Some of you might know that recently I have been looking for a new car to replace the love of my life my Mercedes SL55 AMG. The time was coming up on my lease and of course I had no clue what I wanted to get and what would be good for me to drive on a daily basis. I already know I am addicted to the convertible part of my SL55 and having a drop top is pretty much a must at this point. I started looking at a few Lamborhini Galardo Spyder’s, than jumped to looking at the new Mercedes SL63 AMG. The Lamborghini became a concern the more that I thought about it, first off I would have most likely purchased it as opposed to leasing it, which changes everything for me because I don’t usually keep cars much longer than 3 years, as a matter of fact there’s very few cars I have owned that I kept for more than 2 years. With the Lamborghini not being a great daily driver and not wanting to own it for a long period of time I decided I might as well keep my focus on something like the SL where I know I can drive it daily and still be confortable.
Lokey Mercedes let me drive the SL63 overnight to see how I liked it, of course it’s a beast with over 500HP and a different sounding exhaust than my current SL55. As for the power difference between my SL55 and the new SL63 it’s like two completly different automobiles. After driving the Mercedes I still felt like I wanted to look around a little bit and see if ther was anything else out there that was close to the SL and that I liked asmuch as the SL. This search took me to the BMW dealer on US19 in Palm Harbor, a place I have been so many times before and a place I usually can’tstand going to.
The first day I stopped by the BMW dealer to see the BWM M6 Convertible I ended up meeting up with a salesman, I won’t mention his name to save him the embarassment. I will say nothing pisses me off more than when you go to a place (especially like Mercedes or BMW) and the service sucks, even more aggrivating than that is when the “Salesman” doesn’t know about their own products that they are trying to sell. That was the case at BMW, plain and simple the salesman may very well have never even seen an M6 nevermind knowing something about it to sell it. Simple stuff, “How many horsepower?“…… Response “I think it has over 500.” Maybe im being a prick but let’s be serious, the Bmw M6 is suppose to be the cats meow for BMW, why wouldn’t you have your people trained on the shit so they don’t look like effin idiots.
Let’s jump ahead a little bit to this week, I decide to call and schedule atest drive of the M6 convertible it was the only way I was going to really know if the M6 had what I was looking for. Lucky for me I end up with the same sales rep, even though my appointment was scheduled ahead of time it still took about 30 minutes before we actually got in the car to do the test drive. The entire time I test drove this car, Mr.Happy the salesman just kept yappin about how it’s a great car, he didn’t know anything about the car except for the fatc that he thought it was… “A great car.” The price of the BWM was about $30,000 less than the SL65and it didn’t take long to figure out why. There’s wasn’t really anything I can pick out about the BMW M6 that I actually liked, I hated how it shifted.. especially through first and second. It was sluggish to me, or at least it seemedmuch slower than my Sl55 which is a couple of years older. I explained to the salesman time and time again how I thought something was wrong with the car and that it didn’t shift right. At one point I even told him flat out,”I hate this car I would never buy itif this is trully how it’s suppose to drive.”
After the test drive was over the salesman really had no answers as to why the drive sucked or why it shifted so hard or why a $118,000 car with “OVER 500HP” drove like it barely had 400hp. Slappy decided to grab someone else that workedat BMW to go over the car and answer myquestions about the lack of speed, etc. This guy def. new what he was talking about and was able to take me through the 10 steps it took to get the car to actually perform like it had 500hp under the hood.
When it came down to it I decided to go back to Mercedes Benz and get the SL63 AMG that I drove aweek earlier. As much as the BMW owners will piss and moan and cry that Im outof my mind, thats all fine and dandy I am out of my mind. Bottomline is if you have ever driven even a 2005 SL55 AMG than jumped into the BMW M6 Convertible you will be left wanting to jump back in the SL55. The fact of the matter is after driving both the BMW M6 doesn’t even come close to the Mercedes SL63AMG. The AMG performs like a beast without pushing 20 different buttons or spinning some stupid ass wheel on the console. I can change my radio stations without any effort at all in the SL not to mention the iPod docking station, meanwhile if you drive the M6 you need a passenger to navigate through the shit. My salesman at Mercedes isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread either, it’s a good thing that Mercedes made their car to a standard where it could sell itself. Can’t say the same for the BMW.