X3: Manual or Steptronic
I am seriously thinking about trading in my '01 325XI for an X3 2.5. I am scheduled to test drive the X3 this weekend. Despite living in NYC, I have driven manual cars for the last 25 years and I really, really prefer them. I passed on the Steptronic when I got my 325XI and have no regrets, however, this steptronic transmission in the X3 seems really tempting. Then again a 6 speed manual is also quite enticing as well. Given my preference for manual, would there be an advantage to getting the steptronic automatic?Is shifting in a steptronic pretty similar in feel to a manual? Has anyone test driven both transmissions in an X3. Does the car perform better or ride any differently with manual. Does the manual transmission perform well in a vehicle weighing 4000 lbs??
Any information would be greatly appreciated since, as you can see, I am really having trouble making a decision on the transmission.