2006 BMW 7 Series Review from UK and Ireland

2006 BMW 7 Series 730D Sport 3.0L turbo diesel

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0L turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance33500 miles
Previous carBMW 7 Series


Would buy one again, but will be going with 5 Series for a while (easier to park!)


Car was supplied with one wrong size tyre.

Cigar lighter not working (visit to dealer failed to solve).

I-Drive has crashed once.

General Comments:

Overall I've been pleased with the 7 series. Performance is good considering the size of the car, and I've averaged 71.7 MPG according to the computer.

The computerised servicing system - which tells you when the car will next need to be serviced - seems to jump about a bit.

Lack of lumbar adjustment is sorely (literally) missed.

I-Drive is not as bad as generally thought, but is a pain when entering addresses in SatNav (as is the lack of full postcode support).

Odd that folding wing mirrors are not standard on such a large car.

Parking distance sensor can be fooled by posts.

Bluetooth a bit finicky with my iPhone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2010

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review