2005 BMW 745

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Key Specs

of the 2005 BMW 745. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    325-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Stability
  • Interior space
  • Refinement

The Bad

  • Complex controls
  • Controversial styling
  • Ride on rough surfaces with optional tires
  • Price

Notable Features of the 2005 BMW 745

  • 325-hp V-8
  • iDrive control system
  • Luxury amenities
  • Two body lengths
  • Distinctive appearance

2005 BMW 745 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Introduced during 2002, the fourth generation of BMW's largest series comes in regular- and long-wheelbase forms as the 745i and 745Li, respectively. BMW also offers its full-size sedans with V-12 power as the 760i and 760Li.

Adaptive headlights are standard for 2005; they move with the steering wheel to enhance night vision through curves. Offered as new options this year are a Rear Entertainment Package with an iDrive controller and six-DVD player, as well as Comfort Access, which features keyless entry, exit and operation. Park Distance Control is now standard.

The styling on these cars departs from BMW tradition, especially at the rear end. The innovative iDrive control system has drawn both praise and consternation; it places access to the most-used controls via a rotary-dial controller on the console. iDrive has sometimes been hailed as a high-tech wonder, but it's also been denounced as a complicated and unnecessary technological achievement.

BMW's six-speed-automatic transmission operates with shift-by-wire technology and an unconventional electronic control system. An optional Adaptive Ride Package includes electronic damping control and a self-leveling rear suspension.


Exterior
Available only with rear-wheel drive, the 7 Series comes in two sizes. The 745i rides a 117.7-inch wheelbase and measures 198 inches long overall. Its extended-length 745Li sibling gets a 123.2-inch wheelbase and stretches to 203.5 inches long overall.

Styling el...
Vehicle Overview
Introduced during 2002, the fourth generation of BMW's largest series comes in regular- and long-wheelbase forms as the 745i and 745Li, respectively. BMW also offers its full-size sedans with V-12 power as the 760i and 760Li.

Adaptive headlights are standard for 2005; they move with the steering wheel to enhance night vision through curves. Offered as new options this year are a Rear Entertainment Package with an iDrive controller and six-DVD player, as well as Comfort Access, which features keyless entry, exit and operation. Park Distance Control is now standard.

The styling on these cars departs from BMW tradition, especially at the rear end. The innovative iDrive control system has drawn both praise and consternation; it places access to the most-used controls via a rotary-dial controller on the console. iDrive has sometimes been hailed as a high-tech wonder, but it's also been denounced as a complicated and unnecessary technological achievement.

BMW's six-speed-automatic transmission operates with shift-by-wire technology and an unconventional electronic control system. An optional Adaptive Ride Package includes electronic damping control and a self-leveling rear suspension.


Exterior
Available only with rear-wheel drive, the 7 Series comes in two sizes. The 745i rides a 117.7-inch wheelbase and measures 198 inches long overall. Its extended-length 745Li sibling gets a 123.2-inch wheelbase and stretches to 203.5 inches long overall.

Styling elements follow BMW tradition and include the familiar twin-kidney grille and a reverse kink in the C-pillar. Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights operate with both high and low beams. Standard tires are 18 inches in diameter, but 19-inchers are optional.


Interior
In both regular and long forms, the 7 Series seats up to five occupants. The driver gets a 14-way power seat with microperforated leather upholstery. Comfort seats with a 20-way adjustment and articulated backrests are standard in the 745Li and optional in the 745i.

Standard features on both models include a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, a navigation system, automatic climate control and a 10-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer. Sirius Satellite Radio is optional.


Under the Hood
BMW's 4.4-liter V-8 cranks out 325 horsepower. The six-speed-automatic transmission works with adaptive technology.

Safety
Antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and BMW's Head Protection System are standard. Rear-seat side-impact airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
Because these sedans are packed with so much technology, a first-time driver needs some preliminary instruction. The drive-by-wire throttle doesn't feel especially strange, but the electronically operated steering does. Staying in your lane demands more attention than usual until you get used to the unconventional steering feel; once acquainted, it imparts a highly secure sensation.

Some drivers love the complex, nonintuitive iDrive control system, but many dislike it intensely.

Ride comfort is satisfying, but the optional 19-inch tires may jostle passengers when riding on rougher roads. BMW's 7 Series is a serious road machine and has always been among the most luxurious models on the market. Its ability to slice through curves considerably faster than expected, with no hint of body lean, is a welcome bonus.



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Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love these cars all my life my 5th bmw

by Bavautofan from Springfield on February 21, 2018

Absoulutely beautiful. BMW really knows how to make cars. I don't see my self driving anything less! Read full review

(5.0)

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by jamesdotson1367 from Houston TX on January 26, 2018

BMW 745 has all the uptodate features you need it drives and ride very stout and glaides Im handicap and i can get in and out of the BMW very easily I need alote of leg room and there is more than ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 BMW 745 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 BMW 745 has not been tested.

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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 745 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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