1989 BMW 7 Series Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1989 BMW 7 Series 730i 3.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired204000 miles
Most recent distance248500 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Possibly the best value for money I've ever had from a car. 45'000 miles for £450

Faults:

New front discs and pads (big deal!)

Front shocks (220'000 miles)

Passenger front window doesn't always work.

Both front calipers have stuck and needed freeing off.

Front track control arms.

General Comments:

Buying a 15 year old BMW with 204'000 miles isn't always the best move. But he's now done 248'500 miles and I've had it since July 2004. It hasn't broken down YET, but you know it's going to one day - with this mileage it has to!

Original engine, clutch, gearbox and diff, rear shocks. Only replaced the front shocks because of an annoying knocking sound which turned out to be the top mount. The (original) 220'000 mile shocks have been kept because they're still okay. Car does have a detailed service record and it had a new water pump and rad not long before I bought it.

Of course it's had minor problems, but what a shame BMW or Merc don't build them like this anymore - strong, mechanically simple cars that can do almost 250'000 miles without going horribly wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2006

1989 BMW 7 Series 750 il 5.0 V12 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 V12 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired122000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

Twin turbo V12 Bimmer

Faults:

Small radiator leak, easy fix. Teflon tape and some wrenches.

Steering box failure, very costly! And what a pain to replace, but replaced it myself.

Water pump failure, not too hard to replace. just takes a couple hours.

Tie rod ends, inner and outer. Caused a shake from 50 mph and up. easy fix.

General Comments:

The BMW 750 il is in my opinion the smoothest sleeper on the road.

This is one car that can get you moving as fast as you want, and do it all while you are wrapped in leather.

My wife hates the car because of how much time the car requires in keeping up with. But I think that I would spend the time into what ever I drove.

I have owned three 7 series BMW's, and I can't see why anyone would want to own anything else. These cars are fast, easy to upgrade to get it to go faster, ride like a dream. But click it into sport mode, and it will take any corner you throw at it. All this while you have four adult friends going for the ride with you.

I have upgrade to a set of 19 by 8 wheels in front, and 19 by 9.5 in the back. With some sticky z rated rubber. Big chrome wheels look so nice. Car handles better with wider tires, you only notice this when you push it to the edge.

I have rebuild the motor, not out of it really needing it, more for my piece of mind. It was quite fun. All aluminum motor is now sleeved, to assure longer life, and it will handle any upgrade I throw at it.

Installed by a local speed shop is a pair of turbos, large inter-cooler, and some cold air intakes. Custom built injectors. 3 inch duel exhaust ending with some single chamber chrome race mufflers, 4 inch tips.

You might wonder how I did the duel exhaust seeming the stock gas tank takes up 3/4 of the space under the back of the car. A good friend built me a custom fuel cell. Which takes a bit to install, but looks very clean once done. It does throw off your read outs miles to empty, but its not much of a loss.

5,000 watt stereo system, 4 15's in the trunk. There is no better car in the world to throw money at. The cars just keep getting better and better.

Have you driven a Bimmer lately?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2004

27th Dec 2004, 10:16

This review is hardly of any use to someone who would be interested in the strengths and weaknesses in a STOCK 750iL, given that the reviewer had made some very extensive and expensive modifications to his.

Anybody can make a car better than stock by throwing money at it.

26th Mar 2005, 15:11

I am researching the 750 iL as a project car, looking to do my own twin turbo set up. I would like to know what numbers (hp, qt mile time) that were achieved and with what size turbo's and what fuel modifications were made to make the whole thing work. Also, what other mods had to be made to fit the twin turbo's under the hood. Thanks.

29th Jul 2005, 07:11

Twin turbo setups for these cars aren't impossible.

26th Sep 2005, 02:10

Hi can someone post more pages with BMW 750 twin turbo projects. I want a turbo in my 750 to, but I don't know were to start...

So post as many pages as possible!

7th Dec 2009, 20:20

Hello, I don't know if you still have your 750il twin turbo, I am looking to do the same with mine. I have a 750il euro and I am restoring it. With suspension upgrades and ECU Dinan chip and engine and exhaust mods. Where did you get the turbos and installation done? So I will be able to talk to someone about installation and where to purchase turbos and plumbing "intercooler etc".

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