Monday, December 8, 2014

15k: Hooy, Make It A Donk! 2004 BMW 645Ci E63

The e24 generation BMW 6-series went out of production in 1989, and the 6-series badge took a breather for a few years.  In 2004, the 6 name was brought back into the spotlight with the release of the Adrian van Hooydonk styled E63 generation.  Hooydonk was a disciple of the much maligned Chris Bangle and used Bangle's signature ginormous trunk butt in a way that wasn't quite as detestable as the E65 7-series.  Today the E63 generation 6-series is aging quite well and they will certainly be future collector vehicles in a not too distant future, but for now they have been abandoned by their original owners (bankers, lawyers and other members of the 1%) and can be picked up for cheap.  Find this 2004 BMW 645Ci E63 here on eBay, offered for $14,995 buy-it-now or best offer, located in Bronx, NY.

The 6-series was launched in 2004 with only the V8 model available and a standard manual gearbox.  Unfortunately, most buyers opted for the slushbox, which were available in two flavors on the 6-series, a steptronic slushbox or a sequential manual box, known as SMG III.  The SMG system is great if you are hammering around a race-track, but for day-to-day driving, the slushbox is 1000 times smoother and nicer to deal with.

I think this is the slushbox version, but it could be the SMG -- perhaps someone who has owned one of these can chime in the comments and enlighten us all. The thunder under the hood is a 4.4 liter N62B44 DOHC V8 rated at 325 horsepower and 332 ft-lbs of torque.  60mph is dispatched in just under 6 seconds in the slushbox, or 5.5 in the SMG or 6-speed.

See another way to look like a big shot for the price of a used Honda?


  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamDecember 8, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    That's an auto---the SMG was a little stubbier and had a rocker switch below the shifter to set shift speed/abruptness. DON'T buy any of the SMG variants----they are completely different than the M-cars (which are pretty bad themselves). Slow, slow shift speeds and very clunky in general.

    Interesting (to me anyway) side note----find a picture of a straight on side profile of a 645/650 coupe. Take your thumb and cover up the Bangle-esque trunk lid, leaving a sloping rear. Looks eerily similar to a Porsche 996 coupe, no?

  2. If one is patient these can be found with a manual transmission. It is funny because the shifter actually looks out of place on the new cars.
    You look at older BMWs with the automatic and the shifter looks like a T a kid made in wood shop and the manual looks right at home. Now, a stick looks archaic compared to the Jaguar Sequential Shift knob, SMG, iDrive ect.

    Also, I am starting to think that the best way to not have your car stolen or carjacked would be to drive a standard.
    It is crazy, start asking around, very few young people are learning how to drive stick.

    I think the e63 is a damn good looking car, just wish it didn't weigh a two ton tilly

  3. As a longtime BMW fan the whole E6x family left me completely cold.

    The E60 5er sedans looked fine after the midlife update cleaned up the ends, but the interior was never good.

    The E63 6er coupe had a great interior, but the exterior was nasty and clunky and busy, the bangle butt and all the extra lines on the hood, a Camaro done by Mitsubishi. And the convertible was worse still.

    The E65 7er was just a pig.

  4. Google N62 coolant pipe and then decide just how good of a deal 2004-2005 BMW 645s are. It is a common and costly problem with these cars, i'm not saying its as bad as Porsche IMS but like IMS there are fixes out there that you probably want to consider before it becomes a problem.

    1. Fleetwood T. BroughamDecember 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Then google "Bimmerfix" and see how you can fix it for $160 and a few hours labor. It shouldn't deter anyone from purchasing a vehicle with the N62. I've fixed it in two different X5's with ease.

    2. Behold the magnificence of German Engineering......

      I wonder if the German Minis found a way to recreate the stupid little hose that BMC installed between the head and the block on the original Mini. You had to remove the head to replace the hose.

  5. bangle was not maligned, his derision was justified.


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