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2009 BMW 6 Series

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2009 BMW 6 Series Review

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High-powered, high-profile and highly desirable, the 2009 BMW 650i makes an exclusive statement in a very exclusive realm. While a few of its styling details may be open to some rather heated debate, there's no denying that this 2+2 offers a stunning driving experience for those who can afford its price of entry. A potent V8 engine, superbly responsive chassis and exceptional amenities make it a serious competitor to prestige coupes from Audi, Jaguar, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, in many cases delivering more absolute performance for considerably less money when comparably equipped.

You'll Like This Car If...

If the exhilarating rush of a big V8-powered coupe or convertible that handles with the confidence of a world-class GT car sets your sporting senses tingling, you'll love the 2009 BMW 650i. A choice of manual or automatic transmissions, exceptional interior amenities and desirable options should please even the most demanding enthusiast.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who find fault with the styling of the 650i's rear quarters, or who are put off by the complexity of its iDrive system – that integrates control of the audio, ventilation, navigation and communication functions – might want to consider a Jaguar XK or Porsche 911 Carrera S. If you're looking for a more usable back seat, the Mercedes-Benz CLK550 would be a better choice.

What's New for 2009

This year's Sport Package is upgraded to include new 19-inch forged alloy wheels, an anthracite-color headliner (Alcantara in the Coupe or fabric in the Convertible), dark chrome exhaust tips, a contoured hood, sport-tuned exhaust and sport seats with Shadowline trim.

Driving the 6 Series

Driving Impressions The 2009 BMW 650i shares basic chassis elements with the 5 Series Sedan, but its 4.3-inch shorter wheelbase and slightly wider rear track dimension add an extra measure...

of agility and surefootedness, while a host of computerized "active" control elements – from stability to traction to the anti-roll bars themselves – ensures it maintains that superb composure on virtually any kind of road. Although the suspension is tuned more for control than pure comfort, the 650i is still a first-rate cruiser. The silky 360-horsepower V8 takes it from zero to 60 mph in just about 5.5 seconds, regardless of whether it's backed by the conventional six-speed manual or the Sport six-speed automatic.

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
The 6 Series' available radar-based cruise control will detect a slower-moving vehicle ahead and reduce speed accordingly. New for this year, the system will slow the car to a complete stop, enabling use in stop-and-go traffic.

6-speed Sport Automatic Transmission
We especially like this faster-shifting automatic, which includes paddle shifters and rev matching for smooth downshifts.

2009 BMW 6 Series Details
2009 BMW 6 Series photo Interior

Comfort and convenience touches abound inside the 650i Coupe and Convertible, headed by its well-contoured power bucket seats and on-board computer and navigation system. Standard Dakota leather upholstery is set off with high-tech Pearl-gloss Ruthenium accent trim, but BMW offers Dark or Light Birch wood as no-charge alternatives for buyers with more traditional tastes. Even with its rakish roofline, the 650i has sufficient room for taller drivers up front, although some may find that the steering wheel rim obscures the tops of the gauge faces, even when adjusted to its full-up position. Rear seats are typical 2+2 fare – scaled strictly for kids, and smaller ones at that.

Exterior
2009 BMW 6 Series photo

One of the most expressively styled BMWs, the 650i maintains the long, low nose and short rear-deck treatments that have characterized other classic coupes and convertibles from this marque, but incorporates lots of aluminum and thermoplastic panels to help reduce weight. Its laid-back windshield and sweeping roofline are smartly complemented by bold fender flares that add to the aggressive character. The Convertible distinguishes itself with a fully-lined one-touch power top and power-retractable back glass element. Although the 650i's tail treatment and trunk lid remain points of minor controversy for some, its overall visual impact – especially when fitted with the optional Sport Package that bumps the wheel and tire fitment from 18-inch to 19-inch alloy rims with even larger, lower-profile tires – is undeniably impressive.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 BMW 650i's standard features include a dual automatic climate control system, DVD-based navigation with iDrive integrated controller, a multifunction steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering column, programmable keyless remote entry, corner-following xenon Adaptive Headlights, Adaptive Brake Lights (that indicate your stopping intensity to vehicles following behind), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), electronically-modulated Active Roll Stabilization, Dynamic Driving Control (that quickens throttle and shift responses), advanced anti-lock brakes, run-flat tires and a no-charge choice between a six-speed manual or six-speed Sport automatic transmission. Dual front and front-side airbags, BMW's Head Protection System and Active Knee Protection airbags are also standard equipment.

Optional Equipment

Owners can personalize the 650i with Active Steering (that makes it easier to maneuver in confined areas and adds more confident feel at higher speeds), Comfort Access automatic locking and unlocking, distance-maintaining Active Cruise Control, a premium Logic7 Surround Sound audio system, High Definition Radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Head-Up Display and thermal imaging Night Vision. A Cold Weather Package (heated front seats and steering wheel and a ski bag) and a Sport Package (19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, sport bucket seats with adjustable thigh support and Shadowline exterior trim) also are available.

Under the Hood

The 2009 BMW 650i's all-aluminum 4.8-liter V8 makes an outstanding 360 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. It incorporates both variable valve timing and variable valve lift to help optimize performance throughout a wide rev range, delivering super-quick response and respectable fuel economy with either of the available six-speed transmissions. Near-silent at idle, the engine emits a beautifully rich and throaty roar at full throttle, thanks in part to a movable element in the exhaust system that imparts an edgier character to the sound under higher load conditions. For maximum enthusiast appeal, the electronically-controlled automatic also offers racing-style, steering wheel-mounted paddle shift levers.

4.8-liter V8
360 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
360 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 (Coupe, manual), 15/23 (Coupe, automatic), 14/21 (Convertible, manual), 15/23 (Convertible, automatic)

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2009 BMW 6 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 140 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Extremely poor quality

By on Saturday, November 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,300

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "The "looks""

Cons: "Not reliable AT ALL"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

Beautiful but unreliable

"This car's engines are very delicate and unreliable. Known for leaking oil. Electronics are very complex and upgrades have to be done on a yearly basis. Save yourself a headache and don't buy this car. 335i is a much more reliable vehicle. Any Mercedes Benz is a great buy!"

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Beautiful but unreliable

exceptional auto and value

By on Friday, October 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,121

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Super Car low purchase by comparison"

Cons: "Dealer Only computer stiuff with headlights etc"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this car for 7 years and never a lick of problems. I've owned 928 Porsches, Vantage Aston and Ferraris - They got it right with this vehicle. Bro In Law has the ten Cylinder and it is not any stronger than my 8."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Awesome car worth every penny spent.

By on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great handling, power and responsiveness."

Cons: "Routine maintenance cost are expensive."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This was my first BMW (2006 650i convertible). Purchased with low miles for a great price. Only disappointment is the trim in the door and the trim that surrounds the rear seats. Vinyl trim is very susceptible to tears from either wear or things snagging. Almost all the 6 series I looked at prior to purchase had tears or cuts in the trim. If you take care of the interior, it will last for many years to come with minimal wear, but if you neglect it, the wear will be evident. The car drives like a dream. This is my fourth German car. I have owned 2 Audi A8s, Mercedes E500 and a VW CC. This BWM is awesome in power, handling and responsiveness. Convertible top movement up and down is quiet. Can easily complete top action at a stoplight. Visibility is great despite the small rear window. I am 6'2" and I am very comfortable in the car. Seats are supportive and extremely comfortable. Thigh support could extend further for my height. Sound system is phenomenal. I have the Harmon Kardon upgraded sound system and it is great. Bluetooth with top up is great. Very quiet to person on the other end. With the top down, if you are below 60 mph with the windows up, not very noticeable on the receiver end. Above 60 mph, wind noise gets picked up by microphone on center console. No issues hearing the other person at any speed. Cabin is very quiet with minimal wind with windows up at speeds above 80 mph. My one complaint is parking. Due to low profile, must be extremely careful not to damage front bumper on tire stops in parking lots and backup parking is tough to judge due to higher rear trunk. I always end up further away from rear object than I anticipated. Backup sensors keep you safe, red means you are 2-3 feet away. Car is awesome and if you can afford the maintenance cost to maintain it, you cannot go wrong with a 6 series."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Performance vs convenience

By on Friday, September 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Sexy!"

Cons: "One cup holder :("

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is such a sexy car and is a terrific driving experience. This year is no frills on the interior with a standard stereo system, basic leather seating and only one cup holder. Guess you're just supposed to drive it..I have had numerous mechanical issues after the 5 year mark and if not for an extended warranty, I would have been out of pocket over $10k. Just put on new set of tires an switched to performance tires that are not run flat...made a big difference and a more comfortable ride. It's a fun car to drop the top and get some open air driving fun. One of the most beautiful cars on the road, pleasure to drive."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Back to a 6 series

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable and fast cruiser"

Cons: "Only one cup holder but a small price to pay"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I owned a 1988 635CSI and sold it in 2003. What a big mistake that was. I have owned a Mercedes, Jaguar and Porsche since then. All great cars but I have always missed the driving characteristics of my BMW. One day while traveling through NC I spotted a 2008 650i on a dealers lot. Low miles all the options I wanted and in immaculate condition. A little negotiating and she was mine! I don't care what anyone says "There is nothing like a BMW for road manners and driving fun.""

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Love the car - but in the shop too much

By on Thursday, April 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,556

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Fun to drive. Great features. Fast. Love owning the car when it is not in the shop. But, too often in the shop for issues... and when in the shop, VERY costly to fix. If it was more reliable, I would LOVE it."

11 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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