The BMW E65 and E66 Seven Series hit the U.S. market in 2001 and had a successful run until 2008. It replaced the very popular E38 and had a completely redesigned body that attracted a flood of new Bimmer enthusiasts. The E65 and E66 were the consumer models, while the E67 was a bullet-proof version to be used as security vehicles, and the E68 was a hydrogen model. Now that many of these vehicles are becoming high-mileage there are some common problems being noticed. They include:
Electronics and iDrive: The 7-series E65 and E66 introduced the iDrive system, which was prone to malfunctions and software glitches. Problems with the iDrive screen, controls and navigation system have been reported by many owners.
Downshifting Problems: Some owners have noticed it is extremely difficult to downshift from second to first gear, and it makes the car jerk and shake. This problem has also been noticed when shifting up to second gear.
Steering Wheel Vibrations Above 35mph: When some drivers reach 35mph the steering wheel starts to shimmy or shake. The driving feels very loose and the handling is sub-standard.
Parking Brake Failure: There were instances of problems with the electronic parking brake not releasing or engaging properly.
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