BMW 7 series 1994 E38

This generation of BMW 7 series E38 has been produced from June, 1994 to September, 1998. We can provide information about 22 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced only with classical rear wheel drive.

This BMW is available with six petrol engines with displacement from 2.8 to 5.4 litres and power of from 193 to 326 horsepower un one diesel engine with displacement 2.5 litres and power of 143 HP. All engines feature a timing chain-driven camshaft, which is considered a more reliable and less maintenance-intensive solution (What is an engine chain and belt?).
The car is available with both manual (7 versions), as well as automatic (15 versions) gearbox.

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BMW 7 series 1994 E38 average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 10 to 14 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 7.9 to 8.9 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient BMW 7 series 1994 E38 petrol engine version is BMW 728i, consuming 10 litres per 100km. While the most fuel efficient BMW 7 series 1994 E38 diesel - BMW 725tds for 100 kilometers consumes 7.9 liters of diesel.
According to user reviews, BMW 7 series real-world fuel consumption is on average about approximately for 6 percents higher as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy (on average +4% for petrol engines and +8% for diesel engines). For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific BMW 7 series modification.

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. The maximum top speed is 250 km/h for the 5.4 petrol 326 hp version (BMW 750iL) and 9 other versions.

Lenght of BMW 7 series is 503 cm, it is large car. For comparison - BMW 7 series is about 21 cm longer than Ford Scorpio sedan. BMW 7 series gross weight is from 2205 to 2530 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 12 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles. BMW 7 series trunk space is 500 litres.

This BMW is quite costly - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 3800 €. According to user reviews, average BMW 7 series repair costs are 250 € per year. Users calculated BMW 7 series 1994 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2800 € cost per year and 0.21 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 63%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 24% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of BMW 7 series for your situation and driving habits here! Our review authors managed to sell their BMW 7 series in average time of 3 weeks. Below you will find more detailed information about BMW 7 series prices and costs.

In user reviews BMW 7 series received average grade 6.2 (from 10) which is relatively low, considering average rate 7.5 for similar aged cars. Ratings are quite controversial, both positive and not so good, read more in the reviews below. 67% of reviewers would recommend this car to the friend.

BMW 7 series modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox
BMW 725tds Mar 1996 — Sep 1998

Most fuel efficient diesel version

2.5 Diesel 143 HP 7.9 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 725tds Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 2.5 Diesel 143 HP 8.9 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 728i Sep 1995 — Sep 1998

Most fuel efficient petrol version

2.8 Petrol 193 HP 10.0 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 728i Sep 1995 — Sep 1998 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 11.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 728iL Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 11.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 730i Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 3.0 Petrol 218 HP 11.0 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 730iL Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 3.0 Petrol 218 HP 11.0 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 730i Jun 1994 — Mar 1996

Most fuel efficient petrol version

3.0 Petrol 218 HP 10.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 730iL Jun 1994 — Mar 1996

Most fuel efficient petrol version

3.0 Petrol 218 HP 10.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 735i Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 3.5 Petrol 235 HP 12.0 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 735i Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 3.5 Petrol 235 HP 13.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 735iL Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 3.5 Petrol 235 HP 13.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 740i Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 4.0 Petrol 286 HP 12.0 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 740i Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 4.0 Petrol 286 HP 12.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 740iL Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 4.0 Petrol 286 HP 12.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 740i Mar 1996 — Sep 1998

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds

4.4 Petrol 286 HP 12.0 l/100km Manual (6)
BMW 740i Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 4.4 Petrol 286 HP 14.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 740iL Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 4.4 Petrol 286 HP 14.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 750i Sep 1994 — Mar 1996

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds

5.4 Petrol 326 HP 12.0 l/100km Automatic (4)
BMW 750iL Sep 1994 — Mar 1996

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds

5.4 Petrol 326 HP 12.0 l/100km Automatic (4)
BMW 750i Mar 1996 — Sep 1998

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds

5.4 Petrol 326 HP 14.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 750iL Mar 1996 — Sep 1998

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds

5.4 Petrol 326 HP 14.0 l/100km Automatic (5)

BMW 7 series prices

BMW 7 series 1994 - 1998 sedan price in Latvia is from 2300 € to 5500 €.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 7 series price is very high - BMW 7 series is almost two times more expensive then average sedans of this age (compare sedans 1994 - 1998 prices).

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
BMW 7 series 1996 price 2300 € 3900 € 5000 €
BMW 7 series 1994 price 2300 € 3700 € 5500 €

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BMW 7 series reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service BMW 7 series reliability is average. In the roadworthiness tests in 2009 defects were detected in an average of 21.7 percent of BMW 7 series of this generation (on average 13 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 23.3%.

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BMW 7 series 1994 E38 features (options)

Percentage of BMW 7 series with corresponding feature (option)

Conditioning
78%
Climate control
75%
Leather upholstery
75%
Adjustable steering wheel
68%
Cruise control
66%
Metallic paint
63%
Electrically adjustable seats
58%
Heated seats
58%
Xenon headlights
51%
Sunroof
44%
Rear parking sensors
37%
Front parking sensors
31%
Rain sensor
31%
Dimming mirrors
16%
Navigation
16%
Electrically adjustable steering wheel
11%

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BMW 7 series reviews

Total 18 BMW 7 series owner reviews

BMW 7 series 1996 Diesel 4 litres, Automatic gearbox
Review - positive and negative sides
Purchase year:2014 age of car 18 years)Owned for50`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption:9.0 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs:500 € (~ 250 € per year)
Total car rating:
9
 
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