1997 BMW 7 Series 740i from United Arab Emirates


Great to have, nightmare to keep


All but engine and gearbox more or less.

General Comments:

The car is a dream to drive when it's working. Comfort marks are only matched by the unbelievable performance of this beautiful beast. The car's main components will take any kind of abuse you throw at it. Those are the pluses.

The negatives: A nightmare turning into reality as far as maintenance is concerned. This car is a serious wallet black hole generator. Because the car is so beautiful, owners tend to try and keep them that way, this in turn is extremely costly. In my case simple and not so serious break downs cost me around US$ 15k in the past 2 years to fix, with a bill of another 15k to fix out-standings, the likes of AC pipe leaks, arm bushes, tires etc.

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

Review Date: 17th May, 2008

25th Sep 2009, 10:14

That's true :)

1997 BMW 7 Series 728i Sport 2.8 from UK and Ireland


Highly recommended; an amazing piece of engineering!


Top water pipe split.

OSV valve became blocked.

Air con pump seized.

Traction control sensor failed.

Pixel failure on display.

"Check tail lights warning constantly on".

Used quite a lot of oil, but with no smoke, but BMW said this was normal.

General Comments:

Absolutely amazing vehicle, supreme in every way.

Looked stunning, handled amazingly on B roads and loved the twisty stuff.

Absolute silence at 145mph on the autobahn and felt very stable. The interior was sublime.

Surprisingly economical and not much slower than my friend's Impreza WRX 50mph - 70mph. Great gearbox and was truly a stunning car.

I happily overlooked the minor problems, which were to be expected.

10 speaker stereo was amazing.

Loved this car and will almost definitely buy another.

Had a small accident with another vehicle, which resulted in a slightly dented wing and the other vehicle being written off. Amazingly safe, fast and excellent to drive. Doesn't have the grin factor of the MX5, but an amazing long distance cruiser, and parts are relatively cheap too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2007

19th Jul 2022, 09:27

I am looking at getting a 728i, 1997 model. It looks a very nice car for the money. I've heard the performance isn't bad, but was told to avoid these cars (usually by 740i or 750i drivers that of course say anything less then the top models are useless), but in reality the 728i and 730i/735i have more than enough power as well, and obviously better on fuel than the top V8/V12 cars.

1997 BMW 7 Series 740il 4.0 V8 from North America


Immortal drive-train, wonderful car, annoying little things break


Head and tail lights last only a few months.

Cupholder breaks with US size cans.

Radiator upper hose mount tends to break at full acceleration, making for spectacular clouds of steam as you seemingly disappear ahead.

General Comments:

Engine and transmission seem immortal, running as good as new at 140,000 miles with only routine maintenance.

This car is a lot quicker than the specs suggest, puts away some cars with better 0-60 times such as Lexus gs450.

Unbelievably comfortable and good handling car (actually handles better than the 5-series) means you can put away prodigious distances effortlessly.

Drives like a small sport sedan, but is actually sneaky large. Rear seat legroom and the heated steering wheel will spoil you forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2007

1997 BMW 7 Series Saloon 2.8i from UK and Ireland


BMW at their best


I have had three faults on this car since I purchased it in 2004.

The first fault was the windscreen washers that stopped operating virtually simultaneously. Cost to replace £22.00 each.

The second fault was a squeaking noise from the engine belts when the car was stationery, but still in drive. This was the tension pulley that was squeaking and this had to be replaced. I found this fault myself after the main dealers had tried everything to resolve it.

The last fault was a small leak on the power steering. This was easily rectified and simply needed a new clip on one end of the hose.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute dream to drive and responds without question to everything asked of it. I have recently test driven a new S class Mercedes and the new Lexus LS 460 and neither car betters this model for comfort and performance.

It is powerful and yet quiet and glides like an intercity train on rails on the motorway. Traveling long distances in this car is a joy because when you reach your destination, it feels like you have not travelled at all.

This car also grips the road like glue and although big, handles like a sports car if asked.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2007

23rd May 2008, 06:52

LS460 can't beat your 728i on performance? You're in a dream world mate!

The only advantage your BMW has over the Lexus is weight, but even then its less than 150kg difference. The lexus has a serious displacement advantage, 2 extra cylinders, a huge power and torque advantage and is more aerodynamic.

Lexus claim it can do 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds (as opposed to your BMW's book figure of 9.3 seconds). Even top end your BMW wouldn't match the Lexus (Even with most car manufacturer's claiming less than a car is actually capable of, I seriously doubt that BMW have 'Marked down' the top speed by 15mph or more). Just in case you're wondering, the Lexus is claimed at 155mph, but that's electronically limited.

Even if your BMW was equal to the Lexus on figures like power-per-tonne and power-per-litre etc, that fancy 8 speed auto box that Lexus are using could easily be set-up to make it quicker.

25th Sep 2008, 08:38

22nd Sep 2008, 14:08.

I like my bmw aswell!

8th May 2014, 04:40

Ermm... Lexus is a poxy Toyota don't forget. A celeb wannabe that it will never be. ;)

8th May 2014, 15:16

Lexus only really sells in America. Without that market they'd never survive. Reliability? Get a top shelf Toyota with leather and save half the price.