pkincy: you gotta think of the m3 smg as a manual with an automatic mode that is below average. I only use it if im on the phone or something like that. My wife loves it because she is used to driving a auto and not interested in driving a stick or even driving fast. If its in auto from what ive seen is it shifts about 3k to 3 1/2k. But its delayed. id rather drive in shift mode-2 than in auto. The thing i like about the M is that its still a
3 series its a jack of all trades. So if you want to just cruise you can and once you downshift and the tach hits 3k its a beast. i love it.