740iL (4.4 L V8) variant. Protection Line light-armored vehicles were built from 2000–2001, again utilizing the 740iL platform, These models included body armor, bullet-resistant glass and run-flat tires.
Features of the 740iL (4.4 L V8) Series included Four-link integral rear suspension, EDC III Electronic Damper Control, ASC+T traction control, high-pressure headlight washers, auto-leveling low beam xenon HID headlamps, power moonroof, a sound system with 14 speakers and four subwoofers as well as 6-disc CD changer, onboard automotive navigation system (1994-1996 MKI based on the VDO-Dayton Carin system, 1997-2000 MKII based on the Phillips system with separate Trimble Navigation receiver, 2001 MKIII based on the Phillips system with internal Trimble Navigation receiver. The 740iL (4.4 L V8) Series never had the factory DVD-ROM based Navigation system (although upgrading to this system is a simple process) and rain-sensing wipers. Other features included an automatic climate control system with separate controls for the driver and passenger, a three-position memory system for the driver’s seat, safety-belt height, new steering wheel and outside mirrors. Front-seat side airbags and a Head Protection System (HPS) airbag were also standard. The 750iL featured an all-leather interior with burl walnut trim, while the sport model featured Sports seats and “Vavona” wood trim. The continuous-motion Active Comfort Seat technology was introduced in 1998 to improve comfort and reduce fatigue for the driver and front passenger.
When the E38 was phased out in 2001 to make way for the new E65, sales of E38s increased noticeably in the car’s final months of sales as people moved to buy the car before it was replaced for the 2002 model year. The E65’s radical styling and iDrive were not initially well received by consumers, so used E38s increased in value as demand increased. Also contributing to the E38’s continued popularity was its appearance in several films such as Tomorrow Never Dies, The Transporter, Bimmer and The Game. The E38 740i featured in the BMW Film Ambush, even though it was the only featured car in the series to be replaced the following year.