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7 Series - F01 / F02 (2009 - 2015)
The 5th generation F01/F02 BMW 7 Series flagship forum. The redesigned 7 series leads off the BMW Fxx chassis code, offering an 8 speed automatic transmission and all turbocharged engine options.

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Old 10-02-2015, 04:50 PM
Razerbeams Razerbeams is offline
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Buying a 2009 750i

I was just wondering if I get this car what would my maintenance be? I have never owned a 7-series before but I have always wanted one. It's on the low end of the depreciation curve that's why I am thinking of getting this car. I test drove it yesterday and it feels like heaven. What do you guys think?
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Old 10-02-2015, 06:05 PM
DaveZD DaveZD is offline
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I fell in love with a 2010 750i and posed the same question - here's what I learned. 2009 is the first year of the F01(normal/short wheelbase) and F02 (long wheelbase) generation of the 7 series. So typically, you want to avoid the first year to get the bugs worked out.

The BIGGER issue, is that the twin turbo V8s used in the 2009 - 2012 version of the 7 series (as well as other BMW x50i models) had major issues with the V8 - so much so that BMW (while not doing a recall) did launch a Customer Care Program (CCP). Issues can result in repair costs in the thousands of dollars - i do NOT know what % of these V8s experience the issue.

If you are going to buy the car, be sure it has been maintained, check to see if it had the CCP done AND get an extended warranty.

Personally, I'm keeping an eye out for a later year model - 2011/2012 maybe slightly better. 2013 was the facelift where they improved the engine, added the 8 speed automatic and offered available LED headlights.

Hope that helps.
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Old 10-02-2015, 07:26 PM
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wjhughes420384 wjhughes420384 is offline
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Location: Jarrettsville md
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Mein Auto: 750li, XJ8
I have a 2009 (orig owner) I have 122k miles on it. I drive it hard and actually track this car( see my other posts on that) I had to replace the turbos when I didn't cool them down after racing it on the track(I count that as my bad). I have had various bugs,(injectors) getting to 100k miles. I had the CCP done and then problems really started, took some time to get it right again( and about $6k) Since these are direct injection engines, they do not have any gas flowing over the valves to clean them, Carbon builds up. this cost me about $5k. you need to plan on this every 100k. There is a product I am going to try that claims to clean the carbon, but I don't know yet. I did end up having my tranny flushed to get rid of torque shudder(feels like a bumpy road during light acceleration). I recently purchased a service contract with endurance which will take me to 221k miles. it cost $3600 and has a limit of $12k but it sounded like a good trade to me.

2009 750Li - Space Grau Metallic, Camera pkg, Conv pkg, Driver Asst pkg, Lux Seat pkg, Lux rear seat pkg, Prem sound pkg, Sport pkg, HUD, Massaging rear seats, Smartphone integration, Sat radio, MTEC H8 4750K Halo lights
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:54 PM
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A year ago I sold my problematic 2009 750Li with 60,000km which had warranty for $32,000. You can do much better. I would avoid 2009, 2010, and 2011 models.
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Old 10-03-2015, 08:00 AM
joeyrs416 joeyrs416 is offline
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Location: Markham, Ontario, Canada
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I would go for a 5-series for now if I were you. But if you really want a 7, look for a certified 2011+ model. It has better warranty than older models and they have also been extended to 7yr/160k. Trust me. Once you start paying out of pocket for repairs, the cost will be more than if you just bought a newer model.

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Old 10-03-2015, 11:08 AM
Razerbeams Razerbeams is offline
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I might just wait a while so that I can afford a 7 that is newer and with warranty, I could do most of my own maintenance if I get an older one but it might still cost a lot. It's really sad how a car as beautiful and technologically advanced as this needs this much maintenance.
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Old 11-21-2015, 03:47 PM
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I love mine. Most of the issues I had i found the simple solutions here. You will learn so much staying close to this site. Here, your car will be in normal position. You can switch to sport and sport + but it won"t start that way.
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:32 PM
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Mein Auto: 2011 BMW 750i X Drive
I had a 2011 and loved it. I had a few issues of course but never a tranny, engine or turbo issue. A few injectors replaced, an axle part (not sure which) and some other part on the front end. All not a huge deal to me. LOVED that car. Almost bought another one, 2013, but decided to switch brands until I can afford a used G11 in 3 years. I have heard never to buy the first year of any new model, but that's just what people say and not sure if it's actually true with the 2009s. Options seem to get better with each new year so that could be an issue.
GONE (but not forgotten): 2011 BMW F01 750i. Dark grey, black interior. Anthracite headliner, M Package, 760 Quad Tips/Diffuser, PedalBox, Sport Package and a bunch of other stuff...
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Old 11-24-2015, 07:22 PM
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Loli just bought one last month (90K miles) after 2 weeks already getting Transmission rebuilt smh ..But might just be my Bad Luck
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