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2003 BMW 7-Series Review
Innovative technology in an attractive vehicle.
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The 2003 BMW 7-Series’ technology and style creates a flawless movement of innovation. The iDrive styling of the controls inside recognizes the functions that drivers are likely to use most often and has those at a convenient location: on the steering wheel.
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: BMW 7-Series 745i, BMW 7-Series 745Li, BMW 7-Series 760Li
The 2003 BMW 7-Series installs the iDrive technology, and the body styling also receives an upgrade with a few traditional forms on the body that are dropped to give a fresh look. The engine power also gets a boost.
The 2003 BMW 7-Series is definitely of the BMW bloodline and carries the signature twin-kidney grille with the BMW emblem in the middle on a sloping hood flanked by high intensity headlamps. The BMW 7-Series is large and could be a bit intimidating on the road. It comes in two sizes with the BMW 7-Series 745i sitting on 117.7-inch wheelbase and the BMW 7-Series 745Li sitting on 123.2-inch wheelbase. It rides on 18 x 8.0 inches alloy wheels with 245/50R V all-season tires. The windshield comes with variable intermittent rain sensing wipers, the rear window comes with defogger, and the top has a power glass sunroof. The 2003 BMW 7-Series has 74.9 inches width, 58.7 inches height, 198 inches length, and has a 18.0 cubic feet cargo capacity.
The 2003 BMW 7-Series has posh leather upholstery and wood trim. The leather finish is on the center console with storage, on the steering wheel, on the dashboard, and on the doors that also have the wood trim that appears on the shift knob. The dashboard has a clock, and the navigations system on the 2003 BMW 7-Series comes with CD-based voice directions. The speed-proportional power steering of the 2003 BMW 7-Series operates on a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with the common controls mounted on it. The driver of the 2003 BMW 7-Series enjoys an electro-chromatic interior rearview mirror that dims the glare of the headlamps of a vehicle following behind it. The driver and the front passenger both get an illuminating vanity mirror, and the vehicle is lit with reading lights in the front and in the rear, and light in the trunk.
The 2003 BMW 7-Series comes with memorized driving seat settings for two drivers including the position of the steering wheel, and the seats in the front and in the rear come with height adjustable headrests. The vehicle comes with a Universal remote transmitter programmable to open the garage door or to trigger a panic alarm if the driver is in an emergency. The power fittings in the 2003 BMW 7-Series include remote power door locks, power windows, remote trunk release, and heated and power mirrors. The mirror on the passenger side has reverse tilt technology that allows the driver to view the curb and ensure safety when backing out of or into parking spaces.
The 2003 BMW 7-Series comes with a beverage cooler, other storage spaces including the front console, front and rear door pockets, and a folding center armrest in the rear. There are cup holders in the rear and in the front of the vehicle, and it has storage in the front seatback.
Performance & Handling
The 2003 BMW 7-Series uses a rear-wheel-driven six-speed automatic transmission. the base engine is a 4.4-liter, V-8, 325 hp engine at 6100 rpm horsepower, 330 lb-ft at 3600 rpm torque, with 32 valves, variable valve timing (VVT), and double overhead cam (DOHC). Its suspension system comes with MacPherson strut front suspension, independent four-wheel suspension, and Multi-link rear suspension. The pre-impact safety of the 2003 BMW 7-Series includes a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), emergency braking assist, electronic brake-force distribution system, and ventilated disc brakes in the front and the rear wheels.
For post-impact safety systems the 2003 BMW 7-Series comes with head airbags in the front and rear for all occupants, side-mounted airbags to protect occupants from side injury from a side impact, and the headrests are height-adjustable to protect seat occupants from whiplash. The rear seat comes with child seat anchors and the rear doors come with child safety locks to ensure that a child cannot open a rear door without the assistance of an adult.
Additional safety for the vehicle and for the occupants includes a remote anti-theft alarm system, an engine immobilizer, and if a person were to be trapped in the trunk, it has an emergency release lever to help them open it from within. For safer driving, and to ensure visibility in all weather and lighting, the 2003 BMW 7-Series comes with various lights including daytime running lights, fog lights, and self-leveling high-intensity Xenon discharge headlamps.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Easy drive
- Advanced safety features
- Plush interior
You Won't Like
- Too many controls
- Unusual placement of controls
Innovative technology in an attractive vehicle.
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