Here’s Why Buying An E65 BMW 7-Series Is A Bad Idea

If you’re in the market for an old luxury saloon, opting for a pre-facelifted E65 BMW 7-Series might not be the smartest purchase you could make.

In fact, the E65, especially older models, are known for their steep depreciation, poor reliability and of course their questionable appearance, which certainly hasn’t gotten better with time.

As for this video, Autotrader’s Tyler Hoover went about presenting us with the car he just bought, which is a 2005 BMW 745i, or what he calls the “most hated BMW in the USA”.

Back when it was new, this Bavarian giant cost more than $75,000, and Hoover spent just $3,400 for it – less than what you might pay for a Toyota Camry with the same model year.

The reason he bought the BMW in the first place is because unlike most E65s, it actually runs and drives very well, which is rarely the case with cars getting auctioned off. On top of that, it doesn’t even have any issues with the timing chain tensioners and the valve seals, which are common for these models.

Of course, there’s a whole bunch of other issues to address, but we’d rather you watch the video in order to let us know if you’d ever spend your hard-earned cash on a 12-year old flagship BMW.


  • willhaven

    Weirdly enough, I think the rear end of this car has aged better than the front end.

    • Bash

      That is absolutely correct.

    • Waleesa1

      I don’t get why the rear/trunk is often derided. Even today, I still appreciate it every time I see one. It doesn’t look awkward or awful to me. I suspect that many ‘hate’ it because it was popular opinion; popular because of the likes of Jeremy Clarkson.

      • TheBelltower

        The design of the rear is disjointed. That it is better than the front is hardly a compliment. This is still an ugly car.

  • TrevP

    By far my favorite 7 series.

    • RO

      I want what youre smoking bro

      • TrevP

        It’s pretty good stuff.

  • Enter Ranting

    Chris Bangle is an absolute hack.

    • Vassilis

      He designed some of the prettiest cars in BMW’s history. Now BMWs look generic. Back then they had character.

      • Enter Ranting

        He took conservative, refined, no nonsense designs and ladled on buckets full of nonsense. BMW was right to kick his overwrought, tortured designs to the curb.

        • Vassilis

          Such as? The first 1 series looks much better than the current one, the 3 series coupe of his time looks much better than the 4 series, same with the 5, the 6 and the X5. Also, the Z4 and Z4 Coupe are all-time great designs. What does BMW have to show now? It’s clear they’ve lost their way in terms of design. They’ve followed Audi in making all their cars look similar. It’s not surprising they’ve also lost ground to Merc in terms of sales. The Bangle era was BMW’s last great one.

          • TheBelltower

            No. No. And NO.

      • Astonman

        Actually he didn’t design that car – he got credit for approving that design which was done by Adrian van Hooydonk – yep… the guy who’s in charge of BMW Design now.

        • Vassilis

          Which one? In any case, that same guy doesn’t make similarly great designs now so clearly something is wrong.

          • Astonman

            The 7 series – specifically the Bangle Butt.

  • KidRed

    Hack video review. The rear isn’t that bad, the keyless push start from 2002 is used in current model Audi’s. He’s trolling or misinformed or…I dunno…

  • MMNYC18

    Aggressively unattractive car.

  • LJ

    Didn’t the gen 7 Series set a rear end design trend that continues with the Mercedes S-Class to this day?

  • GobbleUp

    Bangle Butt.
    Horrible car.
    Like most modern bmws. Ugly and heavy.

  • Kash

    with great looks comes crap reliability, this really was a rule of thumb up until recently. Things like the GT Stinger will probably look great for decades and still be more reliable than a lot of its European competitors.

  • – “most hated BMW in the USA”.

    Wrong. It’s the most hated BMW in history. Hello Bangle, you still there?

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    willhaven-u. totally right!

  • BlackPegasus

    Why do white guys in the United States wear those types of footwear? Are they boat shoes?

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