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What Gives BMW Series 7 Such a Bad Rap?

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Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that the BMW Series 7 line of automobiles has been critically panned across the board.

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What gives it such a bad rap?

A combination of multiple factors is the best answer. This includes styling that left many car enthusiasts cold, general poor handling, and below-average performance. Used models, in particular, are not a good value for the money.

Clunky Styling

BMW Series 7 models for 2001-2008 featured controversial design. In an article detailing “15 New Cars to Avoid,” Forbes called its styling “languid” and said it “just didn’t feel as sporty as earlier renditions.” Jason Siu of also says that these BMWs suffer from something called “Bangle Butt.” This is a humorous reference to BMW designer Chris Bangle, who designed the infamous bulging deck lid on the trunk of many BMW models. This feature was considered ugly by most in the industry when it first debuted, although recently, people have marginally warmed up to the design.

Below-Average Performance and Unreliability

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Consumer Reports called the BMW Series 7’s handling “ungainly,” according to Forbes. In addition to this is a long list of criticisms and problems. Consumer Reports includes it on their list of worst-scoring cars, as well as the lists for cars with the worst value and highest operating costs. J.D. Power gave it a below average performance score, and even worse, Consumer Reports bashed the BMW Series 7 further by putting it on their “Top 20 Used Cars to Avoid” list.

BMW even had to buy back some vehicles in 2002 and 2003 due to problems that kept cropping up. They went as far as extending the warranties on models from these years, upping them from 4 years/50,000 miles to 6 years/100,000 miles, according to writer Jason Siu.

The Good News

Luckily, BMW’s newest iterations of Series 7 models for 2016 are far and away surpassing their predecessors. BMW has continually tweaked some features and upgraded others to please customers and car aficionados. Joe Trialongo for Autotrader outlines major changes up to 2009. 2006 saw the most in regard to style and performance: styling upgrades for both the interior and exterior were added, with a wider rear track. The iDrive system was additionally revised that year.

The 2016 BMW Series 7 models are extremely well-reviewed. Car and Driver, for instance, gave the 7 Series 4.5 out of 5 stars. These cars have come a long way from the ubiquitous models from 2001-2008.

Calling All BMW Owners

If you live in the Las Vegas area and own a BMW, come visit Desert Oasis Auto Repair. We’re having a special on service for these particular models and will give you great value for your money. This includes expert knowledge as well as superb service. We know luxury cars and are ready to assist you, so contact us today.