2007 BMW 650 - Coupe
Cons: Fuel Economy
Advice: If you have the moneyWhen I first went to test drive this car I was amazed by how little justice a picture could do to it. I already thought it was gorgeous when I saw the photos on BMW's website, but when I saw it in person, my jaw dropped. It is simply stunning. The powerful engine and excellent handling sealed the deal, and a few minutes and 90K later, this car was mine. The ride is amazingly quiet, and the only thing I can compare the acceleration to is lightspeed in Star Wars. The car sits for about a tenth of a second, and then just jolts foward. It is very easy to be going 90 without realizing you are breaking the speedlimit. I couldn't ask for a better performing car that looks better.
2007 BMW Z4 - 3.0i Roadster
Pros: Putting it into Sports Drive
Cons: Brake dust colleting on the wheels
Advice: Make sure you get the Sports Package and Ride Flat TiresI have been driving fast cars since 1971. My first was a Dodge Charger (68-383). It was great since I lived in West Texas with plenty of highways and back roads. Its only flaw was taking corners. But, I joined the Army and was sent to Germany in 1979. I bought a 3.0 3-two barrel carb BMW Sports Coupe, it would beat a corvette in those days. Since then I have tried other spot cars. But, they just don't have that flair. Some are faster like the new GM Sky Red Liner - Looks compaired to other Roadsters, eh up to you :-) The RX 8 is also fast, the Camaro will blow past you. The Mercedez is well, a Merc a very classy car and well built. If you got the money go for it. But, I just love my Z4 - the 10 speaker Hardin-Kardmon serieo system. The way the front windshild is designed so the wind will not blow off your hat (over 80mph). You sit back with outstanding sound - low wind - quick responce - and SMOOTH ride. This car is just SWEET, outstanding BMW quality.
2007 BMW M5 - Base
Pros: Heads up display
Cons: Too many things to list
Advice: Look somewhere elseBuyer beware: There’s a reason for all those mediocre reviews out there in the automotive press. In truth, many of the reviews sound as though the writers think even less of the car than what they actually write, but are reluctant to bash a car with the reputation of the M5. Well that reputation was built from the first three US models. This one is fundamentally different. This is a Mercedes posing as a BMW. Its all about speed and comfort and lacks the handling of the earlier cars. Its very heavy and you feel every pound. It about cruising; not about flogging down a twisty road in the countryside. You feel disconnected from the road, there is no sense of immediacy on turn in. Every bit of feedback is filtered through a layer of electronics. This is my fourth M car and the first one I am really disappointed in.
2007 BMW 650 - Convertible
Pros: The seamless intigration of technology and style.
Cons: Gas mileage. But in order to go you gotta give.
Advice: Don't test drive it unless you have a healthy budget.. :-)The local BMW dealer wisely got me to drive one home for the night... i didn't want to give it back the next day. It really is a drivers car. The 650i becomes an extension of the person behind the wheel. Some cars are what you see, the 650i is more than meets the eyes. It surprises me every day. I love it.
2006 BMW M3 - Coupe
Pros: Amazing power and handling.
Cons: Bit bumpy on bad roads (know the bad ones and stay off them, no big deal)
Advice: Get the Dinan racing software installed.The M3 is far above and beyond all my expectations. Be sure to get the Dinan racing chip installed, once you do this the acceleration and throttle response will blow you away. I was able to get up to 184 mph and it still felt comfortable. I know the saying is overused, but it corners like its on rails. Pick one up if you can, it will take you for the ride of your life.
2006 BMW M3 - Coupe
Pros: the engine
Advice: life is shortA fabulous machine. The competition package is worth every penny. The nav system is extremely helpful on a trip. The SMG transmission is a hoot and my wife and kids can drive, too. The 333 horses under the hood are always ready to run. My 2 children can fit into the back if needed. A dream car that works for me.
2003 BMW Z4 - 3.0i (M6)
Pros: Insulated soft-top
Cons: ground clearance of front end
Advice: You will scrap the front of this car when parkingI love how this car handles. It starts off the line very quickly. Even when not intentionally driving aggressively, you'll leave most cars a quarter mile behind you or further, it just accelerates that quickly. It is truely glued to the road, I haven't chirped the tires yet. It's a fairly comfortable ride, though over longer distances it can get a little uncomfortable. There isn't enough leg room for the 6 footers out there. However, I drive it on 250 mile trips quite frequently and its doable, so for a weekend get away car, its great. Plus, if you hit those mountain roads, with the top down, the view plus the handling, just can't be beat.