In 2005, a brand new 745i, BMW’s flagship at the time, had a sticker price of almost Dh300,000. That’s a lot of dosh in anyone’s book but today, a good fourteen years later, Bavaria’s best hasn’t aged very well. In fact, it can be yours for as little as Dh15,000 (around the same as a Toyota Camry of the same year...) which begs the question why has its value plummeted so badly and why do people in general hate on this particular Bimmer so much?

Well, the engines in the 745i had two major flaws; the first was the timing chain tensioners would fail prematurely and the second, the valve seals had the unhappy knack of perishing all too quickly too. As a result, the motor would start to drink its own oil and it wouldn’t be long before it would blow. Aha, but with all those sensors under the bay, you’d know something was up before it happened, right? Well, you did — only you’d be alarmed when the dash lit up throwing up all sorts of error codes. It would look like a Christmas tree. Now, it isn’t unsual for people to ignore warning lights such as ‘check engine’, ‘airbag’, ‘tyre pressure’ and ‘brakes’ etc until eventually being forced to do something about it when it went kaput — but BMW wasn’t very pleased with that kind of attitude so, they made the warning lights far more worrying/annoying by forcing drivers to accept a liability waiver via the difficult to use iDrive system along with having to dismiss all the faults the car presented using the tricky controller everytime they cranked it up...

If that wasn’t enough to hate the car with a passion, then the fact you needed to consult the user’s manual for the most basics of things (how to set the seating position being one major gripe back even selecting a gear proved challenging!) left many loyal BMW fans very unhappy. Sure, they grew to accept the iDrive, then in its infancy and now pretty good — but nobody ever came to terms with the car’s new styling, particularly the disturbingly ugly ‘Bangle butt’ as it became known, named after BMW design chief Chris.

So, plenty of reasons why these cars can be bought cheap and many reasons to hate them but, mechanics swear by them; they cost so much to fix they’ll probably end up paying for their kids’ college fees — and fund their retirement accounts too...