2000 BMW 7 Series 740 IL 4.4 V8 from North America
I bought what I thought would be my ultimate car a BMW 740IL.
With it, I purchased an extended warranty. Boy was I glad I did! Best investment of my life! Since this purchase, the warranty company has paid over $6,000 in covered repairs!
Will I buy another BMW? NOT! This car is forever leaking something. Don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful car to look at. You just need deep pockets to own one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th February, 2009
It seems that the 7 series isn't as reliable as the 3 or the 5. According to owner reviews that is.
I agree with you. These cars could be a lot better. My 740i has had a lot of small but still annoying problems with the electronics, and some big problems too. For an 8 year old car with a complete service history, that is generally in good shape, this is just not good enough, especially considering what these cars cost. The BMW e38 could easily have been the perfect car, if it had been well made. Great combination of comfort and road handling. Sadly it is just not well made, and the sweet taste of driving it the times when everything works fine, is not enough to make it worth it.
Nope. In the 7 Series they throw a lot of seemingly untested electronics into that car and let the owner figure it out. Don't get me wrong, when the E38 is running right and everything works, there is nothing like it. But when it goes wrong, everything is spidered in so it feels like a person is rebuilding half the car just for some minor nuance. The 2002 and up 7 Series is even worse, but also beautiful when running right.
The 3 Series and 5 Series are what they call the "mass market" cars that must uphold well compared to the stiff competition in that category. They seem to do more equipment testing and or have less electronics, and thus less things go wrong in the 3 and 5 Series. But neither one feel as great as a good running 7 Series.
So what I did was buy an E36 along with the E38 (then traded the E38 for the E65) for those times when the 7 Series is being repaired. Never had issue with the E36 (2001), but little niggles with both 7 Series that weren't major, but did affect driving ability like warning lights (most turned out to be false in the E65, but more of PITA to fix than actual problems that trip the lights) and leaks in the 7 Series. I think BMW engineers can build a NASA space ship, but seem to have trouble with little things like engine oil seals, reliable electronic modules, and "cool to play with" electronic features.