It's different. I find the "push a button on top" to engage "P" un-natural. I find pushing the lever towards the front of the car to go into reverse un-natural. However, putting "R" on the other side of "N" from "D" and having to depress the unlock button on the side to go there is a good dafety feature especially with essentially zero tactile feedback as to the position of the shifter.
Originally Posted by farg
Does anyone really like the electronic nature of the shifter? I have not orderd my X3 yet, but on my test drive(s) it drove both me and my wife nuts. Seems like it is something having been developed that no one really asked for.
Un-needed gadgetry IMHO. Someone educate me.........
I'll get used to it. Most of the time it's in "D". If I am shifting manually, then it's in manual mode and it works just like my '05 X3 - forward is downshift and back is upshift.
The shifter was not a deal breaker for me in terms of buying the car.
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