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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-04-2013, 05:10 PM
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Hey everyone. I recently bought a 2004 545i Sport Package Cold Weather Package. Car is excellent condition inside and out. Silver with Black Dakota Leather. Car has 34k miles. I love it already. Ive had it only a week and it feels so good to have a BMW again. Ive went to a C Class Mercedes which was brand new and an Audi A4. Truly nothing drives like a BMW. Anyway I love reading these forums and I want to learn a lot about my car. Im not really a DIYer but Im willing to learn any and everything. I have a good friend that will work on my car but Im open to any info any of you might have on this vehicle. Any advice for this particular year or any personal experiences. Again thanks for all the great posts. And Im looking forward to hearing from anyone about anything. Thanks. Positives would be great because i hate to think negatives at this point. Thanks
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:15 PM
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Wow, that's pretty low mileage for a 9 year old car!! Congrats on the new (to you) car, these things are real beasts with the V8 engine.

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:28 PM
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Congratulations on your purchase. Nice low miles.
I drive the same 2004 545i beast and it is a monster!

Do not be lulled into complacency with your low miles, however. Many items such as the plastic components of the coolant system deteriorate based on age rather than pure miles, so keep an eye on the cooling system.

You may or may not have received maintenance records with the car. If the BMW condition based maintenance was followed your oil may have been change only two times in the car's life. An ideal situation would have been twice per year or 16-17 times so far. You can't do anything to reverse the past, but you can start fresh now.

If you have no record of a recent oil change, change your oil immediately. Then change your oil every 5-6K miles, 250 operating hours or twice per year, whichever is less. This is by far the most important thing you can do to maintain the health of gaskets and seals, which experience has shown is an acknowledged weakness in the 545i engine (N62B44).

I suggest you choose an oil from the BMW approved LL-01 list of oils. I use Mobil 1 0W-40 because it is widely available at retail and has good high heat, high shear characteristics for a relatively light 40 weight oil, however there are many good oils available. If you change your oil every 5K miles you will maintain a relatively high level of additives, minimize oil oxidation and keep the oil very alkaline, which is easy on gaskets and engine components.

Post up if you would like additional information specific to the 545i or E60 in general.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:52 PM
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Wow, that's pretty low mileage for a 9 year old car!! Congrats on the new (to you) car, these things are real beasts with the V8 engine.

Keith
I'm in the same boat Keith. 2004 BMW 545i; DEC 2012, approx. 28,000 miles. FEB 2013, approx. 33,000. This car is finally getting driven.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:39 PM
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Congrats! You went for it!

Pictures please!
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:15 PM
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Thanks guys. I will get some pics up soon
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Congrats, and good luck with your 545i. I hope you will not encounter any of the problems Google autocompletes in the search box.....
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:41 PM
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Congratulations on ur 545 ,,, and welcome to the club ,,, also change ur tranny fluid I've change mine every 30.000 and she sifts like new,, also change ur break fluid and ur hydraulic fluids ,, and coolant, keeping ur fluids fresh is crucial on this car ....
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