1988 BMW 7 Series Reviews

1988 BMW 7 Series 735i 3.5 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2014
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance84800 miles
Previous carMazda MPV

Summary:

Wow

Faults:

Intermittent mileage and system readout. E32 hiccup.

General Comments:

Just purchased. We were aware the 735i was the BMW to locate. This one was a 1 owner with service records. Oddly the shop did recognize the dash issues years ago and did not act upon it.

Otherwise would throughout. No leaks. Added Freon and a thorough tune up.

Paint and body looks new. Interior very nice.

I expected some other repairs.

Solid driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th March, 2014

18th Mar 2014, 13:43

There are issues, which given the age of the car, become a non-issue. If every single thing were tinkered with every time something not really vital failed, you'll end up spending copious amounts of money very often - and much of it just in labour getting to that part. If the vital parts of the car are doing fine; engine, gearbox, brakes, heating/aircon, main instrumentation, windows and locks, just enjoy the car.

1988 BMW 7 Series 735i 3.5 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance290000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Lots of small issues that are greatly overshadowed by the general excellence of this car

Faults:

Original alternator died at 240000 km.

Fan blade broke off at 300000 km, resulting vibrations sheared water pump shaft.

Recurring power seat back "twist".

Relay controlling signal lights faulty at 250000 km.

Front bearings worn out at 250000 km.

OBC intermittent failure at 260000 km.

Exhaust (not muffler) rusted through at 240000 km.

Very minor rust at door bottoms at 280000 km.

General Comments:

Incredibly comfortable car. The seats are likely to be the most comfortable furniture I'll ever own.

Very beautiful car both inside and out. The peak of BMW styling in my opinion.

Great on gas, considering it's a very big car with a huge 6 cylinder engine.

Handling is exceptional for a car of this size.

Impeccable engineering. Very very easy to work on, the car was designed to be easily repaired.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2009

1988 BMW 7 Series 735i inline six from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission inline six Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired300000 kilometres
Most recent distance317000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Astro

Summary:

A beautiful car to have

Faults:

Twisted seat.

Starter motor.

Air conditioning and climate control computer.

OBC lights.

Dashboard instrument lights.

Worn tires.

Muffler hole.

Some lower body rust.

General Comments:

Well, this is a fantastic car for handling with good acceleration. Gas mileage is not too bad - the same as my 6 cylinder Astro van, so acceptable.

All the things wrong with it have been fixed, but if you take it to a repair shop, they will charge a lot to work on these vehicles - I did everything myself except for the tires (and air conditioning - don't use it).

When it gets wet, the electronics seem to like to act up - usually just annoying false alarm dashboard bings telling me a parking light is out or something (never has been so far).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2008

1988 BMW 7 Series 750iL 5.0 V12 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.0 V12 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired196000 miles
Most recent distance201000 miles
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

You wanted the best, you got the best!

Faults:

Oxygen sensor replaced.

Driveline support bearing replaced.

All fluids replaced.

Minor tune-up.

General Comments:

The car is very fast, handles like a sports car.

The car is very nice inside lots of room, seats are comfortable and the controls are easy to use.

The stock radio has been replaced with a new Kenwood, I left the stock speakers in and they sound great.

My plans are to upgrade the exhaust for a little better flow.

This car is not cheap to own, if you are looking for an inexpensive ride this is not the car for you.

I decided to buy a 750il because I love BMW's and the engine in this beast makes my heart pound V12 baby!

I do all my own work on the car. I studied this car for a whole year before I purchased one. I think BMW makes the best cars in the world.

The 750il is the only car I know of that you could race on Sunday, and take your son's basketball team to school on Monday. You get it all sports car, luxury car and mini van.

Overall the best damn car period!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2005

25th Mar 2009, 12:15

Hey, my buddy has one, and I am his mechanic. And to my luck I have never worked on one of these cars or foreign cars, except Hondas and Toyotas. Please tell me what I can expect. email me at loverlova69@msn.com and let me know what's in store for me. Thanks.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 8 reviews