1998 BMW 7 Series Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1998 BMW 7 Series 728iA 2.8i from Spain

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.8i Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 kilometres
Most recent distance142000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Best car I´ve ever had

Faults:

Front suspension bushes, replaced at 110.000kms 30€ each.

Petrol tank caliper (90€).

Air conditioning belt.

Some pixels of the BC display are wrong.

Regular replacement of oil, all filters, etc.

General Comments:

Fantastic car and reliability.

Smooth, rides nicely, comfortable and sporty at the same time.

I replaced standard shocks for Bilsteins.

Expensive spares, but as I don't go to official dealers, it's reasonable.

Probably the best car I have ever had.

With the optional 18 inch rims, it looks superb.

I paid for it 10.000€ with 85.000kms 3 and a half years ago. Probably the best buy I´ve ever made. It puts a smile in my face every time I drive it.

I strongly recommend it. Cheap to buy, reasonable to maintain if you find a good unit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2009

1998 BMW 7 Series 750iA 5.4 litre V12 from Sweden

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.4 litre V12 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

The price of driving the best

Faults:

- GPS stopped working.

- Stereo sound muted when turning left (!)

- Engine started running uneven and misfiring, £4000 later and the problem was fixed.

General Comments:

I love the design of the old E38 7-series and I was really out to get a 740 V8, but this 750 V12 looked stunning with its low mileage and well documented history in Monaco. The car seemed perfect on the outside...

I have a good friend who has gone through 3 of these V12s and never had a problem, but my car seemed to have every annoying little fault possible. When it worked, for the first few months it was truly astonishing, performance, acceleration and comfort was top class and I still love the clean look of a standard, well kept E38. When things started going wrong, it was not so fun anymore. Settle for a 740 and you probably have one of the best cars ever, the 750 is for the few who appreciate, and can afford the refinement of a V12.

What is interesting is that I got the same long-distance mileage on the 750 as on my current 530.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2008

1998 BMW 7 Series 740iL 4.4L M62 Fuel Injection Engine from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.4L M62 Fuel Injection Engine Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

Fast, luxurious, but unreliable

Faults:

Passenger Seat Airbag Sensor - $500

Faulty Front Calipers - $800

Cracked Tail Lights - $200

Fan Clutch - $1000

MAF - $1000

Radiator - $300

Catalytic Converters - $400 (Replaced with After-market)

Oxygen Sensors - $400 (all 4)

Squeaky Moon-roof - not fixed

Missing dash pixels - not fixed

Seats starting to wear out - not fixed

Cracked shifter knob - not fixed

Rear suspension creak - not fixed

Carbon buildup on cylinder heads - quote $8000.

General Comments:

The 1998 BMW 740iL is certainly a sexy head-turning car, it handles amazingly well for a 2.5 ton car and is plush and very comfortable on long trips. VERY SAFE, got rear ended on the highway and it only left a small dent on the bumper while the other car was almost totalled! Incredible rear leg room. Gas mileage for highway is decent, 25mpg on a recent 200 mile trip. City mileage is not so great at 11mpg.

If you're thinking of buying it used, Don't! I've learned not to buy German cars used, if you don't have too much money, lease new! Overall, the repair costs for 2 years is over $12600 and the depreciation is about $5000. Overall running costs: $17600, should have leased a new 5 series or A6 and save the headaches.

However, if you are determined to buy a used 7 series, do your due diligence before buying. Also know that the after-market "extended warranties" are useless because everything is "wear and tear."

If the 7 series had ls400 like reliability, I would recommend it without hesitation. However, it's far from the case, consumer reports rates the 7 series one of the worst used car buys due to reliability. The ls400 or acura RL may not be as sexy, but it sure saves you time/money/and headaches. If you REALLY want sexy, go lease a new Bentley Continental GT for $2500 a month.

Oh, and I still have the car, anybody want it for $7000? NO? Well I don't blame ya.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th April, 2007

14th Apr 2007, 08:24

The reviewer buys a vehicle with high mileage. I would have wanted all maintenance records or would not have bought it. Most of what has gone wrong appears to be normal maintenance and wear items so don't blame the car.

10th May 2007, 12:15

If you pay more than 2-3K for ANY car - have it checked out by professionals, especially when you buy luxury car with high miles and, god forbid, no service history. Yes it will cost you $100-150 but you will feel better knowing that you are making a right decision. There are plenty of BMW mechanics around, you don't need to go to the dealership. By 2007 all common problems in 95-2001 740i's have already been discovered.

Buy 740i if you already have a second car that you use daily. Drive 740i when you are in the mood for some spirited driving or just weekend driving. This is not the car for people on the budget.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 9 reviews