I recently turned the clock at 48,000 and 6 years of ownership this month on my '06 M6. Just under 30,000 of those miles are mine. For those curious, the running costs for me over that period of time have totaled $10,961 with $7,107 being what I consider routine maintenance including full fluid flushes and replacement, oil changes at about 5,000 mile increments (which works out to about 1 per year) and tires (2 sets on the rear, one on the front,
) since I bought the car. Some of those costs were replacing standard things missing when I purchased the car like the M Mobility kit. I have an exclusionary warranty that expires in March but I have only used it once for idler pulley and tensioner replacement. I see a visit to
at some point in the next 12 to 18 months for rod bearings, etc. as a peace of mind move. I have always believed that high strung engines need meticulous maintenance to be happy.
I know that on these boards, we hear more of the horror stories (@fiftytwoeighty being a happy exception) but, so far, my car has never left me stranded or given me any grief I wouldn't expect from owning any car for this long, much less one that is now 13 years old. That sound you hear is me knocking on wood!
At this point in time, the only other car I would want to trade it for would be a 2009/2010 version in Interlagos Blue at the same or lower miles and the manual would be a bonus but I don't have a problem with the SMG either. Talk about a unicorn.
I have taken it to a SCCA Track Night in America with my best friend (who has won the SCCA GT1 National Championship 2 times) and had a blast and yes, he was pleasantly surprised and called the car "fast" and said it exceeded all his expectations. I, however, am not very
but I had a blast and the car ate it up.
I still look back at the car and smile when walking away in a parking lot. I guess I have the right car for me.
These cars aren't for everyone and it is getting much harder to find good ones but they are definitely worth it.