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I am thinking of upgrading my current car in the new year (z4M convertible) to an M6, I am still unsure whether to get the coupe or cabrio, but that will be a nice question to answer. I have always wanted one and fingers crossed if business keeps up I will be able to get one (plus insurance going down due to age it is now becoming affordable).<o:p></o:p>
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over on the Z4 forum I have been advised to go for the V8 M3 due to reliability issues with the E60's I just wanted to hear your inputs, I am not worried about trivial things (machines will break) but is it really an every day car like BMW will lead us to believe? If so perfect.<o:p></o:p>
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I apologise if this question has been asked a million times.<o:p></o:p>
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Many thanks Monzon<o:p></o:p>
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Weather permitting I drive my M6 every day. I previously had a 2009 M3 and moved up to the M6. Depends on personnel preference, either way you can't go wrong.
 

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I changed because I made the mistake of test driving the M6. The E60/E63 are perfect sleeper cars if you want to keep it that way. The difference in accelleration was crazy, especially above the 60 - 70 MPH range. The M6 has all the moves of the M3 and the comfort ride of a 7 series. This is my opionion and if you ask ten different ///M drivers you will get ten different answers. Bottom line is the ///M's are awesome machines that will respond to your every command; but you can't tame the beasts!
 

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M3s are great fun, but the M6 has power that will just mess with your mind! Given the choice go with V10.
 

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E60 is the M5 and E63/64 is the M6 coupe/cabrio.

Im in a similar boat as you, lookin to get a nice 2nd hand M6. However, my friend's troubles with his '08 M6 is makin' me think twice.

Good luck in your search.

-PCH-
 

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recently brought a m6., Love it.,!! days and night different to my heavily modded 335i... (which outrun a current model M3)
 

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For what it's worth, the S65 V8 engine in the M3 (E90/E92/E93) is just a cut down S85 V10 block (more or less). So the early reliability issues of the S85 (VANOS lines come to mind) have largely been sorted out and later M5s, M6s and all of the current series M3 have benefited from it.

In about a year of use I've had the following service issues:
# Flat tire 3 week after getting the car home to Hawaii after its European Delivery. Not really a reliability issue...
# A hunk of rubber from a truck came flying over the freeway median and torn the rubber seal around the windshield (which had to be replaced). Again, not a reliability issue.
# Had the O2 sensors on the cats replaced twice (once on each side).
# The door handle on the passenger side had to have some internal parts replaced.
# Since my 1200 mile service (done at 1500 miles), I have had 2 quarts of oil added. I now have 9000 miles on the M6. So I estimate I'm using an quart/liter every 3750 miles.

The engine and transmission have been bullet proof for me so far.

Carbio versus Coupe: since you coming from a Z4M you may have a desire for a convertible that overrides pure performance concerns. The cabrio is heavier than the coupe, so it is slower (but still a fast car), probably handles just tad less well and likely sips a small amount more fuel. But the way most people drive both coupes and cabrios, the crappy fuel consumption on either body style is not the issue.

People report from 8 to 14 mpg on average with some members saying they have seen 18 - 20 mpg on the highway. I average mid 13s with my commute which is freeway and surface streets but not much stop and go traffic. M6s are nasty on fuel in stop and go traffic.

I drove an M3 on the BMW Miramas track in France and the first thing I noticed was that it did not pull as hard, especially at higher speed, as my M6 at home. But the M3 is a better car in the tight turns.

As others have said, the M6 can cruise along comfortably and quietly (almost but not quite as good as my ex-745) and then when you drive with gusto, you will know why M5s and M6 are known as "Beasts".
 

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I've had my 2006 M6 now for almost 2 years.
I bought it CPO from Circle BMW of California with only 7,000 miles.
The previous owner basically babied it big time as it was in mint condition when I got it.

Suffered limp home mode once last year. Software was updated.

It has been 100% reliable since then. ZERO issues. (knock on wood.)

With regards to V8 M3 or V10 M6 - simple decision.
Test drive both and see which one puts a wider smile on your face.
And push the car hard when you test drive it.
Then kindly report back.

I am betting you will ultimately buy an M6.
 

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Both the V8 M3 and the M6 are massive upgrades from the Z4M. The M6 is a high-speed luxury GT car while the M3 is a more nimble track oriented machine. Two very different cars that are equally good for different reasons. I like the best of both worlds so I have a Dinan Stage 2 135i (M3 eater) for when I am after nimble or the track and the M6 for everything else. If I could only have one, it would be the M6. Also, while I like both the SMG and 6MT in the M6, I do not personally car for the cabrio as the weight really slows the car down and I do not like the additional chassis flex.

Good luck!
 

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Hey guys my first post here. Was getting orientated with the forum and saw this post and I had to respond. I'm in exactly the same boat as u, Monzon. Currently driving a Z4M. Looking to ugrade to something more powerful. Have found an 07 M6 black on black with AC Schnitzer conv. The m6 has a brutality abt it that is quite intoxicating. My only concern was whether I wud miss the agility and prowess of the Z4M. I kno they are comepletely different animals but i think it's a reasonable concern. Anyone else that's made the transition it would be great to get some feedback.
 

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Thanks man, it is a head scratcher.
but i think i will do it, the pace of those things (M6) the V10 and if you ever need it the practicality.
 

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I've had both the E92 M3 and the M6, and I am totally in love with the latter! The pace is something else, you can't even compare the two. Paper vs real world times are dramatic, and you can't beat that effortless V10 climbing! Handling wise, the stock M3 is more nimble and focussed, but when you start playing with the M6 it's not hard to get results. It's a good chassis, and weight isn't as big an issue as you may think.

Reliability wise, I would say to get one with manufacturer warranty and just get on side with your Service Advisor and get every little niggle sorted. I have a few things at first, engine check light which turned out to be a vanos solenoid, and then within a few thousand miles of my ownership the clutch went. BMW footed the bill for the clutch and flywheel replacement as it had failed so soon, and without any hesitation whatsoever. Other than that i've had no further issues. I have always found BMW warranty on approved cars to be excellent.
 
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