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BMW 7-Series repairs by problem area

Chart based on 108 repairs.

BMW 7-Series engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 40 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2006 BMW 7-Series 4dr Sedan, ext.

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

70700 mi Engine valve seals replaced. valve job, it was loosing oil through valve seals. alternator arm bracket seal was leaking oil. Replaced o ring. 
113000 mi

US $800
Replace water pump and thermostat. 
126000 mi

US $400
two idler pulleys and Belt tensioner were replaced. 
86000 mi

US $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. 

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2006 BMW 7-Series 4dr Sedan

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

125000 mi

US $1200
Valve cover gasket 

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2002 BMW 7-Series 4dr Sedan

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

181000 mi

US $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. 
77500 mi

C $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

103000 mi

US $460
Power steering pulley failure 

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1998 BMW 7-Series 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

139000 mi

US $450
Also replaced the expansion tank which apparently also leaked. Preventively replaced two accessory belts. 
166000 mi one catalytic converter was shot valve cover gaskets leaking (never been done, so not surprising) 
107000 mi

US $225
new oxygen sensor 

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BMW 7-Series Engine Problems

248 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer BMW 7-Series. 28 of these members (11.3%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 43 engine repairs to BMW 7-Series--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently BMW 7-Series problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.