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20. BMW 7-Series
In the market and shopping for a used car? Consumer Reports has released a list of 20 used vehicles to stay away from as they have a reputation for causing trouble. Listed is a top 20 list of used cars from 2003 to 2012 model year to avoid in alphabetical order. These vehicles had multiple years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability, according to Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Survey.
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The BMW 7-Series may be the German automaker’s luxury flagship, but used models aren’t without their issues. From 2001-2008, the 7-Series featured the good ‘ol “Bangle Butt” and sported some highly controversial styling. Early production of that generation was overwhelmed with issues even causing BMW to purchase back some of the vehicles back in 2002-2003. BMW of North America even extended its warranty on all 2002-2003 model year 7-Series vehicles to six years/100,000 miles from the original four years/50,000 miles.
According to Consumer Reports, the BMW 7-Series ranked “worse” in the categories of Engine Major, Engine Minor, Transmission Major, Transmission Minor, Body Hardware, and Audio System.
Mercedes-Benz is now offering a Grand Edition variant to all GL-Class models, adding even more luxury and comfort to their grand SUV. Additions to the Grand Edition models including front end aesthetics, 20-inch wheels and tires, two-tone leather seats and wood trim with black ash accents throughout the interior.
Just so it’s not mistaken for a standard GL-Class, the Grand Edition GL will feature dark-tinted headlights, radiator grille with black high-gloss louvres, and most importantly, a redesigned front bumper with LED daytime running lights. The 20-inch wheels are wrapped with 275/50/20 tires and can be had in a Himalayas grey metallic finish or a high-sheen finish. Minor amenities and upgrades include unique metallic paint finishes, heat-insulating and infrared-reflecting laminated glass, aluminum-look running boards with rubber studs, and separated exhaust tailpipe trim.
For the inside, the seven-seater receives a two-tone leather (or Nappa leather) overhaul with black/porcelain or black/maroon as contrasting color options. The seats also feature a special piping and contrast stitching design. And exclusive to the Grand Edition are door panels, armrests and dash instrument panel featuring double-lapped felling while the steering wheel is accented in a wood/leather finish with black ash. Lastly, many of the interior pieces feature Grand Edition lettering stitching and badges.
The Grand Edition is available for the GL 350 CDI 4Matic, GL 350 BlueTEC 4Matic, GL 450 4Matic, and GL 500 4Matic. Pricing is set at $112,400 for the GL 350 CDI, $114,100 for the GL 350 BlueTEC, $128,750 for the GL 450 and $139,000 for the GL 500.