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E46 M3 (2001-2006)

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Old 10-14-2010, 02:39 PM
Scargo Scargo is offline
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Location: N-E USA
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Mein Auto: 2013 Prius v Five
I got to where I had mastered driving it, but my wife hated it for how it shifted. She drove it once... in S3.
I loved it in S5 (or manually), sport mode and traction control off, except for the occasional "hit from the rear end" stop (or the occasional buck). I mean, really, should a serious sports car, with all this engineering... buck? I didn't want to have to let up and start over! Sometimes I couldn't floor it. I could start off gently and it not buck, but come on!

My car was an absolutely pristine woman's car and had 22K when I bought it, almost a year ago; 24K when I sold it to my stepson! I couldn't bring myself to race it.

I had the software update done about a month ago, but I haven't driven it since it was done.... that was when I sold it. My stepson picked it up from the dealership. I asked him how it drove, but got no real feedback. He is not knowledgeable; he doesn't know jack about cars and he has not complained.

Look at that S car go! Before the M3... before the STi.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:33 PM
kuzb kuzb is offline
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Location: Vancouver Island
Join Date: Oct 2010
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Mein Auto: 2005 e46 ///M3
Originally Posted by rruiter View Post
Long shift period between shifts ?
SMG has a learning curve to drive. It doesn't just happen. You kind of need to learn what the car does in what situations and then you are able to get the max out of it. Smooth when cruising around and rapidly fast when in a hurry.

This person is correct. There is also an adjustment for the SMG driving program which changes how fast the shift occurs (it's a button located just underneath the shifter). Higher values will give you more aggressive shifting and a sportier driving experience.

Whether or not someone likes SMG is sort of up to them. Some people love it, other people hate it. I find it's a little sluggish off the line compared to a regular MT, but will outshift the regular MT when you get going. My opinion is that there is actually very little difference overall.
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:05 AM
gladie_m gladie_m is offline
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Mein Auto: M3 E46 2003
Everything good so far with mine, ....
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