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I WILL BE BUYING A 530XI AND LIVE IN ARURAL AREA. I LIKE TO DRIVE. QUESTION-SHOULD I GET THE MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION? :confused:
 

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Welcome- please don't use all caps!

If you like to drive and you are a purist, get the manual. Test drive both a manual and automatic, that will help you make up your mind. Its really a matter of personal preference and who else may be driving your car- for example if you have a family member who would be driving it and who can't/doesn't prefer to drive stick...
 

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Why Not Caps? I`m looking for a more technical answer ie: the 3 series is lighter the 5 series is heavier. Will I be rowing thru the gears too much?
 

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If you like driving stick AND everyone who may need to drive your car can drive stick (i.e. your wife if you are married) then get the stick. You live in a rural area so traffic should not be an issue.

I switched to auto because my wife can't drive stick. Living in the NYC area lessened the blow.
 

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FREDJOYCE said:
I WILL BE BUYING A 530XI AND LIVE IN ARURAL AREA. I LIKE TO DRIVE. QUESTION-SHOULD I GET THE MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION? :confused:
If you like to do your own driving and want the control, get a manual.

If you are concerned about traction in your rural area, the xi is a good choice.

If you are concerned about the weight gain with the xi, it is only a couple hundred pounds at most. If that weight concerns you, then perhaps just a 530i would work, but equip it with dedicated snow tires in the winter months. I know people in the northeast with 530 and 545i's running snows (Blizzak last I heard) and have had no problems. If the snow is that deep or ice that thick, I'm taking my Jeep anyway. :)

Ultimately, only YOU can decide which you want to get. Drive both in an environment you'd normally handle and see if the xi's weight gain is worth it to you.
 
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