1989 BMW 7 Series Reviews

1989 BMW 7 Series 750i 5.0 M70 V12 from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 5.0 M70 V12 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Ultimate autobahn cruiser

Faults:

Left bank ignition wires, brake accumulator, exhaust flex on first left down pipe.

General Comments:

Definitely the biggest car in my car history. With all options included and a V12 under the hood, the car is very pleasurable to drive, and a far cry from the e36 325i I had before in regard to luxury.

The 325 is tad bit faster of the line, and build quality is incomparable, like a different manufacturer produced those cars. In the e36, the interior is falling apart, but the 750i interior is like new, although the e32 is 5 years older.

The car has more equipment than most new cars on road these days, not to mention the grunt of the V12 that makes you faster than proud owners of brand new cars. I'm getting thumbs up almost every day at red lights.

Keeping this car in good condition is definitely a challenge, because it's an automotive dinosaur, and parts are not so easy to find, not to mention good servicemen, who know how to maintain the V12. Almost all work on car is done by me and my good friend, who happens to be BMW technician :).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2012

1989 BMW 7 Series 750 IL 5.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired235000 miles
Most recent distance245000 miles
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

Dream

Faults:

My alternator went on the car.

At the same time, I replaced the battery, which was still original.

One of the straps holding the gas tank rusted and broke.

Also, one of the bushings securing the exhaust system broke.

General Comments:

This is the best monster of a car I have ever driven and owned.

Interior is great; all power options, and not to mention the comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2010

1989 BMW 7 Series 750i 5.0L V12 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.0L V12 petrol Automatic
Distance when acquired173000 kilometres
Most recent distance173000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Legend

Summary:

A V12 for two grand? Bargain of the millenium

Faults:

Bought off eBay for AU$2000 a few weeks ago as a fixer-upper. So far have spent over AU$2000 on parts, cleaning products, touch-up paint and so on. Considering all the parts had to be imported this isn't too bad. The 750i wasn't sold by BMW in Australia, and this one is a UK import with a speedo in MPH. This is the short wheelbase version, considerably lighter than the 750iL model and has the sports suspension option.

Main things that needed repairing:

1. ENGINE: Car had not been regularly maintained and had some bad oil leaks. Pulled down the top end, safety-wired the banjo bolts to the cam oil lines (known fault - they unscrew and starve the cams, causing serious damage), replaced rocker cover gaskets, various rubber hoses and mounts, air filters, oil filter, plugs, engine oil and distributor caps/rotors. Cleaned and painted rocker covers and intake manifolds with high temperature paint. Overhauled fuel injectors, replaced cracked air intake boots and alternator cable. Overhauled electric throttle valves.

2. SUSPENSION: Replaced rear subframe mounts, pitman arms, front upper and lower control arm bushes. All looked like they were original parts and were completely worn out.

3. PAINT: The car had been resprayed in two-pack Brokatrot Metallic (Brocade Red, a deep burgundy) from the original IslandGrün Metallic. This was a reasonably good paint job, but has now started to crack on the roof and has some blemishes where the surface wasn't prepared properly. I have bought matched touch-up paint in pressure packs and will be doing a repair in the future. Already painted the front and rear bumpers with black "bumper and trim" paint because they looked chipped and shabby.

4. ELECTRICAL: The electricals of this car are complex and a known bugbear for many owners. Since I'm an electronics tech, this is less of a problem than it might have been for some. Connectors in the engine bay have disintegrated due to heat and age and most have been replaced now. Various warnings (e.g. a false Washer Fluid Low warning) have been fixed, several broken globes replaced, a new washer pump is on its way and I bought a Peake diagnostic tool to debug the onboard computer. Only remaining OBC fault is a Trans Program error, which is keeping the auto locked in first gear for now. I have already overhauled the gear select switch. Replaced the alternator cable due to heat damage and corrosion.

5. BODYWORK: The car has zero accident damage or rust, but some malicious damage from an attempted break-in will need repairing. Passenger door lock repair kit is on order and I will need to find some minor trim parts from a wrecker. There are two small star cracks in the windscreen and I've bought a repair kit for those. Also got a scratch repair kit to remove a couple of small windscreen scratches, cheaper than buying a new one by far. I've replaced the boot (trunk) struts and bought a new tyre spanner and a dished washer/wingnut to restrain the spare. The car came with two sets of original wheels, those on the car are good enough to pass a roadworthy inspection and the second set have 3mm of tread left. I've purchased a new set of "hubcap" inserts and also two sets of transfers so that I can respray the old ones and rebadge them. I'll probably respray the second set of rims as well. Replaced original enamel BMW "roundel" badges front and rear, they were damaged.

6. INTERIOR: The leather on the seats is in fairly good condition, but needs nourishment to keep it pliable, so I'll be rubbing in some Oakwood Leather Conditioner, available at horse supply stores. Dash and door trims are in need of cleaning but no cracks or tears at all. Carpet is all terrific because it has had mats overlaid the whole time, but the mats themselves will need replacing. The access hatch trim over the sunroof motor was broken but still available as a spare so I bought a new panel.

This is what I'd call a "minor restoration" job and cost me about 3-4 weeks of 8 hour days to achieve, including parts research and ordering and time on various enthusiast forums.

General Comments:

It's hard to say what I think when I've done so little actual driving, especially since the car was running in a crippled fashion. I expect it will be a joy to drive when finished though, and I'm planning to use this as my daily driver for at least the next five years.

So, I'll get back to you...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2010

15th Sep 2010, 06:11

I am looking at buying one of these and you sound like a good person to know. Any chance you could document your work on a forum for the benefit of others? Like me.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 7 reviews