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Photos: 2008 BMW 750i

The 2008 BMW 750i is a big sport luxury sedan that is, in many ways, everything we would expect from BMW, but it suffers from some older technology that needs an update.

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BMW's biggest luxury sedan offers European styling and performance.
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The 750i retains classic BMW styling, such as the kidney grille.
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Its 4.8-liter engine makes 360 horsepower, plenty to move this car forward. But if that's not enough for you, you can also opt for the 760i, which comes with a V-12.
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For handling, the 750i uses active stabilizer bars to keep it flat in the corners.
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The back seats of the 750i are very comfortable--this is a car worthy of a chauffer.
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BMW keeps the dashboard clean by relegating most functions to iDrive.
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The steering wheel includes buttons on the front and back for manually shifting the transmission.
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BMW keeps the climate controls handy, although you can also access them through iDrive.
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The main controller for iDrive is this knob, with a convenient menu button for getting back to the main menu screen.
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The 750i only has two real gauges, for speed and RPMs, while the fuel level is a virtual gauge.
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We like the seat controls on the side of the console. They are more conveniently placed than ones set down on the side of the seat.
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The main menu include four main functions, climate, entertainment, communication, and navigation, plus four sub-areas.
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The map resolution on the navigation system is very high.
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You can also switch the map to a 3D perspective.
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We found entering addresses with the iDrive system fairly easy. We could quickly turn the iDrive knob to get from letter to letter.
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As a throwback to last century, the available CD changer is a cartridge style system. It redeems itself by reading MP3 CDs, something the main CD player can't do.
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Browsing folders on an MP3 CD is easy with iDrive, but it doesn't have a screen that just shows you what's currently playing.
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The 750i also comes with satellite radio.
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Bluetooth cell phone integration is excellent, as the system downloads your phone book, making all contacts available on the screen.
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If you want to dial a number directly, this keypad is at the ready, concealed in the dashboard.
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You can also use iDrive to access climate controls on-screen.
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This trip computer can be set to show in the assistance screen, off to the side of the main screen.
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This park distance sensor display lets you see the location objects and their proximity to the car.
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Night vision is an extra feature in the 750i, design for dark country roads.

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