M6 Coupe w/6spd manual - Owners in here - BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums
E63 BMW M6 Forum and BMW M6 Convertible | m6board.com 2005- Advertiser's Forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 11 Old 8th March 2009, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
Mint Julep
Junior Member, warming up (<31 posts)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
M6 Coupe w/6spd manual - Owners in here

Greetings,

I have been researching the M6 for a bit, and this site has been very helpful. I am currently driving an 03 SVT Cobra 10th coupe that's modified (Chassis, cooling, drivetrain, more boost, etc.) and puts down 470 rwhp and 470rwtq. I am not looking to compare this to an M6 because they are clearly in different leagues. I am contemplating acquiring an M6 and relegating the Cobra as a "chew toy" for it.

For those of you driving the M6 with the 6-speed manual, I'd like to get your overall drivability impressions. Here's what I'm looking to know:

- Average gas mileage city/hwy
- Electrical/mechanical issues
- every day performance/drivability (especially in traffic)
- anything else you would care to comment on.

I know the manual 6 speed is not a popular option, but I haven't met an automatic transmission I can't break, hence my reason for pursuing it.

Thanks in Advance!

Mint
Mint Julep is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 9th March 2009, 03:14 PM
SouthshoreM6
m5board.comoholic (>1000 posts)
 
SouthshoreM6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Scituate, MA USA
Age: 61
Posts: 1,059
Thanks: 45
Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Hi - I've got 16K miles on mine. Gas mileage is around 18 mpg on the highway, 12-14 mpg if I drive it kind of aggressive around town. The size of the gas tank is the biggest issue, it's just small.

I've had no mechanical issues, have autocrossed and open tracked the car a couple of times and it does okay for a big car. You won't get the low end torque you are used to with the Cobra, but when you get the revs up, it flys. It's an easy car to drive in traffic, and the shifter is actually pretty good for a BMW.

BTW, I have a 97 Cobra 'vert.........love it.

Good luck with your choice!

Bill

2011 Shelby GT500, Ingot silver, glass roof, stripe delete, SVTPP

07 M6 - 6 speed manual, Silver gray Metallic, Merino Black full leather, Black Carbon Fiber, comfort access, heads-up display, Sirius sat radio, RPI Scoops, Charcoal Filters removed, drop-in BMC Air filters, hardwired V1, 50% tint, RPI Block off plates, M-Sprint Booster, Umnitza ICE angel eyes....SOLD

97 Cobra Convertible, lots of mods, summer car

03 Audi RS 6 Avus Silver, Milltek exhaust, etc.....SOLD

01 E39 M5 Silverstone/black..many mods!.....SOLD
SouthshoreM6 is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 9th March 2009, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
Mint Julep
Junior Member, warming up (<31 posts)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bill,

Thanks for the reply! I was starting to wonder why there were 218 views and no responses until yours. Good thing is that the wife will gladly put her car on the driveway so I can contemplate a black mustang with a white M6 side by each....

Mint
Mint Julep is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 Old 9th March 2009, 05:38 PM
snowball
Moderator
 
snowball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Fairview, Texas
Posts: 1,764
Thanks: 263
Thanked 257 Times in 202 Posts
Wink

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mint Julep View Post
Bill,

Thanks for the reply! I was starting to wonder why there were 218 views and no responses until yours. Good thing is that the wife will gladly put her car on the driveway so I can contemplate a black mustang with a white M6 side by each....

Mint
Just a point of view...on why not so many comments and some other inputs - on what you asked. I understand your concerns, but these are old old questions and concerns and have been covered over and over and over. Please understand I respect your concerns, but it is just so over discussed.

Your questions:
1. When buying a car like a M6 - why give hoot about gas mileage (these babies eat a lot of gas), if you want good gas milage get a Prius.
2. There have been so many comments about mechanical and electrical issues on M6's on this board you should search. Most are very positive! Learn to search.
3. A manual is a manual is a manual ,in town it can sometimes be a pain, but of course you feel more with the car, with a manual transmision we all know that- why ask such a question. You use the gas and clutch peddle and it shifts OMG! I still can't believe you asked about using a manual in town around traffic.
4. This car was designed with the 7 speed SMG in the designer's mind and you are not going to break it! It is awesome, and as you've been reading it's one of the most outstanding transmissions ever built, and it shifts exactly like a manual, as it has a clutch. It is exactly like a manual only without a clutch peddle and is not an automatic and that is the major problem for those who buy a M5 or M6 and expect it to be like a automatic - It is not an automatic and no one should ever expect it to shift or handle like an automatic.

Last edited by snowball; 9th March 2009 at 05:45 PM.
snowball is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 9th March 2009, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
Mint Julep
Junior Member, warming up (<31 posts)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Snowball - thanks; I have been slowly plowing my way through this site's information. I am hard-core on manual transmissions because that's the level of driver engagement that I require, so it's merely personal preference. I have no doubt the SMG would edge out a properly driven manual, and I'm OK with that.

The gas mileage comment has little to do with econonmy. I'm just inquiring as to a gauge of what folks on this board are experiencing with the manual trans setup.

Mint
Mint Julep is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 9th March 2009, 08:27 PM
snowball
Moderator
 
snowball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Fairview, Texas
Posts: 1,764
Thanks: 263
Thanked 257 Times in 202 Posts
Cool

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mint Julep View Post
Snowball - thanks; I have been slowly plowing my way through this site's information. I am hard-core on manual transmissions because that's the level of driver engagement that I require, so it's merely personal preference. I have no doubt the SMG would edge out a properly driven manual, and I'm OK with that.

The gas mileage comment has little to do with econonmy. I'm just inquiring as to a gauge of what folks on this board are experiencing with the manual trans setup.

Mint
Mint, thank you for taking my input on the positive note as it was intended.

I have never owned an automatic (rented plenty though), and have been driving for over 35 years. I was really against the SMG before I owned it. So I understand your concern. But, I sure was wrong .
snowball is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 9th March 2009, 08:27 PM
EPHAIRABEDIAN
Member, Sport: Off DSC: On (>50 posts)
 
EPHAIRABEDIAN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: SO.CAL
Posts: 88
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
SMG IS AUTOMATIC! whats the fun of it if michael shumaker and my grandma can shift the same. SMG FOR THOSE WHO WISH THEY KNEW HOW TO DRIVE
EPHAIRABEDIAN is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 11th March 2009, 03:40 AM
m630
m5board.comoholic (>1000 posts)
 
m630's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: NYC & LI
Posts: 1,496
Thanks: 316
Thanked 159 Times in 129 Posts
What in the definition of sequential manual gearbox states that its an automatic??
SMG is for experienced drivers that know the difference

'13 640i Gran Coupe ...Black Sapphire Metallic / Cinnamon ...Lux seats/CWP/Premium Sound
'13 335i M Sport...Destroyed by SANDY Estoril Blau II / black
Dearly departed: MY08 ///M6 Interlagos Blau/Silverstone II full merino/Carbon Fiber/SMGIII...fully loaded ...Dinan S1 remap
05 645Ci...Sport...Stratus Grey/Black
m630 is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 11th March 2009, 03:59 AM
Gustav
M5 Expert (>4000)
 
Gustav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Kingdom of Sweden
Age: 43
Posts: 49,477
Blog Entries: 7
Thanks: 5,951
Thanked 3,792 Times in 2,291 Posts
Gustav is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 11th March 2009, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
Mint Julep
Junior Member, warming up (<31 posts)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Gustav,

Thanks for helping keep this thread on track.

To those with SMG: This thread is not about which transmission setup is superior. It is about this forum members' personal experiences with their manual transmission M6 vehicles.

Mint
Mint Julep is offline  
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome