BMW 7 Series saloon (2008-2015): owner reviews

"The BMW 7 Series is great fun to drive, even if the suspension is too firm for a luxury car."

Carbuyer Rating

3.0 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.4 out of 5

77%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 2reviews
  • 13reviews
  • 10reviews

Common Problems

  • Electrics, Engine, Gearbox / clutch, Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Engine (2 cases)
  • Suspension (1 cases)
  • Engine, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics (5 cases)
  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Other (3 cases)
  • Electrics, Other (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Engine, Gearbox / clutch, Suspension (1 cases)

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

730D SE

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
Previously owned a 750iL E38, which would return 21 MPG and was very quick. When deciding which car to replace it with, I went for the 730D SE. I knew it would not be as quick, but I'm disappointed with the hesitation it has when pulling off from start. But once the car is going, it is fairly quick. I found the comfort seats no where as near as comfortable as the E38, think this is due to the head rests being so big. This car had every option available when first released late in 2008, and the car is a fantastic car to sit in and drive, very comfortable and the air cooled seats a luxury. But with hindsight I wish I had sold the car when it reached 9 years old. In the past 6 months, I have had to have a new gear box, plus other bits, costing me over £4,000. Then the integrated steering started to creek, (this would be £2k) there was a slight knocking felt on the power steering when stationary (a common complaint, but no one knows why) and then the computer that controls the DSC packed up (£1.6k). Latest fault is that the engine is smoking, there is diesel on around the injectors and oil in the radiator. Considering the car has spent most of it's life doing 70 MPH up and down the motorway, only covered 80,000 miles and when new cost over £80,000 I would have hoped it would have lasted a little bit longer! So I have recommended this car, but do not keep as it gets older

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Review
never failed me
Running Cost

3 out of 5

large car so expensive to run

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

1998

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

16

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

740LIA vantage

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
The car was extremely quiet, sweet engine note Great price Great sound insulation Lovely LED headlight

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

msport, Above 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Very pleased- perfomance car with lots of practibility

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great very comfortable and economical. Does everything we need.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It is everything i want in a car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Excellent. Does what it is supposed to.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

se, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Superb to drive but very expensive to maintain. Most garges unable to service it or cope with repairs.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Ultimate spec, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Virtually perfect. Other than a rolls-royce ghost i would not consider any other make/model

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
It is a BMW! Totally reliable
Running Cost

4 out of 5

It does drink petrol and with the petro chemical companies raking in the price and the profit of course it isn't very good mpg! But then if I lived in qatar I would be paying 17p per litre for petrol!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29
Review
For some reason I keep getting punctures. 3 in 6 weeks.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Service is expensive. Tyres very expensive. Deals can be found for oil and filter change.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent car but one niggely problem

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

750i sport, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Great second hand value

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
No faults so far
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Whilst not brilliant, given the size / weight of the car and the fact of a 3ltr TD engine then getting 35 mpg average is almost as good as was getting from my 1.9TD Saab. Spares expensive from BMW but not as bad from Independants such as Unipart, UKPA etc

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

33
Review
never had a problem
Running Cost

1 out of 5

everything is very expensive and BMW's service schedule separates out lots of minor work that would have previously been included in an overall service. Two side lights replaced at cost of Ł258 main dealer including parts and labour !

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

16
Review
No problems
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Acceptable

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, , Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent ride quality, shame about the mpg (21 average).

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

740i Sport, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent, but expensive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Generally very good

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2005

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

22
Review
several expensive to repair problems
Running Cost

3 out of 5

significant reduction with lpg conversion

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
In two years and 25000 miles it has only had a n engine mount replaced under warranty
Running Cost

4 out of 5

On motorways it averages 40mpg and26mpg general driving

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

1996

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
not used too much, but it has always been reliable - my most reliable car ever in fact
Running Cost

4 out of 5

very fair, considering the size of the car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

se, , Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Luxury prestige car that lives up to its reputation

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Brilliant all round, bit expensive but not disapointed.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

728i, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

1999

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
With the exception of service bills, the car has been 100% reliable and very cost free to maintain

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

33

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
No problems. A bit faster wear of brakes.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Car is under warranty. Otherwise the costs may have been phenomenal.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36
Review
This is the second 7 series I have owned and they have both been very reliable. No faults and no breakdowns
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very acceptable for a 3litre 6 cylinder. Long service intervals and the odd service cost is also very reasonable

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

24.5
Review
Electrical issues and oil leaks
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Genuine BMW parts are cheaper in the US

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

735LI

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
The V8 is slightly under power transmisson issue after 170000km brake issue transaxle issue great car overall but expensive to maintain Just bought a 2013 740LI Hope will be great

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

740i, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Not good on mpg. looks great drives well high quality built to high standard

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

New
Review
Very comfortable and the deisel engine is both powerful and economical. The rearwheel drive is excellent in normal conditions but in snow and ice it is terrible.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

750i sport, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

728i, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

li, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Its a bmw 760li nothing more to say

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