1990 BMW 7 Series 730i SE 3.0i straight six
Bargain price executive express
Overhead cam was just ticking when purchased, (a known fault which got much worse), and has just been replaced at £880.
Air conditioning not working just after purchase, £180, including conversion to non-CFC refrigerant, to rectify. Bearings now gone on the compressor and hence I have removed the drive belt, so no A/C again.
Climate control has a mind of its own and requires a control valve, which might rectify the problem.
Needs shock absorbers, one brake caliper, and a new exhaust is looming.
Reliability not up to normal BMW standards - it is full service history and serviced every 10K at about £400 for non-dealer BMW specialist. The 325 is much more reliable, and at much higher mileages.
That is the only black mark: in all other respects it is superb. You can drive it 150 miles and get out wishing there was another 150 to go. It will effectively pass every idiot that would rather speed up than let you pass, when they eventually move over. 140 mph and 23 mpg, sat on leather with walnut (plastic!) trimmings, with that BMW image. Lots of detail equipment that you do not get on lesser models. And the value for money - what else is there for £2K?
Alas, the reliability and my need for more space means it has been replaced. A Honda Shuttle is not quite the same, but surprisingly close! Practical considerations ruled out the 540i Touring!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th September, 2002
I too purchased a second hand 730i of the same year and found similar defects. the vehicles cam also needed replacement and similar difficulties were experienced with the air-con. I have spoken too many 730i owners and found that the cam problem seems to be a result of infrequent oil changes.
Overall I find the 730i an amazing, comfortable and well finished vehicle with more good points than bad. I hope this helps in one way or another those who plan on purchasing or already own this vehicle and hope for them to enjoy this vehicle's "sheer driving pleasure"
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