The BMW 750iL Was BMW's V12 Flagship Luxury Sedan From 30 Years Ago

The E32 BMW 750iL was BMW's flagship luxury sedan from 30 years ago -- and it was the first V12-powered luxury sedan in this segment. Today I'm reviewing the 750iL, and I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of a special BMW luxury sedan -- then I'm going to drive the 750iL and review the BMW 750iL driving experience.
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  • What is the thing with ...cupholders? How many drinks do you in USA take while driving? How many times do you spill Coke into your 2000$ leather seats? Just wondering

    André PessoaAndré PessoaDag sedan
  • HOw about getting the car detailed before the review? The interior is covered with filth!

    Adam RAdam R2 dagar sedan
  • To the left of the gear selector on some of these cars was a switch with 3 options. E or A and S and M. M being manual, and E or A being the economy mode. S had different shift patterns and was the "sport" mode. In a car such as the one being shown here to go from E to S while driving simply drop the car down into 3rd while in the automotic mode. The display in the dash will also show an "S".

    JT MinerJT Miner2 dagar sedan
  • made in japan does sound like more quality then made in china would've been in the 80's fyi. Of course like that contact slip, china has come a long way in technology lmao. Also page 119 of the manual, this car does have cup holders. There are holders for two beverage containers in a tray in the center console (below the infotainment, push in pop out design) as well as in the face of the rear seat bench near the center seat position. To open, press against the upper recess; apply pressure and slide back to close (where you were resting your arm the whole time, in many 1990 luxury vehicles, that middle seat folded down because it opens up into a storage compartment with cup holders.) Only reason i looked it up.

    Tuzki PlusTwoTuzki PlusTwo3 dagar sedan
  • Imagine buying a BMW today that manages to outlive the warranty.

    Jan ŽižkaJan Žižka4 dagar sedan
  • so in e38 750il review Doug mentioned that it has rear electric seats but on this one which is older generation and makes it more impressive feature, he doesn't. LOL

    Arnas DreArnas Dre4 dagar sedan
  • We had one and i learnd how to properly drive a car in this one when i was 12 years old lol It had so many problems but omg it was amazing we had an automatic one wich had to boost buttons one one the gear and one ander the gas pedle

    Diari_StudyDiari_Study5 dagar sedan
  • Mine still has the factory first aid kit unopened and intact

    Ruari FoleyRuari Foley6 dagar sedan
  • 750 luxury and all such, but does it have signalling lights / blinkers? that would be new

    YulieArtYulieArt6 dagar sedan
  • S is probably for Superstarkesfrontscheibereinigungsspritzsystem

    YulieArtYulieArt6 dagar sedan
  • Stark and Schlimm are German synonyms for intense. Could that be why its an ‘S’ on the wiper stalk? Just a guess. The cigarette lighter coming out at an angle also helps when attaching adapters. Some would be difficult to connect otherwise.

    DS RaiDS Rai7 dagar sedan
  • steve harrington had the model before this one right

    DainDain8 dagar sedan
  • It’s leaking

    cvpugacvpuga9 dagar sedan
  • Legend has it that Mercedes heard BMW were releasing a V12 with 300hp and said "screw them, well make one with 300kW", hence the 408hp unit in early W140 S600s.

    energymc22energymc229 dagar sedan
  • Climate control wheels that look like oreos... LMAO

    Jake GianinoJake Gianino10 dagar sedan

    Cole BrownCole Brown12 dagar sedan
  • 14:30 google "car typography", it's not because of money, it's a design tradition. 17:20 normal way for all BMWs of that day

    RΛINDΛNCERΛINDΛNCE15 dagar sedan
  • I like your channel Doug! I´m 43 years old and from Germany. When i was a child my father owned two S-classes in the eighties. A W116 (280S) and a W126 (280SE). Later he bought this E32 750iL. At their time all these cars where somehow the King of the Autobahn. When i was 19 i was allowed to drive the 750. At least in my memories this was the fastest car in the universe;). Sadly i have no comparison to the 560 merc but i think performancewise the BMW was better, somehow build for another how to say sporty or elegant audience. Remembering the W126, this car was kinda better build, more quality, never something broken (would´nt say that about the BMW;). There´s a German saying that BMW means "Bring mich Werkstatt". It means bring me to the auto repair shop.

    Friedrich HaaseFriedrich Haase15 dagar sedan
  • Notice the oil leak by the front drivers wheel

    john Woolfordjohn Woolford16 dagar sedan
    • Its ac condensation

      RC NationRC Nation10 dagar sedan
    • There is no leak...

      RC NationRC Nation10 dagar sedan
  • When you drive the cars.. it would have been nice if the camera angle was from back to front..

    vladito80vladito8016 dagar sedan
  • S = super.. Daaaaa super-window cleaning.. Super auf deutch is like intensive on english hahah

    vladito80vladito8016 dagar sedan
  • This car has a lot of miles 180,000 a TON he says 180,000 is nothing he would have a stroke at my 93 honda accord with almost 500,000 miles lmao 🤣 😂 🤣

    Greg SmeltzerGreg Smeltzer17 dagar sedan
  • Do a 🦎 review !!!

    NeclarNeclar21 dag sedan
  • Doug: be sure too cheak out Cars and bids

    Osc7Even GuyOsc7Even Guy21 dag sedan
  • 7:05 It stands for scheinwerfer which means headlights in German 7:45 it tilts to be more reachable 8:05 actually it's very useful to choose the amount of dimming 8:45 it's for space saving/tilting for easy reach, after all it's just a $0.10 plastic path for a nice touch 14:00 saying that it was for money saving is pretty bad argument. This was the writing style of that BMW era, in fact in some models the letters were in mounted ON a plastic panel and then on the car and still the letters were connected so if they wanted to save money they would neither put them on the panel nor connect them Giving 6/10 on a 30 year European vehicle, which tiniest interior plastic piece probably costed BMW more than Tesla's interior plastics in total, is at least hillarious. Not to mention that you don't even hear a cracking noise after all that time. I hope not all Americans have this pour appreciation for quality vehicles like this

    panos papadopoulospanos papadopoulos22 dagar sedan
  • Doug, one of the German acronyms for BMW is Bei Mercedes Weggeschmissen, which means "Thrown Away at Mercedes". So much fun to hear Mercedes Benz had to re-engineer the S- class to catch up. I'm betting they wish they hadn't thrown it about.

    Bosmer From CanadaBosmer From Canada22 dagar sedan
  • I’m actually getting the 1992 model today for 2 grand had to kinda check it out before I go get it

    Hunter EllisHunter Ellis23 dagar sedan
  • The alcoholic community conformably kill because donald microcephaly agree but a labored perch. faint fair, vengeful broccoli

    Demi ElizabethDemi Elizabeth23 dagar sedan
  • I would have cleaned the power lumbar switches for the video..

    cblizz730cblizz73028 dagar sedan
  • My first car crush besides the W140.

    renloh077renloh07728 dagar sedan
  • european automatics have almost allways had a manual mode, so that you can drive in winter in a higher gear

    RobRob29 dagar sedan
  • That cd changer has the same exact cartridge as my pioneer home cd changer!

    Littlelewie151Littlelewie151Månad sedan
  • Doug, Why so German-centric? Jaguar made the XJ12 (V12) Sedan from 1973-1996. In 1991 the XJ12 was 285 horsepower, so definately a comparible car to this German thing.

    stephanie laylonstephanie laylonMånad sedan
  • Doug is the type of guy to eat the fan speed dials when he is hungry

    Cool WorldCool WorldMånad sedan
  • Fun part of own a old bmw v12 is fine OEM parts are no loner available to keep on road they don't even have oem tires size

    Nogood UsernameNogood UsernameMånad sedan
  • V12 of that time is basically two 2.5 I6, which were produced for 5er and 3er, sticked together. If I recall correctly almost all engine electrical is doubled, two ECUs and so on. Very tricky to maintain. But peak of the engineering of that era.

    Petr ŠrajbPetr ŠrajbMånad sedan
  • If you have a short driver and nobody in the passengers seat the back would be like a living room.

    K JK JMånad sedan
  • Doug is awesome. So knowledgeable and informative. Pre-1995 BMW's are great. Good quality. I had a 2006 X5 and it was the biggest piece of junk I've ever owned.

    Jake TJake TMånad sedan
  • All i see here is the same piece of shit doorhandles as on my E36 and E34

    Placeholder NamePlaceholder NameMånad sedan
  • first mainstream v12? that goes to jaguar

    JackJackMånad sedan
  • Don't laugh at those 15" rims. They were BBS and weighed about 10 lbs each.

    Dr SnoozDr SnoozMånad sedan
  • I always thought the badge on the back looked like it was saying "75 OiL" instead of "750 iL" LOL.

    LMacNeillLMacNeillMånad sedan
  • Tupac owned a 1996 BMW 750iL and that's the car he was shot in

    LPC Drop The BassLPC Drop The BassMånad sedan
    • Too bad it was the next generation to this and was not owned by him, it was rented by death row r.

      RC NationRC Nation10 dagar sedan
  • Fun BMW fact: you can fit an E32 inside each half of the grille on a G22 4 series.

    Mike JiranMike JiranMånad sedan
  • I had this car in the 90's. You need to do more homework on this one. When the transmission is in "A" mode and you are cruising above a certain speed (40?, don't remember) it would go into overdrive. It had so much torque, that going from flat land at 80 mph up the grapevine (on cruise control) it didn't down shift. The phone had a setting that allowed you to park the car and the horn would honk if you got a call. It was built so well that my first one was broadsided by a car traveling at 40 mph and the door didn't enter the passenger compartment. I drove the car home, the other car had to be towed. The engine was basically two six cylinder engines connected at the crank. There was two of everything, the concept being that something could fail and you would still reach your destination in limp mode. Tunnel port intake manifolds, folded so they would fit under the hood. Really, you got no clue!

    techvortechvorMånad sedan
  • When I think of this car, I think of the chase scene in the Riding Bean anime. That had a black 750iL.

    Alex JonesAlex JonesMånad sedan
  • Don't forget who was Germany's ally in WW2. It was Japan.

    Discord GuyDiscord GuyMånad sedan
  • This looks better than the new 7 series. Back when bmw cared for their customers...

    NeslowNeslowMånad sedan
  • Doug:''but before i begin''... me:double dub on the screen

    tasos G.tasos G.Månad sedan
  • I had a 1988 740i and I had a blast in that car my friends loved when I took them for drives. Took it on some long road trips as well she tracked true and ran great. Wish I kept it.

    Daniel RothDaniel RothMånad sedan
  • 14:30 I am guessing the reason was not cost but rather wanting to pierce the bodywork as few times as possible.

    simon199418simon199418Månad sedan
  • Cockie still operates and looks like brand new 1, like its just come out of the oven fresh 🤙

    HUNTTER 97HUNTTER 97Månad sedan
  • Doug be like “THISS is my wife and I’m gonna take her out for a drive and show you her quirks and features”

    Limi XhemalwiLimi XhemalwiMånad sedan
  • In 1991, I'd rather have a Lexus LS400 or especially an SC400, Lexus styling was leagues ahead BMW

    Brendon BosyBrendon BosyMånad sedan
    • Idk man the e38 looks better

      TurismoTurismoMånad sedan
  • In reality their v12 is just 2 2.5 liter is6 glued together in a v shape. So yeah no surprise they came up with that before a v8 engine, as the v8 required development the v12 didn't. And that said... I never have been a fan of bmw v12s.. as they usually just become a pain when things break, specially given how much of an independent unit both glued together i6 still are. Has always been i6 or v8 for me.

    Snake PlisskenSnake PlisskenMånad sedan
  • Nice car... but never it success to opposite with Mercedes..... This bmw have a 5.0 v12 300hp (second step of podium of Mercedes crush it with a v8 of same cube and 26cv in more.. itts egalise just DAUGHTER 'V12 E38 )... poor Jagiar before 1993 had just v12 5.4 given for 289hp..controlled under 270hp....... Mercedes v12 is a 6 liters 408hp (all verified upper 410 hp"....VELUE OF A A FERRARI TESTQROSSA OR LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH.. lwb/swb V/w 140 mercedes was lionger of 10 inchs E32 bmw Lwb... /swb.........

    Alan AliyevAlan AliyevMånad sedan
  • infotainment predecessor.. um, what, like a BOARD COMPUTER ?

    Igor RalićIgor RalićMånad sedan
  • The E32 is still my dream car. When I was a child it was too expensive, now its impossible ti find one in good condition here in Austria.

    kbst84kbst84Månad sedan
  • You don't write the numbers on the phone, just the name of the person you want to call . Wouldn't make sense just to write the number.

    Se BastianSe BastianMånad sedan
    • Bro… Why would you write names that is easier to remember than phone numbers

      TurismoTurismoMånad sedan
  • nice car

    chris lchris l2 månader sedan
  • Something is leaking from the engine bay @ 19:26

    Mister Bulletl6Mister Bulletl62 månader sedan
    • @Mister Bulletl6 its the ac condensation

      RC NationRC Nation10 dagar sedan
    • @Turismo Jesus..... i give up.

      Mister Bulletl6Mister Bulletl6Månad sedan
    • @Mister Bulletl6 yeah but i’m still asking the why

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    • I did not said it is not windshield fluid, i said it is not from before.

      Mister Bulletl6Mister Bulletl6Månad sedan
    • @Mister Bulletl6 how isn’t it windshield washer fluid?

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  • My favorite 7-series was the e23 and the e38, either one of which I would be quite happy to own. I walked past a neighbor's new, massive, overstyled 7 with its ugly front-end the other day and simply shook my head.

    Ravi SriramRavi Sriram2 månader sedan
  • 730 is its v8

    carrot lemoncarrot lemon2 månader sedan
  • Does Doug review emergency vehicles?

    Microsoft MuttMicrosoft Mutt2 månader sedan
  • My dad owned one of these when it was more or less new, thinking he had gotten a "good deal" on a V12, it was a total lemon. The catalytic converters melted and fused together, requiring > $6000 in repairs, no fewer than three times before he sold it, at a loss. I remember checking into this model circa 2000 when I had an employer with multiple T1s, back when that still seemed as if it was relatively fast broadband, and most of the remaining stock which could be found had a *negative value* given the repair costs, with multiple fora posts from multiple owners attesting to what a disaster it was to own one of these. My dad, owning predominantly Mercedes and Mustangs from my youth in the 1970s, until this car, swore off of European cars entirely until he died (making an exception to buy my mom a Mercedes station wagon with AWD circa 1999 [he passed away in 2000]), switching to a Mustang 5.0 GT convertible after unloading the 750iL onto some other sucker. Albeit, I grew up within ear shot of Laguna Seca, and in addition to attending more or less every race on that track, my dad would also take me on "bonding" trips to Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach annually. I am sick to death of cars, but your channel reminds me a bit of the hubris and ignorance my dad exhibited, so I watch it for its charms, or quirks as you may phrase it. ;) Despite your perspective though, as the son of someone who owned one, and pushed cars to their limits, this was a complete disaster of a car. I drove it once or twice, and while it was impressive that it would hit 50MPH before even bothering to shift out of first, it was definitely not suited for anything but making repair shops unnecessary profits on abysmal engineering. There are reasons why multiple mechanic youtube channels poo-poo BMWs, and your review seems to ignore that entirely. I'm honestly surprised you found one in drivable condition in the 21st century, they were falling apart even within a year or two from being shipped from the factory. Moreover, that's *with* the over-engineered poorly thought out trip computer which could be heard mechanically logging information if you sat in the car after it had been powered off for more than 5-10 minutes. A truly, terrible, vehicle.

    David デービッドChristian クリスタンDavid デービッドChristian クリスタン2 månader sedan
  • You say it was the first V12 in a mainstream car. What about the Jaguar XJ12 of 1972?

    Stephen ChapmanStephen Chapman2 månader sedan
  • i think this is the most beautiful car ever made. i love to imagine myself in 5 years driving it

    uvuweve osasuvuweve osas2 månader sedan
  • 👍

    Travis HartleyTravis Hartley2 månader sedan
  • In my E32, all the doors in the armrests have normal pockets (I have whitefish and a wallet there). In the fatty trim levels, there is a passenger airbag (I have it), at maximum speed there is full climate control on the buttons (without twists) And from the very beginning there was a V8. Did you screw up? Acceleration 7 seconds 30 years ago on a weight of 2.5 tons. She is prettier than 38, steering well for a barge. And "no sportiness" cheoooo ???? This is a premium barge. Buy M5 for racing

    Borlend ALARMABorlend ALARMA2 månader sedan
  • it's a little sad to see small grilles that suit perfect a large car. now they are doing in reverse: huge grilles on small cars. too sad

    Raul BilaRaul Bila2 månader sedan
  • Not the 1st time germany and japan teamed up

    i for what i watchedi for what i watched2 månader sedan
  • 19:27 is a cool Quirk and feature of the BMW 750iL

    RoverjoeRoverjoe2 månader sedan
    • Yeah windshield washer fluid is definitely a quirk

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  • i'd like to see doug use that cigarette lighter without it angling up

    limyohwanlimyohwan2 månader sedan
  • The „S“ on the wipers button means „Scheinwerfer“ german = headlights (washers)

    David C.David C.2 månader sedan
    • *Scheinwerferreinigungsanlage*

      Fab FuntyFab Funty8 dagar sedan
    • Exactly this I intend to write - I owned such car in 2008-2011 ;) I always buy original owner' s manuals for my cars (in case I didn't receive them from previous owner) and I also know German ;) But in my opinion dimming the mirror is not factor of dimming, but sensitiveness for the light power behind you. One of the very first BMW with airbag? Mercy, already E23 since 1985 could have it. But I give him right to say long for L, cause of "i" like injection. I' m sorry to hear people who are saying long for Mercedes, because it should be German "lang", due to fact, that we have there "e" like "Einspritzung". E32 with center console and side armrests in leather have also better quality carpet in the trunk, like here. Missing screwdriver in the tool' s set is unforgiven :) According to place for license plate on the front bumper - nothnig new for me - the bumpers have the same size in E32 for Europe and USA, so please don't expect ass licking ;) Plus for small screw covers on engine head cover, 9 for 10 E32 V12 don' t have them. According to "only" 15" wheel size, I remind you, that this car (the one with 2 inlets on the bottom of front bumper) has 4 pistons brake calipers on the front wheels. My personal remark from the driving - Servotronic power steering is unimaginable stiff in comparison to Mercedes W124 for example. Feeling from the driving with small speed is as if the car weighed 3 tons, I totally don' t understand the opinion that is the best handling luxury sedan, that is only German opinion ;) That' s all folks ;)

      Mr PowerlifterMr Powerlifter14 dagar sedan
    • Shinethrowers

      PaschaQPaschaQ21 dag sedan
    • Ich küss doch dein Herz, David!

      Tommy BerlinTommy Berlin29 dagar sedan
  • The 1-2-3 is not shifting gears like a manual transmission. It is a higher starting gear, e.g. if you want to start with less torque in 2nd gear if its icy.

    George BozovicGeorge Bozovic2 månader sedan
  • My friend had one. His dad was absolutely minted.

    doubtsdoubts2 månader sedan
  • I live in Ireland and had a 1992 5 series and it had a lot of these features including the multi disc changer, i didn't have the phone though. Wish I still had it ......good content thanks

    Rudi TheDogRudi TheDog2 månader sedan
  • The kidney grille on this car caused a stir because it was so big......

    Christiaan OfferhausChristiaan Offerhaus2 månader sedan
  • If that's the score given to a big luxury car I wonder what kind of score my car will get which is unfamiliar with the word luxury and is 30+years old🤔

    Malik ZulqarnainMalik Zulqarnain2 månader sedan
  • This V12 came out in the 1980's and was the FIRST German post WWII V12!

    U.E. U.E.U.E. U.E.2 månader sedan
  • @ 10:24 when my dad bought a five series from the same period he was totally impressed by the "crazy computing power" of this thing

    JadeRabbitJadeRabbit2 månader sedan
  • Jaguar had been building v12 saloons for a decades when this 7 showed up. Jaguar was better in many ways, better wood, leather and smoother ride the xj40 also had two lighters in the back but was cramped in the back. The first 7 also had vents in the back and power rear seats but the was not a heated option

    ed worded word2 månader sedan
  • Didn't the 750i have a massage function in the front seats?

    djchristian82djchristian822 månader sedan
    • I don´t think. This first came in the E38.

  • The square shaped exhaust pipes and the big grill kidneys were also signs for a 750 model.

    Andreas KruberAndreas Kruber2 månader sedan
  • S- SCHNEL...S-english lenguage its -FAST- working faster ..

    ocean driveocean drive2 månader sedan
  • It was designed to cruise at 200 km/h all day long, in comfort

    Ung GrabbUng Grabb2 månader sedan
    • @Ung Grabb but that can’t cruise at 200km/h

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    • @Ralph Laurent as is the case with every engine driven vehicle (except solar powered ones).

      Ung GrabbUng Grabb2 månader sedan
    • from one gas station to the next one

      Ralph LaurentRalph Laurent2 månader sedan
  • 750 had square tail pipes. Tool kit location meant that tools were accessible even when trunk was full with luggage. S switch for wipers is not intensive clean, it is for Scheinwefer or Headlight flush system. Why not show the beautiful analogue instrument cluster, stylish and classic. And superior to todays silly xbox looking stuff

    Ung GrabbUng Grabb2 månader sedan
  • Stop slaying it. These cars are well better than modern ones.

    GiuseppeGiuseppe2 månader sedan
  • Intensive cleaning is probably operation of the headlamp washer/wipers aswell as the windscreen wipers. I'm pretty sure that's what it is.

    GiuseppeGiuseppe2 månader sedan
  • fast forward to 19:12, you can see the engine dripping fluids.

    hechtgallerieshechtgalleries2 månader sedan
    • *windshield washer fluid

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  • fuckin nankang tires---seriously!!!!!!

    dumb things you seedumb things you see2 månader sedan
  • It has rear electric seats too

    8 mice8 mice2 månader sedan
  • "You would just sit at 200 miles an hour" I THINK you meant 200 kilometers per hour, considering this car's top speed was 250 km/h.

    Alex K.Alex K.2 månader sedan
  • the infotainement came also up in my 635 Csi build in 1985 so it was includet far earlier :D And all Engine hoods opens this way for BMW cars since the 60's so no special for an BMW too.

    Asae2Asae22 månader sedan
  • Still a great car

    Dino RossiDino Rossi2 månader sedan

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  • At 19:25 something is dripping underneath the car.

    Ken SaberKen Saber2 månader sedan
    • Windshield washer fluid

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  • that little panel was called "board computer" thats why you would see and find "bc" on some models even in the USA

    Ivan KIvan K2 månader sedan
  • I think (pretty sure) S on the stalk meant cleaning headlights

    Ivan KIvan K2 månader sedan
  • You are, The first car guy I started watching!

    Takeo MackTakeo Mack2 månader sedan