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Hi All,

This is my first post – just wanted to say “hi” and introduce myself before I will flood you with my questions :). It’s a fantastic forum and I have gone through all the pages re: bmw 6. I’m hoping to be soon a very proud owner of one of them :) (Even a thought of it makes me smile)

Can I ask you for your opinion? It’s very important to me. Is it possible to buy a used 630i or 635d (I know that one is much newer) without a head up display but to install it at the later stage? Does it make sense what I’m saying..?

Appreciate your opinion and thoughts!
Have a great day!

Magda
 

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Thanks TheEnd - but it is an option for all 6 series from 2004 on - my question is if I purchase without it - would I be able to ask the dealer (whoever!) to add it on?

Many thanks!
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You can, but expect a cost in the region of 2 grand.
BMW have retrofit guides so they can add in most components after, and get them to work, but it will need quite a few expensive parts, I'm assuming a new dash, and many hours fitting it all too.
 

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I too believe it ism possible - kits are sold on E-Bay but I couldn't comment on their provenance. On top, I'd expect software updating/uploading etc so £2k doesn't seem far off to me.

Therefore - either buy one with it (if you really need/want it?) or do without.....
 

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A fair guide is to look at the cost of the original factory option and double it. It's always much cheaper to install at factory level.
 

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you could ring navtvman.co.uk and ask them. They're specialists in retrofitting all types of options for BMW. I seem to remember when I took my car to them that they were retrofitting head up display to an X5 and it needed a new dash and some expensive parts, I think it was the best part of £2000. You'd be much better waiting to find one with it already on. To be honest I had a test drive in a 6er with it on and yes it was nice to have but definitely not a necessity, I think you'd eventually turn it off!
 

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Much appreciate your opinion Guys – thanks a lot for your time. I can’t even explain what’s behind my desire to have HUD but I guess one thing I can cross off the list: adding it at the later stage. Far too expensive – better to have it on from the beginning.

For some bizarre reason my dream is: a black one, with sunroof and HUD 

Have a great day!
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Much appreciate your opinion Guys – thanks a lot for your time. I can’t even explain what’s behind my desire to have HUD but I guess one thing I can cross off the list: adding it at the later stage. Far too expensive – better to have it on from the beginning.

For some bizarre reason my dream is: a black one, with sunroof and HUD 

Have a great day!
Magda
Magda,

I had mine replaced under warranty and was told the HUD and labour was around £3000, and that's with a dash already designed to take it.

If you really want one then I'd also suggest to wait for a car with it fitted.

Personally I like it and would now miss it, especially the very clear speed readout.

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Oh Tom - sorry to hear about your troubles but as long you were covered by your warranty - that's a fantastic news. 3k you're saying...? WOW!

And thanks for your opinion. Now I'm sure I want one! :)

Best!
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-...ptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

That's a retrofit kit, and it's £2k!
The single components might be cheaper, but there still would be the odd box or module that would be needed.

Once it's all fitted, you then need to reprogram the car to tell it to start using it.
These days, a lot of garages need to spend the same on computers and software as they do on tools.
 

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Thanks TheEnd - I can clearly see there is much more to it than I thought :embarrassed Need to learn more about these stunning machines :) Somehow I've been always dreaming about SLK but once I saw 6 - my heart has stopped beating - luckily just for a moment :hihi
 

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Magdads, I was lucky enough to find one that had the spec that I wanted and included the HUD. At first I thought it was a bit gimicky (but liked it all the same). Now without realising it I never look at the dash speedo and use the HUD (you soon notice when the three digit mark is reached!)

I wouldn't mind if the car hadn't had the HUD as it had all the other bits that I wanted. That being said I'd miss it if it ever failed! ;)
 

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used 630i or 635d (I know that one is much newer)

Magda
The 635d is the one to go for (regardless of HUD). it runs rings around the 630i, plus it will average 30-40mpg.
I tested both before going for the diesel, and that 6cyl oil burner is very special indeed.
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Hi Pope! Thanks for your message. I'm more inclined towards 635d anyway (running costs) than 630i but it all depends on what I can get within my budget :)
 

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If it's running costs that matter then the 635d will trump the rest of the range, although the consumption of a 645/650 is about the same as the 630.

Main thing is to watch the equipment and not get a poverty spec unless it's really cheap. Get a 'vert as well!
 

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what mpg are you guys getting? im seeing 34-35mpg which is not bad at all i think.
The 635d says it's doing 36.2. Not sure when I reset it so it's probably a fair average.

The X3 sd (same engine) is doing 32 on local runs. Not bad for a heavy 4wd.

Tom
 
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