I would never buy an ///M3 with anything but a 6 speed, stick shift transmission. It would defeat the purpose and joy of having it to have an automatic, including an SMG. Iv heard lousy things about the SMG tranny and would avoid it for poor driveability. The new dual clutch tranny (DCT) is far better, but even that I personally wouldn't want. In your situation , I'd go for as late a model E46 as I could find and afford in a 6 speed and go enjoy it!
__________________ 2008 ///M5 with Eisenmann race exhaust "Athena" 2011 X5 - Loaded - N55 twin scroll turbo 300hp RIP 2005 Dinan ///M3 S3-R+ Vert w/hardtop
- 6-speed, DINAN SC - race kit, race headers, etc. RIP 2002 Z3 Roadster 2.5i - VF Supercharged
, 5-speed, Brembos etc. Turkey ///M Car Fleet Commander
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