2010 BMW 750

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2010 BMW 750
2010 BMW 750

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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
  • High price

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2010 BMW 750 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 400-hp, twin-turbo V-8
  • 535-hp, twin-turbo V-12 (760)
  • Six- or eight-speed (760) automatics
  • All-wheel drive now available
  • Regular and extended-length versions
  • Multiple driving modes

2010 BMW 750 review: Our expert's take

By David Thomas

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

As the 2010 7 Series ebbs into the 2011 with few changes, I spent some time driving the 750Li xDrive. That’s BMW’s long-wheelbase, all-wheel-drive version of its flagship sedan.

While I was impressed with the standard-length 750i with rear-wheel drive, the 750Li’s added length and weight sapped any excitement from the driving experience.

Luckily, backseat passengers are cocooned in a level of automotive opulence you don’t routinely find under the six-figure mark.

As a person who routinely chauffeurs and rarely rides in the backseat, I couldn’t recommend any car that so heavily favors the rider instead of the driver.

What Li Gets You
I’m not sure who will be shopping for a long-wheelbase 7 Series. Overseas, they’re the executive car of choice, allowing busy CEOs a space to decompress between board meetings. Perhaps there are enough of these power brokers in the U.S. as well, because I can’t imagine any affluent parent wanting to pamper even the most spoiled child with backseat digs that are far superior to the driver’s in terms of plushness and technological gadgetry.

My test car had option packages checked off en masse. Besides the somewhat pedestrian seat-mounted dual LCD screens that can play a variety of media sources, from DVDs to iPods, there are automatic sunshades on the windows so you can watch a movie even when it’s sunny. No matter what you’re doing back there, though, the seats are what transform a ride in the 750Li into a luxurious undertaking.

Our tester had upgraded rear seats with ventilation, electronic adjustment and a massage feature. Yes, massaging seats. The giant head restraints felt softer than the four pillows I use in my bed. If I had to be chauffeured cross-country, I think I’d be just fine back there.

Driving
I’d feel a bit bad for the driver on that trip, though. While the 400-horsepower, turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine is relatively sprightly in the 750i, I thought it was a bit of a laggard while towing all the additional weight that comes with the 750Li’s longer wheelbase and xDrive all-wheel-drive system hardware. All of the driving comfort Mike Hanley mentioned in his review of the 2009 750i is still there, but I found the experience a bit numbing. That may be good for some large luxury sedans, but probably not ones adorned with the letters B, M and W.

The front seats are nearly as comfortable as the rear ones, but the massage feature works just your thighs — and buttocks, I must add — to keep the driver alert.

It’s not a pleasant sensation.

Cargo
The trunk is decently sized, but not as big as you’d expect in a car this mammoth. At 14 cubic feet, it fit our department’s standard-size golf bags that we test in every car, but my personal oversized bag and modern driver (the club, not the chauffeur) wouldn’t fit lengthwise. That means most foursomes wouldn’t be able to load their gear into the 750Li. The trunk is 2.3 cubic feet smaller than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class’, and it’s a little smaller than the new Jaguar XJL’s trunk, which measures 15.2 cubic feet. 

Safety
The 750Li is outfitted with a full array of airbags, including front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags for both rows, and knee airbags. The previous-generation 7 Series offered rear side-impact airbags, but this one doesn’t. It seems an oversight in a car so focused on addressing the needs of backseat passengers.

Advanced features — like adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system, blind spot detection, and even a night-vision feature — are optional.

750Li in the Market
Our 750Li’s as-tested price of $104,000 may make your eyes bulge, but the car is a luxurious limousine that’s still a sizable chunk of change less than a Bentley Continental Flying Spur, which starts at $177,600 — and it’s a lot less ostentatious to boot.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 3.2
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 3.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Who buys a car with more than 100K ?

Read alot of reviews from unhappy people who bought this car. Mine runs great but it has only 40K on it. I will trade it b4 it has 100k. If you buy a car with over 100k on it, you're not too bright. How can you expect everything to function perfectly if it's over ten years old and has over 100k on it? Don't blame the car! If you do due diligence before your purchase and research it you're less likely to have problems down the road. I don't have any sympathy for people who blindly buy a car that costs over $100k new and haven't got the money to support its maintenance costs. Yes, it's super expensive to service if you have engine issues...but not if you minimize the risk by buying one with LOW mileage!! Come on guys....use your noggin!

3.7

Worst car ive ever owned

This is the worst bmw ever made. Please do not waste your time and money on this car. The amount of money ive put in this car for maintenance adds up to the amount ive bought it for. Please dont buy this .

3.4

Most Beautiful and Unreliable Car I Ever Owned

This car rides, handles and accelerates like you expect from a 400 HP BMW flagship vehicle. It is second-to-none in luxury and performance. However, from front grill to taillights this car requires constant repairs. I have a pre-owned 2010 and have had it for 32 months. The alternator, crankcase ventilation lines, trunk latch, lower front control arms and air suspension compressor have been replaced twice. The valve cover gaskets, rear main seal, both rear air struts, oil level sensor, upper front control arms and sway bar links have all been replaced once. Plus the engine generates a lot of heat which degrades all the rubber and plastic cooling lines and tanks which have all been replaced. Also, it uses a lot of oil which requires constant top offs. Then there are the normal maintenance items such as front and rear brakes, spark plugs and coils, air filters (2 of them), cabin filters, light bulbs, etc. If you buy one of these cars make sure you have as much money set aside for maintenance and repairs as you pay for it. You're going to need it.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
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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