Review: BMW 7 Series (2002 – 2009)


Brisk or rapid performance, depending on model. Handles well. Looks improve with familiarity.

The iDrive control system takes a lot of learning. Ride on big wheels with low profile tyres is un-limo-like.

Recently Added To This Review

15 April 2014

Worldwide recall of 489,000 BMW cars with six-cylinder 3.0 litre petrol engines of which less than 3,000 are in the UK. These are: N51 (1991-1995), N52 (from 2005) and the N55 6-cylinder petrol turbo... Read more

15 October 2012

Report of 132,000 mile 2005 730D coking up; apparently also common on 6 cylinder BMW diesels in X3s and X5s used for the school run. Read more

24 January 2012

Another incidence of inlet manifold swirl flaps of 730D breaking off, damaging the turbo and being ingested by the engine, though in this case the engine was saved at some considerable cost. Read more

BMW 7 Series (2002 – 2009): At A Glance

What does a BMW 7 Series (2002 – 2009) cost?

List Price from £69,240
Buy new from £50,163
Contract hire from £706.63 per month
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Real MPG average for a BMW 7 Series (2002 – 2009)

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18–41 mpg

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Buying a used executive car - what's best?

I am a weekend commuter and cover around 700 miles a week. I have a number of old back injuries and comfort is a priority for me. I don't have a huge budget, and have been running a 2006 BMW 5 Series which has been great. I need to replace the car, my budget is around £10,000. Is it a case of same again, or is an older 7 Series an option, with about 50,000 miles on the clock?
The car is fine, but repairs will be expensive. You see repairs to a £10,000 7-Series are really repairs to a £50k - £80k car, not to a £10k car.
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