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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  1. DK

    DK10 שעות לפני

    19:25 something's dripping under the car ...

  2. DoubleDeckerAnton

    DoubleDeckerAnton11 שעות לפני

    Now its time to get it out on the road and see how it drives...

  3. DoubleDeckerAnton

    DoubleDeckerAnton11 שעות לפני

    A great car then.... A great car now....

  4. Diesel Buddys at Geissler Transporte

    Diesel Buddys at Geissler Transporte15 שעות לפני

    ....hey Doug, the „E“ in the shiftprogram means the Economyprogramm or normalprogramm. The German versions got a „S“port and a „W“inter programm! The „S“ on the Wisherlever is for the „Scheinwerfer“ in english called headlamps....that is intensive clean! Also the E32 V12 was the first car ever with Xenon headlamps in 1991 for the European market;)

  5. wilfred batara

    wilfred batara23 שעות לפני

    I have one of those - mine had backseats that can slide forward and recline, a power sunshade, and radio controls covered in the back center console. The battery of this thing is reverse polarity and under the passenger seatswhich lead to a lot of headaches as this always had a voltage leak. They only had a v6 and v12 those days because this was actually 2 v6s mated together which is why the ignition and other top parts are in reverse - left bank controls the right side and vice versa. I just bought it for kicks and no regrets even if I haven't used it for several years now. Oh the kicker is there's a V12 logo on mine that just shouts, I'm special!

  6. Allan Haywood

    Allan Haywood17 שעות לפני

    Inline 6 not a V6

  7. lone Ione

    lone Ioneיום לפני

    19:23 это ведро уже течёт. Японцы тех лет такого себе не позволяют.

  8. Chad Linnenbrink

    Chad Linnenbrinkיום לפני

    Doug, the phone handset paper was not for writing phone numbers, but for writing the contact name of the memory speed dial selection.

  9. supra1722

    supra1722יום לפני

    just wait till you see a fully optioned out E32. no, you still can't get that stuff on a new Altima as you say. some features of the Highline and Royal Highline aren't even available on the G12.

  10. Weekend Wrenching

    Weekend Wrenchingיום לפני

    First mainstream luxury sedan to offer a V12 engine if you ignore the Jaguar XJ12 that was around since the early 70's.

  11. Sam Samuels

    Sam Samuelsיום לפני

    S for Spritz?

  12. largol33t1

    largol33t1יום לפני

    Doug, when Mercedes got caught off guard by the V-12, they revamped their cars with the V12 and just to get back at their rivals, DOUBLE paned the windows! Mercedes salespeople were firmly ordered to warn customers that the glass was not bulletproof in any way. Its purpose was to make the interior as quiet as possible.

  13. WestDakotaOfficial

    WestDakotaOfficialיום לפני

    So they can include a glove like one everyone probably has already but they can't separate the letters and numbers in '750' and 'IL'. Hmmmmmmmmm....

  14. abbsnn cose

    abbsnn coseיום לפני

    The Last Boy Scout (1991) They we speeding down the road in a brand new 7 Series in white. Maybe thats the one.

  15. abacus3000

    abacus3000יום לפני

    What a moron... how can anyone watch review when he don't know basic things about cars... There is separate tank for concentrated fluid for intensive wash , if its empty then of course it is mystery for Dough deMoron :)

  16. abbsnn cose

    abbsnn coseיום לפני

    19:15 Smaller wheels, taller sidewalls, more comfortable and cushier ride. I like that idea :)

  17. Jo LC

    Jo LCיום לפני

    I'm sorry, did he say that BMW has a reputation for quality? I think that's the funniest joke I've heard him say...

  18. Esat'ın Maceraları

    Esat'ın Maceralarıיום לפני

    you could get all the luxuries 30 years and ago and still , they are a luxury rather than being commodity

  19. D Wallace

    D Wallaceיום לפני

    Hey Doug Idk if this one had it but I had a 92 and the back seats reclined.

  20. Mark Brantom

    Mark Brantomיום לפני

    I had to double check it wasn't Emo Philips! 😂

  21. Roland

    Rolandיום לפני

    The rear seatbelts also kept the passengers heads from smashing into each other in case of a crash.

  22. tito hotrod

    tito hotrodיום לפני

    The exultant jail bizarrely knot because shell compatibly squeak sans a handsome exhaust. present, slippery emery

  23. Bio Conjugation

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    Whence undulated gravellous beatification made egregious semaphores appealling we juxtapose quenching indications, of course

  24. П Ч

    П Ч2 ימים לפני

    Americans and their stupid cup holders..... Those lighters are super handy now with the phone chargers you can use on them.

  25. karroome

    karroome2 ימים לפני

    Engine options: one or two engines?

  26. NorceCodine

    NorceCodine2 ימים לפני

    I almost bought one of these with low mileage back in the 90-s, during the test drive (the car drove nicely) I noticed that hardly any of the thousand electronic gismos inside the cabin worked. That made me think again.

  27. NorceCodine

    NorceCodine2 ימים לפני

    S = Schnell.

  28. TheNickGuy408

    TheNickGuy4082 ימים לפני

    Doug, I was lucky enough to learn to drive in a 1989 750iL. Ours did not have the terrible front license plate holder, but had reclining rear seats as well as heated!

  29. Cacafuego

    Cacafuego2 ימים לפני

    no beauty or style in the interior????? poor choice of words

  30. A. K.

    A. K.2 ימים לפני


  31. Harry Callahan

    Harry Callahan2 ימים לפני

    19:15 Smaller wheels, taller sidewalls, more comfortable and cushier ride. I like that idea :)

  32. sokin jon

    sokin jon2 ימים לפני

    I liked them all

  33. Johnny Gustav

    Johnny Gustav2 ימים לפני

    The Last Boy Scout (1991) They we speeding down the road in a brand new 7 Series in white. Maybe thats the one.

  34. sokin jon

    sokin jon2 ימים לפני

    control for decades beginning in the 60's.

  35. Be Flabbergasted

    Be Flabbergasted2 ימים לפני

    No, it wouldn`t. If the lighter was straight, the ashtray could not fit in that area.

  36. Stubahn

    Stubahn2 ימים לפני

    The "S" on the windshield washer stalk is the super-wash selection (lights washer system in German) for "more intensive" cleaning. You say "nothing different"? If you were to have TURNED ON THE LIGHTS (or) even just the driving/fog lights, you would've seen a high blast wash, very similar to the spray experienced when entering a car wash. In addition to the top bumper mounted headlight washer jets, there are also washer jets built into the underside of the bumper just above the driving light lenses. Under the hood are two 2-gal washer fluid tanks/4 washer pumps on opposing sides, connected to more water line than a garden hose. The wipers are dynamic/speed sensitive - sensors connected to the wiper arm linkage, monitoring the drag/down force of air hitting the wiper blade spoiler. At high speeds, the linkage will add tension to the arm, forcing the blades more firmly onto the windscreen and also adjust the frequency in between each wipe (faster at higher speeds) cycle. I've just spent over 7 lines in a comment section covering one very "minor" detail of overwhelming design advancements/engineering found in the E32. Three position "seat memory" Doug? Oh, so, much more than "just" seat memory. But hey... don't get me started. Once again, you obsess on a quirk; but fail to investigate or fully inform the viewer of the quirks you find so fascinating. For a Ytuber with a deep passion for cars, a subscription base equal to the population of Vermont, and presumably a healthy income through monetization - some folks may expect a more earnest effort into production; other than that of say, a 12 year old loopy from whiffing a lunch bag of glue. That and maybe a back-up pair of shorts?

  37. devlop30

    devlop302 ימים לפני

    intensive cleaning by BMW = turn ON headlight and windscreen washers by one button, from a more concentrated fluid from a separate tank

  38. piratexxxking

    piratexxxking2 ימים לפני

    19:24 seems to be leaking something. Starting that BMW legacy that's for sure

  39. 90MinutenLangVoorOnzeClubUitAmsterdam

    90MinutenLangVoorOnzeClubUitAmsterdam2 ימים לפני

    Hi Doug, the S for intensive cleaning is for 'Scheinwerfer' cleaning 'headlights' (i think)

  40. Sebastian Kobialka

    Sebastian Kobialka2 ימים לפני

    15“ best comfort.. i wisch all luxery cars today should have 15inch wheels

  41. doire aintu

    doire aintu2 ימים לפני

    Fire 🔥

  42. Анатолий Рычагов

    Анатолий Рычагов2 ימים לפני

    4:44 You are not writing peoples phone NUMBERS there. You write people NAMES there according to speed dial number they are assosiated with.

  43. Fabius Maximus Cunctator

    Fabius Maximus Cunctator2 ימים לפני

    the "S" on the lever stays for "stark" in German or "intensive" in English ;)

  44. Fabius Maximus Cunctator

    Fabius Maximus Cunctatorיום לפני

    @sharknose6 So I guess they forgot to refill it

  45. sharknose6

    sharknose6יום לפני

    There is a smaller washer tank besides the main tank for special "intensive" washer fluid that nobody care.

  46. Denis Decoy

    Denis Decoy3 ימים לפני

    S stands for “Stark” which means strong

  47. AW T

    AW T3 ימים לפני

    5:10 Germans always considered the Japanese to be the "Germans of the Far East"

  48. doire aintu

    doire aintu2 ימים לפני

    Am I the only one who will point the elefant in the room ? That leak underneath

  49. Thomas Tague

    Thomas Tague3 ימים לפני

    1988 750 in space grey is my favorite. Had one but radiator fan blew into pieces and dismantled everything

  50. Rob Murray

    Rob Murray3 ימים לפני

    If only Doug would stop speaking like a Valley Girl.

  51. Ralph L

    Ralph L3 ימים לפני

    MB and BMW used Model T black steering wheels for decades. Cadillac did one year--1970--and people still accuse them of cheaping out. They did use a wheel for the climate control for decades beginning in the 60's.

  52. Spencer Wilton

    Spencer Wilton3 ימים לפני

    The piece of paper on the phone wasn't for writing down numbers, it was for writing down names. You stored the numbers in the phone- press one for work, 2 for home, 3 for your mother, 4 for your mistress etc.

  53. JonO387

    JonO3873 ימים לפני

    BMW: the ultimate driving machine, funnily enough they're only driven by the worst drivers on the planet.

  54. Juan Smith

    Juan Smith3 ימים לפני

    The dark parade serendipitously brush because recorder periodically discover excluding a internal icebreaker. beneficial, ragged magic

  55. zack wehmeir

    zack wehmeir3 ימים לפני

    Who the heck checks coolant using a dipstick? This cars coolant check seems pretty normal to me

  56. Your Fan

    Your Fan3 ימים לפני

    I love how simple cars were back then.

  57. Your Fan

    Your Fan3 ימים לפני

    my first car was a 1985 735i (16). It was so balanced and comfortable I regularly drifted it in congested city streets.

  58. Fire Ant Media

    Fire Ant Media3 ימים לפני

    rearview meeoorrr

  59. SlipAngle79

    SlipAngle793 ימים לפני

    Try 1987 - these came out in 87 as an 88 model in the US and my old man popped for the first one in town. I didn't see you take it on the freeway in this video which is a shame because that's where the V12 really could be felt. You have to remember, in 88 there were very few cars toting 300hp under the hood, let alone a big comfy sedan (which is about the size of a new 5 series now). He had a K-40 radar detector installed (I believe with front and rear mounted sensors?) with the display neatly mounted inside the ash tray. You missed the one-touch operated power sunroof, power rear seats, and rear sunshade. He had the BMW phone which was hands-free via a tiny mic mounted to the left of the drivers sun visor (another first?) and came in handy on the way to see, The Golden Child, opening night when my friend forgot to call his parents to tell them we were going to a movie. I was too young to ever drive it proper but according to him (a man who had owned a 928S, 930 turbo, 911's, XJ sedan, 560SEC previous to it) it was pretty damn fast once you where on the highway. Lots of fond memories for me in that car.

  60. Tomi Tuominen

    Tomi Tuominen3 ימים לפני

    The list at the other side of the phone is not for writing down the numbers, but for specifying which numbers you have preset on the phone; i.e. you preset numbers and you don't have to remember them, just dial by choosing 1-10.

  61. justincc87

    justincc873 ימים לפני

    No offense Doug but THIS is me skipping past cars and bids on every video lol

  62. Tomi Slav

    Tomi Slav3 ימים לפני

    Am I the only one who will point the elefant in the room ? That leak underneath

  63. Ingo Witte : Cameraman : Editor : Producer

    Ingo Witte : Cameraman : Editor : Producer4 ימים לפני

    Sorry Doug, the paper inside the "mobilephone" ist NOT to write numbers, its t write the names of the quickdial position you saved under 1 to 10

  64. Marco Marco

    Marco Marco4 ימים לפני

    Doug DeMuro was still not born when this BMW V12 was presented

  65. Garrett Dodson

    Garrett Dodson4 ימים לפני

    gosh can't even watch two minutes without ad after ad. this is getting tiresome.

  66. Luis E.T.

    Luis E.T.4 ימים לפני

    the Oreo!!!!, Doug thank you for make me laugh!!!

  67. Skyler Woods

    Skyler Woods4 ימים לפני

    Maybe the S means Super-clean.

  68. Recycle Bin

    Recycle Bin4 ימים לפני

    a true bmw, made a pool under it in 30 mins

  69. Recycle Bin

    Recycle Bin4 ימים לפני


  70. Andrew_EP_Photography

    Andrew_EP_Photography4 ימים לפני

    You said no luxury car maker could get away with a gear lever of that shape today.... the Audi RS5/6/7 has that exact same shape. Obviously not as big bulky and ugly. But fundamentally the same shape haha

  71. Dave Kinne

    Dave Kinne4 ימים לפני

    The "S" on the windshield whiper stock means "Scheinwerferreingungsanlage" which translates to headlamp cleaning system. It sprays washer fluid on the head lamps and the windscreen simultaneously.

  72. Trash bag

    Trash bag4 ימים לפני

    Why is it preposterous for a luxury car to not have big wheels?

  73. Gary Walker

    Gary Walker4 ימים לפני

    It all started right here - except that Jag had been putting in 5+ litre 300hp v12s since the mid-70s.

  74. J M

    J M4 ימים לפני

    Hopefully that was an ac condenser puddle... Not a rear main seal, those are so fun to change on these I imagine!

  75. Незалежная Беларусь

    Незалежная Беларусь4 ימים לפני

    19:25 Luxury bmw pissing

  76. Ryan Coleman

    Ryan Coleman4 ימים לפני

    Had a 1990 that was identical cool car was extremely quiet on the freeway

  77. Roger Hitchner

    Roger Hitchner4 ימים לפני

    Summary: I can't believe this passed as the luxury pinnacle 30 years ago

  78. Norman Mortensen

    Norman Mortensen4 ימים לפני

    Cup holder is USA only. In Europe we drive the car and drink coffee elsewhere.

  79. Carsten Weiland

    Carsten Weiland4 ימים לפני

    The rear seat belt is arranged that way because it restrains the passengers better, allegedly the head does not knock on the vehicle side on a side impact. That is all to it, no Taxi myth, no first responder myth.

  80. Torology

    Torology5 ימים לפני

    Cars like this were at the pinnacle of creative design and comfort. Not sure why they are compared to modern cars when they're in a league of their own!

  81. sokin jon

    sokin jon5 ימים לפני

    Good job 👌👍

  82. John Bacon

    John Bacon5 ימים לפני

    3:35 I think those slots are for toll coins. I hear toll roads used to be all over Germany

  83. John Bacon

    John Bacon4 ימים לפני

    @DasPolarlichtlein no problem where in Germany are you from? Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Stuttgart?

  84. DasPolarlichtlein

    DasPolarlichtlein4 ימים לפני

    @John Bacon don't have to be sorry. i say sorry because of my word choice. i don't wanted to sound rude 😊 by the way: the most famous privat owned toll route in germany is the nordschleife 😉

  85. John Bacon

    John Bacon4 ימים לפני

    @DasPolarlichtlein sorry another german told me. I heard it from a german dude and thought it was legit

  86. DasPolarlichtlein

    DasPolarlichtlein4 ימים לפני

    @John *_where did you hear this fairy tale ?_* _decades ago in germany a toll was planned, but was never introduced. today there is a toll only for trucks, which is billed via electronic devices on the autobahn. consequently in germany there are no toll booths with barriers where coins are thrown into payment machines. educate yourself. or learn to search on google._ edit: but yes...that is space for coins. back then there were parking meters (one thing for every spot) with coin slots and dials to operate the device. today you put money in one machine and a bill is printed, which you have to put behind your windscreen. the most modern version is an app on your mobile. you scan the code, set the time, get your bill printed, and place it behind the windscreen.

  87. Ryan Hodges

    Ryan Hodges5 ימים לפני

    In the days before BMWs got unbelievably complex and difficult to work on and maintain.

  88. Baha Bobby

    Baha Bobby5 ימים לפני

    Im actually digging all the "over-thought touches"

  89. c00k13 m0N5tA

    c00k13 m0N5tA5 ימים לפני

    11:48 - Sure the 'L' stood for Limousine which came with extra 50mm for leg room

  90. Ed venuto

    Ed venuto5 ימים לפני

    The miles don't me anything. Only taking care of the car will make any car last long

  91. Kiran S

    Kiran S5 ימים לפני

    Doug is the type guy... to pull his Oreo's apart and lick the inside first.

  92. SL Content

    SL Content5 ימים לפני

    full of shit .... every auto i have driven has a 1 2 3 D ...... you dont have to switch to manual mode .... typical doug ....

  93. Dimitar Ristovski

    Dimitar Ristovski5 ימים לפני

    why is the car constantly leaking fluids?

  94. Robert Kochmanski

    Robert Kochmanski5 ימים לפני

    leaking bmw...yup, 30 years later it is stil a feature xD

  95. Filip Mašek

    Filip Mašek5 ימים לפני

    still not sure if the v12 was a big deal at the time

  96. Erichhh

    Erichhh5 ימים לפני

    Bosch didn't make a V12 Motronic ECU in 1987, so BMW used two fully separate 6-cylinder engine control systems for this engine. There are 2 fuel pumps, 2 distributors, 2 ECMs, etc. You can run the engine and drive around on the right or left bank only, which is sometimes useful for diagnostic trouble-shooting.

  97. 5ebra1

    5ebra15 ימים לפני

    Jaguars had V12 engines before BMW.

  98. Fynn Bittner

    Fynn Bittner5 ימים לפני

    I just love these old BMW wheels so much. I have no idea why maybe its just nostalgia but these wheels look so amazing and have always looked amazing to me ever since i was little and first saw them

  99. dAyshola

    dAyshola5 ימים לפני

    Did you forget to mention the powered rear seats!!!?

  100. Ralph L

    Ralph L3 ימים לפני

    You'd think he would have noticed and pointed out the asymmetrical seat cushion.

  101. Christophe Breland

    Christophe Breland5 ימים לפני

    really shows how the top of the line features eventually become common/standard so entry level cars are better than top of class luxury cars from decades ago.

  102. Labron James

    Labron James5 ימים לפני


  103. Super Proper

    Super Proper5 ימים לפני

    19:28 aaaaand some liquid dripping out from the engine 💁‍♂️ a true BMW

  104. Chuck Hallowell

    Chuck Hallowell5 ימים לפני

    Those wheels are made in Italy. They are the EXACT same wheels that are fitted to The 95 MERC, but mine have Mercury Hubcaps. Those wheels were fitted to early-90s Crown Vics, Grand Marquis , and Town Cars. I took 'em off of a '92 Crown Vic, and fitted used Mercury caps -- I like the looks of the classic-style pattern that I call "Italian Lace". Getting hard to find quality tires for the 15-inchers -- may have to go to 17s.

  105. ukranaut

    ukranaut5 ימים לפני

    Even w126 was still swaggier.

  106. Ryan O

    Ryan O5 ימים לפני

    Tea shelf Doug, tea shelf.

  107. Suprano Music

    Suprano Music6 ימים לפני

    19:28 Car was taking a piss stealthily

  108. محمد السعدي

    محمد السعدي6 ימים לפני

    BMW quality huh good joke

  109. bennyg

    bennyg6 ימים לפני

    Apparently the rear seat belts were designed that way to priorise stopping lateral movement in a side impact, so rear occupants would not clash heads. I have so much of this exact same stuff as options in one of my 540i E34s (the cheaper baby brother to the E32). I love it all, especially the first aid kit under the front seat that was "Made in West Germany". Along with the more modern V8/5 speed in the lighter E34, it is a classic car that is far more liveable than other 30 year old cars, it is fantastically cheap as its the under the radar consumable alternative to these classics, but the high build quality means a lot of the stuff lasts if its kept clean. Modern suspension really helps wake these up (the body roll on worn stock suspension is especially horrible)

  110. TacticalStoner

    TacticalStoner6 ימים לפני

    That's a car I never knew existed in the USA. The Ford contour svt. Known in the UK as the mondeo st mk1 Great cars

  111. Leo Chang

    Leo Chang6 ימים לפני

    I remeber the dealer said it can run on 6 cyclinder to save fuel, may be he was just joking.

  112. Walter Hubicki

    Walter Hubicki6 ימים לפני

    Jag v12.......

  113. Bubba Gump Shrimp

    Bubba Gump Shrimp6 ימים לפני

    My 1994 Bronco had power lumbar, peak of luxury I tell you what

  114. Sean Costello

    Sean Costello6 ימים לפני

    And you're supposed to use the kickdown.

  115. Sean Costello

    Sean Costello6 ימים לפני

    I had a 32 for my firs car. In mine at least, the shifter just let you use the manual gears and the switch was for manual and automatic traction control.