BMW’s second attempt at a luxury saloon was more polished, yet less appealing than its predecessor. It bristled with up-to-the-second technology such as a check computer and fuel injection in the top models, but some of the driving immediacy of the previous model was lost thanks to ballooning dimensions. Treated to a mid-life facelift that standardised engine management and improved efficiency and driveability, but it still lacked warmth. Few remain today, but one to look out for the is the Europe-only 745i model, powered by a 3.2-litre turbocharged power unit.
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Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs
Independent, semi-trailing arms, coil springs