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Old 06-06-2005, 11:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, time to move on from my 320 convertable. I am looking at getting an M3 convertable this month, July the latest, the question is, manual or SMG?.
Is there anyone out there that has the SMG gearbox, and what do you think.

People seem to shake their heads when I mention the SMG gearbox, but no one has said why, talk about frustrating ghead they always seem to know someone, who knows someone who had 1.

Need to know pro's and con's
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Well, you should really drive them both to see which one you like better. Don't buy an expensive car based on other people's opinions, you know? I know a lot of "purists" out there shun SMG, mainly because they are so used to driving with a stick and the SMG feels too much like an automatic to them. I believe SMG is a great thing...it can be shifted manually or automatically, but the manual mode provides a fast shift like a regular stick. A friend has an '04 with SMG and he loves it. He has only driven sticks and was afraid the SMG wouldn't offer the same experience as a manual, but he realized that driving in the city with the SMG was so much better, especially in the auto mode. Most of the dealers here drive SMG, too, it is just easier. Plus, since the computer does the shifting for you, not a chance to grind the gears if someone has to drive your car or you mess up by accident and miss your change. Check them both out, it is all about your personal feel of the car.
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I love SMG...no matter what car I'm driving. A 3-series, 5-series, 6-series, Z4 and M3.....I've driven all SMG models. When driving SMG, you kinda get a feel like a jolt when shifting (up or down)....It didn't bother me....but that's one thing that bothered the sales driver. He said he'd rather have a manual M3...I guess it depends on what each person likes.

The manual gives you more feeling when driving the car (switching gears by hand hence manual)....but SMG is much faster acceleration because of the computer switching the gears...

Yeah, definately go drive both before making a decision.

Also, I don't know if it is a factor or not.....but SMG is an extra $2,400.

Just some things to think about.

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Thanx for feed back, I had a play with both, I have a manual now and I drive my Beemer the way they should be driven, and I must admit the manual M3 was fun, but, oh what a tool the SMG gear box is, took a little getting used too, but when I did, now that was fun! the sales guy had white knuckles on dash with the most stupid grin you can imagine......well come on, its an M3, what do you expect? not my fault the showroom was only 3 miles away from the A3 (freeway), also took in some scenery, through country lanes and yep, handles nicely thank you very much!

I think I have made my mind up, now, just to sweeten the wife up, hmmm.
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