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: Must I Order Shift Paddles to Drive in Automatic, Sport Mode?

12-18-2010, 03:08 PM
I have Shift Paddles on my steering wheel in my current 2008 535i Steptronic Automatic but never use them. I do, however, enjoy driving in Sport Mode when I am on the highway as I find it gives me greater acceleration.

Question: Must I order the shift paddle option (that I do not use) on my new 535i to be able to drive in Sport Mode with a Steptronic Automatic transmission ??? It's $ 500 option, that if I do not need, I prefer not to have to pay for. My dealer says yes--would like to hear from some of you on this wonderful forum.


12-18-2010, 03:16 PM
The Sport Automatic Transmission option is substantially more than paddle shifters. The general consensus by those that have SAT is that if you value car performance that it is worth it for the increased transmission performance.

12-18-2010, 03:22 PM
The short answer is no, the standard 8 speed automatic transmission has a sport mode which raises shift points.

12-18-2010, 03:27 PM
Thanks, but I am still confused. On, it states 2 options:

1. Steptronic Automatic Transmission = 8 speed automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes and Adaptive Transmission Control.

2. Sport Automatic Transmission with Shift Paddles = 8 Speed Automatic Transmission wih Adaptive Transmission Control provides extremely fast synchronized shifting in either the Automatic Shift Mode or the race inspired steering wheel mounted shift paddles.

I do not drive manual at all. I never use the shift paddles on the steering wheel--so the question is will I be able to drive in automatic and sport mode if I go with Steptronic (option 1 above) only?...also, not sure if this effects the answer to my question by I am ordering the car with the M-Package.

Thanks again

12-18-2010, 03:35 PM
Sport mode in option 1 does not = sport mode in option 2. The latter provides faster shifting and throttle response as well as tighter steering.

12-18-2010, 03:40 PM
So it sounds as though the general consensus is I should pay for this shift paddle option. Even though I find the shift paddles to be an eye sore and will never use them, I will see better performance (i.e. including smoother and faster acceleration) when I drive in Sport Mode because of this option and it is well worth the $500 investment.

Please advise, if otherwise....this is the final option I need to nail down before asking my CA to run some numbers.

Many thanks again.

12-18-2010, 03:46 PM
We told you what this option does (the result will indeed be a better acceleration and changed steering feel), whether it's right for you is your choice.

12-18-2010, 04:37 PM
You can drive in sport mode without it (higher shift points). What you lose by not having it is paddles, much better steering wheel, and most importantly faster shifting of the transmission. That's it, end of case. No more discussion. If you don't understand then get a KIA.

12-18-2010, 06:41 PM
I would say order it for $500. It is worth it especially you keep the car for long. The $500 will spread out like nothing.

If you regret not ordering it later, you will never get it afterwards.