2003 BMW 7 Series Reviews

2003 BMW 7 Series 745LI from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

Terrible car to own!!!

Faults:

Had to replace a pipe for the cooling system; very expensive.

Had to have the transmission pan replaced.

Park brake sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced.

All relatively expensive!!

General Comments:

This is a very comfortable driving car, but it stays in the repair shop more than it is on the road.

I'm always very nervous about driving this car, just waiting at a moment's notice for something to fail!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th November, 2012

2003 BMW 7 Series 745i 4.4 V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4.4 V8 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired800 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Extraordinary handling but disappointed in the reliability

Faults:

Door handle lever was broken for both front doors, and the back right door.

The sound system makes an annoying buzzing sound that comes and goes, which I have requested to be fixed for the past 3 years, but still has not been fixed by BMW dealer.

Driver's side mirror will not tilt.

The car overheated at 45000km.

Electric window of passenger side broken.

Gearbox replaced due to it having a stalling feel, and the gear changes are not smooth.

Leather seats wear out fast for a BMW flagship.

Cup holders lose fallen out.

Many many things have gone wrong, and I have spent a fortune fixing things. Have serviced the car accordingly and everything, but still have problems with the car.

General Comments:

The 7 Series is definitely an exceptional car to drive, very powerful and fast for such a heavy car. But in terms of reliability, as people say with BMWs, you either get a good one or a faulty one. Would probably buy the new S Class for my next car. BMW servicing in NZ is crap, takes a long time, and is overpriced.

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

Review Date: 24th June, 2011

2nd Nov 2013, 09:07

The S Class is only "slightly" better. These large euro cars are built to target the lease customers... they last for 50-60,000 miles. The 2nd and 3rd owners are screwed.

2003 BMW 7 Series 760li 6.0L DOHC 48 valve V12 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6.0L DOHC 48 valve V12 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance211 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

More than the

Faults:

Nothing so far, and I doubt anything ever will!

General Comments:

Amazing doesn't begin to describe the new 760li. I could praise it for hours, and I still wouldn't do the car justice. It is certainly expensive, but no one can argue that it isn't worth it. Great job BMW, excellent job!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2003

24th Dec 2010, 14:30

I wonder if this reviewer has had any issues with his 760 over the ensuing years? I read postings from other 2003 760li users, and many of them rue the day they bought this car. They love the looks, the ride and the overall luxury, but they hate the fact that it spends so much time at the dealers being repaired. They never know what will pop up next... from leaks to bad transmissions, it's a real erratic ride with this car.

17th Dec 2012, 19:24

I wish posters wouldn't write a vehicle review one month after bringing it home from the dealership! At least let a year or two pass before writing about your ownership experience. Of course your new car will be amazing right after it leaves the factory. Tell us what it's like after the warranty runs out!

2nd Nov 2013, 09:10

A primo car for the first 60,000 miles... maybe.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews