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Hi guys

I havent posted on here in a while because i sold my 645Ci last year after having a bad experience with the supplying dealer. Looking back i should have stuck with it and got all the niggles fixed and kept what was a very nice car.

Anyway the lure of an M6 has been calling for some weeks now and with prices dropping all the time i have started to look for one.

A dealer (specialist not BMW) has made me a great offer on a late 06 M6 Coupe which is the colour i wanted but it has driven 90k miles. I have checked the history and its fully upto date with a major service inc spark plugs & discs all round being carried out only 200 miles ago.

The car is a 2 owner car and appears to have been a motorway (highway) car for the first owner judging by the service schedule and rate in which the mileage was clocked up.

The car is very clean all round except for a minor discolouration to the drivers seat bolster which is to be expected and the dealer has just put 4 new Continental tyres on it.

My question is, will a 90k mile car such as an M6 give me problems which prove costly to fix ?. Its just had an new oil cooler, is that a known problem ?. It also had a new throttle actuator last year.

The car comes with all the bills for the work and its history is confirmed by BMW upto 2009 then specialist service work after that with bills again.

What do you guys think, is a 90k mile M6 worth a shot if its beem maintained correctly ?.

For info its well under book value to compensate the mileage.

If i was to consider this would there be things in particular id have to check before buying ?. It had its 600 mile running in service, what mileage does the engine warranty last until, is it 60k ?.

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Carl
 

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I wont do it.
I did the mistake of buying 645 from a small dealer in the past, luckily it was at 48k miles so i was able to get the extended warranty, i spent half the time in service.
buying an M6 out of warranty from a NON bmw dealer is always a bad idea, the money you think you are saving will cost you 10x when you need to roll your car in for repairs over and over again.
If i was you i will go for a 2007 650i with something like 30k miles and have a great fun car.
i know thats not what you want to hear but its just my opinion.
dont force something on yourself, buy something you will really enjoy.
 

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Thanks for the opinion legend.

I have to admit i have an SL500 at the moment which is out of warranty and has half the mileage of this M6 but i am p**sed at having to spend so much on repairs.

I see where you are coming from.

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If their almost all highway miles(less stress on an engine with 40k city miles) and it was taken care of, you have the cash to cover out of pocket repairs(just in case) and it's the right deal...pull the trigger:thumbup:

I'll play the devil's advocate; does buying the car from a NON-BMW dealer guarentee it will be free of defects...no, does buying a car from a BMW dealer guarentee it will be free of defects...no -- It has the same chance of something going bad NO MATTER where it is purchased from.

If they are highway miles, and it was treated right; it could be a steal. But, keep in mind, when you go to sale a 130k+ mileage M6, you'll lose your ass.
 

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If their almost all highway miles(less stress on an engine with 40k city miles) and it was taken care of, you have the cash to cover out of pocket repairs(just in case) and it's the right deal...pull the trigger:thumbup:

I'll play the devil's advocate; does buying the car from a NON-BMW dealer guarentee it will be free of defects...no, does buying a car from a BMW dealer guarentee it will be free of defects...no -- It has the same chance of something going bad NO MATTER where it is purchased from.

If they are highway miles, and it was treated right; it could be a steal. But, keep in mind, when you go to sale a 130k+ mileage M6, you'll lose your ass.
This is not exactly correct, when you buy from a BMW dealer a CPO the warranty is extended to 100 k miles so at lease you get a cushion of security in case something happened in the first few months (in your case its only 10k miles but still...)
I'm just saying, if your active steering wheel sensor goes bad tomorrow and you need to pay 6k on repair a week after you got your car, this deal will not be this sweet anymore.
 

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it all comes down to the price

the price determines how good a deal it is... as well as your intentions... (keep and hold for 5 years or more vs 12 mos ownership then sell)

if it's selling for 30K or less, i would buy it and put 20K in the bank for emergency repairs... and if nothing breaks, you get to keep 20K...

anything above 30K and you're taking a huge gamble...

hoses will need to be replaced and possibly CV joints, sensors, etc...

the engine will be fine, it's the non-engine components that will kill you...

these cars are not cheap to build, maintain or own... have you looked at what your insurance rate will be?

the average for a guy with a clean record is about 2.5K a year... double that in some zip codes and no-fault states...

---------------- just realized OP is in UK... is 90K miles accurate or is it kilometers? also prices are probably totally different there... so my comment above may not be that accurate ......
 

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This might be a good deal if you can get a reliable aftermarket warranty to go with it. I think the M6 is an extraordinary car but, like many high performance cars, it can be very expensive to maintain outside of warranty. Generally speaking, 90K isn't a prohibitive amount of mileage on a European car; however, any higher amount of mileage has to be balanced against a good record of maintenance, wear and tear and, even region (as in where the car came from). Do your homework if this car you're considering seems like a good deal and you think you want it. Rather than mileage, in my opinion whether you can purchase an aftermarket service and parts warranty should be controlling factors.

The fun is always in the hunt; just be a wise hunter! Good luck!
 

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Thanks for all the comments guys, i have to admit i am caucious because id need to keep it atleast 2 years by which time it wil have passed 120k.

I can buy a good warranty but dont know if i want the hassle of repairs.

A BMW dealer has a 50k miler with the same spec options and colour for + £4k but they want to offer me about £4k less in px so it makes it £8k ($12k USD) in the deal. The warranty could end up paying that back + it will be worth much more in 2 years.

I think the 90k miler is starting to loo bad. Thanks for talking sense, my heart rules my head on matters like this :)

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Thanks for all the comments guys, i have to admit i am caucious because id need to keep it atleast 2 years by which time it wil have passed 120k.

I can buy a good warranty but dont know if i want the hassle of repairs.

A BMW dealer has a 50k miler with the same spec options and colour for + £4k but they want to offer me about £4k less in px so it makes it £8k ($12k USD) in the deal. The warranty could end up paying that back + it will be worth much more in 2 years.

I think the 90k miler is starting to loo bad. Thanks for talking sense, my heart rules my head on matters like this :)

Cheers

Carl
Hey Carl, I'm exactly the same!
I usually follow my heart when I want something and end up being burned.
The only advise I would really give you is: no matter what you do, don't get a 6 series without a warranty, my easy care warranty paid over 20k in repairs over one year that I owned my 645 until I finally traded it in because I got sick of driving loaners and rentals.
I'm not saying all of them are like this, but in cars, like in women, you got to have some luck, and if you fall on the wrong one you will suffer dearly.

Good luck with what ever you choose.

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It's completely unfair to just say that's alot of miles for a BMW). I see mid to late 90's or early 2000 BMW's(including M cars) with 150k-200k+ miles all the time. Their is no reason the newer builds are going to be less reliable, unless a group of BMW engineers dropped the ball. Someone had to take these 150-200k mileage BMWss over the 100k,125k,150k humps, and continue to drive it...

It's an accurate statement to say it is alot of miles for a late model BMW, but this does not mean the engine or any other important component will grenade at anytime soon.

Once again, if you intend on keeping it along time, their is a good possiblity this 90k highway mile could be a 200k+ warrior on all expensive components, whereas a lower mileage city driver, which probably had a lot more cold starts/drives, and a lot more stop and go miles, may find itself for a very expensive repair. Don't forget though as was mentioned earlier the little parts can definately add up in cost, but those may be good for years to come as well.

Would I ever buy a high mileage car as my daily driver...hell no, but my reasoning is simple; I keep cars 2-3 years max. I then move on to a different vehicle; as everyone knows, the higher the mileage the more you'll lose on resale, and the harder it will be to sale.
 

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All of the dealers will tell you that when you go over 100k they depreciate like a stone. They also need more maintenance. I love bmers but they are more expensive and in more frequent need of repair so a warranty and cpo warranty are a must.
 
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