itís especially inconvenient to drive. Parking this full-size car can be tough in cramped situations, but the optional parking sensors improve the experience. Storage is more than ample, and the trunk is large enough to carry as many groceries as you can buy, maybe even four golf bags. The E65/66 has a poor reliability record, with transmission and electrical issues and engine problems. The N62 V8 tends to burn oil, and there is a collapsible coolant transfer pipe that likes to fail, and that could end up costing in excess of $8,000. The pipe alone can cost $1,000. It's not the kind of car you want to own unless you've got a fat wallet. Then again, the people who buy these cars aren't typically concerned with that.

Overall, the 2005 745Li exceeds as a premium luxury sedan with a sporty flair. It has any and all amenities you can imagine, and the back seats can compete with a limousine. At $74k for the 745Li trim level, this is an expensive car, but it proves to be a pretty good value for the vehicles in its class. It has its odd qualities and quirks, and there are some little things about it that irk me, but the car as a whole really grew on me. I canít say that I wouldnít enjoy owning one. I like it.



Original MSRP: $74,000
Engine: 4.4L DOHC V8 Producing 325hp/330ft lb
Transmission: 6 Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy: 16mpg City, 24mpg Highway, 18mpg Average (premium grade gasoline)
Curb Weight: 4464lb
Length: 203.2Ē
Wheelbase: 123.2Ē
Width: 74.9Ē
Height: 58.7Ē

Styling: 7.5/10
Interior: 9.5/10
Quality of Materials: 9/10
Amenities: 10/10
Ride | Handling: 9.5/10
Performance: 9/10
Reliability | Practicality: 7/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 9/10

Playdrv4me
06-09-12, 08:24 AM
That coolant pipe problem on the N62 makes the VANOS and timing chain fails on the M62 seem like child's play by comparison. It really is a shame that BMW's mainstream V8s haven't proven as robust as their world class I6s and monstrous V12s.

brandondeleo
06-09-12, 08:39 AM
You would think they would have worked it out... Seriously. I drove an X5 that same day, and I absolutely hated the way it drove. The throttle was so touchy and sticky that it was a pain to drive and the motor ran rough like a diesel. Not a fan. Same 4.4L. Maybe it's tuned differently in the X5. Which I hated.

brandondeleo
06-09-12, 09:19 AM
I forgot to note: there are a couple of Ian's quotes in there. Grazie!

ryannel2003
06-09-12, 10:01 AM
I have never liked this car... it just looks so strange. What worse is the model before it looks so damn good, this car is just a disappointment in every since of the word. As for the iDrive... it sucks in the earlier models but in the current BMW's is surprisingly easy to use and quite intuitive to navigate, much better IMO than Mercedes Command and Audi's MMI. From what I've read on various BMW forums, these cars are a complete nightmare and Ian's troubles with 745 clearly show that this car was a failure in many ways, though it actually sold much better than the previous model.

Jesda
06-09-12, 10:08 AM
Ugly as sin, cushy as a pillow. I hate them but I do understand why people buy them. If you want to be noticed, it's quite an eye-catching car.

Of course, people notice Kim Kardashian, and she's awful.



Unlike what I eat, I like cars to be organic, acoustic, and analog. I like shifters connected to the transmission by cables and levers (which almost no modern cars have) and controls operated by buttons, knobs, and sometimes levers.

The STS, DTS, and E38, and E39 are as high-tech as I care to get before cars begin to feel like piloting a spaceship floating through space.

Like I said, not for me but I totally get it.

Rolex
06-09-12, 10:39 AM
Good review OP. I'm always humbled by how thorough a review you guys do on a vehicle. I could never do that well with a car....but a firearm :rolleyes:. :)

brandondeleo
06-09-12, 10:54 AM
Thanks. I thought I'd give it a try a while back, and it turned out to be something I really enjoy. I've picked up a few things. :p

brandondeleo
06-09-12, 11:00 AM
Gary's paying me a visit on the 15th with his freaking awesome Betty, but it would be pointless for me to do a writeup. Jesda already did! :lol:

cadillac kevin
06-09-12, 11:36 AM
Gary's paying me a visit on the 15th with his freaking awesome Betty, but it would be pointless for me to do a writeup. Jesda already did! :lol:

Do a review anyways

brandondeleo
06-09-12, 11:38 AM
It's be redundant, and it'd look like I copied it. :lol:

Jesda
06-09-12, 01:51 PM
Then write about the weather. Just take more pics of that Impala. :D

talismandave
06-09-12, 01:57 PM
gary's paying me a visit on the 15th with his freaking awesome betty, but it would be pointless for me to do a writeup. Jesda already did! :lol:

i hate you!

CadillacLuke24
06-09-12, 03:00 PM
Good review of the Beemer Brandon :thumbsup: Keep this up and you may, just may, find employment at Motor Trend :D

When Gary comes with Betty, do a review of your camera, the parking space, whatever.

JUST GET PICTURES OF BETTY.

Thank you :D

talismandave
06-09-12, 08:28 PM
When Gary comes with Betty, do a review of your camera, the parking space, whatever.

JUST GET PICTURES OF BETTY.

Thank you :D
Yes please do. I will still hate you, but a little less.

gary88
06-09-12, 09:15 PM
I think the mid-cycle refresh fixed a lot of the questionable design areas, mainly the headlights and taillights.

http://www.desktopmachine.com/pics/BMW_7_303-1024.jpg

http://www.desktopmachine.com/pics/BMW_760iL-540_1024x768.jpg

Still leaves much to be desired though, the F01/02 is better in every way.

gdwriter
06-10-12, 02:15 AM
Gary's paying me a visit on the 15th with his freaking awesome Betty, but it would be pointless for me to do a writeup. Jesda already did! :lol:


Do a review anyways


It's be redundant, and it'd look like I copied it. :lol:


When Gary comes with Betty, do a review of your camera, the parking space, whatever.

JUST GET PICTURES OF BETTY.

Thank you :DI'm really flattered you guys like Betty so much. I'm quite fond of her myself.

Brandon, you might find something different about Betty that Jesda didn't mention, and even if you don't, why not put your own perspective out there.

brandondeleo
06-10-12, 03:25 AM
I'm really flattered you guys like Betty so much. I'm quite fond of her myself.

Brandon, you might find something different about Betty that Jesda didn't mention, and even if you don't, why not put your own perspective out there.
Hmm...

96Fleetwood
06-10-12, 09:05 AM
I like the E65/E66. My parents had a 760Li for 3 years and loved it. No issues except standard maintenance during the 3 years/10K miles of ownership. They sold it before the CPO warranty ran out... ;)

I had the opportunity to drive the 760Li from Birmingham, AL to Virginia Beach, VA. Very comfortable and the V12 sounded amazing at WOT. I thought it was more impressive than the Alpina B7 I test drove in Miami last year. The styling is not for everyone and the early versions of I-drive took a week or so to get used to. I agree, some of the control placement is odd but you tend to get used to that as well. I think these cars are a bargain if you can afford the upkeep.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r247/wmu37/Picture033.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r247/wmu37/Picture035.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r247/wmu37/75c0_4.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r247/wmu37/Picture003-1.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r247/wmu37/Picture004-1.jpg


I would consider the current 5th gen 7 series for my next car...

brandondeleo
06-10-12, 09:28 AM
I prefer the E66 taillights. Less obnoxious. :lol: I think if you drive anything for long enough, you get used to it. When I bought my DeVille, I REALLY wasn't used to the gear selector being on the steering column. For the first month or so I still reached down to the middle of the seat and felt like an idiot.

Now sometimes I go to start my Chrysler and turn on the windshield wipers. :histeric:

Jesda
06-10-12, 10:20 AM
Still leaves much to be desired though, the F01/02 is better in every way.

I agree. I hope the refresh of the Fxx 7-series tidies up the taillights so they look less like sagging butt cheeks. The rest of the car is agreeable.

I'm disappointed that, aside from the 3- and [current] 5-series, BMW has abandoned classic, taut styling in exchange for flavor-of-the-minute gaudiness.

brandondeleo
06-10-12, 10:26 AM
I hope the refresh of the Fxx 7-series tidies up the taillights so they look less like sagging butt cheeks.
:histeric:

I LOVE the new F01/2. It's a damn good looking car. Probably my favorite 7 series, even over the E38.

vincentm
06-10-12, 10:50 AM
Gary's paying me a visit on the 15th with his freaking awesome Betty, but it would be pointless for me to do a writeup. Jesda already did! :lol:
http://i47.tinypic.com/2qnck6c.jpg

http://i49.tinypic.com/atrta8.jpg

talismandave
06-10-12, 03:38 PM
HEY, GET AWAY FROM MY GIRL!
and Brandon...I got my eye on you....

brandondeleo
06-10-12, 03:49 PM
The only thing getting between me and my Betty is the cold dead "no" of Gary.

:lol:

Playdrv4me
06-10-12, 03:57 PM
I like the E65/E66. My parents had a 760Li for 3 years and loved it. No issues except standard maintenance during the 3 years/10K miles of ownership. They sold it before the CPO warranty ran out... ;)

I had the opportunity to drive the 760Li from Birmingham, AL to Virginia Beach, VA. Very comfortable and the V12 sounded amazing at WOT. I thought it was more impressive than the Alpina B7 I test drove in Miami last year. The styling is not for everyone and the early versions of I-drive took a week or so to get used to. I agree, some of the control placement is odd but you tend to get used to that as well. I think these cars are a bargain if you can afford the upkeep.


Here's the thing though. If you have the pockets to maintain an out of warranty V12 E65 (even taking into account the better reliability of the V12s), you're far better off in a 2006 S65 AMG. Now *THAT* is what I consider the bargain of the decade. MB gave the W220 one last hurrah before retiring that otherwise mechanical disaster and essentially what you are paying for by this point is just the motor, the rest of the car is basically free. Considering that this car was around 185,000.00 new, they are less than 30k now and destroy the N73 in the E65 with sheer brute force. 604hp and a ridiculous 738ft lb of torque. It is, in fact, nearly impossible to control the power going to the ground, but still a hell of a lot of fun.

I keep my eye peeled for these, but wouldn't own one without a warranty so it doesn't really matter unless I found one at a Ford dealership, since I think Ford PremiumCare will cover them.

http://www.carsinamerica.net/mercedes-benz/2006-S65-AMG-rear.jpg

Of course, leaving mechanics aside, the W220 is still a looker.

orconn
06-10-12, 04:23 PM
I agree. I hope the refresh of the Fxx 7-series tidies up the taillights so they look less like sagging butt cheeks. The rest of the car is agreeable.

I'm disappointed that, aside from the 3- and [current] 5-series, BMW has abandoned classic, taut styling in exchange for flavor-of-the-minute gaudiness.

"Tidies up the up the taillights so they look less like sagging butt cheeks." That, my friend, should be preserved in our pantheon of quotable quotes!

orconn
06-10-12, 04:28 PM
Here's the thing though. If you have the pockets to maintain an out of warranty V12 E65 (even taking into account the better reliability of the V12s), you're far better off in a 2006 S65 AMG. Now *THAT* is what I consider the bargain of the decade. MB gave the W220 one last hurrah before retiring that otherwise mechanical disaster and essentially what you are paying for by this point is just the motor, the rest of the car is basically free. Considering that this car was around 185,000.00 new, they are less than 30k now and destroy the N73 in the E65 with sheer brute force. 604hp and a ridiculous 738ft lb of torque. It is, in fact, nearly impossible to control the power going to the ground, but still a hell of a lot of fun.

I keep my eye peeled for these, but wouldn't own one without a warranty so it doesn't really matter unless I found one at a Ford dealership, since I think Ford PremiumCare will cover them.

http://www.carsinamerica.net/mercedes-benz/2006-S65-AMG-rear.jpg

Of course, leaving mechanics aside, the W220 is still a looker.

Of the "S" class designs I do like the W220 the best. Unlike the earlier ones that look like they were designed for fat burghers and there equally fat fraus, the W220 atually looked it might be fun to drive some place other than on the main street of Munich on the way back from Sunday dinner!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-10-12, 05:46 PM
I do not like the 2002+ 7 Series at all. I'm just disappointed with that car in every aspect. The W220 was rough to begin with, but by 2003.5, it was a very good looking, well rounded sedan in that segment.

I really need to start reviewing cars again. It was therapeutic, but I've just been so damn busy.

CIWS
06-10-12, 05:54 PM
What kind of an Idget would own a BMUU ?

CadillacLuke24
06-10-12, 06:26 PM
Gee, I don't know :sneaky:

Stingroo
06-10-12, 10:22 PM
BM-TroubleYou.

CadillacLuke24
06-11-12, 12:49 AM
DUN DUN DUN!

Uh oh, here comes Gary Royale Brougham :sneaky:

gdwriter
06-11-12, 01:29 AM
http://i47.tinypic.com/2qnck6c.jpg

Hoover looks bored. :rofl:

And Vincent's Eldorado is gorgeous.

brandondeleo
06-11-12, 03:18 AM
It looks like it's going to be nice weather when you're here.

I predict topless pictures in the near future.

MUAHAHAHAHA :lol:

talismandave
06-11-12, 07:37 AM
http://i47.tinypic.com/2qnck6c.jpg

Hoover looks bored. :rofl:

And Vincent's Eldorado is gorgeous.

Aww... I didn't even see Hoover there! Cute.

Stingroo
06-11-12, 07:55 AM
Hoover, I suspect, is just as cool as Moose.

CadillacLuke24
06-11-12, 05:32 PM
Hoover is awesome! He's like the perfect little copilot, evidenced by Gary's videos on youtube. I love Hoover :D

exterminate
06-11-12, 07:17 PM
great review!

96Fleetwood
06-12-12, 06:36 AM
IMO the W220 looked like a C-class on roids. The S65 of that era was like the perfect woman with an ugly face. I personally would take a W140 over a W220. I admit, the w220 had nicer lines than the E65/E66.. but just didn't have the presence of the older S-class models. The 2007+ w221 has set the standard for current luxury cars. Now that is a S65 I want!

http://www.cardotcom.com/photos/cars01/2011-mercedes-benz-s65-amg/s65amg-03-m.jpg

ThumperPup
06-12-12, 11:30 AM
2005 they where using the I-drive still or did they switch over to X-Drive i think it was still I-Drive
is so POS in my opinion
would never own one in my life
never really like dthem since the body change after 01
it sucked

i know first hand from family history that the solon ohio bmw dealership had to take back 8 7 serries for the first one new ones in 2002 i think it was on lemon law buy backs
and where sewed twice unsesesfully
but thats how much it sucked

Playdrv4me
06-12-12, 03:35 PM
IMO the W220 looked like a C-class on roids. The S65 of that era was like the perfect woman with an ugly face. I personally would take a W140 over a W220. I admit, the w220 had nicer lines than the E65/E66.. but just didn't have the presence of the older S-class models. The 2007+ w221 has set the standard for current luxury cars. Now that is a S65 I want!

http://www.cardotcom.com/photos/cars01/2011-mercedes-benz-s65-amg/s65amg-03-m.jpg

You and I must be the only two people on this planet that actually like the W221, but I do like it, a lot. The interior in the W221 is so many generations ahead of the W220 it's almost depressing.

That said, the W221 S65 won't be anywhere near affordable for a while.

Jesda
06-12-12, 04:39 PM
If I ever move to a congested city, I'll buy a used S-class with Distronic Plus. I don't care how much I dislike the styling or cost of ownership, being able to creep in traffic without using feet would be priceless.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFOh-jvjRI8

orconn
06-12-12, 04:46 PM
The Mercedes W221 S65 at $219,000 is a bit pricey! I quess if are curious enough to ask what the first week's depreciation would be, you can't afford it!

vincentm
06-12-12, 04:49 PM
The Mercedes W221 S65 at $219,000 is a bit pricey! I quess if are curious enough to ask what the first week's depreciation would be, you can't afford it!

$219k? I could restore my Eldo and another for that money and have a more stylish vehicle

Playdrv4me
06-12-12, 04:59 PM
$219k? I could restore my Eldo and another for that money and have a more stylish vehicle

Those are some expensive Eldorados.

hueterm
06-12-12, 05:04 PM
Pfft...I almost spent that much fixing my own personal nightmare...and then only got $5K out of it...

ryannel2003
06-12-12, 09:48 PM
I'd rather have my E46 than any previous or current BMW. Although if Gary H wanted to swap I probably wouldn't be crying or sobbing about how much I miss mine or anything.

ThumperPup
06-12-12, 09:53 PM
Shoot for 219k. I'd throw another 30k into the Seville and no one dime ofthat would need to be used for mantnance I already know what I would do and what it would cost
Then I'd go buy the used one that already dipreciated from 219k to 179k. Then the other 10k I'd take and put on a poker tourney in Vegas. Lol

ryannel2003
06-12-12, 10:00 PM
If I had 219k I'd get my dad to build me a house, fix up what needs to be done to the E46, and put the rest in the bank.

gary88
06-12-12, 10:09 PM
Shoot for 219k. I'd throw another 30k into the Seville

wait





wut

talismandave
06-12-12, 11:23 PM
I know what an acre of land costs, how big a pole barn can I get for about $150,000?

ThumperPup
06-13-12, 01:38 AM
wait





wut

full color change so good that it looks like it was originaly that color form the factory i would go Crimson Pearl
id also have the entire intiror redone
id keep that the factory shale color but just the cream tan all the way around in nicer newer leather with black piping around the ends instead of the french stiching

id send her off to Coach builder to have all that done and also turned into a Custom Convertible from Coach Builders limited
id throw on a set of the stardust model v- rims like MC just got his replaced
id go with the 17s

id have the cusome programing done and wireing to have a F55 suspension retrofited to work on it properly

and a few other things here and there

gary88
06-13-12, 11:32 AM
Whoosh.

CadillacLuke24
06-13-12, 06:22 PM
Where'd the FIRST 30k go?

If I had that money, I'd do a frame off on Alexandra, get me a V, an Escalade, some sort of FWB, and a modest house or shop to house them all in.

drewsdeville
06-13-12, 06:25 PM
30k? Na, c'mon. Really? I knew it was a lot, but...

Could have put a hefty downpayment on your own home for that - and a home won't end up in the junkyard in 10 years.

gary88
06-13-12, 07:22 PM
Or buy a Seville for every day of the week.



You could have actually done this.

ThumperPup
06-13-12, 07:22 PM
Well the actual maintenance and work comes to around 21 - 22k. That also include a few aftermarket items but 80% repairs and upkeep service and maintained tires and stuff
Another 7k for the purchase price in march 09


Just a few thing rre to mention. Suspension work steering work
2 engine tear downs and rebuilds one including. A new block with in a 7 month period a trans rebuild
Rakes custom wheels tires and audio system

ThumperPup
06-13-12, 07:25 PM
Or buy a Seville for every day of the week.


You could have actually done this.

You think I'm not upset withy self on this for the close to 30k I have spent I could have if I knew I was going to put the money into this car I would have instead just financed and bought a STS at the time

cadillac kevin
06-13-12, 07:27 PM
Well the actual maintenance and work comes to around 21 - 22k. That also include a few aftermarket items.
What'd you do? Buy everything out of the JC Whitney catalog?

ThumperPup
06-13-12, 07:53 PM
What'd you do? Buy everything out of the JC Whitney catalog?

lol no

CadillacLuke24
06-15-12, 08:19 PM
:rolleyes: Dad was right though, the cheapest part of a car is buying the thing.

brandondeleo
06-16-12, 04:17 AM
I bought my car for about $2,500, and I've already put at least that much into it, maybe more. :lol:

97EldETC
06-16-12, 01:39 PM
What is the difference between the 740, 745, 750, 760? An the iL vs Li? I tried to ask a neighbor who has a 740il, but he didn't really know.... I love the looks of the previous gen 7 series. Especially the 01 looks and the 09 looks. The new one is too... Blah and 5ish series looks.

gary88
06-16-12, 02:08 PM
E38 740i - 4.0L V8
F01 740i - 3.0L I6T

E65 745i - 4.4L V8

E38 750i - 5.4L V12
E65 750i - 4.8L V8
F01 750i - 4.4L V8TT

E65 760i - 6.0L V12
F01 760i - 6.0L V12TT

i - short wheelbase
iL/Li - long wheelbase

CadillacLuke24
06-20-12, 03:14 AM
That's some specific Info Gary88

Would you happen to like BMW motorcars? :histeric: