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E46 M3 (2001-2006)

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Old 12-09-2008, 04:31 AM
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My 2002 M3 has been great once I got used to the paddle and console shifting. The new M5 & 6 have a better shifting option with paddles on both side + for going up in gears and - for down on each side of the steering wheel. Not sure if the new M3 has that, but likely it does. The M3 has "up in the gears" on the right and "down" on the left only. It is a litle tricky when turning to shift like you want to, so I use the console shift automatically when turning. I still like the auto clutch, although I have had a lot of problems with the shifting paddles working properly. I had to replace about $2000 with of paddle electronics just out of warranty, now I'm at 46k miles. Overall I think it is a good idean and if the clutch hydraulic pumps does not fail in the near future, which I have been told by the dealer it will, then I will be much more satisfied. The fast shifting selection 80 miliseconds is great, but you don't want to use it too much as it will take out the clutch earlier than desires and that is a $2400 fix....If I bought another M car it would be with the SMG.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:20 PM
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:25 PM
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I prefer stick over manu-matics.

BMW's SMG's are way behind the competition and should of had dual clutches to begin with.
2012 535i
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:29 PM
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I don't have an M but I've driven many many SMG type transmissions, Aston Martin, Ferrari, M3, VW's and still can't see how it compares to an old school foot operated clutch. I'm still giving serious consideration to dropping a manual in my car.
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