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#1 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 08:04 PM
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Considering a 645ci, need help

Hi everyone.

I currently own a 1999 540i Sport 6spd E39 but I am considering buying a 2004 645ci (produced 02/2004) with 55,000 miles, sport package, 6 speed manual, black on black. It has a Certified Pre-Owned warranty that expires in March of 2010 and the car is in very very good condition. A very well regarded BMW independent Service shop in the DC area that also sells a lot of BMW's, Porsches, and Audis is selling it for $32,600. I have owned 6 BMW's (E30, E24, E36, E34, E31, E39) and I am pretty familiar with them.

My questions are:

First, does this sounds like a good deal? I have checked around and it seems to be market value but I am not as familiar with these cars as most of you are. How much room is there for negotiation?

Second, once the warranty expires, is it a must that I purchase an extended warranty? The warranty in my e39 expired about 5 years ago and running costs have not broken the bank at all so far. I have probably put abut $500-$1,500 on it per year in repairs and maintenance and the car has 100,000 miles. Do E63's have a lot of expensive problems? From my research, they do not seem to be that problematic.

Third: I understand that with a production date of 04/2004 neither Bluetooth or iPod module were available. Can they now be retrofitted? The car does have a telephone integration and the communication menu on the Navigation.

Please feel free to make any comments or recommendations.

Thanks for your help.

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You should be able to retrofit for ipod, I would do a quick google search for DIYs. That price is probably between $1,000 and $2,000 lower then the going price for that milage with the options you listed. You might be able to get them down to $32,000, but I doubt you will go any lower then that. As for the warranty...thats something you will probably have to determin after being with the car for some time. If you drive it and nothing goes wrong and you have someone look at it and they say everything looks great then I wouldn't. If there are some common tell tell problems that could indicate larger problems that will present themselves then I would go ahead and get the extended. Good luck with the purchase. I am dead serious when I say I will take the E39 off you once you do, I will pamper it.

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iPod control and Bluetooth should be included as long as the car has iDrive. As far as I know, the iDrive system was standard on the E63 6-series since the beginning. I think the Bluetooth standard in the 2004 iDrive system might not be compatible with some new phones. However, from my understanding BMW has an upgrade module that makes newer phones compatible.
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hey man i just purchased my 05 version this past february around that price with only 30,000 miles (fully loaded aside from the heads-up display, but everything else including the 6cd changer, sports package, premium sound, etc....) so with 55,000...im not so sure this is a good deal. mine even included a warranty, but expires later this month.. hope this helps u out a bit
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