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Old 01-14-2008, 07:11 PM
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SMG is made for performance, it shifts faster than manual and in 1/4 its faster to have a smg eventho that might not be your purpose, but thats why SMG is a option. Also, SMG and Steptronic or totally different, the SMG shifts way faster, even when compared to the new 335i which is a updated steptronice. I would take the SMG but for a daily driver i also would be lost in the choice.

Hey X5JAY, how does the 645 dive in Auto?
It drove pretty well in auto mode and it was definitely less clunky, but the clunk was still there. If that was normal, it would frustrate me for the life of the ownership. That said, after driving for a few minutes and figuring it out, I was able to drive it a lot more smoothly, but I had to think about what I was doing the whole time. I'm sure it would be more instinctive after a while. Although I probably didn't give it enough time to make a real sound judgment, at this point I have to agree w/Wag - I much prefer a real manual with a manual clutch.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:02 PM
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Jay, you're right that there is a learning curve with shifting smoothly with SMG. It is after all a manual transmission at heart. I'm sure you'd only get better at it.

I'm with Ryan though: imo, it would be much more enjoyable with a clutch pedal and manual shifter.
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Jay, you're right that there is a learning curve with shifting smoothly with SMG. It is after all a manual transmission at heart. I'm sure you'd only get better at it.

I'm with Ryan though: imo, it would be much more enjoyable with a clutch pedal and manual shifter.
nothing like 2-3 consecutive, well executed heel and toes at the track.. I got rid of the ferrari F1 in my Challenge Stradale which shifts a lot better than the SMGII or SMGIII and went straight to a manual in my F430... absolutely no regrets..
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nothing like 2-3 consecutive, well executed heel and toes at the track.. I got rid of the ferrari F1 in my Challenge Stradale which shifts a lot better than the SMGII or SMGIII and went straight to a manual in my F430... absolutely no regrets..
As Adam once told me.. heel-toe'ng, it's good for the soul.
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nothing like 2-3 consecutive, well executed heel and toes at the track.. I got rid of the ferrari F1 in my Challenge Stradale which shifts a lot better than the SMGII or SMGIII and went straight to a manual in my F430... absolutely no regrets..
Case & point...
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I agree I would go 6 speed all the way, but what's the dilio with the sunroof only tilting and not sliding is this normal on a 6?
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I agree I would go 6 speed all the way, but what's the dilio with the sunroof only tilting and not sliding is this normal on a 6?
Where would you like it to go, 3/4 of the roof is glass

If it were to retract it would have to hang off the car.
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Wait till DCT shows up in non-//M cars.
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Where would you like it to go, 3/4 of the roof is glass

If it were to retract it would have to hang off the car.

Good point...
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:20 PM
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Wait till DCT shows up in non-//M cars.
Oh that should be real cheap to fix when it breaks
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