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2018/2017 740e Experiences

  • 27-01-2021 12:59am
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    Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ ferg01


    Hi there,

    Very tempted to go for a 2017/2018 740e. I do minimal mileage, battery would suit most of my driving. I was just wondering if anyone has direct experience driving one? Once the battery is depleted, are these very underpowered? It’s only a 2.0L petrol engine.

    Can’t test drive due to Covid so any views/experiences would be welcome.

    Thanks


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,658 ✭✭✭ correct horse battery staple


    ferg01 wrote: »
    Hi there,

    Very tempted to go for a 2017/2018 740e. I do minimal mileage, battery would suit most of my driving. I was just wondering if anyone has direct experience driving one? Once the battery is depleted, are these very underpowered? It’s only a 2.0L petrol engine.

    Can’t test drive due to Covid so any views/experiences would be welcome.

    Thanks

    I literally bought a 2017 one yesterday :D replacing my old diesel 7 series. Only 30K km so almost like new.

    So far... wowe much comfort and power and features (tho' the amount of extras varies car to car of course) and very quiet, disturbingly so when starting to roll from stopped.

    Petrol tank is 45L so cost ~57 euro to fillup, spent 1/5th that at slighty above motorway speed getting back to Galway as there was no electric charge, it seems to charge on braking, havent played with any of eco modes yet was to busy with sports mode

    Took 3 hours to charge on house standard socket, you can view charge and other car sensors from your phone. Car says range 22miles on full charge, i havent tested that yet tho, should cover my commute once things back normal. Going install charger at front of house while grants available in few weeks to make use of the solar pv system and nightrate already have.

    Theres 260hp on the turbocharged 2L petrol engine alone, which seems to get 60 in about 7 seconds in my trial out the toll road gate. Will check later with electric charged which meant to bring it up to 320hp when combined and 5.2s which is crazy for a car so heavy (I know Tesla S owners would be snickering but these are about half to a third the price of model S with serious feature lists and build quality)

    I havent around discovering half the features yet, will play more after work.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,884 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    5.2s which is crazy for a car so heavy (I know Tesla S owners would be snickering


    Tesla S performance owner here. Not snickering. BMW is my favourite car maker and I loved my old V8 petrol E38 7-series. Just wish BMW would get on with it and made full electric cars. A fully electric 7-series with a performance setup and a long range would certainly give Tesla a run for its money!

    Well wear on your 740e cars though lads :)

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,658 ✭✭✭ correct horse battery staple


    unkel wrote: »
    Tesla S performance owner here. Not snickering. BMW is my favourite car maker and I loved my old V8 petrol E38 7-series. Just wish BMW would get on with it and made full electric cars. A fully electric 7-series with a performance setup and a long range would certainly give Tesla a run for its money!

    Well wear on your 740e cars though lads :)

    Yep i really dont want to start a flame war, its apples and oranges, with all the money Tesla have they can probably buy BMWs of this world several times over and stop their innovation rot :p

    I hope to get a Tesla in a few years now and came very close to buying one from my company to take advantate of BIK advantages but after seeing one something at back of my head kept nagging that its insane amount of hard earned money to part with.

    Baby steps for me in the right direction I hope


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,884 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    I hope to get a Tesla in a few years now

    I hope to get a BMW in a few years now :D

    Just hope it's not too late. BMW made an excellent early start in electrification but that was all stopped by diesel loving Harald Krüger when he took over the helm. They finally managed to get rid of him last year but a lot of damage was done and the company got very far behind. If BMW don't catch up very quickly, they might be gone :( the PHEVs seem very good cars though, so there is hope

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,658 ✭✭✭ correct horse battery staple


    Yeh only two issues (first world problems eh?) is no heads up display option and it’s not black :D


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,884 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Looking great. Silver is better than black (like my Tesla) imho :D


    See you got a few PV panels too. And that you have plenty of space for more?

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,658 ✭✭✭ correct horse battery staple


    unkel wrote: »
    Looking great. Silver is better than black (like my Tesla) imho :D


    See you got a few PV panels too. And that you have plenty of space for more?

    That’s on south east side slightly more panels on south west side, pretty much useless this time of year as it’s so dull but should in theory not have to give away as much electricity during day once get smart charger installed and it’s closer to summer. In august 6kw home battery was full by 11am then either bake/wash/dry or give away power back to grid as there unfortunately is no feed in tariff yet in Ireland


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,884 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    FIT should come some time this year, but you'd need a smart meter for that and they will be rolled out for free, but might be another year or who knows before you'd have one. If you don't yet have a charger, you'd get €600 subsidy to install one (but I'm sure you know this), so you'd only be a few hundred quid short for installing a smart one like a Zappi. In my own case I got a free home charger installed on the first scheme back 4 years ago, so it makes no economical sense to replace it with a smart charger unfortunately

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ ferg01


    Thanks lads...some really helpful info.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,177 ✭✭✭ Kramer


    You've probably seen the 530e thread already - here.

    It's active enough & there would be alot of commonality between the G30 (2017-) 5 series & 7 series PHEVs. Both 4 cylinder turbo petrols etc.

    The newer 7 PHEV has the 3.0l inline six, as does the 5, as an expensive option, new.

    I'd suggest trying to get an official BMW extended warranty if you could - expensive if they go wrong outside of warranty. That said, I've not had a single issue with my 2019 530e & it had its first service recently, nor have I heard of anyone having any issues. They are very new though so always worth remembering how expensive older BMWs are/can be, to maintain/run.

    For example, €600 for a pair of tyres for my 530e whereas our 2019 Ioniq electric had 4 new Dunlop tyres fitted, for half that :eek:.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5 ✭✭✭ Googsy1


    Hi all , I just one too it’s a December 2017 so practically a 2018 with only 29k KLM’s .
    I have had it a few weeks. On average I’m getting about 35 mpg more if I charge it daily The battery never fully discharges as it always holds 20% in reserve so you have full power available when you need it most for overtaking etc. I also had mine remapped which brings the power of the petrol engine to 310 bhp and torque to 470nm . Combined with the electric motor it brings car closer to 400 bhp and 580 nm torque not that it needs it..

    Mine is silver too makes a nice change from the black. Itching to bring it on a decent run but with the lockdown I have been only doing local runs. In the process of upgrading the amp , speakers and a few more bits all tasteful mind !


  • Registered Users Posts: 357 ✭✭ Normal One


    Hi, I picked mine up on Monday, it's unbelievably comfortable. I've only done around 200km so can't give an accurate consumption number yet. My drive home last night was almost all battery. Set cruise at 115km/h, only time I used petrol was to blast by a bunch of lorries.

    Screenshot-20210318-204352-Connected.jpg

    Mine is also silver. The spec is odd, has HUD, massage seats, tablet in the rear, display key... but no active cruise control. Only 20k on it too so practicality new.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5 ✭✭✭ Googsy1


    Yes I missed out on one with The HUD . It has the surround camera though , blind spot monitoring front and rear comfort seats and full MSports kit. One thing I found out is if you wave your foot under the rear bumper it opens the boot . Enjoy your car I’m planning a full machine polish of mine tomorrow. What app is that you are using? I’m using the MyBmw App and interface looks different could be I’m on Android though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 383 ✭✭ vicM


    Googsy1 wrote: »
    Yes I missed out on one with The HUD . It has the surround camera though , blind spot monitoring front and rear comfort seats and full MSports kit. One thing I found out is if you wave your foot under the rear bumper it opens the boot . Enjoy your car I’m planning a full machine polish of mine tomorrow. What app is that you are using? I’m using the MyBmw App and interface looks different could be I’m on Android though.

    Thats the BMW Connected app he is using. Both the myBMW and Connected up work. with slight differences on what information is displayed. eg the connected app will show you last trip efficiency, wheras the myBMW will show you charging history


  • Registered Users Posts: 357 ✭✭ Normal One


    So, 2 weeks of ownership, ~700km driven.

    According to the My BMW app, I've used 20 litres of petrol which gives consumption of 2.86 l/100km (99 imperial mpg). I can charge for free in work, so a rough estimate of electricity used at home is less than €10. I'm very happy with that. I can squeeze about 27km or so from the battery on my commute, of which 2/3 of that is on the motorway. That will change when heating or a/c comes into play, no complaints about it though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5 ✭✭✭ Googsy1


    Sounds great you must be a careful driver.. I have just done 700 miles on mine since I got it in Feb. First major issue though in that the car will no longer charge from the port. It tripped the RCD on my Fast Charger and neither the 3 pin charger or fast charger work. Car is displaying a message “ not enough power to charge”. There’s also a red ring flashing on the charge port. I have researched this on google and it seems 330, 530e have had this issue. From reading it’s likely to be the KLN module which is the onboard charger estimated cost to replace is 2100 Euro including labour. Just waiting to have car booked in with BMW thankfully under warranty. Car will charge when driving using the Battery Control but defeats the purpose since it uses more petrol.


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