Newbie 645ci

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Newbie 645ci

Post by gmars70970 » 16 Sep 2014, 19:03

Hi All,

I just joined this site today and probably going to ask a question that's been asked a thousand times before.

I'm interested in a 2004 645ci auto with 45,000mls & full service history.
Is there anything in particular I should be wary about or at 47k should it still be pretty bomb proof?

Thanks in advance

Graeme

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Post by Metroreg » 16 Sep 2014, 19:34

Welcome to BMWEnthusiasts Graeme, there are a number of members on here that have / had an 645,

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Re: Newbie 645ci

Post by richard330 » 16 Sep 2014, 21:53

hi and welcome . the boss(neal )will be along soon to answer your questions :thumbup:

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Post by M60NJP » 16 Sep 2014, 22:33

Welcome Graeme - just in so more tomorrow, but some scene setting here!

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Re: Newbie 645ci

Post by Lewy » 16 Sep 2014, 22:55

I'd probably want to go for a 60k + car with all the common faults resolved if I'm honest. There's a common faults thread here somewhere too - I'll dig it out when I'm on the pc tomorrow. Don't let anything put you off though, great fun to own and I regret selling mine every day. Just have a mini war chest aside for possible issues

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Re: Newbie 645ci

Post by gmars70970 » 16 Sep 2014, 23:39

Thanks everyone.

I'm hoping to go and have a look at the weekend. The seller has said it's immaculate, always garaged, serviced by BMW 2 weeks ago & 12months mot with no advisorys. The car is metallic silver with Red Dakota leather interior.

I'm often blinded by shiny toys and impulse buy, actually trying to be sensible and research a little first for a change.

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Re: Newbie 645ci

Post by lizzie » 17 Sep 2014, 06:35

Hi and welcome. Good choice of car. As above with what to look out for as they are renowned for oil leaks but you can always ring up the garage where it's been serviced to get verification on what's been done. Don't impulse buy on one if these !! Good luck with your search and if we can help you further we will. You can post up links to cars you're interested and we can give you our views. :-)


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Re: Newbie 645ci

Post by Maxwell » 17 Sep 2014, 07:20

Hi and welcome you won't be disappointed with a 6 er, As Lizzie says do not impulse buy one, make sure you give it a good inspection or have it professionally inspected,
2 major things to watch out for is any issues with the power steering and a coolant leak (weeping) from front of the engine, both are very expensive to fix even as DIY, another more minor one is oil leaking from the brake vacuum assist pump, easy diy but you need 2 seals and BMW only sell one of them as a spare although I have just sourced both from a place in Germany to do my 650i (DIY to follow).
The other thing to bear in mind is that there are virtually no parts available secondhand so its BMW most of the time if anything is required however there is a good forum discount at ElmsDirect.
DIY retrofitting can be done with quite a few options if you have the inclination.

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Post by M60NJP » 17 Sep 2014, 07:38

As above and my link further up the page:

The steering rack and internal water leaks are £2500+ repairs, but thankfully rare!

General oil leaks are not rare though! Most are only 'fairly' expensive fixes, some DIY, some less so.

The gearbox sump pan leak is about £400 - if it hasn't been done (receipted) then budget for it and get it done early doors - it's hard to spot and once the tranny fluid drops to a certain level, it'll be new gearbox time. Virtually all of them need this fix.

They're fairly spec sensitive so watch out for any missing features - 'business nav' is crap, heated seats essential, heated wheel and Dakota leather worthwhile extras. Check the nav is updated to 'recent' and the cup holder is in place (£50 if not!) - although some specs deleted it completely.

Tyres are large and pricey so check those and excessive/uneven wear if still on RFTs.

They're pretty solid/reliable but everything is large and expensive - pads and discs all round will be upwards of £700-800 (for decent quality) and well over a grand at BMW. 8 litres of premium 5W30 is a scary oil service etc etc!

Enjoy - I loved mine.

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Re: Newbie 645ci

Post by Gus247 » 17 Sep 2014, 08:36

Welcome aboard bud - GLWTSearch ...

As said above, do not rush in to buying one of these.... I've only ever had the older generation 6 so can't speak from experience but the stories about oil leaks etc seem quite prevalent...

Lizzie and Jashammy are owners too plus we've others here that have/have had them as well so you should be in good hands :thumbup:
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