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antzcrashing 01-16-2007 09:44 AM

your transmission of choice is....(poll)
 
first please answer the poll, then continue reading.

I say BMW dealer lots have too many automatics. Finding a stick is an arduous task these days. The only stick on the lot may be the awful color that no one wants. If this trend continues, the manual drivers are going to have to custom order their cars. Does anyone else see this as a problem/annoyance?

halik 01-16-2007 09:47 AM

ummm even exotics do not come with good ole manual trans anymore so i don't know why this is surprising?

antzcrashing 01-16-2007 09:51 AM

not surprising, but not how I would have it. I think bmw is a "driver's" car and should be kept that way

halik 01-16-2007 09:52 AM

heh i think BMW is first and foremost upper class luxury car.....

jiggynites 01-16-2007 10:04 AM

thats the problem i was having when I was shopping
too many slushboxes and manual box were rare.
I was a step away from buying a M3 smg at a good price
but the smg held me back
I need my clutch...

Ti330Ci 01-16-2007 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by antzcrashing (Post 5384678)
first please answer the poll, then continue reading.

I say BMW dealer lots have too many automatics. Finding a stick is an arduous task these days. The only stick on the lot may be the awful color that no one wants. If this trend continues, the manual drivers are going to have to custom order their cars. Does anyone else see this as a problem/annoyance?

The people have spoken...that's all. Most prefer auto's because of traffic.
That and 5 and 6 speed Step's are always in the right gear when driving.
BMW sells cars that people prefer. If more preferred a stick, BMW would sell more.
George

msandalis 01-16-2007 11:04 AM

6 spd - only way to go......

dave12345 01-16-2007 12:06 PM

i gotta differ, at my local dealership tehre are few autos. all the used cars are stick.... or smg for the m3 (50/50 split)


i think the best of both worlds would be 6speed with a torque converter taht caught just at stall point but didnt make lurch

kaluahjeff 01-16-2007 12:12 PM

I'm lazy, and with L.A. traffic i prefer the slushbox w/slowtronic.

I test drove a 2000 911 with the tip, and i didn't really feel any lag between shifts.

frobie15 01-16-2007 12:53 PM

Depends on the situation. Living up in the middle of nowhere without traffic, give me a manual eight days a week! LA traffic or in a commuter car, give me an auto.

Five_seveN 01-16-2007 12:56 PM

what i prefer: proper manual
what i have: tiptronic :(

Dalton 01-16-2007 12:57 PM

Well the majority of responses here are going to be manual, because most people here are here because they are, well, fanatics. Car enthusiasts. However, in the real world...most people just want their automatics to tool around with.

Lemonsqr 01-16-2007 01:11 PM

I would trade my 5sp for an SMG..got luv the paddles

SlickShift 01-16-2007 01:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dalton (Post 5385376)
Well the majority of responses here are going to be manual, because most people here are here because they are, well, fanatics. Car enthusiasts. However, in the real world...most people just want their automatics to tool around with.

Yeah. These results are going to be a little biased.

rohde88 01-16-2007 02:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xSTRYKERx (Post 5385371)
what i have: tiptronic :(

If you have a BMW you have steptronic.

Ron

brediv12 01-16-2007 03:46 PM

Stick and no it's not THAT bad in heavy traffic.

ALPIN3 01-16-2007 03:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaluahjeff (Post 5385179)
I'm lazy, and with L.A. traffic i prefer the slushbox w/slowtronic.

I test drove a 2000 911 with the tip, and i didn't really feel any lag between shifts.

Porsche's Tiptronic is a different animal. Especially in the newer models...faster than stick. Eventually BMW will catch up and the newer Step boxes will lag less and less, and pull harder... ie. in 2010 maybe? :eeps:

Stick is more fun to drive by far though.

ca1242 01-16-2007 03:58 PM

I prefer manual, but unfortunately, use my car to commute. Traffic being as bad as it is in the DC area, it would be a pain to drive stick. I do wish I had stick when there is a stretch of no traffic though, as the auto trannies suck, even in the "manual" mode.

Most people buy BMWs for one of two reasons:
1. they like to drive - small group that actually would buy manual, probably majority of members here
2. they just want to say they own a BMW, but can careless about performance - probably majority of BMW owners and (me being one exception), most people that get auto trannies, because they can't drive stick.

blue01ci 01-16-2007 04:26 PM

manual only way to go...only cars i have ever owned have all been stick....

m3bs 01-16-2007 04:55 PM

None of the above, after driving the VW/Audi DSG. I predict that it will replace manuals almost completely, as well as most conventional automatics.


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