I certainly hope it will be offerred with a manual! If not then I will not even consider it. The only reason my wife bought her X3 was because it is offerred with a manual. Otherwise she would probably have bought something else.
The DIYer BMW rant:
Cursed plastic impailor waterpumps, plastic bleeder screws, m20 timing belts, anti rattle clips, window regulators, CDV valves, digital odometer displays, evaporative emissions circuit, aux cooling fan, sunroof drains, heator cores, door seals, control modules, M62 cam covers and of course GM autos.... (more to come)