Used BMW 7-Series (2002 - 2008) Costs

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 12 Feb 2013
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying this 7-Series was a clean break from its conservative predecessor. A 2005 facelift toned the looks toned down and improved the engines and suspension, but styling aside, the large saloon is a wonderfully comfortable long distance cruiser with a range of refined powerplants and pleasing handling.
2.5 out of 5

Running costs

The 730d manages 33mpg (from 2005 this improved to 35mpg), so you can keep fuel costs vaguely average. But don't expect servicing, tyres or parts to be cheap on any model. When bought new the 7-Series can be specified with the Service Inclusive package which covers five years/60,000 miles worth of maintenance for an up front cost. This can be transferred on to a new owner so it's worth finding out if buying used.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,672 - £2,341 *


£1,416 - £1,502 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

According to on board computer.


Three years mechanical/unlimited mileage.

Road tax (12 months)

£330.00 - £580.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

1.5 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

BMWs fuel saving Efficient Dynamics technology was never fitted to the 7-Series and as a result it's a pretty polluting model. The best model is the 730d which (on facelifted models) emits 216g/km of CO2 and averages 35mpg.

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