2004 BMW 7 Series 730i Sport 3.0 litre petrol from UK and Ireland


The second hand buy of the 21st Century!


Power steering radiator needed replacement.

One xenon light unit had to be replaced.

General Comments:

A big, seriously capable, luxury car that seemingly manages the impossible by wafting along one minute, then when you are in the mood, tightening up (especially when fitted with Dynamic Drive) and handling as though it were a superbly balanced sports car half it's size.

Typical excellent BMW build quality, great service by local BMW dealership and relatively modest running costs (over a year I have averaged 27.4 mpg on mainly country roads). Over a 2,500 journey around Switzerland I averaged a creditable 32 mpg which is impressive given the size of car and it's performance.

Try and find one with Logic 7 Hi Fi as this is an amazing bit of kit. I often stay in the car after arriving home to hear the end of a CD, the sound is that good.

I-Drive truly did my head in for the first week, but I soon sorted out what I needed to know and what I would never need to know (which is a lot!). It really is quite simple once you have learnt it's logic... use the voice commands and the system starts to make good sense.

Makes an incredible secondhand buy as the first owner has taken a massive hit in depreciation over the first year or two.

The looks have grown on me and I much prefer the butch look of this car compared to the Edna Everidge 5 Series. The same goes for the interior where the 7 Series is ultra modern and luxurious compared to the rather stark interior of a 5.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2008

12th May 2011, 19:22

I was very impressed with this review and the positive comments on the BMW 730i saloon, particularly the petrol consumption. The enthusiasm for the performance and ability of the car have made me look seriously at buying a 2003 model with 52000 miles on the clock.

Kevin Lofting.

2004 BMW 7 Series Li 4.4L V8 from North America


A very solid, reliable boat


Well, let me think here... oh yes, I remember my son always complaining about how the passenger heated seat didn't always work. When I got a flat tire the people at Les Schwab put on the wrong tire... I don't see how they could have done that!, and the tire pressure monitor refused to shut up.

General Comments:

This car was a beauty to own. I traded it in for a 2006 BMW X5 4.8is (you might find my review in that section). This car accelerated with gobs of toque, and I was pretty astonished at how it did. The handling was also impressive, with no body roll or anything. I got the Li version because I often have to drive clients around town, so they were always very comfortable.

I got many stares from this car, especially driving down the freeway at 80, flying past everyone. 0ver all, this is a very reliable, solid car and I have never lost faith in it once. So, if you can afford the 1200 dollar a month price tag, I highly recommend this car to you, and you will be glad to purchase one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2006

7th May 2023, 20:39

Buying advice from someone who traded theirs in after one whole year of ownership?

30th May 2023, 17:14

Quite a mileage though for only a year or so of ownership...

30th May 2023, 18:21

If you drove 73000 miles per year, you may also want something which is better on gas than this car is.

30th May 2023, 21:51

And the passenger seat heater didn't always work - on a car owned from new for a year. OH - it's a 7-series! The car whose electricals caught out even German journalists.