Used BMW 7-Series (2002 - 2008) Safety & Reliability

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.
4.5 out of 5



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There's no Euro NCAP crash test rating for the 7-Series (they don’t generally test cars this expensive), but protection is a big feature. All cars feature Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), driver and front passenger airbags plus head and side airbags front and back. The stiffened bodyshell has bonded seams while a bullet-proof high security model is also available featuring over a tonne of armour plating.

3 out of 5


Early cars appear to be suffering from a number of niggling and more significant problems. See our owners' reviews section for further details. There have been eight recalls on this model - see the 'checks' section for more details.

Car check problem points


No problems reported.


No problems reported.


Problems reported regarding overall reliability, especially on earlier cars. See our owners reviews for further details. There have been eight recalls - for faults that have caused the engine to cut out (2002); possible fluid leak from the power steering (2002); possible fault in the DSC yaw rate sensor (2002); inadvertent loss of engine power (2004); passenger airbag protection (2003); front seat backrest heater overheating (2005); failure of the bearings of the fuel injection pump (2005); and failure of the rear shock absorber mounting (2005). Check these have been rectified.