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2003 BMW 7 Series

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 16/Hwy 24/Comb 19 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V8, 4.4 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

2003 BMW 7 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 282 Ratings for the 2002 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Shoot the gap with confidence

By on Friday, May 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,042

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fast, Large, Solid"

Cons: "Low profile tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car feels solid. The large back seat and trunk is perfect for road trips. No road noise, massaging/heated/cooled seats, and big gas tank lets you throw down 400 miles without stopping. Handling is incredible, feels like a fat sports car. You will wish you had a canyon to drive everyday. Buying new low profile tires is expensive, but hey they look good and new tread makes the ride smooth as silk. The heated steering wheel is my favorite feature (even in AZ). Sucks that it depreciates so much after 100k miles, feels like the car can throw down another 100k no problem. Thank you BMW for keeping the same/similar body style. Clean Lines, Classic Designs are always in style."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very good car with some exceptions.

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,369

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good looking car. Fun to drive. Very fast."

Cons: "Major transmission problems. Expensive to repair."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car in 2009 with about 12,000 miles for $25,000. I have only put about 20,000 miles on it in about 6 years. I live in Panama City, Panama in central america. Parts for this car are very expensive here, so I get a lot of my parts new from Amazon or used from E Bay. In 2010 I spent about $5,000 in a mechanic to replace struts, shocks, spark plugs, and a whole lot of other stuff. In 2015 I had to replace my transmission which only had about 30,000 miles on it. I also had to replace the valve body at the same time. That cost me about $5,000. I also replaced my alternator this year. I had a problem with it. The car would start indicating many faults and would shut off. It has been a very reliable car except for the 2 major repair jobs that I have had to do. I must admit that I am apprehensive about having any major computer problems with this car because that would be very expensive and the 745i is loaded with computers. It seems that in 2015 I have had to replace many parts. I had to replace the radiator receptacle tank, Xenon head lights, IVN or Integrated Supply module. both sides of the head valve cover gaskets because there was a serious oil leak all over the engine in the sides and underneath engine, and replaced the upper radiator hose because of a leak. So in 2015 I have spent about $7,800 on these repairs. Now the labor rate in Panama is much lower than in the USA. Where something in the USA would cost me $1,100 in labor it cost me $350.00 in Panama. Now in the previous years my cost were nominal. It was only costly in 2010 and 2015. The other years was your normal oil change or new tire expense. So in the 6 years of ownership I have spent a total of about $15,000 or $2,500 per year in repairs."

21 people out of 25 found this review helpful

The BMW 745i 2005 is an unbelievable car. Fast.

By on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,780

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very luxurious car. Very fast. Handles good."

Cons: "Expensive to maintain. Poor transmission."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

BMW 745i 2005

"The BMW 745i is a classic car with all the convenience of a luxury car. Although I live in Panama, where the roads have a lot of pot holes and the roads are not the best. At about 17,000 miles I had to have the complete suspension system replaced and spent about $3000 in parts and $2000 in labor to get it fixed. At about 30,000 miles I had to have the transmission replaced or rebuilt and also had to have the valve body replaced. I spent about $4,700, of which $700 was for the valve body valves. It is a fast car and a very comfortable car for long drives. But I live in a city with lots of stop and go traffic. It is a 2005 model and I only have 31,780 miles on it. Parts for the car are expensive, so plan on spending money to have parts replaced or fixed. An oil change in Panama can cost me about $120 in oil alone from BMW. The car handles like a smaller sports car yet it is a sedan. It is very very fast. It handles and corners very well. It has a strong engine. I had to replace the top and lower valve cover gaskets because the car was leaking oil badly. Labor alone in Panama cost me $350.00. I've had to replace the alternator and belts. I have had to replace electronic parts for the trunk of the car and add hydraulic oil to the system. It has an automatic trunk open and close feature. Over all it is a good car, but not built for the roads and traffic of Panama. It is built to be driven on the freeways in the USA."

7 people out of 21 found this review helpful

BMW 745i 2005

The very best car I ever had (and had a few)

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"actually looking just fr a newer one because I cannot think of a better car. Has 500HP and everything else you can imagine and hope for."

24 people out of 46 found this review helpful

Wouldn't Own Anything Else (BMW Only)

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 166,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Super Drive powerful (beaten Vettes, Mustang, etc)"

Cons: "This year: no USB : ("

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have driven BMWs since 1990. Had an "88 M5 E34 and was hit by a drunk driver that crunched the car in half and saved my life. Would only buy a BMW after. Tried to get back into a 5; maybe the shock of the accident, but when I drove the 7, I felt safe. The comfort of this car is great with the extended seats (I'm tall). iDrive makes it easy to manage the car from a single point ... outstanding. I have LOW PROFILE staggered wheels, keeps the car low to the ground with a tight drive. Have not had problems with my car. Under warranty: exhaust replaced at 2 yrs. It has 166k miles on it and as long as I keep up the oil changes get 19 city, 25 hwy. My mechanic can't believe it. Had the oil pan changed a yr ago, the rear shade recently broke, hmmm, nothing else to date. I have people stop me on the street offering me $ for the car. Still not for sale and I'll keep it as long as it drives. Excellent ride, short or long."

26 people out of 46 found this review helpful

replaced transmission (40k) and engine (78K) -

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I drive is is insane - it is a race horse when it works. The worst car I have ever owned - I have a RX 350 Lexus SUV - the best vehicle I have ever owned"

15 people out of 41 found this review helpful

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