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BMW 730D 2007

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  • 04-11-2012 9:47am
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    Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭


    Hi,
    Might be going crazy but think of getting a BMW 730D 2007 for 18k from a non BMW dealer. There 100000 miles on the clock but looks in great condition - does this sound like an ok deal? What type of issues do i need to look out for? I have a 10Y old BMW 323CI, would a 7 series be alot more expensive to service/maintain?

    Thanks,
    Bob


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,326 ✭✭✭Bearcat


    No deals here me thinks....

    Make sure she's properly serviced....all the toys work. Take it for a good test drive on open road, no pulling left/right re braking, no vibrations at speed and smooth gear change.

    They are a magnificent car but expect pain re depreciation. Loads of forum around ESP in uk re 7 series and their upkeep.

    Best of luck.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 21 sd card


    This one I presume:??

    http://cars.donedeal.ie/for-sale/cars/3821070 Nice motor and its the LWB too. I would take a look on Autotrader UK and factor in shipping costs,vrt etc etc and you will know if you are getting a cheap car.

    You must remember this car will have big bills even for minor problems unless you are very crafty yourself..


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,929 ✭✭✭✭ShadowHearth


    Op, it's a lovely car, but not a hope running costs will be even close to an old 3 series.
    We are talking about the cream of executive cars ( still with an Irish engine though ) and the repair bills will be high.
    If you got 18k and another 10k just in case something goes wrong - go for it. It's a fantastic luxo barge and you live only once.
    Of you want to stay a bit more sensible look at the e38 7series. It would be a lot cheaper, less things to go wrong, cheaper to repair and won't be worse in driving experience.


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,184 ✭✭✭✭drunkmonkey


    Your mad in the head boy, get a 08 LS450h.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,352 ✭✭✭✭mickdw


    I wouldn't go for the long version. Imo they are also worth considerably less.
    Fantastic car though in general.
    Guy I know with a 06 has had no issues in 4 years. His only comment on running costs was that he spends 1k on each set of good tyres. Still if you go to bmw even for basic servicing, running one of these will be expensive.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,326 ✭✭✭Bearcat


    10k to stash away in case something goes wrong? Op is buying it off a dealer so there will be a warranty attached.

    The 10k put aside is a bit over kill. Electronics are the big gotcha on these models but a 07 is nearing towards the end of the production run when most gremlins were sorted.

    My biggest concern is the 18k spent in a heart beat will equal a value of 10k if the op trades it next year. That's where we are at re the luxo barge 2nd market.

    If the op intends a 5 yr plan well he should get some value out of it. Also I'd avoid the longer version.....unless back seat cosseting around is the plan.....residuals terrible and not as nice to drive as the standard version......I missed a good one in frank Keanes recently but on reflection I'd have been mad to trade an over minded amazon.

    Just my 2c


  • Registered Users Posts: 34 StankyStevie


    Overpriced, end of.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 21 sd card


    mickdw wrote: »
    I wouldn't go for the long version. Imo they are also worth considerably less.
    Fantastic car though in general.
    Guy I know with a 06 has had no issues in 4 years. His only comment on running costs was that he spends 1k on each set of good tyres. Still if you go to bmw even for basic servicing, running one of these will be expensive.

    Why would the LWB be worth less???


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,326 ✭✭✭Bearcat


    They look unsightly and drive like a stage coach


  • Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭foobar


    sd card wrote: »
    This one I presume:??

    http://cars.donedeal.ie/for-sale/cars/3821070 Nice motor and its the LWB too. I would take a look on Autotrader UK and factor in shipping costs,vrt etc etc and you will know if you are getting a cheap car.

    You must remember this car will have big bills even for minor problems unless you are very crafty yourself..

    Its this one - http://hyundai.hoganmotors.ie/used-cars/BMW/7-Series/730D-SE/31113502980560160/

    Would plan to hang on to it around 5 years.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 21 sd card


    foobar wrote: »
    Its this one - http://hyundai.hoganmotors.ie/used-cars/BMW/7-Series/730D-SE/31113502980560160/

    Would plan to hang on to it around 5 years.

    That interior is a god awful colour.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,097 ✭✭✭johndaman66


    Bearcat wrote: »
    10k to stash away in case something goes wrong? Op is buying it off a dealer so there will be a warranty attached.

    The 10k put aside is a bit over kill.

    Dealer warranty's generally tend to be 6 months at best on used cars and often only 3 months. Do people think about the future at all? In my experience they often only tend to cover engine, gerabox and back axle also.

    I personally think the sort of person buying that type of car should have 10k in the bank, very low water in any case, that they don't have an immedaite use for. Were talking a top end motor here (allbeit with a less than ideal 3.0 litre diesel engine in it). I think whoever is buying it should have the means to justify it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,660 ✭✭✭Voodoomelon


    Price is a it much considering the mileage, i'd keep looking, prices are tumbling on these models and there's better options out there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 223 ✭✭shabbyalonso


    3 owners in a relatively short space of time? I think it's a bit overpriced myself. For that kinda money, you could buy something better, but of course, only my opinion. As previously mentioned, running costs, taxing etc are going to be high however if you have the money and this is what you want, then hey, go nuts! I can't imagine it will be selling any time soon therefore I'd put some time and effort into finding the best model you can find.


  • Registered Users Posts: 65,331 ✭✭✭✭unkel
    Chauffe, Marcel, chauffe!


    Silly money and a tractor engine (albeit one of the best tractor engines ever made). Get yourself a proper V8 petrol for far less money and spread your saved money over many years when buying fuel :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,231 ✭✭✭deandean


    I don't see it as much more expensive to run than a same year 530D. More expensive tires and a few mpg less, that'd be all.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,326 ✭✭✭Bearcat


    unkel wrote: »
    Silly money and a tractor engine (albeit one of the best tractor engines ever made). Get yourself a proper V8 petrol for far less money and spread your saved money over many years when buying fuel :)

    On an aside re one of the best tractor engines ever made......it hasn't been a faultless run and I've ran 3 530ds......they were subject to swirl flap failure, caked inlet manifolds, MAF snags and a well known hesitancy issue mid range. Good engine after that.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,132 ✭✭✭SRFC


    Lovely car not getting a bargain by anymeans but go for it imo you live once.


  • Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭foobar


    3 owners in a relatively short space of time?

    Hmmm pretty sure the dealer told me there was only 1 pervious owner but he could have made a mistake. Be a bit worried about 3 owners alright.


  • Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭foobar


    SRFC wrote: »
    Lovely car not getting a bargain by anymeans but go for it imo you live once.

    What would be a fair price for that car given its mileage and year?


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,196 ✭✭✭the culture of deference


    foobar wrote: »
    What would be a fair price for that car given its mileage and year?

    12 grand.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,604 ✭✭✭✭Francie Barrett


    Bearcat wrote: »
    The 10k put aside is a bit over kill. Electronics are the big gotcha on these models but a 07 is nearing towards the end of the production run when most gremlins were sorted.
    Not really. If the timing chain failed and a turbo blew, after normal servicing and tyres, you could easily spend €10k in a year. Not saying such a scenario is likely, but it definitely is possible.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,132 ✭✭✭SRFC


    Well Ive been looking at the same model 04 reg one I want an the cheap ones have been 7 going up to 10k for highest price so I think for that I would pay 14/15k after all it was probably a 100k car a few years ago the market just isnt there for cars like these tax is mad money get it checked out before you buy it anyways should be all good wouldnt put me off it having 3 previous owners.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,852 ✭✭✭✭Idbatterim


    Op I have seen far better buy 7 series over the past few months, I went to look at a 05, 750i in deerpark motors few weeks back, facelift 7 series, about 80k miles and was asking 10,950. The below doesnt look bad. I guarantee you if you buy this car and went to sell it or trade it in the next day, you will lose several thousand overnight!

    http://cars.donedeal.ie/for-sale/cars/4113262


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,132 ✭✭✭SRFC




  • Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭foobar




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,038 ✭✭✭ian87


    That car was bought new by a very close family friend. He went mad with the options when he was speccing it. I showed him the ad last night coincidently and he confirmed that it was his. He traded it in in 2010 to that garage for something else. Would have been very well minded when he had it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,326 ✭✭✭Bearcat


    Not really. If the timing chain failed and a turbo blew, after normal servicing and tyres, you could easily spend €10k in a year. Not saying such a scenario is likely, but it definitely is possible.

    Feck, I'd never leave my front gate with that mindset. I just take the risk on buying things....give them a full service and off we go. So far so good...horses for courses etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 182 ✭✭dingus12


    Not really. If the timing chain failed and a turbo blew, after normal servicing and tyres, you could easily spend €10k in a year. Not saying such a scenario is likely, but it definitely is possible.

    i know of a 530d (same engine) with 205k miles, the only part apart from and oil filters that the engine has got so far is the swirl flap blanking plates which cost 73 stg, probably one of the most reliable engines in the world. Not even an alternator belt, the bearings in the air con pump are just starting to rattle.

    Timing chain is in perfect working order and the oil is only changed every 20k miles.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,132 ✭✭✭SRFC


    On the engine its self its a solid engine according to any mechanic I consulted as someone said any gremlins in the 7 series models would have been ironed out by the 07 model the problems ive been warned about have been electrical faults such as code failures + sensor problems,these have 50 small computers onboard where as a Nissan Micra has one,my advice is just buy the thing asap :D


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