No problem with my 2005. I love the SMG. I can drive along and makes some calls with it in S5 mode or I can pull either paddle and go full manual at any time.
I bought it in Nov 07 and drove it from CA to Az mostly in S5 (or S6) mode and only really gave it a paddle workout on a very windy section of hiway in Nv near Las Vegas through the hills.
A bit of a chameleon. Sunday Cruiser or Pocket Racer.