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#1 (permalink) Old 12-28-2004, 02:50 PM
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Thinking of buying an E36 M3 Convertible... seen one with SMG gearbox..... but i've heard different stories about this gearbox.

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#2 (permalink) Old 12-28-2004, 03:31 PM
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i didnt know they made smg in the e36?

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They did. I haven't heard anything bad about them. If you want the sequential shifting, go for it, I'd say. But do some more research. I haven't had direct experience with SMGs on the E36. I can't imagine BMW putting it out if they hadn't done their homework first. However, they have used GM automatic transmissions on the 3-Series, so who knows.

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oh well i guess you learn new things everyday?

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just stick with good ole manual...nothing beats it

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just stick with good ole manual...nothing beats it
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thats what im saying there is nothing better than a good ole 5 or 6 speed!

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I second that. I'm telling y ou, I'll be the one in the future that will drive his car manually, just like Will Smith's character in "I, Robot"

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smg-1 was an option on euro m3's, i heard very bad things about it, i wouldn't buy it if i was you, 6 speed manual is farking awesome

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Definetely stay away from it. It had shit loads of problems. Go with a 6 speed 96-99 e36 m3. Good Luck


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They did. I haven't heard anything bad about them. If you want the sequential shifting, go for it, I'd say. But do some more research. I haven't had direct experience with SMGs on the E36. I can't imagine BMW putting it out if they hadn't done their homework first. However, they have used GM automatic transmissions on the 3-Series, so who knows.
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I guess I might have been wrong to encourage you to get it. I personally prefer a six-speed manual to an SMG. Since there appear to be problems with that gearbox anyway, I'd say wait and find yourself a manual transmission M3.

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smg-1 was an option on euro m3's, i heard very bad things about it, i wouldn't buy it if i was you, 6 speed manual is farking awesome

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That's right, the SMG I was offered on euro m3s in the later model years, and was horrible. It shifted extremely slow and had tons of problems.

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i just dont think smg is a good invention... get an auto thats just me

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Go manual, especially if you can get a 6-speed
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I think that the SMG is a fine invention, just not for me. The SMGs in the current e46 m3 is just amazing. It shifts extremely fast... I can't wait to see the new m5 SMG! If I had to take an auto or a SMG, I'd take the SMG.

Unfortunately, BMW M cars will be going to the SMG from now on, as the M5 and M6 are already SMG, the next M3 will be SMG. Manuals the most fun, tho.

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