How Long Do BMW X7 Last? (12 Important Facts)

The X7 is BMW’s largest and most expensive SUV in its line-up.

It’s well known for its smooth powertrains, luxurious interior and advanced tech features.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the X7’s average lifespan…

Here is the short answer to how long a BMW X7 will last:

The BMW X7 will last on average 200,000 miles when properly maintained, regularly serviced and driven conservatively. Based on driving 15,000 miles per year, an X7 will last approximately 13 years before breaking down or requiring expensive repairs.

How Long Will a BMW X7 Last?

The BMW X7 has only been around since 2019 so there’s no hard evidence to suggest how long they can really last.

However, the X7 is based on the underpinnings of the X5 which has been available in North America since 1999, and has proven to withstand the test of time.

Both SUVs share the same platform and base engine although the X7 has been stretched, widened, and made taller than the X5.

When searching for X7s on used car marketplaces such as Car Gurus and Autotrader, you’ll find models with 60,000 to 75,000 miles and still going strong.

Here’s what X7 owners had to say on the popular forum Bimmerpost.com:

“Mine has 64,000 miles on it. Only issue so far was a failed water pump at about 12,000 miles. I have an extended warranty that goes up to 100,000 miles, so I will likely at least keep it until then.”

“I have 59K on my 2019 and the only issues I have had were with a trim piece and rear seatbelt which were fixed before the warranty ran out. I am still on the first set of brakes, but the third set of tires. Now I’m rolling around without a warranty but I’m not too nervous about it. The X7 still drives and looks great.”

The BMW X7 is designed and built to last the distance, this being an expected 200,000-mile or 13-year lifespan and potentially more. However outside of warranty coverage repairs can be very expensive.

Despite the reports of good reliability for the X7 at relatively low mileage, there are no guarantees that any vehicle can reach high mileages of 200,000 miles or more without frequent maintenance and lots of TLC.

To ensure maximum longevity from your X7:

  • Change the engine oil regularly
  • Perform routine maintenance
  • Have the car serviced regularly as per the manufactures handbook
  • Use smooth driving habits

New BMW X7s come with a 4 year / 50,000 mile basic warranty and a 4 year / 50,000 mile powertrain warranty. BMW also offers a complimentary maintenance plan for 3 years / 36,000 miles on new X7s.

Common Problems of the BMW X7

A car’s longevity can be affected by its problems; listed below are what X7 owners have to deal with.

1. Electrical Issues

The most reported complaint by X7 owners relates to electrical problems.

The 2019 model year is especially prone to suffer from electrical gremlins, according to CarComplaints.

Diving deeper into the electrical problems, we found that the X7’s “Replace Battery” warning light flashed on the dashboard.

Other electrical problems that BMW X7 owners reported were malfunctioning reverse cameras.

In both instances, BMW workshops diagnosed the problem and updated the electrical unit’s firmware, which solved the issues.

2. Faulty Hydraulic Brake Unit

The X7’s hydraulic brake unit has been reported as a cause for concern for owners.

It results in limited braking power, meaning you need to increase your stopping distances and press the brake pedal harder.

The ABS warning light will also flash on the dashboard.

This problem is the most common in 2018 to 2021 year models.

3. Faulty Steering Spindle

Some 2020 model-year X7s had improperly bolted steering spindles during the assembly process.

This fault could result in loss of steering control if the bolt comes loose.

BMW recalled those affected X7 models following customer complaints.

If you’re looking at a 2020 X7, ensure that if it was one of the affected models, the repair work was carried out.

4. Air Suspension Issues

The BMW X7 features air suspension, adding luxury riding qualities to this full-size luxury SUV.

However, owners of 2019 to 2022 model year X7s have reported problems with their air suspension.

They reported that the X7 could not re-level itself after switching suspension modes.

Replacing the air suspension components is expensive however BMW’s warranty covered all reported problems.

What is High Mileage for a BMW X7?

High mileage for a BMW X7 is around 100,000 miles, even though this full-size luxury SUV will still have plenty of life left, it will more than likely require repairs and higher levels of maintenance due to age and wear and tear on the vehicle.

Buying a used BMW X7 with high mileage won’t necessarily equate to a bad purchase – it really depends on how well it’s been looked after and maintained.

When looking to buy a second-hand X7, it is more important to assess the vehicle’s overall condition than worry about its odometer reading.

Outside of warranty coverage however, you will be financially responsible for any repairs, and on a luxury BMW these can be expensive.

BMW owners are known to sell their vehicles once the warranty expires for this very reason.

When buying a used X7, consider the following factors:

  • Service history. Check that the vehicle was adequately serviced and that the owner has documented evidence.
  • Take it for a test drive. Ask the seller to leave the car cold; this way, you’ll see how easily it starts up, and you can listen for any strange engine, transmission or exhaust noises.
  • Check for rust. Rust is a known factor for all makes and models; you must check the X7 for any rust. If left untreated, the rust will spread.
  • Previous owners. More owners usually equate to more wear and tear issues. As a general rule, fewer owners are better.
  • Examine the interior. The condition of the interior tells the story of how well the vehicle was maintained and cared for.

BMW X7 Longevity Compared to Similar Full-Size Luxury SUVs

In this section, we’ll compare the X7 to some of its rivals in the full-size luxury SUV category.

We’ve used Repair Pal data from the BMW X6 as there was no available data for the X7 and the vehicles are very similar.

BMW X7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS

The Mercedes-Benz GLS is the German automaker’s largest SUV.

The GLS is comparable to the S-Class, meaning it is the pinnacle of sophistication, luxury, and quality from this brand.

The Mercedes-Benz GLS can typically last between 200,000 – 250,000 miles, which is slightly longer than the expected lifespan of the BMW X7.

 BMW X7Mercedes-Benz GLS
RepairPal Reliability Rating2.0 / 5.01.5 / 5.0
RepairPal Reliability Ranking16th / 19
full-size luxury SUVs
17th / 19
full-size luxury SUVs
Average Annual Repair Cost$1,206$1293

These two German SUVs are similarly matched in terms of design and luxury, and are expected to have similar reliability and maintenance costs.

Deciding between the two is a tough call, and we’d advise taking both for a test drive.

Related: 6 Most Common Mercedes-Benz GLS Problems (Explained)

BMW X7 vs. Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury SUV and the German automaker’s largest three-row SUV in its line-up.

Since its launch in 2006, it is renowned for its very spacious interiors, powerful engines, and car-like handling dynamics.

The Audi Q7 can usually last between 150,000 – 200,000 miles, which is slightly less than the X7’s expected lifespan.

 BMW X7Audi Q7
RepairPal Reliability Rating2.0 / 5.02.5 / 5.0
RepairPal Reliability Ranking16th / 19
full-size luxury SUVs
8th / 19
full-size luxury SUVs
Average Annual Repair Cost$1,206$1,185

For buyers looking at one of these two, they’re so evenly matched it comes down to brand loyalty and subjective opinions on the styling.

They’re both fantastic luxury SUVs.

Related: How Long Do Audi Q7 Last? (Solved and Explained)

BMW X7 vs. Range Rover

The Ranger Rover is the quintessential British luxury SUV that dates back to 1970.

It is a full-size luxury SUV celebrated for its interior comfort features, off-road prowess, and advanced technology.

The Range Rover can typically last between 150,000 – 200,000 miles, which is slightly less than the predicted lifespan of the BMW X7.

 BMW X7Range Rover
RepairPal Reliability Rating2.0 / 5.02.0 / 5.0
RepairPal Reliability Ranking16th / 19
full-size luxury SUVs
15th / 19
full-size luxury SUVs
Average Annual Repair Cost$1,206$1,127

The battle of the luxury limos in this matchup is close, with similar reliability ratings.

Despite the BMW X7’s higher average annual repair cost, the BMW X7 has fewer problems than the Range Rover and should be more dependable to own as a second-hand vehicle.

Related: How Long Do Range Rovers Last? (Solved and Explained)

BMW X7 Reliability

The BMW X7 has average reliability in terms of full-size luxury SUVs, and BMW has a reputation for being one of the least reliable vehicle brands in North America.

That being said, individual BMW models and specific model years are less problematic than others.

It is also worth noting that in recent years BMW have significantly improved the reliability of their vehicles, in fact Consumer Reports recently ranked BMW in third position out of 24 car brands, in terms of reliability.

If you’re looking to buy a used BMW X7, it is imperative to inspect the vehicle’s maintenance records to see how the previous owner(s) took care of it.

Detailed below are the X7’s reliability scores to help you:

  • Consumer Reports gave the X7 an ‘average’ reliability rating of 3 / 5.
  • J.D. Power gave the X7 a Quality and Reliability score of 83 / 100.
  • Kelley Blue Book gave the X7 a reliability score of 4.7 / 5.

Commonly reported BMW X7 problems include:

  • Electrical issues
  • Hydraulic brake unit
  • Faulty steering spindle
  • Air suspension

To maximize the reliability of your X7 be sure to have it regularly serviced and use smooth driving habits.

How Reliable is the BMW X7 Compared to Other Full-Size Luxury SUVs?

ModelReliability 
Infiniti QX803.5 / 5.0
Infiniti QX603.5 / 5.0
Lincoln MKS3.0 / 5.0
Infiniti JX353.0 / 5.0
Lincoln Navigator2.5 / 5.0
Cadillac Escalade2.5 / 5.0
Lincoln MKT2.5 / 5.0
Audi Q72.5 / 5.0
Cadillac Escalade EXT2.5 / 5.0
Land Rover Range Rover Sport2.5 / 5.0
Mercedez-Benz R3502.5 / 5.0
Infiniti QX56 2.5 / 5.0
BMW X52.0 / 5.0
Cadillac Escalade ESV2.0 / 5.0
Land Rover Range Rover2.0 / 5.0
BMW X6 / X72.0 / 5.0
Mercedes-Benz GL4501.5 / 5.0
Mercedes-Benz GL3501.0 / 5.0
Mercedes-Benz GL5501.0 / 5.0
Avg. Luxury Fullsize SUV2.5

Best and Worst Years of the BMW X7

In this section, we’ll take a look at the best and worst model years of the BMW X7.

Worst Model Years

The worst model year of the BMW X7 is the 2019 model, according to the number of complaints reported on CarComplaints.

The 2019 model year’s biggest reported problem was electrical problems, specifically a “Replace Battery” warning.

One owner posted this to CarComplaints:

“First long drive with our brand new X7 and the Replace Battery red warning light came on. We called BMW oncall support and they basically told us that the car will need to be towed. We were miles from no-where and so we kept going and luckily made it back home. It has less than 1K miles and so the car is at the dealership being serviced. Other issues as well which I’ll post separately. Not what we expected from a ~$100K flagship vehicle.”

Best Model Years

The best model years of the X7 line-up are 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 models.

These X7 model years have the lowest number of problems reported by owners.

We recommend buying the more recent models as they have the latest tech and safety features.

BMW X7 Recalls

The BMW X7 has had a total of 33 recalls since 2019.

You can check if your BMW X7 has been subjected to a recall campaign by entering your car’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the NHTSA website.

Recalls are safety-impacting, manufacturer faults repaired at no charge to the consumer.

BMW X7 recalls, according to the NHTSA’s records:

  • 2019 BMW X7: 9
  • 2020 BMW X7: 10
  • 2021 BMW X7: 9
  • 2022 BMW X7: 2
  • 2023 BMW X7: 3

BMW X7 Generations and Model Years

First Generation (2019 – present)

  • 2019 BMW X7
  • 2020 BMW X7
  • 20201 BMW X7
  • 2022 BMW X7
  • 2023 BMW X7

Maintenance Costs

The BMW X7 is an expensive full-size luxury SUV to own, its reliability and maintenance costs are more than the average for the segment. RepairPal estimates the X7’s average yearly repair cost to be $1,206, while the vehicle class’s average is $1,127.

To put this in context, RepairPal calculates that the average annual repair cost across all makes and models of vehicles in the United States is $652.

ModelAvg. Annual 
Repair Cost
Frequency of
Unscheduled
Repairs (per year)
Probability of Severe
Repairs
Infiniti QX80$7180.78%
Infiniti QX60$6390.910%
Lincoln MKS$8860.615%
Infiniti JX35$8371.211%
Lincoln Navigator$1,0890.418%
Cadillac Escalade$1,0070.320%
Lincoln MKT$9960.619%
Audi Q7$1,1850.913%
Cadillac Escalade EXT$9400.621%
Land Rover Range Rover Sport$1,1790.716%
Mercedez-Benz R350$1,1530.618%
Infiniti QX56 $8070.824%
BMW X5$1,1660.817%
Cadillac Escalade ESV$1,1270.522%
Land Rover Range Rover$1,2580.619%
BMW X6 / X7$1,2061.021%
Mercedes-Benz GL450$1,2931.220%
Mercedes-Benz GL350$1,3081.322%
Mercedes-Benz GL550$1,2951.523%
Avg. Luxury Fullsize SUV$1,1270.719%

How Long Do BMW X7 Brakes Last?

A BMW X7’s brake pads can typically last between 30,000 – 70,000 miles. This depends mainly on driving style, traffic conditions, climate, and more.

A conservative driving style and smoother use of the brake pedal will help to maximize the lifespan of the brakes.

How Long Do BMW X7 Tires Last?

The BMW X7’s tires usually last between 45,000 – 60,000 miles or 3 – 4 years. However, they can wear out much sooner. Their lifespan depends on various factors, such as driving habits, climate, road conditions, and more.

  • Rotate tires every 5,000 miles to ensure even tire wear.
  • Check tire pressures regularly every two weeks to ensure they’re at the optimum tire pressure.
  • Have a mechanic or tire shop check your wheel alignment every 6 months.

How Long Do BMW X7 Transmissions Last?

A BMW X7’s transmission can typically last 150,000 – 200,000 miles, but the transmission’s life can be maximized by regular maintenance, smooth driving habits and correct use of the parking brake.

Tip: Engage the parking brake after you park, but before you shift into ‘Park’ keep the pressure on the brake pedal until the parking brake is engaged, this will help reduce stress on the transmission.

How Long Do BMW X7 Spark Plugs Last?

BMW recommends that the X7’s spark plugs be changed every 60,000 miles.

It is recommended that the spark plugs are inspected every time you take your X7 in for a tune-up at your local mechanic.

Signs of fouled spark plug include:

  • Reduced gas mileage
  • Lack of acceleration
  • Rough idling
  • Hard starts
  • Engine misfires

How Long Do BMW X7 Engines Last?

A typical BMW X7 engine can usually last 200,000 miles before they’re expected to suffer problems. Proper care and preventative maintenance will ensure BMW X7 engines can last the predicted lifespan of the vehicle.

How Long Do BMW X7 12V Batteries Last?

The BMW X7’s 12V battery usually lasts for 3 – 5 years, but this varies greatly depending on several factors, such as battery size, weather conditions, driving habits, the condition of the battery, and more.

  • Keep your battery tightly fastened: The vibrations of the X7 can loosen the connections, potentially resulting in short circuits and internal damage.
  • Limit short rides: Quick car rides prevent the battery from fully charging.
  • Storage: Keep your X7 stored in a garage, away from extreme temperature changes.
  • Control corrosion: Clean the terminals (toothbrush dipped in baking soda and water mixture) and keep them free from build-up.

What are the Insurance Costs for a BMW X7?

The average cost of full insurance coverage for a BMW X7 is $2,000 per year or $167 per month.

The average annual insurance cost across all full-size luxury SUVs is $2,303 a year.

Insurance costs can vary greatly, so be sure to shop around to find the best possible deal for yourself.

How to Get the Most Life From Your BMW X7

  • Follow the maintenance schedule outlined in the owner’s manual
  • Have recalls and repairs addressed ASAP
  • Use your BMW X7’s air-conditioning system
  • Replace spark plugs regularly
  • Use quality parts
  • If possible, keep the vehicle stored in a garage, out of the elements
  • Invest in ceramic paint protection to keep the car looking new
  • Drive smoothly and conservatively
  • Check the tire pressure regularly and rotate the tires

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https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/l-Used-BMW-X7-d2656

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https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/x7/

https://www.jdpower.com/cars/2021/bmw/x7

https://www.kbb.com/bmw/x7/

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