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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  • MIGs Yesterchips
    MIGs YesterchipsTime siden

    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 ^^

  • Ian Polo
    Ian Polo3 timer siden

    Looking real classy still. The real BMW character.

  • Anatoly Karpov
    Anatoly Karpov22 timer siden

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

  • Святослав Козак
    Святослав Козак2 dager siden

    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!

  • Aidan Shaw

    Aidan Shaw

    Dag siden

    No car is perfect, hes just being objective

  • Marcello Mar
    Marcello Mar2 dager siden

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

  • Slimecrazy234
    Slimecrazy2342 dager siden

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

  • Iwan
    Iwan3 dager siden

    Pac drove on of these

  • André Pessoa
    André Pessoa5 dager siden

    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

  • Adam R
    Adam R6 dager siden

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

  • JT Miner
    JT Miner6 dager siden

    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".

  • Tuzki PlusTwo
    Tuzki PlusTwo7 dager siden

    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.

  • Jan Žižka
    Jan Žižka7 dager siden

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

  • Arnas Dre
    Arnas Dre7 dager siden

    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

  • Diari_Study
    Diari_Study9 dager siden

    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

  • Ruari Foley
    Ruari Foley10 dager siden

    Mine still has the factory first aid kit unopened and intact

  • YulieArt
    YulieArt10 dager siden

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

  • YulieArt
    YulieArt10 dager siden

    S is probably for Superstarkesfrontscheibereinigungsspritzsystem

  • DS Rai
    DS Rai10 dager siden

    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.

  • Dain
    Dain11 dager siden

    steve harrington had the model before this one right

  • cvpuga
    cvpuga12 dager siden

    It’s leaking

  • energymc22
    energymc2213 dager siden

    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.

  • Jake Gianino
    Jake Gianino13 dager siden

    Climate control wheels that look like oreos... LMAO

  • Cole Brown
    Cole Brown15 dager siden


    RΛINDΛNCE18 dager siden

    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

  • Friedrich Haase
    Friedrich Haase19 dager siden

    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.

  • john Woolford
    john Woolford20 dager siden

    Notice the oil leak by the front drivers wheel

  • RC Nation

    RC Nation

    13 dager siden

    Its ac condensation

  • RC Nation

    RC Nation

    13 dager siden

    There is no leak...

  • vladito80
    vladito8020 dager siden

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

  • vladito80
    vladito8020 dager siden

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

  • Greg Smeltzer
    Greg Smeltzer21 dag siden

    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 🤣 😂 🤣

  • Neclar
    Neclar25 dager siden

    Do a 🦎 review !!!

  • Osc7Even Guy
    Osc7Even Guy25 dager siden

    Doug: be sure too cheak out Cars and bids

  • panos papadopoulos
    panos papadopoulos26 dager siden

    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

  • Bosmer From Canada
    Bosmer From Canada26 dager siden

    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.

  • Hunter Ellis
    Hunter Ellis26 dager siden

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

  • Demi Elizabeth
    Demi Elizabeth27 dager siden

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

  • cblizz730
    cblizz730Måned siden

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

  • renloh077
    renloh077Måned siden

    My first car crush besides the W140.

  • Rob
    RobMåned siden

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

  • Littlelewie151
    Littlelewie151Måned siden

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

  • stephanie laylon
    stephanie laylonMåned siden

    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.

  • Cool World
    Cool WorldMåned siden

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

  • Nogood Username
    Nogood UsernameMåned siden

    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

  • Petr Šrajb
    Petr ŠrajbMåned siden

    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.

  • K J
    K JMåned siden

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

  • Jake T
    Jake TMåned siden

    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.

  • Placeholder Name
    Placeholder NameMåned siden

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

  • Jack
    JackMåned siden

    first mainstream v12? that goes to jaguar

  • Dr Snooz
    Dr SnoozMåned siden

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

  • LMacNeill
    LMacNeillMåned siden

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

  • LPC Drop The Bass
    LPC Drop The BassMåned siden

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

  • RC Nation

    RC Nation

    13 dager siden

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

  • Mike Jiran
    Mike JiranMåned siden

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

  • techvor
    techvorMåned siden

    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!

  • Alex Jones
    Alex JonesMåned siden

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

  • Discord Guy
    Discord GuyMåned siden

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

  • 00 7
    00 7Måned siden

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

  • tasos G.
    tasos G.Måned siden

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

  • Daniel Roth
    Daniel RothMåned siden

    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.

  • simon199418
    simon199418Måned siden

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

  • HUNTTER 97
    HUNTTER 97Måned siden

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

  • Limi Xhemalwi
    Limi XhemalwiMåned siden

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

  • Brendon Bosy
    Brendon Bosy2 måneder siden

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

  • Turismo


    Måned siden

    Idk man the e38 looks better

  • Snake Plissken
    Snake Plissken2 måneder siden

    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.

  • Alan Aliyev
    Alan Aliyev2 måneder siden

    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.........

  • Igor Ralić
    Igor Ralić2 måneder siden

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

  • kbst84
    kbst842 måneder siden

    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.

  • Se Bastian
    Se Bastian2 måneder siden

    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.

  • Turismo


    Måned siden

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

  • chris l
    chris l2 måneder siden

    nice car

  • Mister Bulletl6
    Mister Bulletl62 måneder siden

    Something is leaking from the engine bay @ 19:26

  • RC Nation

    RC Nation

    13 dager siden

    @Mister Bulletl6 its the ac condensation

  • Mister Bulletl6

    Mister Bulletl6

    Måned siden

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

  • Turismo


    Måned siden

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

  • Mister Bulletl6

    Mister Bulletl6

    Måned siden

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

  • Turismo


    Måned siden

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

  • Ravi Sriram
    Ravi Sriram2 måneder siden

    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.

  • carrot lemon
    carrot lemon2 måneder siden

    730 is its v8

  • Microsoft Mutt
    Microsoft Mutt2 måneder siden

    Does Doug review emergency vehicles?

  • 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 måneder siden

    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.

  • Stephen Chapman
    Stephen Chapman2 måneder siden

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

  • uvuweve osas
    uvuweve osas2 måneder siden

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

  • Travis Hartley
    Travis Hartley2 måneder siden


  • Borlend ALARMA
    Borlend ALARMA2 måneder siden

    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

  • Raul Bila
    Raul Bila2 måneder siden

    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

  • i for what i watched
    i for what i watched2 måneder siden

    Not the 1st time germany and japan teamed up

  • Roverjoe
    Roverjoe2 måneder siden

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

  • Turismo


    Måned siden

    Yeah windshield washer fluid is definitely a quirk

  • limyohwan
    limyohwan2 måneder siden

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

  • David C.
    David C.2 måneder siden

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

  • Fab Funty

    Fab Funty

    12 dager siden


  • Mr Powerlifter

    Mr Powerlifter

    17 dager siden

    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 ;)

  • PaschaQ


    24 dager siden


  • Tommy Berlin

    Tommy Berlin

    Måned siden

    Ich küss doch dein Herz, David!

  • George Bozovic
    George Bozovic2 måneder siden

    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.

  • doubts
    doubts2 måneder siden

    My friend had one. His dad was absolutely minted.

  • Rudi TheDog
    Rudi TheDog2 måneder siden

    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

  • Christiaan Offerhaus
    Christiaan Offerhaus2 måneder siden

    The kidney grille on this car caused a stir because it was so big......

  • Malik Zulqarnain
    Malik Zulqarnain2 måneder siden

    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🤔

  • U.E. U.E.
    U.E. U.E.2 måneder siden

    This V12 came out in the 1980's and was the FIRST German post WWII V12!

  • JadeRabbit
    JadeRabbit2 måneder siden

    @ 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

  • ed word
    ed word2 måneder siden

    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

  • djchristian82
    djchristian822 måneder siden

    Didn't the 750i have a massage function in the front seats?



    Måned siden

    I don´t think. This first came in the E38.

  • Andreas Kruber
    Andreas Kruber2 måneder siden

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

  • ocean drive
    ocean drive2 måneder siden

    S- SCHNEL...S-english lenguage its -FAST- working faster ..

  • Ung Grabb
    Ung Grabb2 måneder siden

    It was designed to cruise at 200 km/h all day long, in comfort

  • Turismo


    Måned siden

    @Ung Grabb but that can’t cruise at 200km/h

  • Ung Grabb

    Ung Grabb

    2 måneder siden

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

  • Ralph Laurent

    Ralph Laurent

    2 måneder siden

    from one gas station to the next one

  • Ung Grabb
    Ung Grabb2 måneder siden

    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

  • Giuseppe
    Giuseppe2 måneder siden

    Stop slaying it. These cars are well better than modern ones.

  • Giuseppe
    Giuseppe2 måneder siden

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

  • hechtgalleries
    hechtgalleries2 måneder siden

    fast forward to 19:12, you can see the engine dripping fluids.

  • Turismo


    Måned siden

    *windshield washer fluid

  • dumb things you see
    dumb things you see2 måneder siden

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

  • 8 mice
    8 mice2 måneder siden

    It has rear electric seats too

  • Alex K.
    Alex K.2 måneder siden

    "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.