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

Doug DeMuro

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    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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    1. Nils Berger

      Looking back as a German I can only assume this car was a milestone and the peak of German automotive engineering. Afterwards, during the last 30 years, they just got used to add elecronics. And german engineers discovered planned obsolence.

    2. Vimal V

      @19:26, who else noticed oil is dripping at the bottom of the car?

    3. PodcastOn2Wheels

      Doug: *But before that, be sure to check out Cars and B...* me: *Skips the video 20 seconds forward*

    4. tubapip

      Cursing autobahn at 200 mph seems unlikely I feel.... even in the 750il. 200kph seems more realistic.

    5. tubapip

      Errr Jaguar XJ12.....

    6. Mxracer6y

      @19:23 dripping oil under the car lmfao

    7. Rubber Band Man Destruction

      5:26 you’re welcome YTP community

    8. CCXJack

      19:22 it's leaking... Bruh

    9. dennis luck

      I think of Dr. Loomis from Halloween, butt

    10. Next Gen

      sadly the grill in the grill in the modern bmws are not like butt cheeks not good looking

    11. Skeet RL


    12. kokostrollet

      If I remember correctly, the argument BMW had for placing the backseat belts like that were because you would move towards the center of the car and not towards the door in case of a crash.

    13. kokostrollet

      You need to fill up the intense cleaning before you press the S if you expect it to pour that intense wiper fluid.

    14. Ricky Martinis

      man oh Doug are funny Oreo coockies....I laughed man

    15. Ricky Martinis

      this one is uglier than yugo

    16. Laurent WEBER

      Hi Doug. This is only a detail, but in this vid, you tell us that this BMW was the first luxury sedan with a V12 engine... You totally forget the Jaguar XJ Sovereign / Daimler Double-Six ! It was a must since... 1972 ! 15 years before this BMW !

    17. GeggoMan1970

      E34 520 is better..

    18. Ahmad Brown

      The design is so simple and timeless. That rear seat area looks glorious.

    19. Wasp Factory

      You underplay really good cars all the time ... it’s a 30 year old 7 series; they’re amazing.

    20. Kumail Hasan

      You make this classic car so weird. It's like you are paid to insult

    21. AGJ T

      The car is leaking 19:30s!

    22. MIGs Yesterchips

      Those padded slots in the door armrest are there to prevent things from rattling around. That would be annoying in a luxus sedan. The 01-10 on the phone are for the saved numbers in the phones memory. S = "Scheinwerfer" = Headlamps-Cleaning-Switch ^^

    23. Ian Polo

      Looking real classy still. The real BMW character.

    24. Anatoly Karpov

      In Eastern Europe this still is the fastest car you will see on the road. Cars with under 7sec acceleration don't exist here

    25. Святослав Козак

      STOP!!! writing jokes and bad things about that car It is perfect yes i am 15 years old BUT my father have the oldest e32 and i drive this AND you all will never understand and feel that great feelings how to drive this car AND no one MERC will give you such impression as this car!

      1. Aidan Shaw

        No car is perfect, hes just being objective

    26. Marcello Mar

      Man, how good and iconic cars used to look. Nowadays they look like moon vehicles to me. Absolute shit ... in my opinion obviously.

    27. Slimecrazy234

      The S-class of the era was actually delayed because of the LS400.

    28. Iwan

      Pac drove on of these

    29. André Pessoa

      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

    30. Adam R

      HOw about getting the car detailed before the review? The interior is covered with filth!

    31. JT Miner

      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".

    32. Tuzki PlusTwo

      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.

    33. Jan Žižka

      Imagine buying a BMW today that manages to outlive the warranty.

    34. Arnas Dre

      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

    35. Diari_Study

      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

    36. Ruari Foley

      Mine still has the factory first aid kit unopened and intact

    37. YulieArt

      750 luxury and all such, but does it have signalling lights / blinkers? that would be new

    38. YulieArt

      S is probably for Superstarkesfrontscheibereinigungsspritzsystem

    39. DS Rai

      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.

    40. Dain

      steve harrington had the model before this one right

    41. cvpuga

      It’s leaking

    42. energymc22

      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.

    43. Jake Gianino

      Climate control wheels that look like oreos... LMAO

    44. Cole Brown



      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

    46. Friedrich Haase

      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.

    47. Sir Tanghon

      Notice the oil leak by the front drivers wheel

      1. RC Nation

        Its ac condensation

      2. RC Nation

        There is no leak...

    48. vladito80

      When you drive the cars.. it would have been nice if the camera angle was from back to front..

    49. vladito80

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

    50. Greg Smeltzer

      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 🤣 😂 🤣

    51. Neclar

      Do a 🦎 review !!!

    52. Osc7Even Guy

      Doug: be sure too cheak out Cars and bids

    53. panos papadopoulos

      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

    54. Bosmer From Canada

      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.

    55. Hunter Ellis

      I’m actually getting the 1992 model today for 2 grand had to kinda check it out before I go get it

    56. Demi Elizabeth

      The alcoholic community conformably kill because donald microcephaly agree but a labored perch. faint fair, vengeful broccoli

    57. cblizz730

      I would have cleaned the power lumbar switches for the video..

    58. renloh077

      My first car crush besides the W140.

    59. Rob

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

    60. Littlelewie151

      That cd changer has the same exact cartridge as my pioneer home cd changer!

    61. Bruce Jamieson

      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.

    62. Cool World

      Doug is the type of guy to eat the fan speed dials when he is hungry

    63. Nogood Username

      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

    64. Petr Šrajb

      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.

    65. K J

      If you have a short driver and nobody in the passengers seat the back would be like a living room.

    66. Jake T

      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.

    67. Placeholder Name

      All i see here is the same piece of shit doorhandles as on my E36 and E34

    68. Jack

      first mainstream v12? that goes to jaguar

    69. Dr Snooz

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

    70. LMacNeill

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

    71. LPC Drop The Bass

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

      1. RC Nation

        Too bad it was the next generation to this and was not owned by him, it was rented by death row r.

    72. Mike Jiran

      Fun BMW fact: you can fit an E32 inside each half of the grille on a G22 4 series.

    73. techvor

      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!

    74. Alex Jones

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

    75. Discord Guy

      Don't forget who was Germany's ally in WW2. It was Japan.

    76. 00 7

      This looks better than the new 7 series. Back when bmw cared for their customers...

    77. tasos G.

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

    78. Daniel Roth

      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.

    79. simon199418

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

    80. HUNTTER 97

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

    81. Limi Xhemalwi

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

    82. Brendon Bosy

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

      1. Turismo

        Idk man the e38 looks better

    83. Snake Plissken

      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.

    84. Alan Aliyev

      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.........

    85. Igor Ralić

      infotainment predecessor.. um, what, like a BOARD COMPUTER ?

    86. kbst84

      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.

    87. Se Bastian

      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.

      1. Turismo

        Bro… Why would you write names that is easier to remember than phone numbers

    88. chris l

      nice car

    89. Mister Bulletl6

      Something is leaking from the engine bay @ 19:26

      1. RC Nation

        @Mister Bulletl6 its the ac condensation

      2. Mister Bulletl6

        @Turismo Jesus..... i give up.

      3. Turismo

        @Mister Bulletl6 yeah but i’m still asking the why

      4. Mister Bulletl6

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

      5. Turismo

        @Mister Bulletl6 how isn’t it windshield washer fluid?

    90. Ravi Sriram

      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.

    91. carrot lemon

      730 is its v8

    92. Microsoft Mutt

      Does Doug review emergency vehicles?

    93. David デービッドChristian クリスタン

      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.

    94. Stephen Chapman

      You say it was the first V12 in a mainstream car. What about the Jaguar XJ12 of 1972?

    95. uvuweve osas

      i think this is the most beautiful car ever made. i love to imagine myself in 5 years driving it

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    97. Borlend ALARMA

      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

    98. Raul Bila

      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

    99. i for what i watched

      Not the 1st time germany and japan teamed up

    100. Roverjoe

      19:27 is a cool Quirk and feature of the BMW 750iL

      1. Turismo

        Yeah windshield washer fluid is definitely a quirk