1997 BMW 7 Series 728i 2.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Everything I thought it would be
Air con won't work, traction control sensors, pixel display a bit intermittent, coolant leaks and problems, all sorted by myself in the one year I have had it. The car has had every oil change since new, and the previous owner had a few expensive problems but nothing serious according to history logs. Rust is appearing on the arches front and rear, but it is 25 years old.
1997 728i in blue with grey leather, massive alloy wheels, I love the look of this car inside and out. The E38 is the best looking BMW 7 series in my opinion. First saw this car in a James Bond movie and wanted one ever since.
First off, how does it drive? Well 740i and 750i owners will tell you anything less than those is useless, but I have had no problems keeping up with modern traffic in my 728i. With nearly 200 bhp I can't see why anyone says these are under powered. Yes the V8 and V12's are wonderful, but the straight six cylinder cars are still worth looking at. They can also achieve something resembling economy, 27 mpg on average, maybe a little more on a long cruise. Not great today, but very good for a large luxury car from its time, and the bigger engined cars will never see anything near those numbers in economy.
Interior is quiet and refined, suspension is surprisingly firm but it does corner very well for its size and weight, and never sacrifices comfort. I like to just cruise in it however and never drive like a maniac, it is not that kind of car. Probably the most comfortable car I have ever had.
I plan to sort the rust and keep it as a weekend/summer cruiser. Buy nothing less than a looked after car, and if like me you know a BMW mechanic, maintaining one of these is still expensive but manageable as a second car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2022