2006 BMW 650

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Key Specs

of the 2006 BMW 650. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Stylish appearance
  • Heritage
  • Performance potential
  • RWD handling and stability
  • Power glass rear window in convertible

The Bad

  • Minimal backseat space
  • Jittery ride at times
  • Fuel economy
  • Price

Notable Features of the 2006 BMW 650

  • New 4.8-liter V-8 for 2006
  • Manual, automatic or sequential manual
  • Lightweight construction
  • Dynamic Driving Control
  • Run-flat 18- or 19-inch tires

2006 BMW 650 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
BMW reintroduced the 6 Series to the U.S. market in coupe and convertible forms for 2004. The luxury sport two-doors were related to the company's 5 Series sedan.

For 2006, the 6 Series uses a new 360-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 and is now badged 650. All models now have an engine start/stop button. The standard Dynamic Stability Control system gains brake-fade compensation, brake standby, brake drying and a start-off assist feature.

Lightweight construction makes ample use of aluminum and composite materials. Dynamic Driving Control is standard. At the touch of a button, the two-level system alters steering and allows the transmission to hold gears longer.


Exterior
Exhibiting what BMW calls classic proportions, the coupe is long, low and wide and features a sculptured power dome hood. Set back on the chassis, the passenger compartment has a low roofline. A large, tilting panorama glass roof is standard on coupes.

An all-aluminum suspension minimizes unsprung weight. Convertibles have a vertical glass rear window that powers up and down and serves as a wind blocker when the top is down. Standard adaptive headlights swivel to illuminate curvy roads.

Park Distance Control, Active Roll Stabilization and 18-inch run-flat tires are standard. Active Cruise Control and Active Steering, which varies the degree to which the front wheels turn, are optional.


Interior
Up to four occupants can fit inside the 2+2 coupe and the convertible. With BMW's iDrive system, a conso...
Vehicle Overview
BMW reintroduced the 6 Series to the U.S. market in coupe and convertible forms for 2004. The luxury sport two-doors were related to the company's 5 Series sedan.

For 2006, the 6 Series uses a new 360-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 and is now badged 650. All models now have an engine start/stop button. The standard Dynamic Stability Control system gains brake-fade compensation, brake standby, brake drying and a start-off assist feature.

Lightweight construction makes ample use of aluminum and composite materials. Dynamic Driving Control is standard. At the touch of a button, the two-level system alters steering and allows the transmission to hold gears longer.


Exterior
Exhibiting what BMW calls classic proportions, the coupe is long, low and wide and features a sculptured power dome hood. Set back on the chassis, the passenger compartment has a low roofline. A large, tilting panorama glass roof is standard on coupes.

An all-aluminum suspension minimizes unsprung weight. Convertibles have a vertical glass rear window that powers up and down and serves as a wind blocker when the top is down. Standard adaptive headlights swivel to illuminate curvy roads.

Park Distance Control, Active Roll Stabilization and 18-inch run-flat tires are standard. Active Cruise Control and Active Steering, which varies the degree to which the front wheels turn, are optional.


Interior
Up to four occupants can fit inside the 2+2 coupe and the convertible. With BMW's iDrive system, a console knob controls multiple comfort and convenience functions. Heated front seats, Sirius Satellite Radio and a Logic7 audio system are optional.

Under the Hood
The 650's 4.8-liter V-8 produces 360 hp and 360 pounds-feet of torque. Three six-speed transmissions are offered: manual, automatic with a manual-shift provision and BMW's Sequential Manual Gearbox, which incorporates a selector lever and shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Safety
BMW's Head Protection System in coupes combines inflatable tubular elements with a stabilizing sail for increased protection. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. Convertibles are fitted with roll bars that deploy in an emergency.

Driving Impressions
Like most BMWs, the 6 Series is a serious driver's car. The suspensions are sufficiently taut, and occupants may experience a jittery sensation while traversing certain surfaces. This excess motion doesn't really result in a harsh ride, and it's a small price to pay for such superior control.

The seats are satisfyingly supportive, snugly bolstered and more comfortable than their firm cushions suggest. Backseat space is nearly nonexistent when the front seats are moved rearward. Visibility in the coupe is acceptable, but the mirrors could be larger and the B-pillars and tapered rear quarter glass impose some limits. BMW's iDrive system is technically innovative, yet it's sure to annoy some drivers.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Excellent car

by Charka from New Zealand on October 15, 2018

I have owned several euros and not so euro cars newer and older, and still own a 650 i gran coupe. Though the e63 is now 12 years old, it is still a feel good car, just love driving it, great on long ... Read full review

(4.0)

Most fun driving Ever!

by Amp from Newport Beach, CA on January 2, 2018

The 650 is the most fun driving BMW I've owned. I've had 5's and 7's and this is the best handling and comfortable of them all. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 BMW 650 currently has 6 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 650 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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