2006 BMW M User Reviews
- $17,940 - $19,585
- Handling, acceleration & brakes!!
- a little harsh when it comes to ride.
I used to have a 2006 Z4M Roadster and I have reviewed it in the ///M Roadster section. I had many issues with that car. BMW Canada took that car back and gave me the option of getting another Roadster, a Coupe or even an M3 (I call this The Unlimate Customer Experience). I picked the Coupe. I was a bit bummed out because I had a roof now (no toplessness!!) and I already had an Infiniti FX45 as my daily driver. However, the bummed out feeling disappeared at the first left turn I look!! I was driving at 60kph and just turned at 60kph in a 60kph zone and I was HOOKED! It was superior to my Roadster!! No drama! No DSC kicking in! Just a smooth turn with the TERRIBLE OEM Continentals!! I just need to get a decent set of tires. It is very different from the Roadster when it comes to turning (way better!!) and ride (harsher). I can deal with both. I am now thinking of keeping the Coupe and once I get closer to 4 years I will probably get it supercharged using an ESS system. Down side is that the roof stays on for good.......read morehide
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- A great balance of power & handling - one of the most fun BMWs to drive!
- Small fuel tank, poor rear visibility
You need to go test-drive this vehicle to truly appreciate it. One of most enjoyable M-cars to drive - same overall power as an M3 convertible, but lighter (nearly 500lbs) and able to hug the road far better.
For those interested in some of the specs:
1/4-mile: 13.5sec (103.6mph)
Top Speed: 155mph (electronically limited*)
* If you chose to remove this limitation: closer to 180mph
Lateral acceleration: 0.88g
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Final drive ratio: 3.62:1
EPA est: 16mpg city / 24mpg hwy
Range: 270 miles
Fuel capacity: 14.5gal...read morehide
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- Tons of power & torque, stops on a dime, comfortable, excellent handling, a real head-turner
- Minor nits with interior trim package, touchy throttle in "Sport" mode, poor rear window visibility
I was looking to replace my 2003 530i and had placed an order last fall for one of the new M5 sedans as I had driven one in Europe and was thrilled at the premise of 500hp BMW. When the 2006 models finally hit the US dealers and my allocation came-in I flew to the dealer to place my order, but was dismayed at the color choices available to me. My previous car was a Titanium Gray Metallic (not quite grey or silver, but not as dark as black), but no equivalent existed in the M5, and I didn't want to deal with cleaning the full black car. I looked to the 650 and even the M6, but both were much larger than I wanted.
While I was at the dealer trying to decide what I was going to "settle" for :-), I happened to see an Imola Red 2006 Z4 M Coupe arrive on a transport. It immediately caught my eye. I asked to do a test-drive, and it was all over from there. I knew this was the car I wanted. The power, handling and comfort were unreal (and this was while keeping it below the 5500rpm break-in limit). The hardest decision was whether to get the coupe or the roadster, and what color. The dealer had an Interlagos Blue M Roadster and the Imola Red M Coupe - decisions, decisions...
I finally opted for the M Coupe, primarily because I see so few of them on the road, and the car would never be mistaken for any Z3/Z4 Roadster IMO. The flame point styling lines aren't for everyone, but I really like it on this model, and I am constantly asked by people what model car it is.
Happily past my break-in period now (and able to break the coveted 5500rpm barrier towards 7800rpm), I am thrilled with my purchase and just from the power and drivability alone would recommend this car. There was a lot of hype on this car at announcement - comparing it to the Porsche Cayman. Having test driven both the Cayman S and the Z4 M, I chose the latter. Deciding factors:
1. A hefty US$20,000 more for the Porsche
2. You're either a Porsche person or not. While I like the look, the Cayman to me did not stand-out against the Carreras in the same way the M Coupe stood-out against the Z3/Z4 family.
My only minor "nits" with my BMW purchase are:
1. No integrated Homelink controls in the car, so I have to carry to extra remotes in the glove box
2. The throttle response is a bit tweaky in Sport mode, but once you get used to it, you can compensate easily
3. The view through the rear-window of the car is pretty poor. So backing-out can be a bit challenging, and on the highway you only get to really see the front grilles of other cars, but I solved this by adding a back-up sensor and rear camera that integrates into the nav system - problem solved!
But all-in-all, these are minor - and I still heartily recommend this vehicle, especially since for 2007, the only major change is an $800 increase in the list price :-)
Freude am Fahren!...read morehide
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- Acceleration, braking & handling
- Fit & finish, roof problems, squeaks, no alarm system
I have had this car since April 2006. It was perfect until I had the alarm installed by the dealer. They replaced the center panel to put in the motion sensor. Developed squeaks as a result. That was finally fixed after a month and 5 visits to the dealership. Then the a/c vents started to rattle and that took 2 weeks and one visit. Now the windows do not close when I put the roof up unless I open each door, do the roof up and then shut the door.... That is why I am negative about the fit and finish. The major components work very well. In 5 months the car has been to the dealership at least 10 times.... Spend your money on a Porsche. That is what I will do.......read morehide
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- Acceleration, handling and unique appearance.
- Trunk gets smaller than Z4 with battery in the trunk.
I traded my 3.0l Z4 Sport Pkg for this car. The Z4 was great but I wanted the top of the line. You cannot beat the performance of this car until you get to the $100k cars pretty much. This car will absolutely fly with short 1st and 2nd gears and then excellent range in the middle gears. I hit 150mph with no effort and plenty left. This car requires handling, though. The DSC will help you but I've found the higher torque can make you loose your rear as you power out of a curve and downshifting at higher rpms in a curve will do the same. I'm looking for an advanced drivers' course. I have not autocrossed it at SCCA, yet but it will take more handling than the Z4 but with practice it should produce more results. The looks are great and I get more comments and looks than any other car. You also have the confidence of knowing you can beat virtually any other car on the road in overall handling and speed, including many with far more HP. It's class, fire, muscle, and finesse all wrapped up in a package. This is a car for people who really want to drive, not cruise the roads on a big sofa. I hate when I'm not driving, lol! Look up Top Gear TV show and other magazines for some excellent reviews and comparisons....read morehide
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- Flawless braking, Stellar Acceleration, Perfect fit and finish and oh what an exhaust note
- Very small trunk, no spare, sport mode could be more aggressive
I had owned a 2001 Z3 2.5i (which I traded in for this car after happly driving it for 5 years). Though I was very happy with my car and I had kept it in almost flawless condition I had decided to test drive the M Roadster during an oil change service at my local BMW dealership.
That one 15 minute experience with the vehicle sold me instantly. It wasn't the amazing powerplant that stood out either (though this car will simply eat alive 99% of the vehicles driving on the road from the starting line). It was the unbelievable braking and handling. The car literally hugs the road and what first comes to mind is the often over-used figure of speech "like it is on rails."
The interior is flawless. Every control feels like it is where it belongs. The exterior finish is also flawless. Road noise, cabin size, and drive comfort is far better than in my previous Z3. The THX sound system is incredible (though I rarely turn it up cause I love to listen to the engine more). I purchased it with all options but the full leather trim which wasn't available in my desired color combination. The nav system is fairly easy to operate but I must admit at first the controls were less than natural to use. I had to stop the car several times to figure out how to turn off navigation to a destination. Now that I understand how it works though things are much better. The bluetooth and the steering wheel controls are also very user friendly.
The seats provide a good amount of support. They aren't exactly luxury seats but the leather is soft and the seats are firm. When you take the car into a turn you stay one with the car in these seats. It only further adds to the experience.
Currently I only have 600 miles driven so I cannot open her up past 5500 RPM yet (1200 mile break-in). However, even when I get near 5500 RPM this vehicle accelerates so fast that within seconds I am past any legal speed-limit in the country.
This machine gets gawkers at every light even in a town where every type of late model exotic exsists....read morehide
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- Power, Suspension, Wheels, Brakes, Seats
- Gas Mileage.
I used to own an '03 Z4 3.0i that had 225HP. When BMW announced the addition of the 330HP S54 engine (5-time engine of the year) to this package my '03 went up for sale.
This car is everything I hoped it was, and more. Gobs of power, comfortable M seats, great feeling steering wheel, bluetooth for my phone, etc ......read morehide
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- A true roadster, with loads of power and a convertable top.
BMW has made another monster, and it's amazing! The power to weight ratio is excellent, the car handles like it is on rails, and the intereor is great. Supportive, but at the same time not uncomfortable. The motor sounds amazing, the transmission feels good, and the car looks good as well!
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