A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW 6-Series

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With an eye-catching restyled exterior that still boasts the basic signature grille shape, the 2012 6-Series is packed with modern features while maintaining its classic image and top-of-the-line performance.

Key Features

  • 4-way adjustable suspension
  • BMW apps – interface with your iPhone to control Pandora and social media apps
  • 10.2” display
  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors

Changes This Model Year

New features for the 2012 series include a restyled dashboard with built-in iDrive infotainment system, available all-wheel drive, and a 6-cylinder turbo-powered engine.

What We Like

The features and technology packed into this model for the price and class – plus the attention-getting sporty exterior – will definitely captivate your senses. The trunk is roomy and the soft top on the convertible not only moves fast but doesn’t eat up cargo space.

What Concerns Us

Some of the smaller models in this class have a sportier driving feel, and the interior could have a more luxurious touch.

Available Models

Coupe 2D 640i:

  • 3.0L 6-cylinder turbo 8-speed automatic, 315 HP, 332 lb.-ft. torque, 23/33 mpg

Coupe 2D 650i:

  • 4.4L V8 twin turbo 6-speed manual, 400 HP, 450 lb.-ft. torque, 15/22 mpg

Coupe 2D 650xi AWD:

  • 4.4L V8 twin turbo AWD 8-speed automatic, 400 HP, 450 lb.-ft. torque, 15/20 mpg

Convertible 2D 640i:

  • 3.0L 6-cylinder turbo 8-speed automatic, 315 HP, 332 lb.-ft. torque, 21/31 mpg

Convertible 2D 650i:

  • 4.4L V8 twin turbo 6-speed manual, 400 HP, 450 lb.-ft. torque, 15/22 mpg

Convertible 2D 650xi AWD:

  • 4.4L V8 twin turbo AWD 8-speed automatic, 400 HP, 450 lb.-ft. torque, 15/20 mpg

Major Recalls

In April of 2012 the 6-Series convertible with 8-cylinder engine was recalled due to the possibility of the electric auxiliary water pump circuit board overheating, creating the potential for smoldering or fire in the engine compartment or cabin. BMW offered free replacement of the water pump and involved parts.

Common Issues

While most reviews on the 6-Series are glowing, there have been some complaints of the computer system going out repeatedly, as well as the car burning an excessive amount of oil, even when purchased brand new. In one very odd complaint, a driver was traveling on the highway in a thunderstorm when a bolt of lightning hit the grass near the area where the car was traveling. Most of the 650i’s systems immediately failed, including the engine. Upon repair, no parts showed any sign of electrical damage or melting.

BMW 6-Series 2012 Interior


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