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BMW 7-Series Problems and Repair Histories

219 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer BMW 7-Series. 44 of these members (20.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 46 repairs to BMW 7-Series--an average of 0.2 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

35% of the BMW 7-Series repairs were to the engine, 17% to the transmission, 13% to the brakes, 15% to the suspension, 15% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 46 repairs.

BMW 7-Series repair cost distribution

Of the BMW 7-Series repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 14% cost less than $100, 43% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 14% between $1000 and $2499, and 9% more than $2500.

Chart based on 35 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 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 Alabama, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2012 90000    
92000 960 A seal in transmission was causing a fault code and transmission to go into failsafe mode. 
113000 800 Replace water pump and thermostat. 
120000  
BMW 7-Series in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2012 77000    
77000 0 Valve Stem Seals,DME,Transmission replacement,Passenger side signal light wire harness, all emissions valves and sensors, I bought car from CAR MAX 9/14/2012 and from day one it had problems- just got car back 1/16/2013. runs great. So far. 
BMW 7-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
293 Replaced front lower and upper control arms (with bushings and ball joints), replaced front stabilizer links, replaced tie rod ends (with ball joints) 
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    
66000 0 In for oil service, they diagnosed a problem with steering angle sensor. Got estimate for $2100 and decided to hold off on repair. Car drives fine. 
84700 1500 replaced steering angle sensor, no more error messages 
110500 2562 Replace front and rear suspension control arms w/bushings 
125000 1200 Valve cover gasket 
125000 1400 Replaced Guibo joint and other internal transmission parts 

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2002 BMW 7-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 7-Series in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
7500 Engine coolant leak, transmission leak 
1100 Recharge and new fan 
155700 2000 suspension work 
180000 4200 transmission failed. installed a used one. new tm coolant lines 
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. Passenger Airbag Fault, Light On, Code 97D5. Code cleared but keeps coming back. Mechanic will further inspect on next visit. Windshield Washer Fluid Leaking out of Reservoir. Parts ordered. Need new thrust arm bushing, new sway bar link, tie rod boot torn. 
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 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW 7-Series in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 97000    
107000 225 new oxygen sensor 
BMW 7-Series in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 161000    
166000 0 when sold, air didn't work one catalytic converter was shot needed a total front end rebuild (never been done, so not surprising) valve cover gaskets leaking (never been done, so not surprising) front passenger airbag light was on 
BMW 7-Series in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 131000    
135000 1100 The damned pothole-filled streets of MI and the age of the vehicle caused the front springs to break requiring an expensive replacement of springs and struts. 
136000 840 I knew I would have to replace brakes and rotors for a year now, but last Friday the brake lining light came on so I took the car to the shop on Sa5turday and had all brake pads and rotors replaced at less than half dealer cost. 
139000 450 Replaced both rear brake lines which were about to leak.  Also replaced the expansion tank which apparently also leaked. Preventively replaced two accessory belts. 
139000  

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