BMW 7 series E38 Sedan 1994

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.
The car is available with both manual (7 versions), as well as automatic (15 versions) gearbox.

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BMW 7 series E38 sedan 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 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 7.9 liters of diesel.

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 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.

This BMW is quite costly - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 3100 $. According to user reviews, average BMW 7 series repair costs are 270 $ per year. Users calculated BMW 7 series cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2800 € cost per year and 0.20 € 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 2.5 Diesel 143 HP 7.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 725tds Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 2.5 Diesel 143 HP 8.9 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 728i Sep 1995 — Sep 1998 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 10 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 728i Sep 1995 — Sep 1998 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 11 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 728iL Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 11 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 730i Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 3.0 Petrol 218 HP 11 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 730i Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 3.0 Petrol 218 HP 10 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 730iL Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 3.0 Petrol 218 HP 11 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 730iL Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 3.0 Petrol 218 HP 10 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 735i Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 3.5 Petrol 235 HP 12 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 735i Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 3.5 Petrol 235 HP 13 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 735iL Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 3.5 Petrol 235 HP 13 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 740i Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 4.0 Petrol 286 HP 12 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 740i Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 4.0 Petrol 286 HP 12 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 740iL Jun 1994 — Mar 1996 4.0 Petrol 286 HP 12 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 740i Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 4.4 Petrol 286 HP 12 l/100km Manual (6 gears)
BMW 740i Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 4.4 Petrol 286 HP 14 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 740iL Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 4.4 Petrol 286 HP 14 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 750i Sep 1994 — Mar 1996 5.4 Petrol 326 HP 12 l/100km Automatic (4 gears)
BMW 750iL Sep 1994 — Mar 1996 5.4 Petrol 326 HP 12 l/100km Automatic (4 gears)
BMW 750i Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 5.4 Petrol 326 HP 14 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 750iL Mar 1996 — Sep 1998 5.4 Petrol 326 HP 14 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)

BMW 7 series prices

BMW 7 series 1994 - 1998 sedan price in Latvia is from 1400 $ to 5500 $.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 7 series price is very high - BMW 7 series is approximately for 69 percents more expensive then average sedans of this age (compare sedans 1994 - 1998 prices).

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
BMW 7 series 1998 price 3800 $ 4900 $ 5500 $
BMW 7 series 1997 price 1700 $ 2600 $ 3400 $
BMW 7 series 1996 price 1400 $ 2000 $ 2400 $
BMW 7 series 1995 price 2100 $ 3100 $ 4300 $
BMW 7 series 1994 price 1900 $ 3100 $ 4400 $

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BMW 7 series reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of German vehicle inspection service (TÜV) BMW 7 series quality is above average. In the roadworthiness tests carried out in 2010, defects were detected in an average of 22.4 percent of BMW 7 series of this generation.

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BMW 7 series E38 sedan features (options)

Percentage of BMW 7 series with corresponding feature (option)

Leather upholstery
80%
Conditioning
78%
Climate control
75%
Adjustable steering wheel
72%
Cruise control
71%
Metallic paint
63%
Electrically adjustable seats
62%
Heated seats
62%
Xenon headlights
51%
Sunroof
47%
Rear parking sensors
40%
Front parking sensors
33%
Rain sensor
30%
Dimming mirrors
17%
Navigation
17%
Electrically adjustable steering wheel
12%

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BMW 7 series reviews

Total 18 BMW 7 series owner reviews

BMW 7 series 1996 Diesel 3.5 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 18 years) Owned for:50`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 9.0 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 555 $ (~ 277 $ per year)
Total car rating:
9/10
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BMW 7 series 1998 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 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 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 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 1997 Petrol 2.8 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2018 (age of car 21 year) Owned for:15`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 10.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total car rating:
9/10
   male, age 24
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