BMW launched the Davide Arcangelo designed E60 generation 5-series in 2004 as a replacement for the aging E39 5er. The new 5-series was thankfully spared the nauseating Bangle-butt of the E65 7-series but it was given a thorough massaging with flame surfacing and other 2000s BMW design language. Find this 2004 BMW 545i offered for $13,300 CAD ($10,627 in USD at time of printing) located in Vancouver, BC, Canada via craigslist.
The E60 generation BMW 5-series is a big car, perhaps not as massive as the 7-series, but don’t expect it to handle like a 3-series. However, if you wanted a 6-speed in a big cruiser, this was about the best way to get it in the mid 2000s if you didn’t want a Cadillac CTS-V. The BMW may be a bit slower (and not offer a limited slip rear) compared to the CTS-V but it offers a much more nicer driving experience in terms of comfort and interior quality.
Under the hood is a 4.4 liter V8 pushing 328 horsepower and 332 ft-lbs of torque into a 6-speed manual gearbox. You could pickup a BMW 335i that pushes about the same actual power into the ground, but the E60 fits 3 adults in the back seat and has a healthy V8 burble.
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