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Old 01-10-2018, 06:34 PM   #1
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BMW 650 Convertible (E64)

Kind of done my usual trick of deciding to sell a car and things happening rather quickly.

As the Westfield was hopelessly impractical (no surprises there) as having recently getting back with my wife after an 8 month separation there are three of us rather than just me and our son it was time to sell and buy a 2+2 convertible that was still ideally a V8 so that no one would be left at home when 2nd car days were in the diary.

Numerous cars were considered, not all of them convertibles (C5 RS6, M6 coupe, Cayenne GTS, CL500, CLK55, 147GTa etc), only real criteria was to be cost neutral including all incidentals after selling the Westfield.

After doing some research the car that seemed to tick most boxes was a BMW 650 convertible.

Wanted to buy on condition and history rather than colour, mileage, spec or age and after much searching came up with a shortlist of cars, some LCI, others not but to be honest I was not really hung up on it needing to be an LCI.

Top of the list to view was a 2005 car 80 miles away from me (unusually close by my standards), so after the Westfield was collected on Saturday (a whole 6 days after being put up for sale and realising my full asking price) up the M6 I set.

All I can say is that if Carlsberg did buying experiences it would be this one - what an epic BMW specialist, knowledgeable, friendly, incredible prep (who ensures all hubs and calipers are cleaned and repainted prior to sale!!!) and reasonably priced.

The whole afternoon had been set aside for us but I knew within a couple of minutes I was buying the car - exactly as described. After a lengthy test drive a deal was done at the full asking price - I figured it simply was not worth losing any goodwill for the sake of maybe a couple of hundred pounds price reduction - it was also fairly priced to start with.

Spec is decent - nappa leather, HUD, heated steering wheel, comfort seats on top of a pretty lengthy standard spec

Only a 2 owner car, full BMW history, brand new Goodyears and the valve stem seals only just done (with paperwork to support)

Was not sure about Mineral Silver in the pictures - I feared it might be a very pale Jewish Racing Gold but in the metal its a lovely warm silver, neither did I think I'd like the wheels but again, in the metal they really suit the car

So I went from deciding to sell the Westfield through to its sale, collection and purchase of a replacement in 6 days - quietly impressed with myself.

Will be collected on Saturday and a leisurely drive home will ensue, have some plans for it but these will unfold and be shared in due course

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Old 01-10-2018, 06:48 PM   #2
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Very nice motor - hopefully weather keeps up at weekend and you can enjoy the nice drive home
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Lovely Jubbly, not a BMW fan myself, but that is a beautiful motor, must be well happy.
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Nice car that Andy.

You'll love the heated steering wheel in the coming months!!
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Nice love to see more pics when you have it home!
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Nice & clean beemer.
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Got it booked in for a full paint correction and hood clean and protect next week - not sure whether to go for the ceramic coating on offer (IGL) or stick with the standard sealant that I can use as a base for future layering.

Then its off to have its exhaust tickled - nothing too loud, just a subtle enhancement of what is already there and with the same design tailpipes to keep it looking OE
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@Andy665 Looks lovely, as the others have said ^^

What's the full, factory spec? The reason I ask is when I bought the e60 [Comfort seats are awesome btw ] the Dealer didn't know and had omitted in his advert(s) to mention many of the 'extras' which had been specc'd when new. This worked in my favour, actually......

There are sites which will decode your VIN for you, the one I used to use seems to have disappeared, but Google is your friend.
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@Andy665 Looks lovely, as the others have said ^^

What's the full, factory spec? The reason I ask is when I bought the e60 [Comfort seats are awesome btw ] the Dealer didn't know and had omitted in his advert(s) to mention many of the 'extras' which had been specc'd when new. This worked in my favour, actually......

There are sites which will decode your VIN for you, the one I used to use seems to have disappeared, but Google is your friend.
I have decoded the VIN and got the spec - as is always the case with BMW it does not necessarily make clear what equipment is standard and what was optional - been able to work out the below are options fitted at extra cost (some were standard as part of the Sport spec)

Sport spec additions - Style 218 alloys, M Sports steering wheel, Shadowline exterior trim, electric four way lumbar support

Professional navigation

Head Up Display

Dimming and folding exterior mirrors

Heated front seats

Heated steering wheel

High beam assist

Nappa leather
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Liking that Andy, good selection keep us updated on the progress, you getting Paul the welder to tweak the baffles?
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