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E24 (1976 - 1989)
The BMW 6 Series (E24) was the first variant of the 6 series produced by BMW from 1976 through 1989.

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Old 01-16-2012, 06:12 PM
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I've been looking around for a 6 series for a while and have been looking at this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-6...001be5e4#v4-38

Can anyone help me with:

1. Is $6400 a reasonable price?
2. Should I be concerned about the loose shifter?
3. What does it cost to update the a/c system?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated. I have a 93 325is and am quite familiar with what it's likely troubles are, but am new to the 6 series.
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:05 AM
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I've been looking around for a 6 series for a while and have been looking at this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-6...001be5e4#v4-38

Can anyone help me with:

1. Is $6400 a reasonable price?
2. Should I be concerned about the loose shifter?
3. What does it cost to update the a/c system?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated. I have a 93 325is and am quite familiar with what it's likely troubles are, but am new to the 6 series.
It looks like a nice car, but you need to carefully evaluate its condition. $6400 for a real nice E24 is not very expensive, but.... Pics on ebay are not the best way to see a car. I'd go and look at it in person, drive it, do a carfax, etc. The air cond system could be a minor or major repair. Loss of refrigerant could be caused by alot of things. The loose shifter could be bushings in the linkage or an internal transmission problem. Driving it might give you a better idea. You could probably get another trans, but you'll want to figure how much that would cost. You will have to spend some time and money to correct these issues, but who knows how much.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:23 PM
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I just purchased my 6 series back in October so I know what you are going through. Here are my comments:

1. The seats in this car do not look like they match the rest of the interior.
2. Not fond of the wheels but this can easily be changed for about $400 assuming the tires are OK.
3. Did you run the VIN to see if the car is a true 5 speed or was it converted?
4. My A/C is also the original R12 system and it has a small leak but with the extremely high cost of R12, it makes sense to convert to R134 if you have to add a pound of R12 each year. The cost of a pound of R12 is approaching $400.
5. I would spend the money and have a qualified independent mechanic check it out or if you are a BMWCCA member you might find a fellow member with 6 series expertise check it out for you. This is what I did when I bought mine as it was on the west coast and I am in Maryland.
6. I spent considerably more for my car but other than upgrading the radio to a bluetooth/ipod capable model I haven't had to spend any money fixing anything.

Personally, I would rather spend more money up front and get a better car than have to fix a lot of things as they can be quite costly. Although most parts are readily available the cost can be quite high and the labor even higher unless you can do the work yourself (I cannot).

Go to this website for a lot of good information: http://www.bigcoupe.com/

Good luck.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:34 PM
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I just purchased my 6 series back in October so I know what you are going through. Here are my comments:

1. The seats in this car do not look like they match the rest of the interior.
2. Not fond of the wheels but this can easily be changed for about $400 assuming the tires are OK.
3. Did you run the VIN to see if the car is a true 5 speed or was it converted?
4. My A/C is also the original R12 system and it has a small leak but with the extremely high cost of R12, it makes sense to convert to R134 if you have to add a pound of R12 each year. The cost of a pound of R12 is approaching $400.
5. I would spend the money and have a qualified independent mechanic check it out or if you are a BMWCCA member you might find a fellow member with 6 series expertise check it out for you. This is what I did when I bought mine as it was on the west coast and I am in Maryland.
6. I spent considerably more for my car but other than upgrading the radio to a bluetooth/ipod capable model I haven't had to spend any money fixing anything.

Personally, I would rather spend more money up front and get a better car than have to fix a lot of things as they can be quite costly. Although most parts are readily available the cost can be quite high and the labor even higher unless you can do the work yourself (I cannot).

Go to this website for a lot of good information: http://www.bigcoupe.com/

Good luck.
R-12 is readily available to those with a certificate. I don't know where you came up with $400 a pound but you are way, way, off. You need only go to Ebay to see that it can actually be cheaper than R-134. Don't buy old collector cars unless you have alot of money to spend or are willing to put in alot of time wrenching.
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:54 PM
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This is the least desirable of the sixes. Look for a euro 635 and if not an NA 635 both with 5 speeds, At that price, you can get a lot more car
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:06 PM
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Thanks to all who replied and for all the useful information. I decided to pass on this one and keep looking for a later model with less conspicuous interior.
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R-12 is readily available to those with a certificate. I don't know where you came up with $400 a pound but you are way, way, off. You need only go to Ebay to see that it can actually be cheaper than R-134. Don't buy old collector cars unless you have alot of money to spend or are willing to put in alot of time wrenching.
Perhaps I was talking to a non-reputable mechanic. This spring I plan to have the A/C inspected and leak tested. I would rather keep the OEM R12 system if the major components are still serviceable. As far as time wrenching, there are lots of collector car owners that do not do all or most of their mechanical work. For those that can, I am most envious. I can take care of the cosmetics but I am no mechanic and will never claim to be one. This is a personal flaw that I readily admit to. I do need to find a local reputable mechanic so if someone can recommend one, please do. I am talking with some of my local BMW club members and do have a lead on a couple of potential garages that specialize in maintaining older BMWs.
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:52 AM
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howdy there man
and hello to you too guys! thats what i like to see on this bimmerfest club. People asking advice and quick responses and a lot of options. As Catso, rmorin49, bert poliakoff added its not easy to decide over buying a car just from looking at photos ! The Best and the most recommended thing is to actually DRIVE the car ! 2nd thing is to have a good car mechanic with you too.

my point of view is!!! i like the old 6 series . mine is a 1984 euro model. and pretty much a lot of people say that these are the desirable ones. i prefer the M6 thats the 6`er daddy u know what i mean or even better the Alpina B7 the turbo option the car u just viewed on ebay is nice , and for its age i would say that it is stil in great shape . the Price is too HIGH that`s all.
i hope that will answer some of you questions good luck man
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:57 AM
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Hi,

This is good price for this model and looks nice

it looks like this :



If you have money than buy it !
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