Thread: My 650xi Blog
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      01-17-2013, 11:41 PM   #95
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Originally Posted by southern6er22
Originally Posted by I Bleed BMW Viscous View Post
I have been reading all of your informative and entertaining post for the last week. I have been tossing around getting a nicely loaded 650i XDrive Cabriolet, with the M package such as yours, and had even considered adding an after market exhaust system to really hear the power, but my wife said why don't you just get the M6, since it really has everything you want...
I would've loved the M6, but at 22 State Farm would've been asking for a kidney, part of my liver, and anything else they could get out of me - and that is aside from the additional ~ $10k it would've cost to build an M6 to my specifications. I ultimately chose the 650xi because xDrive afforded me grippier handling and an additional electronic nanny to save my a$$ should I bite off more than I can chew

I'm going to be driving the M3, M5, and M6 tomorrow and Saturday at the Performance Center, and I'm going to try to put together a pretty good review (with M6 v. 650xi comparisons) in the next few days.

While I would love an M6, the 650xi is still a very capable and powerful car, particularly since mine will never make it to a track. I don't doubt that the M6 is objectively and subjectively superior (snowy conditions aside), but it just wasn't the right time for me right now.

Originally Posted by I Bleed BMW Viscous View Post
Southern, after all of the time you have taken to give us detailed info on the 650xi coupe, I feel you really have, "M" in your blood! I may be wrong, but it seems that your BMW affliction, was not learned... This is an inate quality that only few of us have... It would be great to have you over, on the Dark-Side if you will, and Eventually become part of the, "M" Lifetime Club. Because, once you go "M", you can't go back...

Yes the M6 Forum may experience a few crickets from time-to-time, but you have M Blood in your veins and may not know it. If anyone deserves an M product, I feel it would be you.
Thank you for the kind words. I was strongly considering becoming a part of the "///M Club" since I could've purchased an M5 for the same money as my 650xi or an M3 for $30k less. However, I fell in love with the F13, and the 650xi just made more sense for my daily driver:

M5 - sure, it's more practical and has a helluva lot more power, but I prefer the 6er's looks and exclusivity, I don't care about practicality, and the power would cost me on insurance.

M3 - I adore this car and my first test drive in it made me fall in love with BMW as a brand in addition to the M3. However, I wanted the luxury and the creature comforts of the 6er that the M3 just couldn't offer, and, as a daily driver, Nappa everything, HUD, and gadgets won out over the intoxicating performance of the M3.

Passing on the M5 was a very difficult choice when I realized that I could have near-M6 performance with a 650xi price tag, but (a) I am in love with the look of the F13, and (b) there are very few F12/13s where I live (I've only seen two others driving around, and sightings are very rare).

I think there is very little doubt that an ///M car is in my future. BMW has p!ssed me off with some of there decisions over the last year or so, but the good always outweighs the bad, and I don't see myself being pulled away from the brand anytime soon.

Originally Posted by I Bleed BMW Viscous View Post
Either way, I appreciate the time and effort you have taken to give us all a glimpse into your BMW Experience.
I'm always happy to help. These boards can be a priceless tool, and I like to think that I'm doing my part to educate others or at least provide some pretty, pretty pictures.

At the end of the day, I don't take all of this stuff too seriously. Buying these cars is serious business, but these forums aren't. If I can help guide someone on his build to make sure he is informed and without regret or get a laugh out of the conversations between members, then this forum has served its purpose.

Glad to be of service
Eloquently written as usual. You have once again verbalized what's on most of our minds regardless of which BMW model we drive or own.