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BMW 7-Series 735iA SE 4d Auto (1985/C)

BMW 7-Series 735iA SE 4d Auto (1985/C) - Owner Review

Handles very well for such a big barge. Great cornering ability and feels nimbler than its size suggests. Smooth and quiet ride. Steering is light and precise. Brakes are good although they are ABS. No traction control, so watch out on slippery surfaces.
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BMW 7-Series (82-86)

Value

5 out of 5

Somewhat rare to find and there some dodgy ones, but if you find a Very good one, buy it. I bought mine for £5000 and it is in pristine condition and full service history. 12 months of ownership and so far, has been a great experience, apart of few quirks

Costs

3 out of 5

Petrol guzzler: 23 Mpg - even so, not bad for a 3.5. But the parts are expensive and every time something goes wrong, a visit to the mechanic or the dealer, will average £70.

Driving

5 out of 5

Handles very well for such a big barge. Great cornering ability and feels nimbler than its size suggests. Smooth and quiet ride. Steering is light and precise. Brakes are good although they are ABS. No traction control, so watch out on slippery surfaces.

Performance

5 out of 5

Very fast car in its day and still a very fast barge nowadays. Rapid acceleration and lots of torque. Smooth transmission. Great motorway cruiser. Engine sounds beautiful.

Reliability

4 out of 5

Nothing much gone wrong: Rattles from the dash (since the purchase) Handbrake cable snapped (113.000 miles). On board computer ECU has stopped working along with A/C (120.000 miles). Apart from that, car starts every time and never left me stranded.

Image

4 out of 5

Getting a bit dodgy because of pimps who are buying them. Even so, B.M.W badge says it all. Still a headturner and gets lots of compliments. My wife loves the way it looks, dark green.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Roomy interior. Comfy leather seats and Good driving position. Well equipped, although it lacks of luxury features, that even today cheap small cars probably has.

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Security

3 out of 5

Original alarm still works. But I fitted an Immobiliser. Insurance isn't much cheaper either. No Air-bags or ABS brakes.

Service

2 out of 5

B.M.W dealers are fine, but too expensive. Independent mechanics, probably won't handle the maintenance very well, but at least it will be cheaper and probably more caring than a cold, arrogant Bimmer dealer.

Problems

Bodywork
No rust whatsoever. Paint job finish seems to be strong.

Engine
Still the original even though it is already 132.000

Gearbox
Still the original and shifts easy and smooth.

Other
Make sure to find a really good one and take very good care of it. This is one amazing car, even for today standards.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes