The BMW E65 is the chassis designation for the fourth-generation 7 Series full-size luxury sedan produced by BMW. The E65 was the first BMW chassis series to feature different chassis numbers for various models, such as the E66/E67/E68 Long-Wheelbase, BMW High Security and BMW Hydrogen 7.
Development for the BMW E65 7 Series began in early 1996, with production specifications frozen in January 1999 and the design patented in November 2000. The BMW E65 7 Series was then first unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2001, replacing the former E38 model after its production ended in July of the same year. Introduction of the new 7 Series came with much criticism due to its controversial looks and the steep learning curve presented by the iDrive computer system. As a consequence, sales of remaining E38 stock increased following the launch of the BMW E65 7 Series. Despite its problems, the E65 generation went on to become the best-selling 7 Series luxury sedan, its success furthered by a facelift in 2006. Production of the BMW E65 7 Series ended in 2008, eventually being replaced by the F01 7 Series.
Initial release of the BMW E65 7 Series occurred in Europe on the 17th of November 2001, followed by a launch in the US and other markets in the Spring of 2002. Upon its release, many customers had difficulty utilizing the iDrive system and its associated electronics, causing BMW to repurchase a substantial amount of 2002-2003 models in the U.S. and extending its factory warranty to 6-Year/100,000-Mile (160,000 km). UK models, however, were still protected by their original 3-Year/Unlimited-Miles coverage.
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