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Old 04-16-2004, 09:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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if i get an auto 330ci would that be slower than a manual one? basically wat would i lose if i get an auto bmw?
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Old 04-16-2004, 10:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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excelleration, ect

get the manual man its so much more fun!
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autos are 'almost' 100% slower than their manual conterparts. (in every aspect)

bmw especially...bmw auto trans are not very fast. bmw auto vs manual are close to 1second diff in 0-60..which is terrible.
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thats like asking "should I have good kitty or bad kitty". Kitty representing BMW(not meaning a bad and slow car, but meaning what men want). Its like, either way your getting kitty(a bmw), but what would you rather have bad kitty(automatic) or good kitty(manual)? sorry to all those women that I offended.

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Old 04-18-2004, 12:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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manual. no questions.

suck it up, if you live in the city. It's totally worth it. I drive in Boston all the time, and I tell you, once I get out west a little on the narrows it's all good.
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manual. did i say MANUAL.
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yeah, manual 100%, and I gots a UUC Shortshifter, SO nice, really does make a big dif.
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would never have an auto... Manual is the only way to go.
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manual all the way, you won't regret it.
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manual... i love manual.

if you suck at driving manual, at leas get an SMG
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manual is more exciting!!! gives you the power to 'command' your car!
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Manual, for goodness sake it's a 'sports' sedan/coupe.


Seriously though it's about a full second difference time from 0-60. What's 1 second at 60mph? Well.. About 1 1/2 bus lengths, 2 if their tailgating..

If I couldn't drive stick for some reason then I'd go to the Step, I've heard alot of unkind things about the SMG's, even though it's more tempting to me then Steptronic..

You can still work the step pretty good, it's just hard to get good launches, and 'quick' shifts.

Manual is the best though. I live in Atlanta - IE: traffic hell of the south. It makes traffic fun and keeps ya busy. I don't find myself overly shifting, as the BMW gears have alot of distance. It's perfect for those 'parking lot' interstate moments.
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I have an auto and don't think I would ever trade it for a manual. I love my BMW, but I did not get it so I can show off my 0-60 or race people at stop lights. I just prefer to sit back and drive the sucker and not have to worry about shifting - but that's just me~
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manual isnt just for going straight dude. Ever hear of saving your brakes? Or something I like to call "fun", you should try it sometime.
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