What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The 7 Series benefits from a solid chassis, refined engines, and an excellent driving position

Against There are no diesel models, the low-speed ride is poor and the running costs are expensive

Verdict It gives great performance and solid build quality, and it's a wise executive car buy

Go for… 740i

Avoid… 750i

BMW 7 Series Saloon
  • 1. Problems with electrics and heating and cooling systems are reasonably common
  • 2. There's not enough room to carry three adult passengers in the rear
  • 3. From 1997, side airbags were standard, so these models are worth tracking down
  • 4. Wiper motors can be fragile - ensure they work properly
  • 5. On models from 2002 onwards, check the recall work to stop the engine cutting out was done
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