Next year I plan to search for a low mileage CPO M6 Coupe(2009 or 2010) in Alpine White with red or tan interior.I am undecided but leaning towards a 6 speed MT(I sold my 2006 M5 with SMG 6 months ago and own a 2007 911TT 6speed MT and a 2008 Audi RS4 6 speed MT).My first question is how difficult will it be to find the above mentioned color combination. Secondly I would appreciate any feedback from those who have driven the M6 with MT(I know this is probably a small minority). Thanks in advance.
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I was very lucky and found my '07 with 5K miles earlier this year at my local dealer. Love the MT. Put in a short shifter and now like it much better. Good luck in your search. Not many manual T's out there.
I recently drove a 6 speed M6 and I was not impressed. the SMG was meant for this car, and since it seems like you have a few other options to drive when you feel like a 6 speed, I think getting SMG would be both smarter (as that is what the S85 was built to pair up with), and definitely easier to come by when searching for an already specific color combo.
I would also recommend the SMG, but regardless, you will find your car for sure if you are willing to bring it in from another state and are patient. I would also like to change to a 2009/2010 in a year or two.
That color combo is going to be very difficult to find with an SMG and without, you will be looking quite a while and if you find one, be prepared to jump! It sounds like you have plenty of time on your side though.
As for the 6MT, I have one and love it. The car was designed around the SMG and is quicker as an SMG but the 6MT is just fun to drive and makes the V10 really fun to play with. It is much easier to get a fast and effective launch with the 6MT. However, if you want straight line speed, there is simply no substitute for the 7 gears of the SMG as they are spaced closer together so it will pull harder. The 6MT is just a plaything so it all boils down the personal preference. Reliability is going to be better on the 6MT but that is not a reason to not buy the SMG.
I probably have a slightly unique perspective on this as I have a Formula Mazda at my disposal with a real sequential gearbox. So when it comes to a street car, I enjoy the freedom to "play" with the power plant that only a clutch pedal can give you. That being said, I am sure that this will be my last manual equipped car and that the next one will have a DCT.
Thank you Bavarian Beast.My first choice would be to go through a BMW dealer for a CPO,however there will be a much bigger selection going the other route.Would any of you purchase from a non BMW dealer?I have purchased prior preowned BMW's and Porsche's only from the dealers.