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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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22 reader reviews for BMW 7 Series Saloon.
  • 730d Sport 4dr

    Chris Washer , South Yorks . Date: 24/10/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had my car for 18 months now and have just covered 65000 miles. In that time the car has been mechanically faultless.

    I love the I-Drive that most people seem to hate as its simple and very intuitive to use. The car averages 36mpg on a run with a top figure of 43mpg on one trip. My only problem with the car is some rattles. The dealer has tried to sort them but they have had limited success. As I said to their service manager "if on a £60 grand car they say it will have rattles in the brochure I'll accept it, but they don't do they!"

    Overall though I cannot compliment the dealer, Sytner Sheffield enough. They are always friendly and very professional and will go above and beyond the call of duty to help. One recent experience I can share concerns a broken windscreen. My insurance tried to get me to go to Auto Windscreens, but I refused saying that I only wanted BMW Sheffield to fit one. After numerous phone calls the dealer was allowed to fit the screen but only on the budget Auto Windscreens would get. The dealer did the job although I know they did it for a loss. I love my 7 and would recommend it to anyone. Its the second 7-series I have owned, the previous one being a 728i and it has made up my mind that I will NEVER buy a petrol car again.

    Simply Superb

  • 730d Sport 4dr

    michael finch , bucks . Date: 08/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my 730d Sport on a contract hire deal at the end of 2005 and the vehicle has now completed 11,000 miles.

    It has run faultlessly, which is a refreshing change after a troublesome time with my previous Mercedes. The best aspect of the car for me is the driving experience. The diesel engine is a touch slow to step off the mark, but, once rolling, the performance is very adequate considering the weight of the car. The handling is simply excellent, which means that the car is actually quite fun to drive, although the ride is on the firm side.

    Ownership costs are very reasonable considering the competitive contract hire rate offered by BMW, the overall 30mpg fuel consumption the car has achieved in a mix of town and motorway driving, and what's looking like 20,000-mile service intervals if the service indicator is to be believed.

    I have even got to like the Bangle exterior styling which, though odd, looks quite muscular from most angles. However, I still find the dashboard design to be ugly and the positioning of the gear lever stalk on the steering column to be inconvenient. I have got used to the iDrive but aspects of it are a nonsense. To have to go into the iDrive menu to alter the air vent settings or choose a different radio station is frustrating.

    Overall, the 730d is an excellent car and I would definitely buy another, particularly if BMW fits the storming twin-turbo diesel engine available in the 5 Series.

  • 735i SE 4dr

    Mark Gould-Coates , North Somerset . Date: 07/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When it works, my 735 is great - but when it breaks down, it's a dog!

    It was off the road for six weeks, while the local BMW franchised dealer (don't even get me started on them... grrr!) fixed a problem with the braking system. The fault locked all four of the wheels and very nearly put paid to myself and children who were travelling with me. It's not the first BMW 7 Series I've had issues with - but I thought it'd be worth another go. How very mistaken I was, and how costly, too!

    My advice for anyone thinking about buying a 7 Series is have a really, really good look at the Mercedes S Class first. Also, never ever get one if you live near Bristol and have to take it to the franchised dealer - as, in my opinion, they're overpriced and lacking in customer service.

    One last thing - the iDrive system is actually good, except for using the navigation part - that's very frustrating!

  • 730Ld SE 4dr

    Tom Paul , North Yorkshire . Date: 13/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have now had my second 7 Series, a 730Ld SE, for nearly five months. This is the face-lifted car, and it feels as though the ride is slightly better (although still firmer than a luxury car should be). They also seem to have improved sound insulation a little, but apart from that, there are no obvious changes, other than the rather needed improvements to the styling.

    This car, at 7000 miles, has been far less troublesome, the only faults so far being a chafed and frayed air-conditioning hose, spotted and replaced by the dealer when they replaced a cracked windscreen, and false alarm warnings of loss of tyre pressure, something that I have heard has caused problems in other models also.

    I somehow ended up with two full sets of wheels as part of the deal. The car came on 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero Rosso tyres and I was also given a set of 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres.

    You would not believe that such a small change in diameter and tyre thickness would make such a difference, but it does. The Pirellis give notably better handling but if you value ride comfort and quietness, the 18-inch wheels and the Michelins are clearly better.

    As can so often be the case post mid-life face-lifts, the car is now so well sorted and I love it. It's beautifully made, great to drive, is a simply wonderful long distance car, and returns 35-38mpg. I could ask for nothing more. Our next holiday is in southern Italy and I'm seriously tempted to drive there!

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