2006 BMW 760i V12


I recently purchased this 2006 BMW 760i for $5,000. This is a short wheel base 12 cylinder car and quite rare as only 50 were sold in North America in 2006!

As best I can tell, the car spent most of its life in San Diego and Las Vegas. There is no sign of any significant accidents, it has a clean title, fresh smog and 139K mi.

The car has a few minor scrapes (you can see the one on the front left side below) which will give me an opportunity to work on my painting skills. There's a long list of issues in need of repair... most were disclosed but a few I found out later.

A little scrape on the rear bumper.

The engine bay needs cleaning. Both high pressure fuel pumps and associated hoses have been replaced. The sender unit on the fuel tank was also replaced.

The interior is in nice shape with minimal wear on the leather.

Here's is the build sheet for this car:


Vehicle information


VIN:                       WBAHL03516DE70038

Type code:           HL03

Model:                  760I (USA)

E-F-R series:       E65

Series:                  7

Type:                     LIM

Steering:               LL

Doors:                   4

Engine:                 N73

Displacement:     6.00

Power:                  327 (444 hp)

Drive:                    HECK

Transmission:      AUTO

Paint code:          354 - TITANSILBER METALLIC

Upholstery code: U6SW - LEDER NASCA SCHW

Prod.date:            2005-07-06



S2EA BMW LA wheel Y-spoke 149

S2VA Chassis suspens. setup"Adaptive Drive"

S8SP Control unit COP

S9AA Outer skin protection

S212 Equipment, brake syst. country-specific

S220 Self-leveling suspension

S252 Active knee protection, driver/passenger

S255 Sports leather steering wheel

S302 Alarm system

S316 automatic trunk lid mechanism

S319 Integrated universal remote control

S323 Soft-Close-Automatic doors

S358 Climate comfort windscreen

S403 Glass roof, electrical

S415 Sun-blind, rear

S416 Roller sun visor, rear lateral

S423 Floor mats, velours

S430 Interior/outside mirror with auto dip

S431 Interior rear-view mirror with auto dip

S438 Fine wood trim

S441 Smoker package

S442 Drink holder

S451 Active seat for driver

S453 Climatised front seats

S456 Comfort seat with memory

S459 El. front seat adjustment w. memory

S470 Isofix-System

S488 Lumbar support, driver and passenger

S494 Seat heating driver/passenger

S496 Seat heating, rear

S508 Park Distance Control (PDC)

S521 Rain sensor

S524 Adaptive Headlights

S534 Automatic air conditioning

S609 Navigation system, Professional

S620 Voice control

S645 BMW US Radio

S655 Satellite tuner

S672 CD changer for 6 CDs

S677 HiFi system Professional DSP

S691 CD holder

S697 Area-Code 1 for DVD

S760 High gloss shadow line

S776 Headlining, Alcantara

S845 Acoustic fasten seat belt reminder

S850 Additional Export tank filling

S853 Language version, English

S925 Dispatch protection pack

S992 Control of number-plate attachment


It has a full size spare in the trunk.

This was a bit of an impulse buy and I probably should have checked it out a bit more carefully. It has a long list of things that need fixing but most of these are very common for this car and a wealth of DIY info can be found on the web. Despite the paint work needing some repairs, other parts of this car's paint look to be in excellent condition. The rubber door and window seals all look to be in good shape with the exception of the lower gutter at the bottom of the rear window which is starting to rot (BMW uses very poor quality plastic and rubber).

My goal for this car is to keep the spend to a minimum. I plan to do all the repairs myself (even the paint!).

Issues to be addressed:

  1. Left passenger door sun shades inop (right side and rear are OK). FIXED.

  2. Paint repair needed, front left side, rear bumber, rear right pillar, front right fender (looks like an acid spill).

  3. Steering wheel tilt inop (in-out works fine). A common problem and hopefully resolved with a bit of grease.

  4. Strong smell of coolant in the engine bay.

  5. Valve covers covered in oil. Also a small leak noticeable underneath but I've not crawled underneath it yet.

  6. Some minor curb rash on wheels

  7. Parking brake inop

  8. ASC inop.

  9. Front left wheel missing one wheel lug

  10. Engine hood liner looks burnt in places and will need replacing

  11. Driver seat front extension inop

  12. Occasional hiccup from the transmission.

  13. Headlight lenses need to be replaced or refinished (seller advised he refinished them once but did not last).

  14. Small fluid leak -

I knew about everything above when I purchased the car but there were a few surprises I did not know about (and i'm sure more will follow).

1.    Right rear air shock leaks (bleeds down within an hour or so of shutting off the car). Car has its original 20" wheels which are in pretty decent shape (minor curb rash).


2.    Signs of a battery connection problem!

The plastic cover that sits above the battery has melted (above the +ve terminal)! I don't see any damage at the battery/wiring so hopefully this was already corrected. This was most likely caused by a loose connection.

3.    Will need a tune-up. I plan to clean intakes, replace plugs and fluids. Possibly have the GDI injectors cleaned.


Parts purchased

2 x Rear tires 275/35ZR20 Falken FP8000 $219
Slime tube repair (for air shock)  Ebay $7.15
Rear brake pads  Wagner MX919   Ebay $26.95
Gear for parking brake.  Ebay    $19.49



 Parts needed

51417025647    Plastic cap for screw in drivers door card ($8.70 ea ECS)

36136781152    M14x1.5 wheel lug $1.39 (ECS)

07119904304   Screw for trunk tie down eyelett  $2.32 ECS

51717033257   Rear window rain gutter $30.58 (at ECS tuning)

26117518443   Guibo RME $81.58

51717030707   deflector front of rear wheel  $19.88 (ECS tuning)

51717030708   deflector front of rear wheel  $19.88 (ECS tuning)

Rear rotors

Front rotors

Front brake pads

Paint (body)

Paint (wheels)




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