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Old 06-28-2006, 01:53 AM
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My new M6, 54 hours and 1,218 miles!

A few moons ago I was a more frequent poster on the 6 series and ED boards. I owned a black/beigh cab and absolutely loved it. I did a ED on that one and that whole experience just solidified the fact that the 6 series is a very fine automobile. When BMW announced the arrival of the M6 I knew I just had to have one. While the 6er was great, the M6er is astonishing, amazing, shocking, incredible! They may have similar looks, but the comparisons stop there!

These are not my words, but they are worthy of repeating:

"The M6...if you have the means, I highly recommend it!!"

I just can't agree more. This car is special.

The setup:
My wife and I took delivery in Oregon where we met up with family. We then headed south for a nice tour down the coast. The trip covered about 1,200 miles in 54 hours!! It provided a good variety of driving conditions, perfect to properly break in the car. The first part of the trip was all Highway 1 which provided less speed, but more variation of speed and RPMs, just what the doctor ordered. We had some highway driving towards the end of the trip, about 300 miles. The coast was foggy and the Inns at Pebble Beach and Carmel were sold so we cut the coastal portion of the trip a little short and headed down I-5 instead. On this trip, we just picked up the car and hit the road with no reservations booked and only a skeletal trip plan (just the way I like it). The cut over to I-5 was fast, beautiful and welcomed as I was able to stretch it out a bit (as defined here in the U.S.) from the 80 to 120 MPH range as conditions (read lack of CHP) permitted. I enjoyed that, the wife....not so much!! When it comes to marriage, the navigation system helps to keep everything calm, while the M button will usher you quickly to your next wife! This I have heard before, and it's spot on.

We didn't take a ton of pictures, but hopefully enough to provide a flavor of our delivery.

The M6 and society:
There were more looks and comments on this car than I ever thought there would be. My wife was confounded, she just didn't understand this car.........she does now!! I sort of feel vindicated in that this car is really all that I said it was. Getting gas, a frequent occurrence, I got comments, rolling down the freeway a guy in a blue M3 was taking pictures. Picture taking on the freeway happened at least twice that I know of. Several people were lingering in my blind spot just so they could get a prolonged look. I had to be mindful of that. I think a nice thing about the M6 is that most have no clue about this car, but the people who know, know, and are not bashful at all about approaching and engaging you in one form or another. I went to a very very small dealership to get oil (forgot to pick up a quart at the selling dealership). As soon as they heard there was an M6 present all 3 service techs and others came out and we had a nice chat.

The M6 and the law:
Happy to report, no tickets....which is amazing for a couple of reasons.

First, the car just simply hauls ash. I did take it easy and followed/are following the break-in procedures, but you can still get it going. I pressed the M button and ran it up to 5,500 RPM's (within procedure?) and you can just tell this thing is a monster. Hard to keep it below 105 and accordingly went to about 120 a time or two but after it had over 900 miles on the clock. 120 MPH is absolutely a walk in the park for this car and I suspect anything under 180 MPH is very very easily attained (North American versions limited to 155MPH).

Second, Oregon state police and CHP's are all over the place. Several cars pulled over, they were just all over, more than I ever remember. Must be state governments looking for revenue! You really have to pick your spots and have some luck as I feel I did. Any prolonged high speed runs would have got me nailed for sure. So, all good on that front.

The Car:
I ordered Black/Sepang full leather with the light olive wood. I was concerned about this combo......best choice I ever made, although I would still prefer Jet black over metallic black. It turned out to be a very classy/elegant look. Not race oriented, but on this car I was looking for the luxury GT look and this combo provided that in spades. The light olive wood has a nice grain to it. My wife described it as "special, not something you see on every car". I think it looks exotic, and I could not be happier.

I did have some blue transfer off of my blue jeans to the Sepang leather just like my creme beigh seats in my previous 6er. It cleaned up very easily, but the lighter color seats will take some maintenance, certainly more than a black interior would, and most likely somewhat less then Silverstone II.

Full leather, a MUST HAVE. It looks so nice. All of the stitching on the dash makes the car feel more high end. I just would not buy this car any other way. For $3k it really makes an impact. You also get the alcantera which is also a nice touch. The alcantera looks much better than I thought it would and it gives the cabin a rich look and feel.

SMG, what's not to like? It will and does take some practice to be smooth, but you can be smooth. The key to smoothness is throttle modulation. If you back off the throttle slightly during shifts you will be smoother. The drive mode (auto) works fine as well when you just want to kick back. This was better than anticipated as I have read so often that the auto mode is very jerky, I disagree. To be clear, my use of this was during unspirited driving. I have not "got on it" in auto mode yet, so no comment there. As the trip progressed I became smoother, but, as we drove through San Francisco I could tell that I needed more city driving practice. In all fairness, that was really the first time I was not on a back road or freeway but I did O.K. Give me a week around my stomping grounds and I'll have it mastered.

The blips of the throttle on the down shift are awesome. First it is functional, but it is also a way of expressing that this is not an ordinary car. The tone of the exhaust is another example of this. All of these things let you know that this is pure bred and not made for the masses. It's not over the top, but you can tell that something is going on here. I just love it. No need to smack someone over the head with a 2x4 and shout LOOK AT ME, ala Ferrari, Lambo etc., if someone cares to know, they will. And lots do!!

Build quality/fit and finish seems supreme. I am probably smitten right now and I will no doubt get more critical as time moves forward. But, after 1,200 miles behind the wheel, the car feels planted and rock solid, a fine example of German engineering and craftsmanship. I really have no issues. No rattles, squeaks etc. On rough roads the Contis seem to make a lot of noise, but different tires will probably take care of that.

The end for now:
The car is scheduled for the 1,200 mile service this Thursday. I will keep you all posted as my car matures, and I will post more detailed pics of the car after I clean her up.

I wonder how many hours it will take me to get through the rest of the break in? Vegas anyone?
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Old 06-28-2006, 09:39 AM
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Hey Max,
Congrats. I have had a very similar experience with my M6. It's all good. I have a black with carbon fiber interior and I love the combo. I have about 845 miles on my odo. and most has been city miles. I couldn't resist thrashing a guy on a rice burner and effortlessly blazed to 140mph in 6th for a brief period of time. Otherwise, I am patiently waiting for 1st break in period to be over. I am really waiting for Dinan to get the damn software developed for the M6 to shut off the rev. limiter. Then we will really be able to have some fun!! I am happy for you man! Enjoy your ride and again, congrats
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Old 06-28-2006, 11:23 AM
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There are actually two limiters on the M6 and you need to make sure that your tuner gets both. The second one is at about 305 km/h and is buried deep in the code. The first one is at about 250km/h and is easy to get to.

Of course if you are never going to the 305 mark than there is no need to get he second one removed.

Mine is 100% deliited .had it done at the Hartge HQ in Beckingen,Germany and it was no easy task. Took three hours and cost me 2,500 Euros.
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Old 06-28-2006, 12:03 PM
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Old 06-28-2006, 01:07 PM
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congrats guy on buying M6. What a sweet car. .
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Old 06-28-2006, 09:46 PM
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Congrats, Max....please keep us up to date in regards to your driving experiences. I'd luv to hear more about the car.
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:27 AM
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:57 PM
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those are some huge trees in that pic. I've never seen a tree that big, wow.
oh ya, thats alot of miles really fast. now sit that thing in the garage for a month and dont drive it. lol jkin
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Old 06-29-2006, 06:50 PM
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Good thing test drives are impossible. I'm afraid my reasoning that a 650 is good enough will be shattered.
You, my friend, are a smart man! A test drive will just cost you more money, I guarantee it! Hmmmmm, not THAT much more...rationalize rationalize rationalize!!
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:01 PM
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those are some huge trees in that pic. I've never seen a tree that big, wow.
They are big, but there were many that were half again as big!! These were just convenient for us to photograph. This picture was taken on a side road off of a small side road, very remote. It was very quiet and serene. There was a small grassy meadow that was shaded by a forest of tall red woods, just to the right of this picture. In that meadow were three deer. I told my wife, if I was a deer I would be hanging in this area, it was spectacular. We took pictures, but the lighting was bad and they blurred out.

I know it is just a forest of big trees, but if you are even close to the area, it is definitely worthy of checking out. It is realy quite something.


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oh ya, thats alot of miles really fast. now sit that thing in the garage for a month and dont drive it. lol jkin
Not likely to happen!
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:03 PM
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Thanks everyone for your kind words, much appreciated!
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Old 07-01-2006, 10:13 PM
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You [lucky] bastard! I hereby make you Prince Siximus of the Knights of the Order of the Roundel. (If I don't get the M6 vert next year you can be the Kingfish.)
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Old 07-01-2006, 10:49 PM
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Thanks Mal, when are you sixer guys getting together?

Get the cab, these M6's are really fabulous. BMW did it right on this one.
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Old 07-02-2006, 10:28 AM
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Wow, I love your car Max. I haven't seen the Sepang in the M6 and it's a refreshing change from the black interiors I see mostly. You did right with olive wood. Nice contrast.

Thanks for sharing your journey. What fun!
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Old 07-04-2006, 06:23 AM
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Thanks Max for your M6 experience (and Ronan as well, on another thread, ED delivery),

I have one question for Max and Ronan since you both have stepped up from 645's:

Does the relative low torque (imho) fall short considering you have 500 bhp?

Maybe you can decribe the available torque, or lack of. Thanks in advance.

Seems most 500 hp "beast" have well over 400 ft\lb (ie. MB SL 516 ft\lb) wherein the M6 has 383 ft\lb, only 23 ft\lb over the 650. At the 6 series driving experience I drove the M5 and was not impressed, so much so I truly believe it was not on the 500hp setting (I was unaware at the time there was multiple settings). On the other hand I was impressed, relatively speaking, with the noticable torque the 650smg has over my 645smg with only a 30 bhp increase.

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Not a problem..you change gear at very high revs and the thing takes off...it is particularly strong when you are in the 50-150mph range and I got over 200mph on the autobahn.The video is almost ready and I will post. The M6 feels much faster than the 645. I liked the 645 a lot, but this is a big jump.
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Old 07-04-2006, 11:09 PM
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Not a problem..you change gear at very high revs and the thing takes off...it is particularly strong when you are in the 50-150mph range and I got over 200mph on the autobahn.The video is almost ready and I will post. The M6 feels much faster than the 645. I liked the 645 a lot, but this is a big jump.
WTF? I thought it was speed limited at 155 MPH.

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Thanks Mal, when are you sixer guys getting together?

Get the cab, these M6's are really fabulous. BMW did it right on this one.
Prince Siximus -- I'd love to get together sometime soon, especially to run with an M6, but all these SoCal boys are wimps. Want to show off their but none of 'em wants to . Sissy boys. :gay:

Pick a date and I'll be there.
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Old 07-05-2006, 04:14 AM
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I'm really envious! Only seen a few of these. 'Space Shuttle' type acceleration. Awesome machines.
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Old 07-05-2006, 09:04 AM
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Hey Malibu.
I will take the liberty of answering the question you directed to RONAN about his 200/mph experience. If you read his original and subsequent posts, you will discover that he took his ride to HARTGE( a German tuner) and had his engine delimited to the tune of 2500 euros and 3 hours of labor!!! No such product from Dinan in the US, Yet!! I am told that it is in development and should be available "soon". That is when this car will really shine like the super car that it is Few cars if any on US roads would even dare challenge an unlimited M6. I drive mine @ P400 during break in and I carve through traffic effortlessly. You can do 100mph in this car falling asleep. Screw the low end torque, I'll give up a few feet at the start to cook someone's butt after that. It makes it all the more fun Take care guys!!
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:23 PM
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WTF? I thought it was speed limited at 155 MPH.

'splain, Lucy!



Prince Siximus -- I'd love to get together sometime soon, especially to run with an M6, but all these SoCal boys are wimps. Want to show off their but none of 'em wants to . Sissy boys. :gay:

Pick a date and I'll be there.
July 15th, and it starts in your neck of the woods! Now don't be late.

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=75819
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July 15th, and it starts in your neck of the woods! Now don't be late.

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=75819
Prince Siximus - I looked at the thread and these V-10 owners are a bunch of sissy boys. They want to parade down PCH, from Malibu to PVE. A friggin parade? Are they going to have passengers riding shotgun who will do the Queen Elizabeth II wave??? What happened to driving the car like it was made to be driv'n? Screeching tires, two wheels on the road, two hanging over the cliff? Coming within an inch of a sheer canyon wall?

I would be up for the drive if they weren't such sissy boys. Start in Calabasas and take Mulholland Highway all the way to PCH. With a Troutdale-Kanan detour to avoid the Rock Store. And then either up or down the coast. But a show off tour on PCH. Over my dead and maggot riven body.

(Of course, they would have to make special dispensation for me, or I would have to pick up two more cylinders at Bob SMith BMW and throw them in the trunk the day before.)
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Old 07-06-2006, 09:01 PM
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Malibubimmer, you are of course right. We need to get out and drive the
cars as they were intended. Your suggestion of Mulholland is a good call.
Next time!

And as for the ECU remap. Seems there are several places you can get this
done these days. Active Autowerks as well as Singh Autosport up north just to
name a couple. Been seriously considering taking a trip to Fermont for this.
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Old 07-06-2006, 11:29 PM
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Prince Siximus - I looked at the thread and these V-10 owners are a bunch of sissy boys. They want to parade down PCH, from Malibu to PVE. A friggin parade? Are they going to have passengers riding shotgun who will do the Queen Elizabeth II wave??? What happened to driving the car like it was made to be driv'n? Screeching tires, two wheels on the road, two hanging over the cliff? Coming within an inch of a sheer canyon wall?

I would be up for the drive if they weren't such sissy boys. Start in Calabasas and take Mulholland Highway all the way to PCH. With a Troutdale-Kanan detour to avoid the Rock Store. And then either up or down the coast. But a show off tour on PCH. Over my dead and maggot riven body.

(Of course, they would have to make special dispensation for me, or I would have to pick up two more cylinders at Bob SMith BMW and throw them in the trunk the day before.)
Well alrighty then!
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Old 07-09-2006, 10:16 AM
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Exclamation you ECU guys R LOCO:)

Just want all of you guys that like me, are desperately waiting for Dinan's ECU Product. All I can say is, stay the course. These guys that are gambling with their warrantys I am afraid will be sorry when BMW refuses to cover any of their repairs. A buddy of mine blew up his M3's tranny and guess what: he was out of luck I am not going to gamble tens of G's because I am too impatient to wait for a warranty valid product. Consider it as a means of staying out of jail a bit longer Take care!!
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