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This generation of BMW 7 series has been produced from April, 1998 to November, 2001. We can provide information about 14 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced only with classical rear wheel drive.

This BMW is available with four petrol engines with displacement from 2.8 to 5.4 litres and power of from 193 to 326 horsepower un three diesel engines with displacement from 2.5 to 3.9 litres and power of from 143 to 238 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (2 versions), as well as automatic (12 versions) gearbox.

BMW 7 series E38 average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 10 to 15 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 8.2 to 9.8 litres per 100km. The most economical BMW 7 series petrol engine version is BMW 728i, consuming 10 litres per 100km. While the most economical BMW 7 series diesel - BMW 725tds for 100 kilometers consumes 8.2 liters of diesel.

BMW 7 series E38 CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 241 to 332 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 217 to 260 grams per kilometer. From BMW 7 series with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has BMW 728i which produces an average of 241 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In turn, from the BMW 7 series diesels least CO2 distributes BMW 725tds - 217 grams per km.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 6.6 seconds has BMW 750iL version, conversely the tardiest one is BMW 725tds reaching this speed only in 12 seconds.

Lenght of BMW 7 series is 505 cm, it is large car. For comparison - BMW 7 series is about 23 cm longer than Ford Scorpio sedan. BMW 7 series gross weight is from 2245 to 2580 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 17 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles.

This BMW is quite costly - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 2700 $. According to user reviews, average BMW 7 series repair costs are 270 $ per year. Below you will find more detailed information about BMW 7 series prices and costs.

In user reviews BMW 7 series received average grade 5.8 (from 10) which is relatively low, considering average rate 7.6 for similar aged cars. Ratings are quite controversial, both positive and not so good, read more in the reviews below. 60% of reviewers would recommend this car to the friend.

BMW 7 series modifications

Modification Engine Power Fuel cons. Gearbox
BMW 725tds Sep 1998 — Mai 2000 2.5 Diesel 143 HP 8.2 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 725tds Sep 1998 — Mai 2000 2.5 Diesel 143 HP 9.5 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 728i Sep 1998 — Nov 2001 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 10 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 728i Sep 1998 — Nov 2001 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 11 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 728iL Sep 1998 — Nov 2001 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 11 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 730d Sep 1998 — Nov 2001 2.9 Diesel 184 HP 8.7 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 735i Sep 1998 — Nov 2001 3.5 Petrol 238 HP 12 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 735iL Sep 1998 — Nov 2001 3.5 Petrol 238 HP 12 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 740d Apr 1999 — Nov 2001 3.9 Diesel 238 HP 9.8 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 740i Sep 1998 — Nov 2001 4.4 Petrol 286 HP 12 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 740iL Sep 1998 — Nov 2001 4.4 Petrol 286 HP 13 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW L7 High-Line Apr 1998 — Nov 2001 5.4 Petrol 326 HP 15 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 750i Sep 1998 — Nov 2001 5.4 Petrol 326 HP 14 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 750iL Sep 1998 — Nov 2001 5.4 Petrol 326 HP 14 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)

BMW 7 series prices

BMW 7 series sedan price in Latvia is from 1400 $ to 4700 $.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 7 series price is very high - BMW 7 series is approximately for 50 percents more expensive then average sedans of this age (compare sedans 1998 - 2001 prices).

YearLowest price ($)Average price ($)Highest price ($)Availability
2001 1700 2300 3200
2000 2800 3800 4700
1999 1700 2100 2800
1998 1400 2400 3400

BMW 7 series total costs of ownership

BMW 7 series mileage

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BMW 7 series quality

production year from 1998 to 2001

According to yearly reports of German vehicle inspection service (TÜV) BMW 7 series quality is little below average.
During regular inspections failures are found for approximately 15.9 percents of BMW 7 series.

Year of inspection Age of car Failures found %
/ average for same age cars
Place in rating
BMW 7 sērija produced in 2001
2011 10 years 26.3% / 21.40% 63. from 79
2010 9 years 26.3% / 19.20% 63. from 79
2009 8 years 17.8% / 14.00% 77. from 94
2008 7 years 17.2% / 13.30% 83. from 99
2007 6 years 14.3% / 10.70% 92. from 107
2006 5 years 12.9% / 11.20% 76. from 106
2005 4 years 8.7% / 6.50% 87. from 110
2004 3 years 4.8% / 5.60% 42. from 113
BMW 7 sērija produced in 2000
2011 11 years 27.6% / 26.00% 44. from 72
2010 10 years 26.3% / 19.20% 63. from 79
2009 9 years 20.2% / 18.30% 60. from 87
2008 8 years 17.2% / 13.30% 83. from 99
2007 7 years 16.8% / 15.80% 63. from 96
2006 6 years 12.9% / 11.20% 76. from 106
2005 5 years 11.0% / 11.30% 53. from 105
2004 4 years 4.8% / 5.60% 42. from 113
BMW 7 sērija produced in 1999
2011 12 years 27.6% / 26.00% 44. from 72
2010 11 years 22.4% / 24.10% 29. from 75
2009 10 years 20.2% / 18.30% 60. from 87
2008 9 years 15.4% / 18.10% 32. from 88
2007 8 years 16.8% / 15.80% 63. from 96
2006 7 years 14.1% / 17.20% 34. from 97
2005 6 years 11.0% / 11.30% 53. from 105
2004 5 years 8.3% / 10.90% 33. from 103
BMW 7 sērija produced in 1998
2010 12 years 22.4% / 24.10% 29. from 75
2009 11 years 21.7% / 23.30% 32. from 68
2008 10 years 15.4% / 18.10% 32. from 88
2007 9 years 18.1% / 21.40% 32. from 82
2006 8 years 14.1% / 17.20% 34. from 97
2005 7 years 13.9% / 17.00% 32. from 87
2004 6 years 8.3% / 10.90% 33. from 103

BMW 7 series E38 sedan features (options)

Percentage of BMW 7 series with corresponding feature (option)

Leather upholstery
84%
Climate control
83%
Conditioning
79%
Cruise control
78%
Adjustable steering wheel
77%
Heated seats
72%
Electrically adjustable seats
70%
Metallic paint
68%
Xenon headlights
67%
Rain sensor
61%
Rear parking sensors
57%
Navigation
55%
Front parking sensors
52%
Sunroof
51%
Auxiliary heating
42%
Dimming mirrors
33%
Tire pressure control
27%
Electrically adjustable steering wheel
19%
Panoramic sunroof
13%
Heated steering wheel
6%
Bi-xenon lights
5%

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BMW 7 series reviews

BMW 7 series 1998.year Petrol 3.5 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2009 (age of car 11 years) Owned for:80`000 kilometers (5 years)
Average fuel consumption: 12.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1443 $ (~ 288 $ per year)
Total car rating:
6/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   female, age 37
BMW 7 series 1998.year Petrol 2.8 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2018 (age of car 20 years) Owned for:20`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 10.0 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total car rating:
10/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 31
BMW 7 series 1998.year Petrol 2.8 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2008 (age of car 10 years) Owned for:38`000 kilometers (9 years)
Average fuel consumption: 16.5 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 2480.85 $ (~ 275 $ per year)
Total car rating:
2/10
   male, age 45
BMW 7 series 1998.year Petrol 2.8 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2005 (age of car 7 years) Owned for:35`000 kilometers (12 years)
Average fuel consumption: 17.0 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 3094.68 $ (~ 257 $ per year)
Total car rating:
1/10
   male, age 38
BMW 7 series 2000.year Diesel 3.9 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 16 years) Owned for:25`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 8.5 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 33.3 $ (~ 33 $ per year)
Total car rating:
10/10
   male
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