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2012 BMW 740

$12,122 — $25,902 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.0) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Power
  • Interior quality and luxury
  • Seating comfort
  • Much-improved iDrive system
  • Impressive technology

The Bad

  • Lethargic gas pedal response in Normal mode
  • Nonlinear brakes
  • Persistent drivetrain whine
2012 BMW 740 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 BMW 740
  • Six-cylinder, V-8 and V-12 engines
  • ActiveHybrid model
  • Alpina B7 model
  • Six- or eight-speed automatics
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Regular and extended-length versions

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

BMW's flagship 7 Series is a full-size luxury sedan that competes with top-line luxury cars like the Audi A8, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The V-8-powered 750 comes in regular and extended lengths with rear- or all-wheel drive. The luxury sedan is available with four or five seats, and there's also a six-cylinder 740 as well as a V-12 760, an ActiveHybrid 750 and a performance-oriented Alpina B7.

New for 2012
All models add a standard iPod/USB adapter, sport steering wheel and a backup camera. V-8 models gain 19-inch wheels with all-season tires and a premium stereo.  In a cost-cutting move, the ActiveHybrid 750 loses its standard leather dashboard, head-up display, and active and ventilated front seats.

Exterior
The current 7 Series adopts more conservative styling than its predecessor. It's also a bit larger. The optional M Sport Package augments the exterior with more aggressive lower bodywork and darker Shadowline door and window trim. Exterior features include:

  • Extended-length versions are 5.5 inches longer
  • Aluminum roof, doors, hood and front fenders for decreased weight
  • Optional high-beam assist automatically dims high beams for oncoming drivers
  • Standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Standard adaptive headlights move with steering wheel
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Optional 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • 21-inch wheels (Alpina B7)


Interior
An array of entertainment and comfort features is available. BMW's iDrive system, which contro...

Vehicle Overview

BMW's flagship 7 Series is a full-size luxury sedan that competes with top-line luxury cars like the Audi A8, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The V-8-powered 750 comes in regular and extended lengths with rear- or all-wheel drive. The luxury sedan is available with four or five seats, and there's also a six-cylinder 740 as well as a V-12 760, an ActiveHybrid 750 and a performance-oriented Alpina B7.

New for 2012
All models add a standard iPod/USB adapter, sport steering wheel and a backup camera. V-8 models gain 19-inch wheels with all-season tires and a premium stereo.  In a cost-cutting move, the ActiveHybrid 750 loses its standard leather dashboard, head-up display, and active and ventilated front seats.

Exterior
The current 7 Series adopts more conservative styling than its predecessor. It's also a bit larger. The optional M Sport Package augments the exterior with more aggressive lower bodywork and darker Shadowline door and window trim. Exterior features include:

  • Extended-length versions are 5.5 inches longer
  • Aluminum roof, doors, hood and front fenders for decreased weight
  • Optional high-beam assist automatically dims high beams for oncoming drivers
  • Standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Standard adaptive headlights move with steering wheel
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Optional 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • 21-inch wheels (Alpina B7)


Interior
An array of entertainment and comfort features is available. BMW's iDrive system, which controls the navigation system, stereo, climate control and other functions, was revised in recent years to make it more user-friendly. Interior features include:

  • 10.2-inch dashboard screen for iDrive
  • Four-zone climate control, including independent control for rear passengers
  • Optional rear massaging and ventilated seats
  • Optional rear entertainment system with dual screens in head restraints
  • Optional head-up display
  • Optional night vision with pedestrian detection


Under the Hood
The engine lineup includes a 315-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder for the 740; a 4.4-liter V-8 for the 750, Alpina B7 and ActiveHybrid models; and a 6.0-liter V-12 with 535 hp for the 760. The V-8 produces 400 hp in the 750, 440 hp in the ActiveHybrid 750 and 500 hp in the Alpina B7. All engines have twin turbochargers. The ActiveHybrid 750 has lithium-ion batteries, which power an electric motor that assists the V-8 during acceleration.

The 750 and Alpina B7 are available with rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive, which can send up to 80 percent of power to the rear wheels if needed, keeping acceleration and handling traits similar to those of the rear-wheel-drive 7 Series. Mechanical features include:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission (six-cylinder and V-8 models)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission (ActiveHybrid 750 and V-12)
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive


Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Standard knee airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional lane departure warning system
  • Optional blind spot monitoring system

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
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Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)
(4.0)

Very reliable car

by Beemer1 from Orange on March 4, 2018

This car is almost the perfect mix between style, comfort and performance. It's really the best all around car I've ever owned. I would recommend to anyone. Read full review

(4.0)

S vs. 7-series vs. A8

by MB LOVER from Los Angeles, CA on December 25, 2011

I just got this 740 Li and here is my review. The car is long and I am having little bit of hard time to do street parking. Yet, it has a huge and log back seats that three of my children can sit ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 BMW 740 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 BMW 740 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 740 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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