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2000 BMW 7-Series Review
The flagship of all flagships.
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The 2000 BMW 7-Series is a rear-drive, four-door luxury sedan that offers prestige, along with incredible luxury, speed, and handling. These models represent the crème of the crop of what BMW has to offer. Drivers get the satisfaction of electrifying speed, along with the capability to tackle the road with confidence. Passengers will enjoy a comfortable ride with plenty of room. A rock-solid list of safety and convenience features makes the 7-Series a highly functional and reliable ride.
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-12
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: BMW 7-Series 740i, BMW 7-Series 740iL, BMW 7-Series 750iL, BMW 7-Series 740iL Protection, BMW 7-Series 750iL Protection
A premium package, which includes a navigation system, premium audio system, and Xenon headlights, now comes standard on the 740i and 740iL models. A cold weather package gets the addition of heated rear seats. Two new models, the 740iL protection and 750iL protection, have light armor and bullet-resistant glass.
The 2000 BMW 7-Series has approximately a 202-inch length, 73-inch width, 56-inch height, and 121-inch wheelbase. The 7-Series features body-colored bumpers in the front and rear, chrome trim on the bumpers, around the side windows, and side of body, chrome grille slats, heated power door mirrors, heated door locks, front fog lights, programmable daytime running lights, and a one-touch power glass sunroof. There is a solar-reflective windshield and tinted glass on the cabin. The 7-Series weighs 4597 pounds and sits on 17-inch alloy wheels, which may be upgraded to 18-inch wheels.
The interior of the 2000 BMW 7-Series is roomy enough to fit five passengers. Features vary depending on the model. The most basic model, the 740i, has 14-way power-adjustable seats with height-adjustable head restraints in the front, divided by an armrest/storage console. There are pockets in the doors for easy storage. In the dash, there are logically-arranged gauges that are easy to read and conveniently located controls. In the rear, there is a leather bench seat with two height-adjustable head restraints. The 7-Series 740i features a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, cup holders in the front and rear, a navigation system, power locks, one-touch power windows, automatic climate control, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette and CD player included and 14 speakers. Heated front and rear seats are optional.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 BMW 7-Series comes packed with either a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 282 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque or a 5.4-liter V-12 engine that cranks out 326 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated with a smooth-shifting five-speed automatic transmission. The result is smooth and powerful acceleration. The 7-Series models are capable of going from zero to 60 mph in about six seconds and have a top speed of 155 mph. The 7-Series is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This setup provides for a smooth and stable ride, even on rough surfaces. These BMWs handle superbly, giving drivers the ability to gracefully maneuver in traffic and take corners with ease. Steering responds accordingly, allowing for precise control.
The 2000 BMW 7-Series is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and traction control for improved handling. There are driver and front passenger front-impact and front side-impact airbags installed. Rear side-impact airbags are optional. Child safety door locks are integrated into the rear doors.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 7-Series, V-12 engine: 13/20 mpg city/highway
- Strong performance
- Good handling
- Luxury features
You Won't Like
- Costly to repair
- Below average fuel economy
- Poor navigation system controls
The flagship of all flagships.
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