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Boompa 04-01-2012 07:07 PM

Holy BatCrap! NOW I get it!
 
I posted my first post earlier in a thread about hating the SMG transmission- and I stand by what I said, but...

Having just picked the car up yesterday from Mecum and driving it home, then driving it around for 50 miles last night I was frankly VERY disappointed in my purchase. :rolleyes:

BUT THEN.... I waded through the freaking manual this afternoon and learned to program all the various buttons- specifically through the magical "M button" on the steering wheel.

DAMN!

I've owned a LOT of fast cars from 447 Hp Cobra Replicas to 500HP Vettes to 911s and more. But ZOWIE! :yikes::yikes::yikes:

When you crank up all the various software settings and punch the M Button it's like the car changes from clunky, hard-shifting Camry to freaking Supercar in one moment.

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

NOW I get it! Voila! :thumbup:

(Note- STILL hate the way the SMG shifts around town in normal mode though!) :mad:

pryoslice 04-02-2012 01:58 PM

I hear you
 
Just got mine and I have the same feeling. I'm hoping it's just something you get used in normal driving. I'm trying to keep shifting manually for the most part.

RodgerLogan 05-20-2012 10:54 AM

I just bought my '07 M5 from a BMW dealer, trading in my X5 Diesel. Fortunately the GM of the dealership is an M fanatic and owner. He took me for a detailed test drive explaining the various nuances of "everyday" v "M" driving. You will learn to shift smoothly in "granny" mode. My wife loves it. Another post extolled the high RPM nature of the V10. This ride does not come on until you're past 5000. If I'm on the interstate and need to perform an aggressive pass from 65 or so, I drop it into third and let 'r rip! You wanna smoke the tires? (not economically recommended) Select program 7 in "M" mode, available only if you deselect DSC. Hold onto your hat and advise your passenger to prepare for a change of briefs!

TMACM5 05-20-2012 01:20 PM

I am glad you figured it out, I still feel the SMG is perfectly matched with this car. I love stick shift as much as the next car fan but this car is built to have the SMG tranny! Enjoy it!

Frisco1 06-19-2012 06:50 PM

New Owner
 
2006 M5..54k miles..just picked up last Friday..Man I freaking love this car.******ing my self in the Ass for not buying one sooner..Some issues..I really could use some positive feedback on..when stopped on a slight incline in drive..the car free rolls forward and or back depending on the slope..is this "normal"..second issue...Siruis radio wil not activate..spent 3 hours over the weekend with Sirius "Tech" clearing and receiving signals..no luck..any help ?..Thanks in advance..look forward to some great conversations with equally stoked Owners...J

RodgerLogan 06-19-2012 09:50 PM

I feel the love! I got my 2007 a month ago. On the "creeping" , presuming yours has the SMG tranny, remember, it is a stick without a clutch pedal. Therefore, at a stop with no pressure on the gas pedal, the clutch is disengaged and the car will roll. Your foot needs to be on the brake. DO NOT get in the habit of adding a little gas to engage the clutch to prevent roll, this will prematurely wear out the clutch just like it would if you "ride" the clutch pedal in a conventional stick shift. The car has a feature which prevents it from rolling on a slope for about one second while you transfer your foot from the brake to the gas when it's time to go. In regard to SiriusXM, I had the "remnants" of the previous owners subscription for about two weeks. Just enough to get me hooked. When I stopped receiving it, I called Sirius and opened an account with no problem. Make sure you have the correct serial number to give the folks at Sirius. Failing that, I'd take it to a BMW dealer for assistance. I've had great luck with our local dealer on minor issues resolved at no cost.

Frisco1 06-20-2012 01:36 PM

Smg
 
Rodger..Thanks for the response and intel on the SMG..was starting to think I was about to experience and "IED" in my tranny !..Copy that on the brake pedal at stop, and porential to overheat and cook the clutch...Visiting an Authorized BMW shop tomorrow for a scan/ diagnostic/ flash "intel mission"...confident they will fix my Sirius coms issue..Any experience with AMSOIL in the SMG ?..I have experienced superior benefits with AMSOIL in all my vehicles, including my 1992 Quaker State Thunderbird NASCAR..750 HP race motor with 50 hours of track time..upon tear down / inspection..my engine builder quoted " I don't know what kind of oil you run ?..but in 40 years of building Race motors..I have never seen one in this great a condition..minimal wear signs on crank mains and rod bearings!"...My Bimmer guy is pushing Castrol synthetic..I want to use AMSOIL..any advise would be appreciated..thanks again..good luck...Frisco

RodgerLogan 06-20-2012 03:17 PM

I too have used AMSOIL in the past in my ski boats. I've heard nothing about its use in the V10. I'm only familiar with the Castrol 10W-60 and the Liqui Moly.

Frisco1 06-20-2012 06:36 PM

Oil
 
Rodger,,Thanks again..Frisco

ProRail 06-20-2012 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boompa (Post 6743000)
I posted my first post earlier in a thread about hating the SMG transmission- and I stand by what I said, but...

Having just picked the car up yesterday from Mecum and driving it home, then driving it around for 50 miles last night I was frankly VERY disappointed in my purchase. :rolleyes:

BUT THEN.... I waded through the freaking manual this afternoon and learned to program all the various buttons- specifically through the magical "M button" on the steering wheel.

DAMN!

I've owned a LOT of fast cars from 447 Hp Cobra Replicas to 500HP Vettes to 911s and more. But ZOWIE! :yikes::yikes::yikes:

When you crank up all the various software settings and punch the M Button it's like the car changes from clunky, hard-shifting Camry to freaking Supercar in one moment.

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

NOW I get it! Voila! :thumbup:

(Note- STILL hate the way the SMG shifts around town in normal mode though!) :mad:

If you buy a BMW, or any German car, and do not read the manual, you are missing about half of what the car has to offer.

Frisco1 06-21-2012 06:38 AM

Supercar
 
Copy that..the Performance is awesome,,,engineering equally brilliant..plus the looks you get on the Freeway when just cruising along at 80 MPH..priceless !..There are others who know the cars abilities and still in the dream stage like I was before buying..hope they find the thrill...This Forum has been a great source too..maybe the BMW enthusiast's commitment to share the experience ?..Thx..Frisco


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