2006 BMW 7 Series Reviews

2006 BMW 7 Series 730D Sport 3.0L turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0L turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance33500 miles
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

Would buy one again, but will be going with 5 Series for a while (easier to park!)

Faults:

Car was supplied with one wrong size tyre.

Cigar lighter not working (visit to dealer failed to solve).

I-Drive has crashed once.

General Comments:

Overall I've been pleased with the 7 series. Performance is good considering the size of the car, and I've averaged 71.7 MPG according to the computer.

The computerised servicing system - which tells you when the car will next need to be serviced - seems to jump about a bit.

Lack of lumbar adjustment is sorely (literally) missed.

I-Drive is not as bad as generally thought, but is a pain when entering addresses in SatNav (as is the lack of full postcode support).

Odd that folding wing mirrors are not standard on such a large car.

Parking distance sensor can be fooled by posts.

Bluetooth a bit finicky with my iPhone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2010

2006 BMW 7 Series Li from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carCadillac DTS

Summary:

Very poor

Faults:

When I drive the car it sounds like all the windows are down. The noise is awful.

I live in Michigan and the car gets stuck in the snow. Really stuck.

General Comments:

I purchased the BMW because I was told by some that it was far better than the Cadillac which I had been driving for many years. It isn't! I miss my Cadillac so much and I am so sorry I purchased a BMW. My Cadillac never got stuck in the snow and was completely quiet on the inside. We can hardly hear the radio for the wind noise of this car. I am very surprised. I expected so much more from a BMW. I find nothing that equal to my Cadillac DTS Performance. I will go back to it as soon as possible. I feel sorry for the person who will then get my BMW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th December, 2008

9th Mar 2009, 08:18

It will get stuck in the snow because unlike the Cadillac it's rear wheel drive and has performance, not all season tires. And why is it unreliable? Unless it's left you stranded I see no reason reliability should be under 7/10.

23rd Aug 2010, 23:51

That was the RANDOMEST review I have ever read!

Wind noise is understandable, BUT the tire issue and the car getting stuck is weird, seriously.

Get a good set of winter tires and this baby will rip the road apart!!! It's all about the tires.

I can also bet that... actually, you know what, I'll take it off your hands! Gimme a price.

Cheers.

12th Jan 2014, 22:27

I believe this review is a legit one.

It's just that a Cadillac and a BMW are two different cars.

The Cadillac is based on ultimate comfort, and that includes perfect sound isolation. Not so with the European cars, no matter the price, unless we are talking about a Bentley.

On the other hand, European luxury vehicles are all about the handling and driving pleasure.

So it's two mentalities, and it's better to choose what we prefer. That doesn't diminish the qualities of each of these vehicles.

10th May 2014, 08:09

What a review.

The window noise is very odd, I had something similar in a Mustang someone tried to pry open with a crowbar; over 65 mph it made a terrible buffeting noise. However my 750li doesn't make any such noise.

My 750li came with summer touring tires. For snow I'm picking up some studded winter tires. Tires make all the difference in winter. Also if you are stuck in the snow, you need to turn the DTC on. It is selected in the iDrive, DTC is an electronic version of a limited slip differential. The 750 has DSC which is not compatible with a limited slip diff. Its DSC is turned off when DTC is turned on. It is all in the manual, which if you didn't get can be downloaded in PDF form from the BMW USA website. Not turning DTC on means you have an open differential. A good way to get stuck in snow or on ice. I live in Canada where it gets very cold, icy and snowy. Unlike tropical Michigan.

FWD and RWD drive very different, especially when it is slippery; one wonders if this is also part of the problem.

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews