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BMW 7-Series (1986 - 1994)

Last updated 11 April 2013

Large barge with six- and V12-power, all drive well and go hard, lots of interior room, especially the long-wheelbase cars
Electronics problems in higher-mileage cars, high parts and servicing costs


The second generation BMW 7-Series arrived on the scene at the same time as the Jaguar XJ40 and the inevitable comparisons were made. Most tests concluded that the BMW outshone the Jaguar in terms of quality and engine refinement, but the Jaguar more than made up for these deficiencies on the road.

As ever, BMW offered the sporting choice in the sector. BMW’s V12 option turned up years before Jaguar’s similarly powered XJ40.

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