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Comfortable, reasonably economical and very reliable. The 3.0 litre diesel returns around 34 mpg and offers great performance, particularly in sports mode. Leather upholstery with 'comfort seats' for the driver and passenger which are both heated and provide almost infinite adjustment, to suit any driver or passenger shape or size. Settings are stored in the built in memory. The rear seats don't provide quite as much flexibility but they do benefit from electrically adjustable head restraints, a retractable centre arm rest with built in storage, and door bins to each side. There is plenty of leg room for most passengers.
As you would expect with a big BMW it comes with all the toys; cruise control, auto lights, auto wipers, sat-nav, trip computer, multi-function radio/disc auto changer, built in telephone, climate control, heated screen etc. etc..
BUT it does have a few design flaws. The most obvious problem areas are the location of the driver and passenger seat controls and the automatic selector lever (situated just the top right hand side of the steering wheel, not on the transmission tunnel as normal)!
The seat controls are located to each side of the central drive tunnel which means if you are a large person (such as myself) it's very easy to knock the the 'push button' seat heater switch by accident, which can and has, led to very difficult circumstances! The BMW seat heaters are very effective so It's more than a little disconcerting to suddenly find your seat getting very hot unexpectedly - particularly when at high speed on a busy road!!!
Similarly with the seat adjustment controls can be knocked in error, but more importantly they are difficult to reach from outside the car. The problem is particularly noticeable when a small driver is handing the car over to a larger driver. The larger driver will have to physically lean across the seat (which may be too close to the steering wheel) to access the seat memory switch or use the seat adjustment control lever before they can move the seat away from the steering wheel and get into the car! I have this problem every time I collect my car following a service as the mechanics never return the seat to the original position! The logical place for both sets of controls is on the car door panel, as with the Mercedes S Class.
The big 7 Series BMW's are very comfortable and reliable cars (when properly maintained) and the deisels are surprisingly frugal returning 30mpg or better on a run, but not so frugal around town for shopping etc.! Secondhand the Big Beamers provide excellent value for money and can cost less to buy, and little more to run, than some far smaller family cars. Designed for comfort they are remarkably easy to drive and the 730d has masses of power to provide instant response to the throttle. The list of standard kit just goes on and on from the power steering to automatic transmission to heated seats to electrically adjusted head rests in the rear to the cooled storage box to.... and so-on. Niggles? There are always some, such as the position of some switches, or remembering the instructions for the on-board telephone system. Well you learn to live with the little hardships don't you!
This is my fourth BMW having graduated from a 520.I keep my cars for four or five years. I went to the launch of the revised 730 in 2008 but thought that putting over £60,000 into the purchase was too much. A year later I went to the launch of the new 5 series GT fully intending to buy one. Cleverly the dealership had parked a 730 in the foyer at the launch and it caught my eye. I enquired and bought a nearly new with less than 5,000 miles at £42,000. I cannot speak highly enough of this car. It is a sedate saloon with a sports car hidden beneath. The choice is how you want to drive it. Sitting comfortably on the motorway it will return close on 40mpg at speed. With more gadgets than you need this car is fantastic. But why buy new when nearly new saves over £20,000. I have had many miles of enjoyment and continue to do so whenever I get behind the wheel.
This is the second 730D diesel sport I have owned. The second is a replacement for the one that was written off a few weeks ago (not my fault!). these cars are a brilliant second-hand buy, at a couple of years old you get a lot of car for your money. This one though is not as economical as the first one, about 10% less mpg.
The Sport version drives far better than the SE version in my view. the variable suspension is the difference.
Both were bought via the BMW Approved Used Car scheme, the 4th BMW I have acquired via this scheme. the scheme is very reassuring for the private buyer of a used BMW and I would not go anywhere else.
I use an independent BMW specialist for servicing who provides excellent care at a reasonable price.
Bought a two years old BMW 730D Sport with adaptive drive with only 7,000 miles recorded, part exchanged my 8 years old BMW 730D Sport with 98,000 miles.
Excellent price, far more economical than my previous BMW. But I do not like run-flat tyres. Much noisier and harsher ride than conventional tyres. I would be very pleased if BMW offered an option of either run-flat tyres or normal tyres plus a spare.
Car handles really well, significant improvements in instrumentation such as sat-nav, hands free phone, some loss of small storage space in the cabin. Excellent Xenon headlights. the small side view cameras at the front are a really good idea by effectively putting the drive about 1.5m further forward.
Am delighted with the car.
BMW 7Series Sport Diesel. A real head turner. 20"x12 double spoke wheels, 10j on the back and 9j on the front. (Pain to clean)
Eats miles when touring and so comfortable it doesn't cause any stress or aches and pains.
Tank will take you over 700 miles and just under 40 MPG at legal speeds. About 25 MPG around town in summer and 22 in winter.
Snow/winter tyres are a must. Mine will be on 1st. Nov. through to 1st. March.
Quality and ease of use of this car makes picking another very very difficult.
Surprisingly economical to run the big BMW provides a very comfortable ride although some may consider the suspension a tad too firm. However the seating is excellent with plenty of space for passengers providing for a relaxing journey, whether short or long. The engine provides more than adequate power with high torque for responsive acceleration when needed. The automatic transmission is smooth and adaptive for standard, sport or semi-automatic driving modes.
It may not be the most economical car in mpg terms but carefully chosen is a terrific buy second hand, especially under the BMW Approved Used Car scheme. Excellent road holding and brakes, very quiet and comfortable. Relatively cheap to run too, good tyre life. I can put up with around 35 mpg, over 40 on a long run. Also, as I recently found out, it stands up will when driven into hard by a large 4x4.
It is a superb vehicle with many extras making driving a safer and more enjoyable experience. Speed and satnav directions are projected in front of the windscreen so that one needn't take ones eyes off the road. TV when stationary and recorded music, comfortable adjustable seating sunroof all radio options add to the experience. Well done BMW!
Very comfortable amazing extras on my model. Ability to see speed and route projected to end of bonnet. Ability to watch TV when stationary. Side view cameras as well as rear view. Sumptuous interior.
I have had this car for seven years and it has been 1st class.