Originally Posted by kaygee
It may be hard for the BMW autos to hold their value if people continue to read headlines like this: BMW 5 and 7 series rated Most Unreliable Luxury Cars.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8489200/
I researched the 7 series pretty well before deciding to buy a used one. There are a couple problems with them, same as with the LT, but if one is aware of them, and even more importantly willing and able to do most of their own maintenance work, the risk is pretty small compared to the upside of a very nicely built, comfortable, and great handling automobile (for it's size and weight). The 7 series suffers mostly from electronic issues, being that it has such a HUGE volume of electronics in it. That certainly is the biggest worry, something electronic failing and the likely difficult task of troubleshooting it.
At first I was looking for a 750, until I discovered that that V12 has TWO complete engine control systems. Two ECU's, Throttle bodies, Mass airflow sensors, etc. Decided to stick with the 740 V8!
There are web groups for both the BMW cars I have, and like the LT site, can save one a lot of grief and troubleshooting time when a problem does arrise.
There is really no reason for the 5 series to be more unreliable than the 3 series, when the only practical difference between them is size.
It has often been said of BMW over the years: "They make only one car, in three sizes!" Not so true now, but for years that seemed to be the case.
My wife and I have been enjoying the 740, with informed fingers crossed.
We looked at a few Lexus cars before buying the 740, but even though I knew the reliability would likely be better, the Lexus's were just too much like Gold Wings.
They certainly did not drive like the BMW.