The dimensions of the BMW 745i were unchanged between 2003 and 2004. The car measured 198 inches long, 74.9 inches wide and 58.7 inches tall. It sat on a 117.7-inch wheelbase, which measured 62.4 inches wide at the front track and 62.6 inches wide at the rear. Its curb weight was a hefty 4,376 pounds. The big BMW's trunk offered a generous 18 cubic feet of cargo space, even with the full-size spare stowed under the carpeting. Its overall interior volume was 122 cubic feet. It came with 18- by 8-inch alloy wheels. For 2004, a new wheel design and optional run-flat tires were offered.
Behold the state of the art in 21st-century personal transportation. Okay, so it's not a ballistic jet pack that burns Weetabix, but the BMW 745i is pretty significant all the same. On the imaginary timeline connecting the automobiles of today with the ballistic jet packs of ... whenever, the 745i may be remembered as the point when the levers, wheels, and pedals that have tangled up interiors for 100 years began their evolutionary ascension into the single red button.
Like most luxury vehicles, the BMW 745i has experienced significant depreciation over the years. While owning a full-size German luxury sedan for less than the cost of a new economy car is very appealing, keep in mind that repair and maintenance costs can be substantial. Kelley Blue Book reports that, as of 2014, a used 2003 BMW 745i in good condition will set you back $6,410 to $6,960. Expect a 2004 model in similar condition to go for $7,000 to $7,575.
Having a claimed weight at the kerb of 1945 kg, the BMW 745i can dispense with the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.7 seconds and the quarter mile from rest in 15.2 seconds.
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