2000 BMW 7 Series 740 4.4 liter V8 from North America


Excellent performance, but extremely costly to maintain


When I bought the car with 29000 miles, the dealer shared the repair history. They had installed new brakes, a new battery, and a new condenser for the air conditioning.

At 35,000 miles, the glove box broke and cost $137 to repair.

At 39,000 miles, I had to replace a computer chip that cost $800.

At 50,000 miles, the cup holder that closes into the front dash broke and will not stay closed.

At 60,000 miles, a bushing gave way and necessitated a torsion bar bushing replacement that cost $500.

At 69,000 miles, the over flow valve at the top of the radiator cracked, and required a complete radiator replacement that cost $480.

At 55,000 miles the drivers seat began to show considerable wear, and continues to be very susceptible to anything that might scratch the leather.

General Comments:

The car is fun to drive, and very responsive with strong torque.

The car holds the road extremely well.

It is difficult for older folks to get in and out of the back seats.

The paint has not held up well, and there are several paint chips on the front of the hood and the front quarter panels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th September, 2008

2000 BMW 7 Series 740il 4.4 from North America



General Comments:

I love the hooked up feel of this car. The drive is very responsive, and the feedback to the driver is perfect.

The engine is more than capable, even in this heavy car; very little throttle is needed to get it moving and maintain speed.

Fuel mileage has been a pleasant surprise; 24 miles per gallon country driving!! 26+ on the highway.

I have also driven the car in snowy conditions, and find it very predictable and capable on slippery roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2008

2000 BMW 7 Series 728ia 2.8 6 cylinder petrol from Australia and New Zealand


BMW's secret gem


At 95000km the brake lights stopped working. Easy to fix, did it myself.

Torque converter needed replacement at 97k.

General Comments:

This is an extremely beautiful car. propably one of the best looking cars BMW has produced.

For a 2.8 liter 6, the car moves well. it handles like a gem.

Interior is extremely comfortable, spacious nd luxurious.

The car is the 728 with the M Sports body, interior and suspension package. this package makes a big difference to the cars looks. It looks absolutely stunning.

It possesses an absolutely terrific 10 speaker sound system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2007

27th May 2010, 07:08

Hi, can you tell me if buying this series 728i second hand is good?

23rd Jan 2011, 18:41

Sorry for the very late reply. I would recommend an e38 BMW 728i to anybody, even if they are buying it second hand. They are reliable, economical and comfortable. Keep an eye out for a well cared for example and you will have many many years of hassle free motoring ahead. I still have the 728i eight years after purchasing it in 2003, and I have no plans to sell it anytime soon. It's a joy to drive, and an even bigger pleasure to own.

2000 BMW 7 Series 740i 4.4 V8 from North America


Expensive but worth the money


I have had no problems at all.

General Comments:

Very nice car for the enthusiast. Very comfortable on long trips, although not as smooth a ride as the LS400.

The engine has lots of torque and has a great sound. Fun to drive and handles like a small sports car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2001

24th May 2002, 05:32

The BMW 7 series is the finest luxury car, combining comfort, performance and precision, which has always been a hallmark of every BMW. How can the LEXUS LS400 be any smoother in terms of handling and ride? Please elaborate on the points being made in this review and in future reviews.

2000 BMW 7 Series 740i from South Africa


Creaky piece of tin!!


* Airbags (2 front).

* Power steering.

* Driver seat collapsed.

* Heavy on fuel.

* Headlight (right) constantly blows.

* Left rear doorhandle broke off!!!

* Excessive tyre wear.

* Lots of rattles (especially in the dashboard).


General Comments:

A lot of money for a supposed luxury car! I will never purchase a BMW again!! I will return to Audi & Mercedes, at least there you get what you pay for!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th September, 2000

12th May 2001, 15:18

My Audi S6 is a piece of crap, constant electrical and oil seal problems. If you think Audi's are reliable then maybe you should get one.

7th Jul 2001, 16:51

I've run an A8 for 2 years and it has had few problems - trade in the 740 and get a 4.2 liter.

8th Aug 2001, 12:06

You've probably just had a bad experience. I would urge you to go buy a Mercedes - just make sure you get breakdown cover. Ultimate combination: BMW cars, Mercedes dealers.