The Top 10 Worst Car Redesigns Since 2000


Typically when a car gets redesigned, it gets better. An automaker has likely spent years improving its performance, styling and comfort to make car shoppers take note. A redesigned model can spark sales, and the most successful ones can change the course of an entire brand.

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However, not every redesign is a success. The editors at have come up with 10 of the worst attempts at overhauling a car since the millennium turned in 2000. And to prove first impressions count we've included some of our thoughts from the cars' original reviews that seem to still resonate today.

By David Thomas | November 11, 2014 | Comments (7)

Used BMW Prices Fall Most in September


Used-car prices continue to sink, extending a trend that began in the spring. Compared to August, average September listing prices for 2011 to 2013 model-year cars were down 1.1 percent ($250) to $22,354. Average prices have now fallen nearly $900 from the beginning of the year.

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Practically all the models with the biggest price drops this month were luxury cars, and most of these were BMWs. The brand's 7 Series full-size sedan took the top two spots, with the six-cylinder 740i down 4.7 percent ($2,266) and the V-8 750i down 4.1 percent ($2,113). The lone nonluxury model in the top 10 was the Nissan Leaf electric car, which experienced a 2.9 percent ($531) price drop.

By Mike Hanley | September 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

BMW Prices 2014 BMW 7 Series Diesel at $30 More than Audi A8 TDI


The BMW 7 Series gets its latest and likely most fuel-efficient version in the 740Ld xDrive, a first-ever U.S. diesel version of the automaker's flagship sedan. Offered in one configuration — long wheelbase with all-wheel drive — the 740Ld xDrive will join more than a dozen other versions of the 7 Series when it goes on sale this spring. The automaker will show the diesel 7 Series at February's 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

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BMW says the 740Ld xDrive starts at $83,425, including a $925 destination charge. That's $1,500 more than the gasoline-powered 740Li xDrive and just $30 more than the sole diesel version of Audi's all-wheel-drive flagship sedan, the A8 L 3.0 TDI ($83,395, including destination). If you pick the Audi, you can blow the difference on one of these. Standard and optional equipment lists are pending, but we expect that, like other versions of the 7 Series, optional equipment will send the 740Ld well into the six-figure range.

By Kelsey Mays | January 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

2013 BMW 740 Review


When you're shelling out more than $100,000 for a car, you expect to be seated in the lap of luxury. And when reviewer Aaron D. Bragman was seated in the 2013 BMW 740, he got what you'd expect. Bragman was impressed by the full-size luxury sedan's top-quality features, from its intimidating looks and efficient powertrain to its cloudlike ride and spare-no-expense interior. Read Bragman's review for more on how the 740Li he tested earns that "L" for "limousine."

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By Matt Schmitz | October 23, 2013 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Most Polarizing Cars


Maybe you love it, maybe you hate it, but almost certainly you're talking about it. Polarizing cars have that effect on people — but sometimes you just love what you love, even if seems like everyone thinks you're nuts for loving it. Sometimes that public pressure makes you love it more. There have been cars like this since the beginning of the auto industry, with the first automobiles themselves being polarizing machines. Some people thought the horseless carriage was amazing, and some thought it was blasphemy, but it certainly got attention.

We polled the editors of to decide the most polarizing cars of recent memory and tabulated the results. What's the most polarizing car?

By Aaron Bragman | September 17, 2013 | Comments (23)

Recall Alert: 2005-2008 BMW 7 Series

BMW is recalling 45,500 model-year 2005-08 versions of the 7 Series sedan because of problems with the automatic transmission, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles are equipped with the Comfort Access option and were manufactured from Aug. 23, 2004, through July 24, 2008. You can check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.

These vehicles have an electronic key and the transmission is automatically shifted to Park when the driver presses the ignition button. If the driver presses the button multiple times, the transmission could shift into Neutral instead. The vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners starting in November, but dealers will not have a software remedy until March 2013, according to NHTSA. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 29, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2005-2007 BMW 7 Series

BMW is recalling 7,485 model-year 2005-2007 versions of the 7 Series sedan due to problems with the doors' latching mechanism, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles are equipped with both the Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options and were manufactured from Aug. 23, 2004, through Sept. 3, 2007. You can check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.

"Due to a software problem, the doors may appear to be closed and latched, but, in fact, may inadvertently open," NHTSA said in a statement. This could lead to the occupants being ejected from the car and injured.

BMW will notify owners starting in November, and dealers will update the software for free. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 25, 2012 | Comments (0)

2012 BMW 7 Series, 3 Series to Get Speech-to-Text Service

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Model-year 2012 versions of the BMW 7 Series and 3 Series now have access to a sophisticated speech-dictation software, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The app, called Dragon Drive Messaging, is made by Nuance, a popular speech-recognition developer known for its software suites available on PCs and Macs.

The Dragon Drive service pairs with the driver's smartphone to allow for text-message dictation, The Wall Street Journal reports. The platform lets the driver speak, listen, edit and respond to text messages and emails, according to Information Week. It is sophisticated enough for the driver to format messages and emails, dictating the type of punctuation, new paragraphs, new lines and other formatting commands, according to Information Week.

By Colin Bird | July 12, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 BMW 7 Series: First Look

2013 BMW 7 Series

  • Competes with: Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class, Jaguar XJ, Bentley Continental
  • Looks like: BMW’s flagship gets a host of needed technology updates 
  • Drivetrain: 315-hp, turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder (740i/Li); 445-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 (750i/Li); 535-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 (760Li); 335-hp hybrid system with a 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (ActiveHybrid 7); eight-speed automatic transmission 
  • Hits dealerships: Late summer 2012

As BMW has been busy updating its more affordable models — the 3 Series, X3 and 5 Series — the 7 Series has been left to languish with older powertrains and tech features. No more, however, as the 2013 7 Series gets a host of important updates, including a new standard eight-speed automatic transmission, a new hybrid powertrain and exterior updates, among other changes.

All models now come with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, which was previously only available for the V-12 and hybrid models. Auto start/stop and brake regeneration are also standard on the 740i/Li and 750i/Li, and a self-leveling rear air suspension is now standard on all models. A new Eco Pro button can decouple the engine when the vehicle is coasting from 30 to 100 mph, increasing fuel efficiency by 20%, according to BMW.

By Colin Bird | May 25, 2012 | Comments (6)

BMW Considers an M7 Performance Vehicle

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BMW might add a performance M-version of its flagship sedan to its lineup, according to Friedrich Nitschke, president of BMW's M division, and Car and Driver. It would compete with the likes of the Audi S8 and the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.

During a Q&A session with Nitschke, Car and Driver touched on a range of topics, including the peculiarity of U.S. performance drivers' preference of manual transmission models over automatic transmissions. In Europe, the opposite is true, according to Nitschke.

Nitschke said he doesn't see M performance variants coming to BMW's new i electric car brand. He also said the company has the technical know-how to bring a diesel M 5 Series that would pass U.S. emissions standards, as well as the capacity to build a unique mid-engine performance car, exclusive to the M brand. However, neither of the vehicles are on the table as of yet.

Read more of the interview over at Car and Driver.

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By Colin Bird | April 20, 2012 | Comments (2)

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