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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
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Running costs

2.5 out of 5 2.5

The 730d manages 33mpg (from 2005 this improved to 35mpg), so you can keep fuel costs vaguely average. But don't expect servicing, tyres or parts to be cheap on any model. When bought new the 7-Series can be specified with the Service Inclusive package which covers five years/60,000 miles worth of maintenance for an up front cost. This can be transferred on to a new owner so it's worth finding out if buying used.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £2,078 - £2,909 *
Diesel 131p £1,702 - £1,805 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period According to on board computer.
Warranty Three years mechanical/unlimited mileage.
Road tax (12 months) £315 - £555
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 43 - 49
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

1.5 out of 5 1.5

BMWs fuel saving Efficient Dynamics technology was never fitted to the 7-Series and as a result it's a pretty polluting model. The best model is the 730d which (on facelifted models) emits 216g/km of CO2 and averages 35mpg.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
730d Diesel 210 g/km (Min) £315
760 LI Petrol 330 g/km (Max) £315

Reliability

3 out of 5 3.0

Early cars appear to be suffering from a number of niggling and more significant problems. See our owners' reviews section for further details. There have been eight recalls on this model - see the 'checks' section for more details.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other Problems reported regarding overall reliability, especially on earlier cars. See our owners reviews for further details. There have been eight recalls - for faults that have caused the engine to cut out (2002); possible fluid leak from the power steering (2002); possible fault in the DSC yaw rate sensor (2002); inadvertent loss of engine power (2004); passenger airbag protection (2003); front seat backrest heater overheating (2005); failure of the bearings of the fuel injection pump (2005); and failure of the rear shock absorber mounting (2005). Check these have been rectified.

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