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1998 BMW 740iL [E38]

1998 BMW 740iL [E38] in Femme Fatale, Movie, 2002 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE

1998 BMW 740iL [E38]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle

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Adrian US

2006-03-27 23:46

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ABSOLUTELY NOT a `94!!!!! Look at those lights. Those are the revised lights on the 1999-2000 E38 7-series.

wickey SK

2006-03-27 23:48

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you are right, they looked old shaped to me - my bad

wickey SK

2006-03-27 23:48

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not since 1998? I found on german site, that they were changed in 1998.

antp BE

2006-03-27 23:56

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I guess that 1999 was for the US, since it is often 1 year later...

wickey SK

2006-03-27 23:57

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I see :) - I was making the years just to define the models before and after facelift according to this site http://www.7-forum.com/modelle/e38/facelift.php ;)

wickey SK

2006-03-27 23:57

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but this one is in France, so it could be 1998 :p

Adrian US

2006-03-28 00:05

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Good point! The European cars usually come out a year before the US.

sixcyl FR

2012-07-03 20:37

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nice rims isn't it?

Carmaker1 EN

2014-10-13 09:48

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antp wrote I guess that 1999 was for the US, since it is often 1 year later...

Not true, as this was launched parallel to Germany in the autumn of 1998. Only just as a "1999" model, as the US uses early year designations. Usually Daimler AG and BMW have 6-month market launch delay between EU and US. Only VAG takes a year or more.

I only agree with this US practice, if sold from the fourth quarter only or towards the end of the previous year (i.e. October 2014 as a 2015 model).
It helps categorize changes to a model year-to-year, rather having to specify changes by month or registration dates, like we have to in the UK and mainland Europe (ie 2013 W221 vs 2014 W222 S-Class in US; EU-spec S-Classes-W221 & W222 both being called 2013). What they do at times annoys me, in releasing way too early (i.e. "2015" cars go on sale in January 2014).

I like how BMW USA has launched the 7-Series since the E65 in March 2002 and in March 2009 for the USM F01. Same model year and calendar year just like the rest of the world, as it will be for the G11 in 2016. Similar happened with the BMW F30 and Porsche 991 in 2012. If it was up to me, new model generations and updates would be launched in the first quarter and run through December (2015 F-150 introduction in January 2015). If between April and August, they would be recognized as half-model years (July 2014 = 2014.5 228i).

To me, calling a new model produced from or launched in late December 2014, a "2014 model" is silly. That's officially a 2015 model to me (no one calls the BMW E90 a 2004 model), but many of you try to say otherwise.

Carmaker1 EN

2014-10-13 10:10

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Adrian wrote Good point! The European cars usually come out a year before the US.

Not true, mostly 3-6 months (save for VAG). People who are suppose to be doing research (for accurate informativeness), are not putting two and two together in easily assuming it's a truly a year apart. It's really a case of people blissfully mistaking US model years for actual launch date/year. That to my knowledge (1 year sales gap) has never even happened, without delay causation for most European cars sold in the US, if not a VAG product.

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