After the already classic “five” in the back of the E39, the design of the E60 was shocking – although less ambiguous than that of the E65 that appeared a little earlier. However, fundamental changes here were not only in design, but also in technology. In the secondary market, prices for such a cool car start from a suspiciously low mark: our Avito Auto colleagues note that there are quite a few options for literally thousands for 400, but for cars in decent condition they ask for 700-800. What explains such a spread, and what should I look for when buying?
In many ways, the breadth of the range of prices in the secondary market is due to the increased complexity of the car and the high cost of repairing many components and systems — and of course, the associated condition of specific instances. This generation of the “five” is not at all the option where you can buy a car “on the go” and then gradually put it in order: the volume of investments can easily exceed the purchase price. However, the choice of the copy “in the market” does not mean the absence of risk, although it is partly justified: the car looks quite modern to this day, and a good option will please both handling and dynamics. How should this option differ?
The body of the E60 is primarily distinguished by the fact that it combines potential problems and “ordinary” cars, and specific cars like the Audi A8 D3. By specificity, we mean aluminum, from which virtually the entire front part of the “five” is made: in this way, engineers first of all sought to improve the weight distribution, since large V8s were found under the E60 hood, and the M5 was equipped with a five-liter V10 – the first in the brand’s history. Than the aluminum front end turns in real life, and even taking into account the driving style of many BMW owners, it’s probably unnecessary to explain. Even in a conversation about the E39, we recalled the saying that “there are no broken BMWs”, and for an even more aggressive E60 this half-joking statement is no less relevant.
Aluminum in construction increases the complexity of repair and restoration – here you have to not only cook, but also to rivet and glue, which many services do not know how to do. Well, since aluminum is not everything here, then we recall the problems peculiar to, for example, the Land Rover Defender: aluminum is especially susceptible to destruction at the interface with steel. Here, of course, everything is not so big: the cars are still relatively fresh and do not go off-road, but the inspection of the front end and the junction of the engine panel with the passenger compartment should be extremely close.
Inspection of the “rest of the” body is quite standard: the thickness gauge will show repainted and filled places, which should not be on power elements like struts and roofs. There are no particularly weak points in the E60 body, so even taking into account the age of cars at 9-16 years old, visible corrosion, as a rule, speaks of not very high-quality body repair. Something for certain can be met from below – but there is no talk about serious rot yet. Nevertheless, it is worth checking whether the floors in the cabin and the trunk are dry, and if drains are not clogged – this will be relevant not only from the point of view of body preservation, but also when assessing the potential problems of the complex electronics of this “five”.
Here, in a conversation about the body, we recall the necessity of checking the car for not only serious accidents, but also car theft, bail and arrest. Hijackers loved this model, and there is still a demand for body parts, so it’s one thing to buy a battered car, and quite another with broken numbers. Checks on the traffic police database and the registry of pledges should be supported by paid services, such as Avtotek: this will allow you to track sales history with mileage, registration actions, and descriptions of accidents. And check the documents: there is still demand and supply for the import of cars by the designer for documents, and it’s impossible to vouch for the status of this option.
As in the story of the E39, in one line, we mention the body options: in addition to the E60 sedan, the E61 Touring was also produced. There were a lot of them, but such options are not popular with us: in the supply structure on the secondary market of such machines less than 1% – that is, several dozen of more than a thousand and a half. Technically, they could differ from sedans only self-leveling rear suspension with air bellows.
In this generation, the “five” is already the car where problems with electrics and electronics can be very expensive: iDrive, high-speed data exchange buses and the abundance of options and control units increase the choice and cost of ownership. It is imperative to diagnose a car when choosing, not in the nearest service, but in a profile one, with normal equipment and an understanding of what needs to be paid attention to.