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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-05-2016, 05:19 PM
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Should I buy a 2004 E60 N62 6 speed?

Should I buy a 2004 E60 N62 6 speed, with 106k on it? It has a great service history, the owner now has a huge folder with all the maintenance records since he's had it (almost four years) and some from the previous owner. I am a DIY guy and my wife has been driving an 06 Mercedes C230 sport for the last four years and I have been the mechanic on it, and it's been great to have. I work in the auto industry as a painter in a body shop so I have a decent knowledge of the auto industry. Is there anything I should be looking for on the vehicle? It needs the bumpers painted which I can do easy, and a couple interior pieces repaired/replaced. I would appreciate any advice you can give me about this guys! Thanks in advance for the help. If I left anything out please let me know, as this is my first post here.
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:21 PM
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Also I have the carfax that shows a lot of service at the local BMW dealership.
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:43 PM
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Look into if it has secondary air. If it does, the ports in the head get plugged and set a SES light. To fix, the heads have to come off. Also if there is a coolant leak at the weep hole, watch out. I have heard of an aftermarket fix to replace the water pipe, instead of taking the front covers off. Let the engine run warm up for a few minutes and then give it a quick hit to 4-5 grand on the throttle. Watch for smoke, if there is, the valve stem seals are bad.
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Old 02-06-2016, 04:40 AM
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+1. Criper nailed it. These are three items that can make an N62 misery. That valve stem issue can be $3-5K to fix, and is not a DIY unless you're a very good amateur mechanic.
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:49 AM
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Thanks for the replies guys. I'm going to go test drive it with my brother tomorrow so he will be able to help me look for smoke coming out of the exhaust. The price on it is 7k and has lower miles for the year, so I thought it would be a good buy. I absolutely love the look of the E60 and the manual transmission seemed too good to be true.
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:56 AM
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I gotta say that my 2006 530xi 6 speed is still a lot of fun. I'm sure the N62 is real fun to drive. If you are DIY and also have access to tools and labor and the car was maintained, and you are going in with your eyes open, I think it's probably a great car. The V8 biggies are noted and you should check if and when those have ever been done. They will have to at some point.
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The reason they are off loading it, is 100k is when valve stem seal issues start show up. The aftermarket pipe is still about 800 just for the pipe.
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:28 AM
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Thanks for the replies guys. I'm going to go test drive it with my brother tomorrow so he will be able to help me look for smoke coming out of the exhaust. The price on it is 7k and has lower miles for the year, so I thought it would be a good buy. I absolutely love the look of the E60 and the manual transmission seemed too good to be true.
Sometimes you won't see the smoke while driving, IME. Run it hard & hot for a good 10 miles at least. Then shut if off an wait at least an hour. Then start it up again--the smoke will be obvious if so.
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Definitely check to service records to see how well maintained this car is.

Common issues with the N62B44 are:

Leaking gaskets(valve covers, upper timing covers, alternator bracket).

Coolant pipe seal(check the weep hole to see if there's coolant leaking out).

Valve stem seals(let it idle for 15-20 minutes and rev the engine to see if blue smoke comes out of the exhaust).

Secondary air system failure(common codes are P0491 and P0492).
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