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6 Series
The BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

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Old 01-14-2006, 07:48 PM
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Old 01-14-2006, 07:54 PM
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650i out of my price range, Future M3 with a V8 and i'm sold!


650i classy sport coupe surgeon driven with his trophy wife, M3 young boy racer with a cheerleader(Flamesuit on)
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:18 PM
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Nobody has owned more e46's than me.
I have bought 1 328 and 3 m3's (2 were verts) in 5 years.
And all I can say is the 6 is hands down the sickest bimmer I have owned.
The added space, the sound, the shape , no comparison.
Buy a used one to afford it if you have to.
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Old 01-14-2006, 10:35 PM
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I have driven both. I drove a friend's M3 a month before I decided to order the 650i. I have driven sticks all my life, and I kept stalling the damn M3. Stiff clutch, poor, nonlinear release. I then had a choice of Step or SMG for the 6er and went for Step. I didn't want the manual if it was anything like the M3's! Because I am a geezer, moving to wheezer, I got the Step. But I have driven Beewang's SMG and it is sweet. I will get the SMG on the M6. In part because the only other choice is (will be?) the stick.

The M3 is quick and can be whipped around turns like nobody's business. The 650i is faster on the straight and will out accelerate the M3. They are both great cars, but the 6er is better for my purposes (geezerhood).
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:01 PM
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I have driven both. I drove a friend's M3 a month before I decided to order the 650i. I have driven sticks all my life, and I kept stalling the damn M3. Stiff clutch, poor, nonlinear release. I then had a choice of Step or SMG for the 6er and went for Step. I didn't want the manual if it was anything like the M3's! Because I am a geezer, moving to wheezer, I got the Step. But I have driven Beewang's SMG and it is sweet. I will get the SMG on the M6. In part because the only other choice is (will be?) the stick.

The M3 is quick and can be whipped around turns like nobody's business. The 650i is faster on the straight and will out accelerate the M3. They are both great cars, but the 6er is better for my purposes (geezerhood).

The camber angle can be adjusted on your 6er to help in the cornering department, but it's hard to overcome the car's massive weight. Dinan is coming out with a suspension package to do just that. Supposedly, it will be here by end of this month (1/2006). And, yes, since it's Dinan, it won't void warranty.
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:17 PM
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The camber angle can be adjusted on your 6er to help in the cornering department, but it's hard to overcome the car's massive weight. Dinan is coming out with a suspension package to do just that. Supposedly, it will be here by end of this month (1/2006). And, yes, since it's Dinan, it won't void warranty.
I think weight is the issue. I could toss the M3 around (to the horror of my friend), but not the 650i. It moves well on twisty corners, but it is a bit more "sedate." Remember, too, I have the convertible.
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Old 01-15-2006, 06:32 AM
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M3 vs 650i

I just picked up my new 650 coupe last week. I also have a 2003 M3 Cab 6MT. It's definitely hard to compare the 2. I love the M3 for weekends with no traffic and great weather, but it is really not the best car for the work commute or driving in center city Philadelphia. The 650 is really unbelievable in terms of comfort. convenience and I love the way it looks, but it is not nearly as exciting a drive. If forced to choose, I choose to keep both!
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650i classy sport coupe surgeon driven with his trophy wife,
Suprisingly, I don't remember seeing a single post on the "What do you do for work" thread from a physician. I'm sure they're out there, and this forum is more enthusiastic than scientific.
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Old 01-15-2006, 08:05 AM
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I have had several E36/E46 cars. The E36 was an M3.

My previous car was an 03 330 convertible. Although I enjoyed driving with the top down, the car did not handle as well as my 01 325 coupe. Night and day difference.

My 03 330 vert weighed in at 3600lbs, while my 05 645 coupe is 3700lbs.

Without question, my 6 series drives better than the 3 series convertible. I remember when I first test drove the 6, it fit me like a glove and drove like a 3 series.

This is why I did not opt for the convertible. Although I think they are nice, I did not want to lug around an additional 500lbs all the time. That is a huge penalty for the vert and it is like having 4 passengers in the car all the time.

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Old 01-16-2006, 11:17 PM
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I had the E36 M3 in stick. Great accelerator, harsh as all hell though. My back and legs hurt from the stop-n-go LA traffic and the potholes. I had to get rid of it after 2 years and went the other extreme, the comfortable IS300.

My "impromptu" test ground is the Overland on-ramp to the 10East. It has a long acceleration area before the freeway. In the M3, from a dead stop, I turn left and punch it all the way with 1 upshift and hit 90mph when I get to the freeway. In the 650i, I turn left, didn't punch it all the way, and hit 80mph with at least 1/2 more throttle travel to go. Plus the 650i doesn't beat my back up.

I am sure the E46/E90 M3 can do better but still, depends on what you are looking for. I am not a surgeon but wouldn't mind driving his trophy wife around in my 650i though.
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Old 01-17-2006, 05:36 AM
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I am not a surgeon, but I am a cardiologist. My trophy wife drove my 2000 M5 but the stick was difficult to drive smoothly. I have not had an M3, but the 650i with the steptronic blows away my M5. I have never driven a better car than the 650i.
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Old 01-17-2006, 09:39 AM
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I have owned an M3 and 650 and my 2 cents is that they are totally different cars. The 6 is a lux. sports car, the M3 is a sports car that has some luxury features. If you are looking for a daily driver that still has good performance, the 6 is the better choice. If your priority is performance, get the 3. But as the lawman stated, be prepared for a harsh ride on anything but smooth roads.
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Thanks to everyone for the comments. I drove a 650i over the holidays, and loved it, but wanted to see how people thought it compared to the M3. I really appreciate the input as I try to finalize my decision.

Now, if I do go with a 650, the final question is . . . Barbera Red with Black interior, or one of the Silvers or Grays with the Chateau interior???

Thanks again!
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Thanks to everyone for the comments. I drove a 650i over the holidays, and loved it, but wanted to see how people thought it compared to the M3. I really appreciate the input as I try to finalize my decision.

Now, if I do go with a 650, the final question is . . . Barbera Red with Black interior, or one of the Silvers or Grays with the Chateau interior???

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See if you can get one without iDrive.
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Old 01-17-2006, 07:28 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the comments. I drove a 650i over the holidays, and loved it, but wanted to see how people thought it compared to the M3. I really appreciate the input as I try to finalize my decision.

Now, if I do go with a 650, the final question is . . . Barbera Red with Black interior, or one of the Silvers or Grays with the Chateau interior???

Thanks again!
Gee I wonder what I'd vote for Great day and night color
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Old 01-17-2006, 07:29 PM
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I have to say, the more I see the red leather the more I like it. My vote would be a lighter color with red interior.
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Except the red fades into pink, especially the carpet or fabric parts.
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