help with SMG - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
M-Series (M1, M3, M5, M6) General M-Series Discussion - If it does not fit into a more specific M Category above, please place it in here. In addition, previously archived M-Series discussion is located in this section.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 01-11-2007, 12:05 AM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: orange county, ca
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
mrigas is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
help with SMG

I test drove a 2004 M3 with SMG today and have a few questions for those with experience with this auto.

1) are you able to get it to shift smootly in the automatic drive mode? in 15 minutes with this car it kept letting off the gas before it shifted each gear and it felt like a 15 year old learning how to drive a stick shift car
2) in the manual mode, i was able to get it to up and down shift easily and was able to play with the shift firmness control button and got the shifting down pretty good. Question here is where do you spend most of your time, in the auto mode around town or always like the manual mode unless in bumper to bumper traffic?
3) any other thoughts about the SMG vs standard 6 speed manual?

thanks

mike
mrigas is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 01-11-2007, 03:31 AM
5th Gear Member
 
red330Iperfpkg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: College Station, Texas
Posts: 1,286
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
red330Iperfpkg is just really nice red330Iperfpkg is just really nice red330Iperfpkg is just really nice red330Iperfpkg is just really nice
Send a message via AIM to red330Iperfpkg
just go 6 speed man. please.


sig done by SpeedInfusion

2001 740i sport
2003 330i ZHP
2003 M5
2005 A4 1.8T
2006 750Li sport

red330Iperfpkg is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 01-11-2007, 11:14 AM
drz
Administrator
 
drz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Tee Ex
Posts: 12,129
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
drz has a reputation beyond repute drz has a reputation beyond repute drz has a reputation beyond repute drz has a reputation beyond repute drz has a reputation beyond repute drz has a reputation beyond repute drz has a reputation beyond repute drz has a reputation beyond repute drz has a reputation beyond repute drz has a reputation beyond repute drz has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to drz Send a message via MSN to drz
^^ I would listen to him. He's gone through two E46 M3's and one SMG M5 that they decided to sell.

SMG is a great concept, but I think they still havent refined it completely.

To address your questions:

1) No
2) Depends on the driver. I would stay on manual all the time.
3) 6-sp

drz is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 01-11-2007, 11:21 AM
teh Canuck....eh
 
PhatCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 3,613
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute PhatCat has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via MSN to PhatCat
6 spd FTW mrigas!

All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Sir Winston Churchill
PhatCat is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 01-12-2007, 03:46 AM
Keep it Copacetic
 
///M Power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St. Louis, MO ||| Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 9,481
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute ///M Power has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to ///M Power
1. It's always rough and has been criticized greatly for it's incompetency in auto mode.

2. Most people I knwo stick to the manual mdoe and rarely ever move to auto mode. It's not like theres a clutch pedal anyways.

3. Normally I would say 6 speed only. I'm a big manual only fan. But after racing and hearing my buddies e46 M3 SMG over and over again I can't get over how fast it shifts. The shifts can be mind bloing fast. This coupled with his headers, mid sections and titanium exhaust create a symphony that onyl be described as a step below Formula car sounding. I'm astonished at the shifts. it doesnt seem as fun and as i've driven it I never felt as in control as I should be. This is probably due to lack of experience with SMG. I say, if you really want SMG, go for it and dont let it hold you back.


1995 BMW M3 Turbo - Dakar/Black
///M Power is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2007, 09:58 PM
n00b
 
Rodeojoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Rodeojoe is on a distinguished road
Looked at both SMG and 6 speed when I purchased the 04, was told about the delay in the SMG when in the automatic mode.. ended up with the 6 speed and have been happy with it.
Rodeojoe is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2008, 03:33 AM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
EmPower is on a distinguished road
SMG is tricky...I only drive in the manual mode (not the paddles!!!) and I love it. Went to auto once and it sucks...DONT EVER DRIVE IN AUTO AGAIN! Hint: dont take your foot off the gas before it shifts...why would you do that??
EmPower is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > M-Series (M1, M3, M5, M6)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SMG paddle shift wheel fitting kit and instructions 320de46m47 Aftermarket Parts 7 10-12-2006 07:58 AM
Smg costa 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 1 03-11-2006 04:27 PM
2004 z4 smg tina22 1,6,7,8 - Series and Mini Cooper 3 11-17-2005 03:31 PM
Springs for my e46 325ci (and SMG info) mnd 3-Series (E46, E90) 0 09-12-2005 01:49 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome