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2005 BMW 760

$16,995 — $16,995 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Stability
  • Backseat space
  • Refinement

The Bad

  • Complex controls
  • Controversial styling
  • Price

What to Know

about the 2005 BMW 760
  • 438-hp V-12
  • RWD layout
  • iDrive control system
  • Luxury amenities
  • Distinctive appearance

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Following the debut of BMW's redesigned V-8-powered flagship 745i sedan in 2002, a rear-wheel-drive 760Li companion with a V-12 engine arrived during the 2003 model year. Loaded with technical advances, the 6.0-liter V-12 develops 438 horsepower.

Both the long-wheelbase 760Li and a standard-length 760i sedan are available for 2005. Standard adaptive headlights move with the front wheels to enhance night vision through curves. A Rear Entertainment System with a six-DVD changer and an iDrive controller and a Comfort Access system with keyless entry, exit and operation, are new options.

The six-speed adaptive automatic transmission uses shift-by-wire technology and is controlled with a selector behind the steering wheel. Manual gear changes can be made.

BMW's iDrive system places access to the most-used controls via a rotary dial between the front seats. An electronic parking brake is used, and available Active Cruise Control can maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead. "We actually don't want to sell a car to a person who has no interest in technology," said Tom Purves, chairman and chief executive officer of BMW North America.


Exterior
The 760's styling is virtually identical to that of the 745, which has been praised by some for its freshness yet faulted by others � especially for the rear-end's shape. Design elements follow BMW tradition and include the familiar twin-kidney grille, four headlights and a reverse kink in the C-pillar...
Vehicle Overview
Following the debut of BMW's redesigned V-8-powered flagship 745i sedan in 2002, a rear-wheel-drive 760Li companion with a V-12 engine arrived during the 2003 model year. Loaded with technical advances, the 6.0-liter V-12 develops 438 horsepower.

Both the long-wheelbase 760Li and a standard-length 760i sedan are available for 2005. Standard adaptive headlights move with the front wheels to enhance night vision through curves. A Rear Entertainment System with a six-DVD changer and an iDrive controller and a Comfort Access system with keyless entry, exit and operation, are new options.

The six-speed adaptive automatic transmission uses shift-by-wire technology and is controlled with a selector behind the steering wheel. Manual gear changes can be made.

BMW's iDrive system places access to the most-used controls via a rotary dial between the front seats. An electronic parking brake is used, and available Active Cruise Control can maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead. "We actually don't want to sell a car to a person who has no interest in technology," said Tom Purves, chairman and chief executive officer of BMW North America.


Exterior
The 760's styling is virtually identical to that of the 745, which has been praised by some for its freshness yet faulted by others � especially for the rear-end's shape. Design elements follow BMW tradition and include the familiar twin-kidney grille, four headlights and a reverse kink in the C-pillar. Noticeable styling touches on the 760Li include extra-wide rear doors, chrome-plated roof strips and chrome inserts in the bumpers.

Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights operate with both high and low beams. An "eyebrow" turn signal appears above each headlight cluster, and a high-pressure headlight cleaning system is installed.

Built on a 123.2-inch wheelbase, the 760Li stretches to 203.5 inches long overall, versus 117.7 and 198 inches for the 760i sedan. An aluminum suspension with Active Roll Stabilization is intended to reduce body roll. The self-leveling rear suspension uses air springs.


Interior
Like the V-8-powered 745, the 760 seats up to five occupants. Because the 760Li has a longer wheelbase, backseat occupants enjoy an additional 5.5 inches of legroom for limousinelike accommodations. Its wider door openings ease entry and exit. The door openings are infinitely variable rather than fitted with specific stops.

The 760Li can be equipped with optional, separate automatic air conditioning and a cooling box for beverages. An electronically controlled sunblind for the rear window and a Logic7 stereo system are standard. Sirius Satellite Radio is optional.


Under the Hood
BMW's 6.0-liter aluminum V-12 produces 438 hp and teams with an adaptive six-speed-automatic transmission that includes a manual-shift provision.

Safety
Antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and BMW's Head Protection System are standard. Knee airbags for front occupants are also installed. Rear-seat side-impact airbags are offered as an option. BMW's automatic parking brake feature prevents rolling in stop-and-go traffic.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(5.0)

Just The Best & Rarest , 2005 BMW 760 i

by Pavlin from Allentown, PA on June 24, 2018

Before I bought my 2005 760 i with 12 cylinders engine & 438 HP, I owned two 745 i with 8 cylinders and 325 HP . For many years I always been told by the dealers and mechanics, that to stay away from ... Read full review

(5.0)

its its a bang for ur buck!!

by moe money from brooklyn on April 12, 2010

when they see this car they think 745 but when they get and or here that engine ppl go crazy this isnt a toy its a bosses car love it to death get u one asap.. Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2005 BMW 760 currently has 4 recalls


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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 760 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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