| Originally posted by 325isBaby@Nov 11 2004, 02:34 PM |
SMG is Awesome in alot of ways, it really makes the car fun to drive and makes driving a whole different experience. SMG II has come along way since the debut of SMG. I give SMG my 100% approval.
I just bought a 2005 545 six-speed. I considered SMG but, in the end, opted for a conventional stick. Here's why:
I test drove SMG on an M3 and a 530. It definitly is superior to steptronic and, if you had to buy an automatic-like car, this would be a pretty good compromise. All-in-all, the BMW engineers seemed to have done a good job imitating a manual transmission. For example, when you put SMG into 1st gear and let your foot off the brake, the car doesn not creep forward like an automatic. Rather, it doesn't start moving till you step on the gas. The thinking here is, I believe, that you wouldn't step on the gas till you took your foot off the clutch and SMG acts the same way. Also, you get a little bump between 1st and 2nd and between 2nd and 3rd but not in the higher gears, just like a manual.
But, for all that, it still didn't feel or shift like the six-speed. And, I was concerned that I'd slip it into the automatic mode the first traffic jam I came to (and we have a LOT of those here) and never take it out.
But, test drive it and, see what you think.