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Old 02-24-2011, 12:09 PM
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Location: Lorena & San Antonio, TX
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Mein Auto: 2007 X3 (MT)
Originally Posted by ubermax View Post
does anyone with a MT wish 1st gear had a wider range ? many times when I leave the blocks at a light I get automatics immediately on my tail ! if the roadway after the light puts me in the "breakdown" lane I'm fine and I just stay there and let everyone pass , but if it's the Indy lane I end up rushing through the gears or do a right signal back to the "breakdown" which can be tricky with rush hour traffic :-) !!!!!!
I had the same kind of reaction to the gearing when I first got my X3; seemed to me that 1st was too much of a "granny gear" for the vehicle.

But, as others have pointed out, you can start in 2nd pretty readily, and reserve 1st for steep hills, poor traction, or towing (should you elect to do so with your X3). In retrospect, BMW seems to have covered the widest range of contingencies with the gearing.

X3 w/6-speed & Sport Package:
A sports sedan disguised as an SUV...
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