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: Which prior 7 series was best?

08-10-2009, 10:29 AM
Which was your favorite?

E23 (1977***8211;1986)


E32 (1987***8211;1995)


E38 (1994***8211;2001)


E65/E66 (2002***8211;2008)


08-12-2009, 03:41 AM
I voted E38...because I own one :)

But seriously, for me the E38 was the best looking of all the 7 Series, closely followed by the E65 and then E32. Only problem with the E38 that I have found is that the engineering is not as good as previous models. Trim starting to wear, gearbox problems, engine problems, cooling systems etc...

Now, if you could get the style and looks of an E38 matched with E32 mechanics... :)

08-15-2009, 03:20 PM
My vote goes for the E65......:thumbup:

08-18-2009, 07:30 AM
I voted for the E38 because i used to own one (2001) untill i sold it and bought the E66 (2003). Design-wise, the E38 was the best 7er but technology-wise the E66 wins hands down. I loved the design of the E38 because the height was just right...it wasn't too long and it was wide enough for it's proportion. I just hated the front cup holders that came with the E38. Other than that, it was my favorite 7er.

The technology on the E66 was awesome and the best so far; the iDrive, dynamic drive controller, active steering, pull-out phone pad, soft-close doors, remote trunk open/close, well designed front cup holders and the biggest center console storage in a 7er. Almost everything was controlled with the iDrive and i loved it because people couldn't mess with most of the stuff; radio, a/c, etc whenever they got in the car. It was my plan to keep my E66 as a collectors item for me but i messed up and traded it in. I took care of that car very well and never had any issues with it despite all the issues that others were having with the first generation E66. Can't see myself buying a used E66 for keeps though.

With all that said, the F02 has being a great ride so far and it's just awesome driving it. Just for kicks, i went to a mercedes dealership and told the sales rep it was his job to convince me to trade-in my 09 750Li for 09 S600. He gave me the key and told me to take it for a ride for as long as i want. After almost 45 minutes of driving the S600 around town and on the interstate, i couldn't see myself ditching the 750Li. The mercedes felt good driving but something was missing interms of the sportiness. When i got back to the dealership the sales rep was all excited and even had the paper work ready but i told him the S600 didn't have the sport handling of the 7er...to which he admitted but said the S600 was more luxurious than the 750Li. I politely disagree with him, got into my car and as soon as i got on the interstate i switch into Sports + mode and enjoyed the ride back home.

08-18-2009, 08:08 AM
From looking at the 7er generations, can i predict the next BMW 7 series generation will be MY 2017?

08-18-2009, 08:14 AM

08-18-2009, 08:21 AM

Maybe 2015 not 2014. Let's see the previous generations so far:

E23 (1977***8211;1986) 9 year gap
E32 (1987***8211;1995) 8 year gap
E38 (1994***8211;2001) 7 year gap
E65/E66 (2002***8211;2008) 6 year gap

It seems to decrease 1 year per generation so for F01/F02 (2009-2014) 5 year gap and then the next generation will be a MY2015.

08-18-2009, 09:58 AM
It certainly wont be less than 6 years. I suspect we will see a refresh for MY2012/MY2013 and a new model for MY2015/MY2016.

08-24-2016, 12:15 PM
My opinion : the BMW 760LI F01 ; it has massive power , four wheel drive (not Xdrive) and is a long wheelbase with many options such as tv,dvd,game-console-possibility's .

08-25-2016, 12:23 PM
E32 cuz it was my first car

I saw a video on it and it has a lot of lesser known features and design elements that you can appreciate.

08-25-2016, 07:04 PM
I had an 74 bavaria ( don't know the e code) i survived a 50 mph head on collision in that car, so that has to be my favorite for saving my life. next to that I had an e38. hands down the most painful car i ever left. I had 356,000 miles on the odo it rode like a dream and had the best seats. my F02 could easily out handle and out accelerate my e38, but i think i love the e 38 for all around town driving the best.