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BMW 7-Series Engine Problems and Repair Histories

219 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer BMW 7-Series. 37 of these members (16.9%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 15 engine repairs to BMW 7-Series--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently BMW 7-Series problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the BMW 7-Series problem descriptions below.

Don't infer BMW 7-Series problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of BMW 7-Series repairs by problem area

34% of the BMW 7-Series repairs were to the engine, 18% to the transmission, 14% to the brakes, 16% to the suspension, 14% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 44 repairs.

BMW 7-Series engine repair cost distribution

Of the BMW 7-Series engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 56% between $100 and $499, 16% between $500 and $999, 9% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 32 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten BMW 7-Series Engine problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 BMW 7-Series 4dr Sedan, ext.

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 7-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2013 70000    
70700 0 Engine valve seals replaced. valve job, it was loosing oil through valve seals. alternator arm bracket seal was leaking oil. Replaced o ring. 
71000  
BMW 7-Series in Alabama, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2012 90000    
113000 800 Replace water pump and thermostat. 
120000  
BMW 7-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2012 85000    
86000 8500 Factory-installed faulty valve seals led to exhaust blow-by which clogged some block passageways with carbon, causing a block and/or head hot spot and a crack in the block between cylinders #7 and #8. BMW NA not responsive. 
86000  

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2006 BMW 7-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 7-Series in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2012 58000    
125000 1200 Valve cover gasket 

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2002 BMW 7-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 7-Series in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 174000    
181000 350 Check Engine Light, P0491, Secondary Air Emissions Pump, Bank 1 Flow too Low. Mechanic ran tests and tried a different pump. Going to further inspect hoses on next trip. 
BMW 7-Series in Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 77500    
77500 300 Service engine light on for a couple of months. When first reported, dealer said it could be the gas cap. Took the car in and they told me that the head gaskets were leaking oil onto the coil and that the cylinder walls had major scuffing.  

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1998 BMW 7-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 7-Series in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2013 98000    
103000 460 Power steering pulley failure 

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1998 BMW 7-Series 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW 7-Series in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 131000    
139000 450 Also replaced the expansion tank which apparently also leaked. Preventively replaced two accessory belts. 
139000  
BMW 7-Series in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 161000    
166000 0 one catalytic converter was shot valve cover gaskets leaking (never been done, so not surprising) 
BMW 7-Series in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 97000    
107000 225 new oxygen sensor 

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