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    M5-Look 2009 BMW 750Li Custom-styled F02 7-Series

    Posted in Cars on Thursday, March 08 2018

    M5-Look BMW 750Li Custom-styled F01 7 Series “Look at me. Know what you see? You see a bad mother…” If James Brown were still around, he’d undoubtedly be driving about in something like this. The levels of boss-man badass are off the charts. Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Viktor Benyi.

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      Posted on Monday, October 19 2015

    The air conditioning condenser (the ‘radiator’ bit at the front) has been an occasional problem on the F10 5 Series as well as other cars that use it (the F01 7 Series and the F1x 6 Series cars plus the 5 Series GT). It’s on the big selling F10 that ...

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    Value Sevens / #BMW-F01 / #BMW-F02 / #BMW / #2008 /

    Now that the all-new G10 7 Series is here, it’s timely to take another look at the outgoing F01 model – you know, the one that still looks like a 2015 car and is very similar at first glance to the new one. Given that you won’t be seeing many G10s (or F01s for that matter) you’d be forgiven for thinking that the general public won’t actually know the difference. And you’re probably right.

    The BMW F01 is a tremendous vehicle and the price for mint condition 2009 cars that are low on miles but high on gadgets is down to basic 114i money or less. Whilst there are F01s down to £12k, we think the real value is slightly higher up the price scale. £16,000 found us a stunning 2009 59 plate (so almost a 2010) #BMW-730d-F01 in silver with black leather, 47,000 miles and all the usual toys such as professional sat nav, Hi-Fi and heated seats – what a car and all from a BMW dealer with a warranty that you can keep extending. On a steady run a 730d will do 45mpg and the silence and ride refinement will amaze you if you’re used to a 320d, as will the sheer size of the thing – the F01 really is a land yacht. Start looking at 2011 cars with around 30,000 on the clock and you’re still under the £20k mark.
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    10 Minute Guide. Why you should buy an #BMW-F01 / #BMW-F02 730d 7 Series. The big Seven was given a full revamp in 2008 and the 730d version proved to be the best seller in the line-up. They still make the great buys now… Words: Simon Holmes /// Photography: #BMW #2008


    The new 7 Series came along in 2008 to replace the E65. It was a little longer than the previous model but retained the same width. Despite its bigger size, BMW concentrated its efforts on making the new flagship model lighter, so the doors, side panels, the roof and bonnet were all made out of aluminium. The end result was a car that weighed 35kg less than the older version.

    The 730d variant was in the original line-up upon release and was immediately the most successful with buyers. It was powered by the new 3.0-litre N57 single-turbo diesel, which had more power and torque than before, peaking at 245hp and 398lb ft, gains of 16hp and 15lb ft over the E65. Coupled to the sixspeed automatic the result was 0-62mph in a respectable 7.2 seconds and had a top speed of 152mph.

    As tradition dictates with the 7 Series, the new model also proved to be a showcase for newly developed technology and luxury. The standard kit included Dakota leather, heated front seats, a 10.2-inch iDrive screen, Professional sat nav, Bluetooth, a USB interface, four-zone auto air-con, metallic paint, PDC, variable dampers, servotronic steering, Active Aerodynamics and xenon headlights to name but a few. Options included active cruise control, a reversing camera, Head-Up Display, speed limit warning, lane change warning and a night vision camera.

    Design-wise, it was much prettier on the outside than before and on the inside BMW reverted back to more familiar positioning for items such as the gear lever, which had previously been fitted on the steering column on the E65. The electronic handbrake switch was also moved back alongside the gear lever and the cruise control buttons were fitted to the steering wheel once again.

    Further improvements were made to the 7 Series along the way; in 2009 a long wheelbase version was introduced for the diesel and by 2011 DAB radio was standard fit. The big change was in 2012 when the Seven received a minor exterior face-lift but a major engine upgrade. Power was upped to 258hp and 412lb ft this time and it was now fitted with an eight-speed automatic that featured better-suited ratios. This combination massively improved performance; 62mph now came in just 6.2 seconds and top speed was 155mph. The shape continues to the present day although a replacement is expected.

    How much to pay

    The 730d was the most popular selling model and there are actually more around for sale than you might think. It’s worth checking for service history and if possible, as a bit of a safeguard, try and buy a car with some warranty, especially if the mileage is a concern. They take miles well and serious problems are rare but at the same time buying a high-mileage car can be a gamble as repairs are expensive.

    If you’re looking for cars that are particularly wellspec’d you will have to pay more but don’t feel like you need to as the standard spec is so high you will hardly feel like you’re missing out on much unless you have your heart set on a particular option. Prices start as low as £13,000 but that’s for cars with mileages approaching the 200,000 mark.

    Whether you wish to take a chance on a car like that is up to you but it’s worth knowing that for £15,000 you can bag yourself a BMW-730d-F01 with far less miles. We found a couple of cars for sale at this kind of price with around 110,000 miles on them, which seem like the better buy. Mileages then drop again rapidly as the price goes up and there are plenty to choose from at around the £18,000 mark with well below 100,000 miles. Keep an eye out as there are even a few with very low miles or generously-spec’d options for this kind of money if you look around. If you’re holding out for a later 2012-onward car with the more powerful engine and better ZF8HP eight-speed gearbox then be prepared to pay for it as prices start at £27,000 or so.

    What goes wrong?

    Being both a newer BMW and a diesel, these cars aren’t really old enough to be plagued with issues. With high mileage cars it’s worth being careful, though. Check the basics to make sure everything works and that there are no unusual noises, knocks or rattles when driving.

    The engines are pretty bulletproof although watch out for the usual minor diesel issues such as clogged breather pipes, MAF sensors, actuators and very occasionally turbo trouble. The six-speed automatic is also strong but the odd clunky downchange when pulling to a stop can occur. This is usually resolved with a simple software update or self-learn reset.

    As always, big, heavy BMWs with lots of power are hard on the brakes so find out when they were last replaced. Replacement pads from a budget make can be had for as little as £45. Tyres, too, are an expense to be aware of so check when it last had a set and that they are wearing evenly. All Sevens came with run-flat tyres and 18-inch wheels as standard, but plenty have 19- or 20-inch wheels fitted. They ride on these better than other models manage but the bigger you go the harsher is it is. Aside from the odd stone chip or blemish the bodywork should be in good condition, so signs of rust, odd panel gaps and different coloured paint should be avoided.

    On the inside, whilst driving listen out for any annoying rattles, particularly from the sunroof and headlining, B-pillar trim and top section of the dashboard. Importantly, try and check everything electrical works as it should although you may be there a while! Also check for any warning lights or messages, as battery drain is quite common on these cars and it triggers all sorts of dash lights.
    Why should you buy one?

    Although it’s nice to dream about buying the twinturbo V12-powered 760Li, in the real world the #BMW-730d is the practical choice that you can actually live with, especially if you plan on doing a few miles in it, which it happens to be very good at. Whereas the previous 7 Series models felt and drove like very big cars, the F01 was better. It was still a big car physically but with reduced weight and new doublewishbone suspension up front it could feel like a much more agile car on the road. On top of that there’s the luxury and sense of occasion you get from driving a car that cost over £55,000 back in 2008 and £58,000 in 2012.

    Running costs

    Despite their young age, don’t expect bills to be as cheap as a 1 Series. General servicing costs are more expensive than most other models but on the plus side the diesels rarely require little more than regular check-ups. They are cheaper to run than you might think, too. The earlier cars were listed as returning 41.5mpg and in the real world an average of just below 40mpg was feasible. Be careful with your right foot on a run and you could return above 40mpg.

    Tax brackets vary depending on what year the car is and models up until August 2009 cost £260 for a year. From then, until the facelift came along in 2012, the price reduced to a reasonable £220 a year. The better performing and more efficient 2012 engine came coupled to the eight-speed gearbox which reduced emissions massively, and tax went down to a bargain £140 a year. It was also better on fuel, with a claimed 50.5mpg on paper it was possible to see above that on a carefully controlled run, although the average levelled out nearer 45mpg. That’s still exceptional given its size, weight and performance.


    If you’ve got the best part of £20,000 to invest in your next car and fancy something a little different, it’s hard to ignore the 730d. Ride quality, build quality and comfort levels are unrivalled by any other BMW and the diesel engines offer good performance with practical running costs that make ownership a serious option. If you can stretch to the later 2012 model then that practicality aspect is multiplied with even better economy and performance coupled with much lower tax, too. For the price of a new 1 Series it’s hard to justify why you wouldn’t treat yourself to a Seven.

    Tech data #BMW-730d-F01 / #BMW-730d-F02
    ENGINE: Straight-six, 24-valve, turbo-diesel #N57
    CAPACITY: 2993cc
    MAX POWER: 245hp (258)
    MAX TORQUE: 369lb ft (412)
    0-62MPH: 7.2 seconds (6.2)
    TOP SPEED: 152mph (155)
    ECONOMY: 41.5mpg (51.5)
    PRICE NEW: £54,160 (58,115) () for 2012 face-lift
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