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| Originally posted by Optima99@Jan 3 2005, 03:38 AM |
I'd appreciate your honest opinion or experience with the SMG gearbox on any version of the new 5-series but specifically the 525i. I have just ordered a new 525i w/SMG and am having second thoughts. Specifically - it is worth the extra cost over std manual transmission; is the driving experience enhanced or spoiled?
Please let me have youe honest thoughts!
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| Originally posted by Optima99@Jan 3 2005, 05:25 PM |
Thank-you for the detailed reply. On the basis of the points you raise (and as I suspected) I will most likely cancel the SMG option and direct the money elsewhere.
I live in Ireland where car prices are horrific due to very high taxes & excise. I have ordered a 525i Sport (M-pack). In addition to the sport-pack features I opted to replace the Sport interior with full leather and dark-poplar wood. Also added CD changer, boot/trunk lip-spoiler, rear-seat airbags, SMG (which I will most likely cancel). Colour - Oxford Green II. Not a huge spec but it will meet my needs nicely and falls into my price range. Total price? €72,450 or coverted to US$ assuming a modest exchange rate of €1:$1.35, $97,800. Horrific, I know.
Thanks again for your comments & time.
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