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BMW M6 (E63/E64): Buying guide and review (2005-2010)

BMW M6 (E63/E64): Buying guide and review (2005-2010) Classic and Performance Car
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Even a decade ago, it seemed almost too good to be true. A motorsport-inspired, 5-litre, naturally aspirated V10 engine producing 500bhp at a searing 7750rpm. BMW had never produced anything quite like it before, hasn’t since, and probably never will again. In today’s world of downsizing and turbocharging, such an engine will soon be almost beyond imagination.
 
It appeared first in 2004, in the E60-generation M5. With launch control engaged, it propelled the 1755kg saloon from 0 to 62mph in just 4.7sec and – with the electronic speed-limiter removed – on to a top speed of 205mph. 
 
And then a year later came the E63 M6 (soon followed by the E64 Convertible). The M6 took the M5’s drivetrain – V10, SMG paddleshift gearbox and all – and wrapped it in a coupe body that was lower, sleeker and lighter (by a very useful 120kg). The 0-62 time was trimmed by 0.1sec, and while the top speed was still officially limited to 155mph, the way it got there was nothing short of awe-inspiring (most M6s ran out to well over 160mph, too). At the time, it was BMW’s fastest ever production car.
 
Which one to buy?
 
Along with the seven-speed sequential gearbox, the M6’s long list of standard equipment included an M-diff, plus three-mode damping and switchable stability and traction systems, all of which could be tailored to personal taste. There were deep-dished 19in alloys and vast ventilated discs, while the numerous toys included a nifty head-up display. The £79,760 list price, which had risen to £87,335 by the time the last few left the showrooms in early 2011, seemed almost reasonable. Today, you can pick one up for less than £20k.
 
Be aware, though, that these are not cheap cars to run (though you can save a couple of hundred quid a year in road tax if you buy a car registered before 23 March 2006). MPG is generally in the mid teens; rear tyres and brakes need fairly frequent and expensive replacement. Another expense – but one that’s well worth it for peace of mind – is a warranty. Here, the BMW-backed Mondial scheme, available for any car with a full BMW history and sub-60k miles, is highly regarded. Full coverage costs around £100 a month, but it can be tailored to cover specific components. As we’ll see, you might be very glad you took it…
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine V10, 4999cc
Power 500bhp @ 7750rpm
Torque 384lb ft @ 6100rpm
Transmission Seven-speed SMG automated manual, rear-wheel drive, M-diff, DSC
Weight 1635kg
0-62mph 4.6sec (claimed)
Top speed 155mph (limited)
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2781mm
Length 4871mm
Width 1855mm
Height 1377mm
Kerb weight 1785kg
 
Common problems
 
• The V10 is both the M6‘s greatest attraction and – potentially – the biggest source of woe. Now that a lot of cars are reaching high mileages, there are increasing numbers of engine failures. Even with 70,000 to 80,000 miles you can expect dropped valves or valve spring failure. At the very least you have to rebuild a cylinder bank, which is £3k to £4k. 
 
• Bottom-end failures on high-mileage cars are becoming more common too, picking up and spinning bearing shells and damaging cranks. For some that could mean a new engine. 
 
• As the cars become cheaper, some change hands multiple times and perhaps the servicing isn’t what it should be. Also, these engines drink oil – easily a litre every thousand miles – so again they might suffer neglect. 
 
• If the big third service is due, make sure it’s been done – if the spark plugs haven’t been out for 40,000 miles, some of the coils are almost certainly going to break and it’s very time-consuming. The throttle bodies fail quite regularly, which throws up a number of faults, including stability.
 
• There are very few problems with the transmission. The big service includes transmission and diff oil, so make sure that’s been done on time. Clutches can last 50,000 miles or more, but regular use of Launch Control eats them. If the clutch is replaced, it’s strongly recommended to get the flywheel done at the same time. At BMW prices you’re looking at up to £4k; an independent should be able to do the job for around £1500. 
 
• The suspension’s very hard-wearing. You might hear creaks from the rear lower balljoint, and if there’s a shimmy through the steering under braking it could be warped discs but it could also be the brake reaction bushes that are worn – they tend to need replacing every two or three years.
 
• It’s a big, heavy car so they go through brakes quite quickly [replacing the fronts will cost over a grand]. Tyre wear isn’t too bad – in fast road use you’d expect 10,000 miles easily. But make sure the rear boots have plenty of life in them – a pair of Pilot Super Sports is c£450.
 
• Electronic problems tend to be due to water ingress caused by the roof drains blocking up, which gets into the control units, so check the footwells, tyre wells, etc for damp.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• bmwcarclubgb.co.uk
• m5board.com
• bimmerownersclub.com
• bmwenthusiasts.co.uk
• munichlegends.co.uk 
• birdsgarage.co.uk
• bmw-warranty.co.uk
• bmw.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
If this all sounds rather scary, our advice would be to pay more for a low-mileage car with just one or two owners. Fortunately there are quite a lot of these. Even then a warranty is a good idea – at the very least one that covers the engine. On higher mileage cars with multiple owners, it’s simply essential. 
 
Prices for early cars with low miles and good histories have pretty much bottomed-out now. You may see privately advertised cars for as little as £15,000, but tread very warily. Cars with average miles and a solid service history start at around £18k, but you’re probably wiser to spend a little more. £20k-23k gives you the pick of low-to-average-miles cars, coupe or convertible, either privately advertised or from a dealer. Around £25k should get you the very best.
 
Words: Peter Tomalin
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Last updated: 15th Jul 2016
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  • BMW M6

    £61,490 £61,490

    Start/Stop, Surround Cameras, Satellite Navigation, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Main Beam Assist, Lane Departure Assist, Easy Entry/Exit, Bluetooth Media, Cruise Control, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Memory Seats, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Adaptive Headlamps, LED Headlamps, Head Up Display, Softclose Doors, Full main dealer service history BMW M6 4.4 Gran Coupe DCT Automatic registered January 2015 finished in Frozen Bronze Metallic with Full Amaro Brown Merino BMW Individual Leather interior with Fine Ash White Wood trim, Akrapovic Exhaust, Competition Pack, Head Up Display, Bang & Olufsen Surround Audio System, 20 Inch Gloss Black Alloys Style 343 M with Blue Brake Callipers, Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Park Distance Control, Surround View Cameras with Reversing Camera, Front Heated Electric Memory Seats, Electric Multifunction Steering Wheel with Easy Entry, Lane Change Warning, Adaptive LED Headlamps, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Media, Soft-Close Doors, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Start/Stop with Brake Energy Regeneration, Dynamic Damper Control, Tyre Pressure Display, Ambient Interior Lighting, DAB Radio, Online Entertainment, Comfort Telephony with Enhanced Smartphone, Individual Sunshade Glazing, Thiefproofing Device, Privacy Glass, Full BMW Service History on 23/01/15 at 5,362 and 12/07/16 at 8,703. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 10900 mi
    • Engine size: 4395
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  • BMW M6 Gran Coupe

    £61,490 £61,490

    BMW M6 4.4 Gran Coupe DCT Automatic registered January 2015 finished in Frozen Bronze Metallic with Full Amaro Brown Merino BMW Individual Leather interior with Fine Ash White Wood trim, Akrapovic Exhaust, Competition Pack, Head Up Display, Bang & Olufsen Surround Audio System, 20 Inch Gloss Black Alloys Style 343 M with Blue Brake Callipers, Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Park Distance Control, Surround View Cameras with Reversing Camera, Front Heated Electric Memory Seats, Electric Multifunction Steering Wheel with Easy Entry, Lane Change Warning, Adaptive LED Headlamps, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Media, Soft-Close Doors, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Start/Stop with Brake Energy Regeneration, Dynamic Damper Control, Tyre Pressure Display, Ambient Interior Lighting, DAB Radio, Online Entertainment, Comfort Telephony with Enhanced Smartphone, Individual Sunshade Glazing, Thiefproofing Device, Privacy Glass, Full BMW Service History on 23/01/15 at 5,362 and 12/07/16 at 8,703. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Year: 2015
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  • BMW M6

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    BMW M6 4.4 Twin Turbo V8 7 Speed Automatic registered June 2014 finished in Black Sapphire Metallic, 20 Inch M Sport Alloys, Full Black Extended Leather with Carbon Fibre Trim and Grey Stitching, Head Up Display, M Sport Multifunction Steering Wheel, Harman Kardon Audio, Cruise Control, Colour Satellite Navigation with Touchpad, DAB Radio, AUX IN, USB, HDD Music Collection, Sport Displays, Bluetooth Telephone and Audio, 2 Point Electric Heated Memory Seats, Automatic Xenon Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Heated Powerfold Door Mirrors, Surround View Cameras, Automatic Wipers, Start/Stop, Keyless Entry and Go, BMW Service History at 702 Miles on 05/08/14. Finance available on request – subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors Packages. Fully Valeted, UK Wide Delivery Available, Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Year: 2014
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  • BMW M6 Competition Package

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    BMW M6 4.4L V8 Twin Turbo 7 Speed Automatic Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) with DriveLogic finished in San Marino Blue registered November 2013, Competition Package, Silverstone Extended Merino Leather Interior with Black Contrast Stitching, Electric Heated Memory Front Sports Seats with Lumbar Support, 20 Inch M Double-spoke Style 601M Alloy Wheels, Carbon Fibre Interior Trim, Reversing Assist Camera, Comfort Access, Soft-close Doors, High Beam Assistant, Surround-view Cameras, Front and Rear Park Distance Control, Adaptive LED Headlights with Heated Washers, Electrically Adjustable Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel with M Stitching, BMW Emergency Call; Teleservices and Online Services, Real Time Traffic Information, Information Plus, Remote Services, BMW Apps Interface, Enhanced Bluetooth Preparation with Audio Interface and Voice Control, BMW Professional Multimedia with HDD Navigation System, Heads Up Display, DAB Radio, BMW Professional Speaker System, HDD Music Collection, CD/DVD/MP3 Player, ConnectedDrive Services, Privacy Glass, Auto Drive Away Locking, Active Pedestrian Safety, Dead-locking Function, Start/Stop, Keyless Go, Cruise Control, Brake Energy Regeneration, V

    • Year: 2013
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  • BMW M6 Competition Package

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    * NOW SOLD MORE REQUIRED. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE AN M6 FOR SALE * Superb one owner from new BMW M6 DCT Coupe fitted with the all important Competition Package (£6500 option) which increases power and sharpens the suspension setup, improving the handling over the standard car considerably. The car is finished in San Marino Blue metallic over Black Extended Merino Leather. Spec includes: 20" M DOUBLE SPOKE ALLOYS FINISHED IN BLACK / COMPETITION PACKAGE / SURROUND VIEW CAMERAS / REVERSING CAMERA / SOFT CLOSE DOORS / PROFESSIONAL SAT NAV / BLUETOOTH / HEAD-UP DISPLAY / HEATED + ELECTRIC SEATS / USB / DAB RADIO / PIANO BLACK INTERIOR TRIM / CRUISE CONTROL / SERVICE PACK TO 2019. The car is in fantastic original condition and is still covered by BMW Warranty (extendable). It has full BMW service history (including running-in service completed on schedule) and has the benefit of a 5 year service package providing free servicing until 2019. For further information or to arrange a viewing, please don't hesitate to call or email us. If you would like to know more about this vehicle, please contact us

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 18000 mi
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  • BMW M6 Gran Coupe |

    £69,850 £69,850

    Specification MAKE BMW MODEL M6 Gran Coupe COLOUR BMW Individual Peridot Green YEAR 2015/65 MILEAGE 2100 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this unique BMW M6 GranCoupe. Presented in BMW Individual Peridot Green with Individual Interior. This vehicle is offered for sale with the balance of its three year warranty and five year service package. It originally had a list price in excess of £135,000.00 including the Akrapovic Exhaust System, Paint Protection and Treatment costs. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Electrically Adjustable Front Seating and Door Mirrors, Power Folding Door Mirrors, Electrically Adjustable Steering Column, Remote Boot Release, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, DAB Radio, Trip Computer, M Drive, M Body Styling, 20" M Sport Alloy Wheels, Climate Control, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser. OPTIONAL EXTRAS BMW Individual Peridot Green, BMW Individual Hide Interior, BMW Individual Piano Black Veneer, M Carbon Ceramic Braking System, Heated Steering Wheel, Rear Camera, Surround View, Comfort Access, Soft Closing Doors, Climate Comfort Windscreen, M Multi Function Front Seating, Four Zone Climate Control, Electricall

    • Mileage: 69850 mi
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  • BMW M6

    £53,541 £53,541

    Head Up Display, Full Leather, Colour SatNav, Electric Seats, Memory Seats, Heated Seats, Carbon Fibre Roof And Dash, Privacy Glass, Automatic Bi-Xenon Headlights, Parking Sensors, Harman Kardon, Cruise Control, Dual Climate Zones, 20'' Alloys, Full main dealer service history BMW M6 Gran Coupe 4.4 Finished In San Marino Blue Metallic Paint With Black Merino Leather Upholstery. Service Pack Included, Sat Nav,Head Up Display,20 Inch Alloy Wheels, Painted Calipers, Electric Seats With Memory, Heated Seats, Carbon Fibre Roof, Carbon Fibre Dash, Privacy Glass, M Sport Body Styling, M Sport Seating, Bi-Xenon Headlights, 10.2 Inch Entertainment Display Screen With DVD Player, DAB Radio System, CD System, Bluetooth and Day-Time Running Lights. 1 Private Owner From New. Full Main BMW Service History. Immaculate. 5,000 Miles Only. For more information please call Jeff Nailard Now On 07774996000 or email jeffrivervaleleasing.co.uk

    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    • Engine size: 4395
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  • BMW M6

    £61,950 £61,950

    Romans are proud to offer this stunning 2014/64 used BMW M6 Gran Coupe for sale presented in 'Sakhir Orange' with Black Merino Leather. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a four door coupe/saloon that slots between the M6 coupe and M5 saloon. It's the direct rival to the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG and the Audi RS7. Producing a staggering 552bhp and 502lb ft to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and active limited slip differential; the Gran Coupe accelerates from 0 to 62mph in just 4.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph. The M6 Gran Coupe represents the best of the brand's power, style and luxury in a fantastic package. It's more practical than the M6 convertible and coupe and more stylish than the M5 saloon. This beautiful 1 owner example comes with a lovely specification and is supplied with the remaining balance of BMW manufacturer's warranty until September 2017. Colour: Sakhir Orange with Black Merino Leather, Price: £61,950 Engine: 4.4L V8 Twin-Turbo, Mileage: 3,655 Transmission: DCT, Body Style: Saloon Fuel: Petrol, Extras, 20'' Double-Spoke Style 343M Black Alloys, Bang & Olufsen Advanced Audio System, Comfort Access, Reversing Assist Camera, Front M Multi-Function Seats, Surround-View, Sun Protection Glass, Speed Limit Display, 1 Owner from New! Features, Carbon Fibre Interior Trim, Head-Up Display, Seven-Speed Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) w/ Drivelogic, Ambient Lighting, Front & Rear Park Distance Control (PDC), High Gloss Shadowline Exter

    • Mileage: 3655 mi
    • Engine size: 4400
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