Since 1977, BMW has been producing the 7 Series, its line of full-sized luxury vehicles that have been the German automobile manufacturer's flagship cars. In 2002, it introduced the 745li to its line-up. Before it was replaced with the 750li in 2006, this car introduced the company's innovations like the first six-speed automatic transmission and the iDrive control system. However, it wasn't a perfect vehicle. Here are some of the common problems that people have encountered with BMW 745li parts and accessories:
The iDrive is BMW's computer system that allows the driver to control various components inside the vehicle. It has a screen in the dashboard and a mouse-like controller on the center console. However, it was also the first thing that a new BMW 7 Series driver had to familiarize himself with. The early iDrive versions weren't quite user-friendly, especially for overwhelmed first-timers. Described as "clusters of clutter," the hidden submenus distract and detract from the overall driving experience.
Fiddling around and becoming familiar with the iDrive system's controls aren't the only thing that new 745li owners had to do while driving the car. They also needed to read the instruction manual quite extensively because a lot of warning lights and electronic glitches have popped up. These electrical issues dashboard messages that ranged from warnings like "avoid high cornering speeds" and "avoid hard braking" to serious issues like "brake/drive failure" and "dynamic drive inactive." The experience was so varied that drivers either had to ignore the messages or call their dealers to ask for some roadside assistance.
Despite being redesigned for the new generation, the BMW 7 Series cars (including the 745li) received mixed reviews about their new looks. Because they were two inches taller and more than an inch longer and wider than their predecessors, the 7 Series cars looked heavier and it seemed as if their proportions were all wrong. The rear half of the model-variants, in particular, might have a larger trunk, but it doesn't impress with its L-shaped tail lights. But, no matter how long it took for them to get used to the new lines, 745li drivers appreciated BMW's attention to aerodynamics.