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Old 11-26-2013, 07:58 AM
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Considering M6. SMG Questions....

Hey guys, I did a search for Manual vs SMG and came up short on here. I am on several other forums for other hobbies and I know how this works. Please do not blast me for not doing a search.

I am considering an M6, but have l have VERY limited knowledge of these cars. I test drove an SL55 AMG two weeks ago, and I test drove an M6 last night. I loved the car except the lag between shifts with the SMG. Just before returning the car to the dealer, I redlined it and shifted it into second. It went in right away with no lag. Any other way, had a very pronounced lag/pause before engaging to the next gear. Babying it does it, and even driving half or 3/4 throttle does it. Keeping my foot on the gas constant, still results in a drop in RPM's before an upshift, regardless of being in "D", or using it in the sport/manual mode with the paddles. The dealer told me this is totally normal and the way it is designed. I watched some you tube videos and it seems that is consistent with the way the ones on there shift as well.

So my question is this -Is this something I will learn to love, or is it something that is going to annoy me to a point that I end up selling the car? Also, is there a programmer or anything that will cut down on this? I had the transmission adjustment (rocker button below the shifter with 6 levels of adjustment) turned all the way up to 6, AND had the POWER button turned on.

I just found that lag between shifts really strange and do not know if it is going to be a deal breaker. I found a coupe with 42k for $38,000 and I like everything about it other than that shifting deal. I considered a 6 speed manual, but I am likely to beat the balls off it if I get a stick. More importantly, they are near impossible to find in a reasonable distance in a coupe. There is one available in a convertible, but I really like the coupe better.

Thank you guys for any help. I know I am a newb on here, but I owned a 5 spd 3281s brand new in 97, and I am no stranger to high end cars of other brands.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:25 AM
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Hey guys, I did a search for Manual vs SMG and came up short on here. I am on several other forums for other hobbies and I know how this works. Please do not blast me for not doing a search.

I am considering an M6, but have l have VERY limited knowledge of these cars. I test drove an SL55 AMG two weeks ago, and I test drove an M6 last night. I loved the car except the lag between shifts with the SMG. Just before returning the car to the dealer, I redlined it and shifted it into second. It went in right away with no lag. Any other way, had a very pronounced lag/pause before engaging to the next gear. Babying it does it, and even driving half or 3/4 throttle does it. Keeping my foot on the gas constant, still results in a drop in RPM's before an upshift, regardless of being in "D", or using it in the sport/manual mode with the paddles. The dealer told me this is totally normal and the way it is designed. I watched some you tube videos and it seems that is consistent with the way the ones on there shift as well.

So my question is this -Is this something I will learn to love, or is it something that is going to annoy me to a point that I end up selling the car? Also, is there a programmer or anything that will cut down on this? I had the transmission adjustment (rocker button below the shifter with 6 levels of adjustment) turned all the way up to 6, AND had the POWER button turned on.

I just found that lag between shifts really strange and do not know if it is going to be a deal breaker. I found a coupe with 42k for $38,000 and I like everything about it other than that shifting deal. I considered a 6 speed manual, but I am likely to beat the balls off it if I get a stick. More importantly, they are near impossible to find in a reasonable distance in a coupe. There is one available in a convertible, but I really like the coupe better.

Thank you guys for any help. I know I am a newb on here, but I owned a 5 spd 3281s brand new in 97, and I am no stranger to high end cars of other brands.
The SMG is a ****ty transmission. That's really the only way to put it. And when it goes, (which it will, many times under 100K miles) it is EXPENSIVE to replace.

Remember, you're still buying a car that was $120K at one point, so the maintenance will be the same, if not even worse.

If you're going to by an E63 M6, get a manual. DO NOT buy an SMG.

And remember, it's always easier/cheaper to replace a clutch than a whole tranny.

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Old 11-29-2013, 10:57 PM
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Re: Considering M6. SMG Questions....

I have an '07 M6 110k with a rebuilt trani @ 107k. I hated the smg @ first but I love this car so much I have actually learned to drive it well. In coping with the smg I had to remember what my dad (an old car guy) used to say, "It all depends on how you look at it". So every time I think about the smg I tell myself that the car shifts slow because it is so powerful that it wants to make sure you are certain that you are ready to shift. If it were to shift any faster then you might rear end someone. If you want quicker shifts then step on the gas. Then the car will know that you are sure. I see it as more of an advantage than not because you can control shifts with the throttle. By giving you the lag between shifts and the power to control it, you actually end up with more range, if that make any sense. The smg is great because no matter how much you dislike, it is still faster than a clutch. One thing, you have to keep the rpm' s high and the trani will reward you with faster shifts. That sealed the deal for me because when I get run up on by a C7 Vette, even though statistics say he can do 0-60 in the low 4's, he' d better be good or the time he will burn from having his foot on the clutch will be remembered long after the brake dust settles. This to me is worth the smg's weight in metal. Plus the interior looks way more sophisticated than a stick.

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Old 01-13-2014, 11:43 AM
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I'm soooooo confused!

What to do??

I WANT an E60 M5 SMG!

I dream of paddle shifting on the open road listening to that V10 scream

BUT

The SMG "issues" scare the hell out of me. I really dont want to buy the car and have all of these high cost failures hanging over me head.

My other solution was to pick up an E60 535i and mod it up to the 400hp region but those are prone to HPFP and injector issues.

I've had enough with my N62 issues

What ever i do im gonna have to pick out a reliable warranty company for at least a little piece of mind

REALLY WANT THAT M5 though....
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I'm soooooo confused!

What to do??

I WANT an E60 M5 SMG!

I dream of paddle shifting on the open road listening to that V10 scream

BUT

The SMG "issues" scare the hell out of me. I really dont want to buy the car and have all of these high cost failures hanging over me head.

My other solution was to pick up an E60 535i and mod it up to the 400hp region but those are prone to HPFP and injector issues.

I've had enough with my N62 issues

What ever i do im gonna have to pick out a reliable warranty company for at least a little piece of mind

REALLY WANT THAT M5 though....
No amount of modding can replace that beautiful S85...


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Old 01-30-2014, 07:29 PM
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Ok just bought a 2008 M6 with a manual. I wanted the SMG. I drove it. Seemed ok. I went to a BMW mechanic and he scared me out of the SMG. Unless you know that it was replaced or you have $6,000-$7,000 to replace it, I would stay away from it. He said that BMW knows the problem and is not sure if it is a time related issue or mileage. That is why they changed to the new double clutch. Much better. I love the car


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Old 01-30-2014, 07:31 PM
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Ok just bought a 2008 M6 with a manual. I wanted the SMG. I drove it. Seemed ok. I went to a BMW mechanic and he scared me out of the SMG. Unless you know that it was replaced or you have $6,000-$7,000 to replace it, I would stay away from it. He said that BMW knows the problem and is not sure if it is a time related issue or mileage. That is why they changed to the new double clutch. Much better. I love the car


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Old 02-10-2014, 06:33 PM
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Just went through the same thing . . .

I just recently traded in my 2008 BMW xi (manual transmission) and got a 2010 M6 with SMG.

I had been toying with the idea of an M6 for a while and really did want another manual. However, a great deal fell in my lap on the SMG.

So far, I've been happy with the SMG - although it isn't the same "feel" as the manual transmission. Also, I was concerned about maintenance and the cost of any transmission repair expenses.

So . . . when I bought mine, I spoke with the sales person and was able to purchase a 5 year/65k (from current mileage) warranty with the car. If you are concerned with potential costs of SMG repair (or other repair costs), this would be highly worth considering.

For the next 5 years, I only have a $500 deductible to handle if anything goes wrong with my M6. It made the decision to buy much easier.

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Old 03-28-2014, 07:36 PM
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SMG issues

I am currently helping my son-in-law with his 2008 M6 convertible. With 36,000 miles, the clutch assembly along with the release bearing and flywheel are being replaced. The dealer wanted $3,500 just for the clutch replacement; I'm not surprised, as they get nearly $400 for an oil change.

We are having a small BMW tuner shop do the work, and they discovered that the flywheel too was fried. Dealer lists the flywheel price alone at nearly $2,000, but we found the parts for around $1,500- both the clutch assembly and flywheel. OEM parts, just not in the BMW box.

The issue is that aside from being out of factory warranty (over 5 years), the extended warranty doesn't cover anything clutch related.

He bought the car used, and I'm interested to see how much better it drives after the repair, as we've probably never experienced it with the SMG working optimally.

I guess that even though the clutch failure in this case may have begun with a failure of the release bearing, the warranty company gets out of paying because it's an item that is designed to wear out. They would have paid for an auto trans repair, no doubt.
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