2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe Review

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"It has coupe-like style and grace in spades, but the 2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe also has a shocking price tag, yet still doesn't include many of the luxury and safety features you'd expect," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2010-2012 BMW Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 156,137 BMW vehicles from the 2010-2012 model years. The recalled models are the 2010-11 128i coupe and convertible; 328i xDrive sedan; 328i sedan, coupe, convertible and sports wagon; and Z4 sDrive 30i. Affected model-year 2011-12 vehicles are the 135i coupe and convertible, 335i sedan, X5 xDrive 35i and X6 xDrive 35i. Affected model-year 2011 vehicles are the 335i xDrive sedan, 335i coupe and convertible, 528i sedan, 535i sedan, 535i xDrive sedan, X3 xDrive 28i and X3 xDrive 35i. Affected model-year 2010 vehicles are the X3 xDrive 30i and X5 xDrive 30i. Affected model-year 2012 vehicles are the 2012 640i coupe and convertible. Model-year 2010-12 535i Gran Turismo vehicles are also part of the recall.

"In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline-six-cylinder engines not covered by this recall, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in its recall notice. 

The Problem: The bolts that secure the variable camshaft timing adjustment unit could become loose and may break. This could cause reduced engine power or the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash. BMW has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue, the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected bolts for free.

What Owners Should Do: BMW will notify owners starting in May. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Muscle Cars Top Most Stolen Sporty-Car List

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A trio of nameplates synonymous with American muscle — the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger — are also the strongest candidates to be swiped by auto thieves. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's new list of most stolen "sporty" vehicles, the iconic Detroit coupes raced to the front of the pack. The report is based on theft records from the National Crime Information Center and covers model-year 2010, 2011 and 2012 vehicles stolen between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.

The report breaks the cars into three classes: midsize, premium and compact. Sporty-vehicle thefts during the counting period numbered 3,780, with the midsize class dominating that total with 3,271, or 87 percent. Within the midsize class, the Camaro led with 1,509 thefts, followed by the Mustang (980) and the Challenger (782). Rounding out the top five was a mix of premium and compact models, including the Porsche Panamera, a premium car with 103 thefts; Audi A5/S5 (compact, 101); Chevrolet Corvette (premium, 69); Nissan 370Z (compact, 47); BMW 6 Series (premium, 45); Porsche 911 (premium, 24); and Volkswagen Eos (compact, 23).

By Matt Schmitz | October 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW 6 Series: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: The introduction of an M6 Gran Coupe; optional six-speed manual, carbon ceramic brakes and all-wheel drive on all non-M6 models
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: Early June
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? An expanded lineup, revised multimedia system and available all-wheel drive make the 2014 model pretty appealing.

With the 2014 model year comes the introduction of the M6 Gran Coupe along with a roster of new and expanded options for the returning members of BMW's 6 Series lineup. Set to launch June 5, the new high-performance, rear-wheel-drive M6 Gran Coupe, which debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will join 2014 versions of the 640i and 650i Gran Coupe, as well as 640i, 650i and M6 coupe and convertible models.

By Matt Schmitz | April 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 BMW M6 at Roebling Road Raceway: Photo Gallery

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The high-performance version of BMW's 6 Series sports coupe looks aggressive and has the powertrain chops to back it up. The 2013 M6's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 is good for 560 horsepower and, BMW claims, a zero-to-62-mph sprint of 4.2 seconds. Cars.com put those numbers to the test around the track at Roebling Road Raceway in Georgia.

Check out the Cars.com photographer Evan Sears' pictures below.  

By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2013 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 BMW 650 Gran Coupe

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Love at first sight is a tricky proposition: Others might treat you better, but this one's just so darn pretty. Such is the risk of handing your heart too hastily to the comely 2013 BMW 650 Gran Coupe. It looks like a great catch, but it handles more like the boat you were fishing on, Cars.com reviewer David Thomas says. Despite stunning looks, generous space, comfortable interior and abundant tech, the Gran Coupe's somewhat-oafish handling and delayed acceleration from a full stop make it hard to justify this pricey sport sedan over roomier, better-performing fish in the luxury sea.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2012 | Comments (1)

2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: Car Seat Check

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The 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a head-turner with its matte finish exterior and striking white leather interior. The fun continues under the hood: the swoopy four-door coupe's 445-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine offers pin-you-in-your-seat excitement. Putting two child safety seats in the back of the Gran Coupe was less than fun, however.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 30, 2012 | Comments (8)

Recall Alert: 2013 BMW M5 and M6

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BMW is recalling 696 model-year 2013 versions of the M5 and M6 coupes and convertibles due to problems with engine's oil pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from July 19 through Sept. 11 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb); a manufacturing defect could cause the oil pump's driveshaft to separate from the rotor. This could lead to a sudden loss of oil pressure and the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners later this month, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 5, 2012 | Comments (2)

What Does This Button Do?

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High-performance luxury cars like the 2012 BMW M6 never disappoint when it comes to providing a multitude of modes that manifest in perplexing buttons. But there are two curious buttons on the BMW M6’s steering wheel named M1 and M2 that appear to have some essential function because automakers don’t typically put useless buttons on the steering wheel — typically.

Someone at BMW might have been a Dr. Seuss fan when coming up with the buttons' names; they remind me of Thing 1 and Thing 2 from "The Cat in the Hat." Like the book characters, these buttons are useful. In this case, they help drivers when it comes to piloting this 560-horsepower luxury car.

Without them, the insane amount of adjustability of the M6’s dynamic systems is overwhelming.

By Joe Bruzek | August 21, 2012 | Comments (5)

Cars.com Reviews 2012 BMW M6 Convertible

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BMW's M brand has a special meaning for most automotive enthusiasts; the modified BMW models usually are the pinnacle of handling, power and braking that the automaker has to offer. The new 2012 BMW M6 certainly has the power, but its SUV-like weight makes it feel more like a touring vehicle and less a sports car, according to Cars.com Editor Mike Hanley.

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By Colin Bird | August 20, 2012 | Comments (1)

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