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BMW E38 7 Series 1999 - VGC - MOT May 2020 For Sale

This is a BMW E38 7 Series 2.8 (1999), in metallic Oxford green, around 146,958 miles and is in very good condition.

This really is a beautiful car to drive, very refined and smooth. The engine is absolutely bullet proof and has a real power. It is the 2.8i which is a straight six unit and is mated to an exceptional automatic transmission. The steering is light but assured while the acceleration is swift. Surprisingly, the fuel economy for a car of this size is pretty good if driven sensibly. When these cars were first launched, they were retailing for around £70,000 and were considered a luxury executive car. The MOT is renewed to May 2020

Lots of paperwork and previous bills.

I have cared for this car since I came into ownership of it. The car came to a private owner (a family member) from a BMW dealership who sold it through their used car network so it has the full multi-point check before it was sold. This car has had over £1500 worth of work done on it to bring it up to a very good condition for a car of its age. The only reason I’m selling and not keeping it is that I have no time to appreciate this car and would like someone else to.

Replacements and fixes:

The fuel tank has been replaced as this was a common problem on the E38
The radiator has been replaced as this was a common problem on the E38
The front suspension has been replaced, again, another common problem on the E38
The oil has only recently been changed.


I can’t see anything wrong with this car; it sits nice, has had no major accidents I know of and all door panel gaps line up perfectly.
The gearbox and engine are bullet proof and work fine with no oil leaks.


The exterior paintwork is in very good condition with no dull spots. It’s a beautiful metallic green, similar to British racing green and is known as BMW Oxford Green.
There are some rust spots but these are very small and could be repaired. Of course, there are a few minor scrapes and nicks of a car of this age.
Bumpers look good and no damage, just a few very minor scuffs.
Exhaust and cat are all working well.


This car has a great infotainment system with a great sound and it all works.
One of the issues the E38 suffers from are pixelated screens on the dash and infotainment centre. Currently, the control head of the BMW is working but the display is not showing. I may try to fix it in the next couple of days but if I don’t, you will need to get it fixed if you want to use it. You can get kits to repair this problem and is a DIY task.

Boot and Spare:

The boot and spare are in good condition and clean with no leaks. The spare tyre is brand new.


The battery has been recently replaced and charges with no issues.


The doors all shut solidly. The small rubber trim around the windows (but NOT the actual seal) has deteriorated but is a small cost to replace. It doesn’t affect anything.


The tyres are in good condition and have plenty of tread left, at least a few thousand miles or more.


The brake pads will need replacing, and the information light comes on, but to be honest, the car still has massive stopping power.


The interior has just been professionally valeted and treated to an internal steam clean which removes odours.
The seats are beige leather and have been cleaned and treated. The rear ones are in very good condition, and the front ones are good condition although they are showing signs of wear. They can be professionally treated and restored though.
The headlining is very clean. There are some marks on the drivers pillar and some marks on the seat belts but nothing bad.
The carpets have been shampooed and cleaned and are in good condition. There are some areas of use but to be expected. It will need some new mats as the old ones were shot.


The aircon does need a recharge as it blows out coolish at the moment.

That is about as honest as I can get, so I can’t really negotiate on the price as everything I know about has been described. The car is soon to be a classic, and will only appreciate in value. If you’re looking for a nice car to drive and fully fix all the fine details, you will have a lovely car to own. You will not be disappointed.
Price £1999 Or near offer
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make BMW
Model 7 Series
  E38 7 Series
Year 1999
Mileage 132,000 miles
Country UK
Region Essex
Town London
Telephone 07802 175750
Status Private
Date 28-May-2019
Ref C1089336
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