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E60 M5 (2006 - 2010)

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Old 01-05-2014, 08:32 PM
Leekay07 Leekay07 is offline
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I have an itch that needs scratching. MT or SMG

I have a 335xi I bought the auto because my wife hates to drive stick. Well I found a low mileage M5 one owner 08 6 speed MT. The problem is I read the early reviews that the 6 speed is a bag of crap and this may well be the case as the 08 seems to be priced at 35k with 44,000.

The problem i have is can someone please tell me if the SMG is better than the 6 speed?
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:16 PM
jrsnider92 jrsnider92 is offline
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My opinion, I like the SMG for this car. To me,the dual clutch fits this car, over a manual. If you enjoy driving a manual, then you will enjoy it in this car, you'll feel at home. There is a YouTube video explaining this question. Try and watch that, it will help you with your decision. The 7 speed SMG is faster off the line than the manual, but if you won't get satisfaction over pulling paddles all day, get your manual...this is just my opinion.


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Old 01-15-2014, 05:11 AM
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It's funny to see different opinions on this one. A lot of people hate on the SMG because of the potential repair costs. I've actually not heard anything bad about the 6 speed, but I've never driven one either. I think the SMG fits the car well, but it's definitely not without compromises. You just have to remember that the SMG is a true manual, it just has a bunch of stuff on top that shifts for you. If you're a fan of rowing your own gears by all means get the manual, there are less potential headaches than with the SMG (as it can be very pricey to repair). Manuals are harder to come by as most M5's came with the SMG. If you found a one owner 6 speed with 44k miles for under $40k I would jump on it.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:02 PM
patrick_y patrick_y is offline
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My opinion, I like the SMG for this car. To me,the dual clutch fits this car, over a manual. If you enjoy driving a manual, then you will enjoy it in this car, you'll feel at home. There is a YouTube video explaining this question. Try and watch that, it will help you with your decision. The 7 speed SMG is faster off the line than the manual, but if you won't get satisfaction over pulling paddles all day, get your manual...this is just my opinion.


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It's actually not a dual clutch. It's actually a single clutch on all E60 M5s.
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