E38 Facelift 750i V12 Ownership

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    I had the 750i delivered yesterday. After looking initially for a 740i I came across this lovely example thanks to Slim Boy Fat. The car was based in Northern Ireland and after much consideration and great advice from fellow BMWLanders I decided to take the plunge into V12 ownership

    The car arrived on a 60ft transporter, which was so big it couldn't even get into the street so was offloaded around the corner. It was filthy, having endured a lengthy trip on a ferry and from Liverpool to West Yorkshire.

    The first thing was to get it properly cleaned up, so I picked up a set of essentials to start the work on making it mine...

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    Autoglym shampoo & Autoglym Surface Detailing Clay Kit containing a clay bar, rapid deailer and super resin polish.
    It was my first experience of claying a car and the paintwork really needed it. It now feels silky smooth and getting years of pollutants off the body felt good. The polish is great and gives a deep lustre to the paint.

    Now then... some pics of how she looks following many hours spent today cleaning, claying and polishing

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    The style 95s suit the car perfectly and sit very well on virtually new tyres all round. The seller sent two used part worns for future use if necessary.

    The interior is the highlight, Pearl Beige multi contour sport seats with black piping. The leather has aged really well and still feels tight and refined. It will however will need a proper detail at some point. I went over it with some wipes and used a cleaner and conditioner to freshen it all up.

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    The 750i also comes with the inlaid wood option which looks superb and is a real bespoke touch to the fantastic interior.

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    Suprisingly, it appears this is a BMW Individual car, which from the spec sheet related to the interior and wood inlays.

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    The spec list is comprehensive and includes:

    - Cosmos Black paint
    - DSP Audio 4:3 On Board monitor with - - - 6CD changer and Navigation
    - Self levelling suspension
    - Sunroof
    - Electronic damper control
    - Pearl Beige Multi Contour Sport Seats
    - Servotronic steering
    - Intensive headlight cleaning
    - Xenon projector headlights
    - Electric blind rear
    - Rear manual blinds
    - Rear electric headrests
    - Shadow Line
    - Double glazed windows
    - Heated seats front/rear
    - Electric rear seating
    - M leather steering wheel
    - Car telephone GSM

    The engine is a beast of a thing, it starts like nothing I've ever experienced and I've driven everything from lambos to ferrari, aston martin etc but never experienced the drama and turbine like start up. The car moves with minimal fuss and gently pressing the accelerator delivers a creamy experience of naturally aspirated V12 goodness that never feels wanting. The exhaust is stock and a little too quiet for my liking, so will be replaced with a quad system in the future. The F02 750Li had custom exhausts and a nice V12 growl is the only thing missing from the auditory experience. Getting into 3000rpm+ changes the sound significantly to a surging roar that is definitely addictive. I better get the pipes done, if only for the mpg I'll save!

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    So a great first 24hrs with my new 7 series. It really feels like a flagship BMW and has that wow factor. I had neighbours who own 2016 S Classes and new 420d convertibles coming over and admiring the car and commenting on how good it looks, which is nice.

    I'll maintain this thread as ownership continues.

    For now a couple of things on the 'to do' list:

    - 1 x rear parking sensor to replace
    - A Bluetooth solution so I can make calls and listen to music from an android device while keeping the head unit stock.

    Glad to be back in a BMW, and what a machine it is.

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    Testament to the test of time, still looks very classy on the outside and very luxurious inside
    Can only imagine the engine sound,
    Certainly has the wow! Factor
     
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    Looks fab! (y)

    The interior looking particularly special and opulent.
     
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    looks like a great buy(y) enjoy your new new beast:)
     
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    Always loved the look of the E38 ever since my boss got one back in the days when I lived in Germany. Looks like you've got yourself a cracking example.... Do please keep us informed of the ownership experience. I hope it serves you well!
     
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    Stunning car, I'm very jealous! :p :oops: o_O

    I know it's been looked after, but give the suspension and cooling system a very good going over and also get the footbrake system checked, as these have a habit of just going!

    A once over the brakes won't do it any harm either, it's a big land barge!

    One of the best upgrades I found on my E38 was stainless lines with more aggressive pads (EBC REDSTUFF) etc...

    Will keep an eye on this thread... You jammy sod (y) :notworthy: ;)
     
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    That is one seriously nice car. Congratulations and all the best with it.

    I can still remember hearing a V12 750 start up in a car park and glide past me with a deep burble. Impressive. Every drive will be an occasion - and why not? You only live once.

    In addition to the wood inlay you have the full leather. Standard on the V12 and a rare option otherwise.
     
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    Beautiful - just beautiful. I'm not normally a fan of such old cars, but that is a stunner and the interior looks sumptuous and decadent. :love:

    We need a sound clip of the V12 uploaded! :whistle:

    All the very best with it. A brave move for sure, but as Harry said - you only live once. Well done that man! (y)
     
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    ... with double glazing!... must be a serene experience, lovely car, many happy miles ahead (y)
     
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    That is lovely (y)..
     
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    Looks like I'm getting the blame for this......:cool: :D

    That is one seriously beautiful machine, I'm looking forward to the updates as and when. (y) ENJOY!!
     
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    A beautiful car - they don't build them like that any more - and they sound magnificent.
     
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    Maybe a good idea to get some LSP on it to seal and protect that shine you ve built up , Wax or Sealant , Autoglym EGP would be good since you ve used all there products on it already , or HD Wax .
     
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    +1 for the Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection.
     
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    Congratulations on the purchase; the interior looks stunning. Must be a nice place to spend time - even when you are stationary!

    Enjoy.
     
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    Being really critical here, but in a very good way.
    They really don't make them like they used to, I've zoomed into the front etc and looked at the paintwork & interior, that car is in unbelievable condition.
    The F series suffers greatly from road grazing and chipping on the front, behind the wheels on the plastics where within a relatively short period of time, (not just mine but many forecourt cars I've looked at too) they show gravel rash, where as this car still looks pristine
    Granted it's relative to driving conditions, though in comparison to mine the paintwork around these areas appear far superior, though I gather that's due to changes in building methods and mass producing and painting techniques used today.
    Certainly looks a keeper, there is one in similar condition around where I stay, even today amongst the surrounding cars it still looks pristine fresh and a notch above most others!
    Seeing this does bring me back to my E34 days, how I loved that car, the drive was sublime with a deep throaty GTF out my way roar! when pushed though ordinarily it was seventh heaven to potter around in and equally poised and balanced.
    Though It also gave me a flash back to the bird poo removal aka scourer pad on the bonnet by the wife to be, thinking she was doing good washing before I came home (she's honestly, never washed a car since now adopting the rain washes and sun dries technique) , which was my reasoning for selling, I just mentioned to her and the memory of my reaction is still vivid haha!

    Out of curiousity, what's the mileage ?
     
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    The E66 was as well if not better built than any E38 I sampled but things did seem to take a dive with the F01. Both the E38 and E66 had bank vault build, the E66 IMO being more solid while the E38 was better padded. As far as chipping and fading goes I think it depends on a lot of things. My E38 chipped easier than my E66 - the former being red and the latter being silver, which may have had a lot to do with it. A car that age is always going to give it up easier than a younger one through exposure to more temperature extremes and UV. Unless it's had a recent respray.
     
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    Thanks for all the positive comments chaps

    I took the E38 to the office today, a mixture of 10 miles local roads and 35 motorway. It felt well planted and balanced, with the familiar cruise control working well. The noise of that engine when entering slip roads is addictive

    Good point about getting the polish sealed with a decent wax. I'll look at getting the AG Extra Gloss Protection.

    I was surprised the paint came out so well after the wash, clay & polish. Wish I'd taken a 'before' pic just to show how much virtually invisible grime had given the paint a faded and dated look.

    It is of course an 18 year old car, with some stonechips on the front end and a few minor dents around the body. A bit of bubbling on the lower edge of the drivers door. Nothing catastrophic thankfully and I can live with the imperfections for now. I'll get it all sorted in good time.

    It definitely is a good example and I consider myself lucky to have it. Once the honeymoon period subsides I'll no doubt have a list of stuff to get done including the above mentioned brakes, suspension etc. At the moment the brakes feel strong and there are no knocks present.

    I have to sit down and read the manual - to start to really get an in depth look at all the functions.

    I always enjoy this stage of car ownership. Getting to 'know' a new car is great fun.

    Thanks again all
     
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    See, having been out and about in the recent 5 series cars inc the E60, and the recent 7 series inc the E66 and F01 series, I think that the E38 and E39 were the last of the decent build BMW's... The rest from there just come across as too plasticky and just not bolted together as well, IMO

    But it's all about individual perception etc!
     
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    The E60 looked awfully badly built, particularly inside. However, the E39 was relatively fragile. Radiators, washer hoses, water pumps, gearboxes, pixelitis, front wheel shimmy, handbrakes...... I'd still have one before I so much as glanced at an E60, if for nothing else than the superior driving dynamics, but my memories although good, are not rose tinted. The E38 wasn't perfect either but it was so luxuriously padded and a good place to spend time in.
     

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