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    650 vs. SL550

    I am returning to the board after about 2 years. I had initially ordered an 645CiC until I drove an M3 convertible, which I currently have. My lease is up in a year and have started to look for my next vehicle. Initially thought I would get new M3 convertible, but doesn't look like it will come out until summer 2008. My three choices are Z4M roadster, 650 conv or SL550. The roadster seems too small (I'm 6'5") which leaves 650 vs. SL550. Did anyone consider SL500/550 when looking at the 650? It seems I can get a better lease rate on the SL550. I also am attracted to folding hard top, having previously had an SC430, and the performance with the new engine in the SL550. Haven't had the opportunity to drive a 650 yet. Anyway, your thoughts and comments are appreciated. MRB


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    You can do better on a SL lease??

    I considered the SL500 before I purchased my 650i. The SL was (and is) an undoubtedly nice car, but I had some reservations at the time. First, I wanted more power, which may be an issue that is partially resolved with the new SL550 engine. Secondly, I wanted more "sport" and less "cruiser," which I think it still the same. I was trading in a SC430 and had about all the "boulevard cruiser" that I could handle. In a perfect world, the SL55 might have addressed some of my concerns, but the jump in price ruled it out.

    I did end up with a 650 Coupe instead of the ragtop. That decision was in part because I have never been overly fond of the 650 ragtop aesthetically (sorry, guys), but also because having a folding hardtop (as I did with the SC430) really spoils you. I do love my Coupe though and have no regrets.

    Good luck with your decision.
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    Re: You can do better on a SL lease??

    Dear XLR8 (is that your license plate as well?),
    Thanks for the comments; very helpful. My SC430 was nicest car I have had, but I was bored to tears with its performance, which is why I chose the M3 over the 645. The new SL550 has 382HP and is more perfomance oriented than the SL500. I am trying to strike the balance between the SC430 and a 911. Both the 650 and the SL550 seem to meet those criteria with 650 more sport and the SL550 more luxury.
    Relative to leasing the residual is pretty high on the SL550 so there is very little to no difference between it and the 650 cab once I add the things I want to the 650 (sport package, nav, heated seats, sat radio) which are all standard on SL550. Thanks again, MRB

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    Re: You can do better on a SL lease??

    When I priced the SL500 vs. the 650i leases, the SL was quite a bit more. I typically do pretty well at the local BMW dealership, but still... that's great for you if the numbers are close.

    I haven't driven the SL550 yet, but I'm sure it's a good improvement. One other thing to consider between the two (because I know I did) is the amount of cargo room in the two cars. While the backseat in the 6 is useless for anyone with legs, it does provide a nice place to stow items (briefcase, groceries, etc.). And, my golf clubs go in & out of the trunk easily. I'm not sure if that's an issue for you with the SL or not, but it was on my list of SL "cons."

    With these two choices, it'd be hard for you to go wrong. Good luck.
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    Both are fablous cars, but are quite different...

    I have not driven an SL 550, but am sure that the added power will make a very big difference. I owned an 03 SL500 Sport, but find that the 650i convertible that I have had for a month is a much better balanced car and far more satisfying to drive. The 650 seats are positioned better and are more compfortable than those in the SL, depite the lack of ventilation and message functions. In fact, the seats in my 650 are much more comfortable than those in my 03 CL55. I find that the 650 is more comfortable and quieter with the top up than my 03 SL500, which not only transmitted road noise, but also exhaust system noise inside, as opposed to the exhaust note one hears with the windows open. Regarding the exhaust note, the 650 in Sport mode is quiet pleasing. To me the design of the 650 is better as well, especially the soft top. The Head Up display is a significant plus for the 650 and until one drives with it it is hard to convey just how good it is. I never would have thought that such a simple option would add so much to the driving enjoyment of a car. One cannot go wrong with either car, but driving satisfaction for me is much better in the 650. You may want to consider a used SL55 if you decide to go MB.

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    Re: 650 vs. SL550

    While a retractable hardtop is very trendy and sexy, it doesn't help trunk space. Now, granted, nobody buys cars such as these for the trunk space. But it's something to consider at the margin. Bottom line: it's an emotional decision, and I just liked the 650i Convertible better. But they're both great cars, and it's a good thing that enthusiasts have choices like this. Talk about a high-class problem . . . .

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    You are 6'5" like I am... leg room must be important.. The 650 is the way to go and I am not saying that because I have a wicked 650 convertible... I have always been a fan of the hardtop convertible and that was what attracted me to the SL... but the legroom stinks. If you move the seat all the way back the back rest moves forward. I honestly don't know how the basketball players I have seen in the SL's drive them. I tried and tried to get used to that legroom but I like to take long drives and that will kill my knees... the 650 on the other hand offers you more legroom than you can imagine. I swear it is just as much as I had in the 745...

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    Check the latest C&D eval

    SL550 came in first among 5 high-end drop-tops.

    The 650i convert, uh, well: "All things considered, the BMW 650i is lucky it didnít finish fifth."

    Youch!



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    I Think C&D Got it Wrong

    I have problems with the C&D review. They actually selected the Jag over the 6? No way. They're entitled to their opinion, but that view alone leads me to question the validity of their test.

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    Have to check out the C&D review, but having owned

    an 03 SL500 Sport with ABC, an 02 CL500 Sport with ABC and an 03 CL55 Kompressor (also with ABC) there is no contest in my opinon, unless of course the SL550 somehow was suspension tuned very much differently from the CL55 and 500's I owned recently. My 650i Convertible is a far more satisfying car to drive than any of my MB's. C&D probably had nothing good to say about iDrive or the Head Up display, to say nothing about the active steering or lights on the 650i. No, the 650i convertible is not as fast straight line as the SL550, but after a couple of weeks with my CL55 I wondered why I really needed 516 lb.ft of torque and 493 bhp. (I was not about to race a 996TT in the 1/4 mile just to prove that I had a very fast car.) It was not useable on public roads and it would have been folly to track the CL. It takes more than 0-60 and quarter mile times to make daily driving enjoyable. I have no doubt that the cars in the C&D test are all quite capable, but having owned the MB's and an 02 C4S, my hands down choice is the 650i Convertible. (I even prefer the 650i to my GF's new 997 C4S.)650i Conv. styling is distinctive, seats and driving position are optimal for me (I am 6') visibility is good, Sport mode provides a bit more responsiveness and the ride is quite comfortable and much quieter than the 03 SL500 Sport. Finally, entry and exit are much easier. I suppose it is fashionable to praise the new MB 550 engine and the other changes to refine the SL. Try liging with the SL for a while and see if you feel as C&D does.

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    Good Points

    The auto mags still have a bone to pick with iDrive and Bangle butts, so just about anything from BMW with any of these traits gets hurt by the reviewers. Over the past few years, iDrive-like devices seem to be all the rage, and Bangle-like butts are proliferating. I didn't love the Bangle butt on my old 745i, but it was OK -- on the 6, however, it works beautifully and I can't imagine it being any other way. As for iDrive, yeah, BMW could have done a better job out of the gate back in 2001-03 -- but the current generation of iDrive on the 6 is much easier than the one I had on my 7, and just plain easy IMHO. As if MB's COMAND system is easy to use (NOT). Plus, I NEED a back seat and a semi-usable trunk. Game, set, and match: 650i.

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    I like many of the updates to iDrive as well.

    But the sloweness of iDrive in my 6 is infuriating sometimes. Not to mention, waiting for that beep.
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    Well I read theC&D review and they predictably had

    only a few reluctant positive comments and a lot of negative comments. The reviewers clearly have little real world, everyday driving experience with any of the cars tested. If they did, they would not have made the reckless comments that they did. (I should add in full disclosure that I get AutoWeek, Motor Trend and R&T, but stopped subscribing to C&D many years ago because of poorly researched articles such as this one.)The fact is that none of the cars in the comparison were directly comparable to the 650i Convertible.
    Their final paragraph was:
    "Adding to the teamís doubts about the 650iís sporting credentials was a singular concern over its appearance. We thought it odd-looking with the top down and arguably ugly with the finned top up. All things considered, the BMW 650i is lucky it didnít finish fifth."
    They are entitled to their opinion about everything, but my experience with my 650 convt. in the past 6 weeks since I got it is quite different regarding styling. The 650i gets far more compliments and thumbs up than any car I have ever owned. Last night I asked the five valets at a Boston restaurant what the hottest car they had seen recently was and they all said the M6 followed by the 650i convertible. This included Lambos, Astons, Bentleys, Ferraris and Porsches. They roundly disliked MB's of all models. Cadillacs and Jags were not even mentioned. Maybe C&D should do a bit more research before their next comparison article.

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    Re: Good Points

    After 2 years of owning a 645 Convertible, I continue to get positive comments on the car's styling, not to mention its handling capabilities. I think that C&D just don't get it and that they are writing opinions to sell the mag rather than honest evaluations with solid research.

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    Re: I Think C&D Got it Wrong

    driven both?

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    Re: 650 vs. SL550

    I read the C/D article with much suprise. While I do love my 645cic, I am aware that it does not handle anywhere nearly as crisp as an M3. I got to drive an M6, M5, M3 and M Coupe side by side by side a couple weeks ago at 6 series DE, and I came away with a new respect for the M3's handling.

    However, that said, the most incredible statement in the article was that the C/D editors considered the 6 to be unattractive. Considering the number of positive unsolicited comments I get out in the real world with my car, clearly they got that point wrong (subjective or not). That makes their credibility on the other issues suspect in my book.

    Only way to put this issue to bed is to drive a 550. Will have to do that soon...

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    Still . . . .

    Haven't had the pleasure of driving the Jag, which seems like a very, very nice car, indeed. One could do worse than to have one in their garage, that's for sure. My concern was with Jaguar's overall lack of quality control (even the C&D article noted this) and lack of relative power -- plus, I have to believe the 6 will hold more of its value than the Jag over time. I'm not dissing the Jag -- just stating my humble view that C&D got it wrong. Others are free to disagree. Having driven 3 of the cars that C&D tested and NEEDING a semi-useable back seat, however, I am 100% confident that I made an excellent decision to get a 650i Convertible. It's been a sheer joy to drive.

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    Maybe instead of trusting automotive testing to...

    magazines, we should just write reviews from valets. Afterall, they're the experts in how cars handle and perform from 0-10 mph!

    Anyway, 6's gets lot of compliments; at the same time the styling induces nausea in others (who are usually polite enough to keep their mouth shut). That's the result of a polarizing design--people love it or hate it. But claiming a successful design based on only those who speak up results in a very biased sampling. What's important, of course, is what YOU like. Those who think it's ugly can politely avert their eyes...

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    At least we hope that valets only know about 0 to

    10 mph! Perhaps the 650 conv. design is polarizing, but after nearly two months, I have received many unsolicited complements on the car, whch never happened with other cars I've owned. It may be that an equal number hate it but are just too polite to espress their view. I suppose that time will tell whether the design has enduring appeal. It is quite clear that many of BMW's design cues from the 650 have found their way into other makes. I can say from extensive experience with recent MB SL's and CL's that the 650 is a much more satisfying car to drive.

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    Re: 650 vs. SL550 - Update and quetion on SMG

    Took my wife to drive SL and 650, and her choice is 650 for price and back seat. As such, this is the leader right now.

    There was only one 650Ci for sale at my dealership, which is one of the larger BMW dealers on the east coast. My dealer told me the only reason that it was still sitting on showroom floor was because of SMG. She is urging me to get either manual or steptronic. When pushed further she states that people either love or hate SMG and I don't want to make a mistake. I know this is a controversial topic (I recall [Oops!] D traded his SMG in if I'm correct). Any thoughts would be again appreciated. Thanks for all the useful comments below. MRB

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