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BMW 730d Any Good?

Discussion in 'Motoring Related Discussion' started by as400, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. as400

    as400 Senior Member

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    I would be a fan of the 730d myself although the Audi A8 would be my first choice..
    a friend has one, he previously had an S Class and is now very much pro BMW...
    Ive driven a few and have yet to feel totally at home in one..
    I havent heard of any downsides or common faults as yet... Would stay away from run flat tyres as they are a bollocks and should only be used on the side of boats...
     
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    My 1988 735iSE was a very fine and robust car which ''died'' last summer of too much corrosion (neglect on my part.....not the car's fault) in and around the rear off side wing......it had done 265k miles.
    BMW make the best diesel engines and if the later 7 series is as good as was my E32 then they have to be well worth consideration.

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    white elephant

    just sold my 730d sport 55 plate huge drop in value lost loads of cash bmw s 7 series is the big white elephant ? but a nice drive :rolleyes:
     
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    WG M-B Senior Member Authorised Forum Supporter

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    BMW diesel engines are very very similar to MB s. There is no difference in reliability.
     
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    the 3.0 derv bm engine is not as reliable as it should be and as has already been pointed out there can be some massive bills to pay if it goes wrong , i had a 745 for 2 years , massive road presence comfy and as many toys as a man could want ! buy a sport model as the seats are better
     
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    A8 is highly recommended.....and the good thing is they don't rust.
    Some day I may however open the garage door and a pile of white powder will be there instead of the Audi

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    You'll find all large flagship models are relative bargains after a few years as most avoid them thinking they are too expensive and unnecessary.

    A friend had a 2003 745i and could only put up with it for 3 months as there were so many problems. Neighbour is a chauffer and he runs a 2006 730d, he's said a number of times his worst mistake was going from an S320cdi into a 730d.
     
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    Thanks for the replies, I have also considered the Audi A6 Quattro 3.0tdi and the Audi A8 which I think also has that engine though I'm guessing the diesel 4.2 must be a monster.

    Back to Autotrader.
     
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    The A8 is quite light and the 3.0TDi more than ample.

    I should know, I raced one on the German Autobahn at speeds above 130mph and it was fast as ****
     
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    The other big luxury motor that I would consider...The citroen C6.. great prices and a fantastic ride.........
     
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    cars on the autobahn are not always what they purport to be. De-limiting is not that uncommon, and chipping/mapping can make an appreciable difference over the standard spec.
     
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    I wouldn't say it was chipped, it didn't leave me behind but I didn't get ahead, this was a speed range of 120-150mph and a very long gap between the two of us (for obvious reasons). Roughly, he mirrored my speed. I would have expected the car to be a 4.2TDi as an E320cdi should be faster as its a class in size down. To my horror it was a 3.0Tdi. It might have been mapped who knows, mine is a standard car and can reach 155mph (just). Remember the Audi is Aluminium and light for its class. So power/weight ratio is probably very similar.

    I'm going to be revisiting Audi/VW/Skoda as well as BMW. Since having this car, I can see its not all green grass with a Mercedes.
     
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    The ride and comfort of these is supposed to be second to none, and you don't see many on the road. A lorry driver I know has one after being badly let down by a £44k brand new Jag XJ diesel.
     
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    absolutely - the big Peugeots and Citroens offer excellent value for money in the aftermarket. They are excellent cars - I have had over 100K miles out of a couple of Peugeots with no faults whatsoever.

    They are strong on accommodation, comfort and luggage space. Ride and roadholding are excellent too, and I don't recall any rust!
     

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