2001 BMW 7 Series 728i 2.8 petrol
A timeless, and elegant luxury car
Apart from a blown headlight bulb, nothing at all.
Viewed objectively the 728i is not quite as accomplished a car as my previous luxury barge, an LS400, but while the Lexus lasted less than a year before I tired of it, I find more in the BMW to appreciate the longer I have it.
For starters, it is extremely elegant and well proportioned. The cabin is huge, with a very tasteful choice of materials. Everything falls to hand, though I find the foot operated parking brake a pain.
With only 193 BHP, straight line performance is adequate rather than stunning. Use of the gearbox's Sport mode however - or the sequential shift - speeds things up considerably. V8 models are quicker, but would not match the 728i's trump card - its stellar economy. High 30s or even low 40s MPG is easily attained on a motorway run, which, together with the 80 litre fuel tank, makes it an extremely useful long range cruiser.
The 728i is not a sports car, but the steering - while not the sharpest - retains a feeling of connectivity; ride comfort is very good, though the ultimate bias feels towards providing an edge for the driver. Body control impresses at speed, and the car feels extremely wieldy for such a large machine.
The E38s have a reputation for being among the last old school, well built BMWs, and the overall feel of the car certainly reflects this. I was lucky to find a very low mileage car that had been well looked after, and do not plan to sell any time soon.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th December, 2014