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View Poll Results: Transmission?
Automatic! 11 61.11%
Manual! 6 33.33%
I don't care/Both 1 5.56%
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:38 PM   #1
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Curious... Auto trans?

I'm pretty curious to as how many of people have an automatic transmission E46? I think I've overcame the longing on a manual and just accepted the fact that I have and will (probably) always have an automatic. Well until I either sell my car or, God forbid, wreck it like my E36.

Please and thank you!

Edit: Sorry, don't know if this has been posted/asked, but when searching there was nada. Or maybe I'm just blind.

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Old 09-30-2014, 11:44 PM   #2
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Im sure there are production numbers somewhere...
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:32 AM   #3
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I've always been a manual person, however my E46 is an Auto, not necessarly by choice but because i got it for a steal which is the ONLY reason i have an E46 in the first place.

But with that being said I really like it, especially in sport mode (not manual mode). Sure it's no manual, but i also drive primarilly on flat straight highways and i only drive it for work, and i've never driven an auto that i enjoy as much as this. It shifts nice and crisp and performs great when i feel like doing some spirited driving and it doesn't leave me longing for a manual all the time.

Mine has 106,000 miles on it, and i did a fluid change at 100K. No issues.

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Old 10-01-2014, 06:41 AM   #4
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Automatic transmissions are placeholders until a proper gearbox can be installed
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:36 AM   #5
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The wife can't drive stick, so I have an auto. Always had a manual until the kiddo came into the picture- she convinced me it was a safety thing that she always needed to be able to drive my car if here was out of commission or anything. Been two years, and the next car I buy will absolutely be a stick- she can deal with it.
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:56 AM   #6
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Curious... Auto trans?

BMW did/does not publish production numbers by transmission type. Figure US bound vehicles at 85% automatic trans and 15% manual. It's pretty much reversed for Domestic (Euro) cars. My BMW's are always automatic. My Muscle Cars are 4 speed manuals, all big block cars and the 07 Z06 is manual 6 speed. BMW's under 300 horsepower. Manuals over 400 horsepower. It makes a difference.


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Old 10-01-2014, 08:53 AM   #7
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Stick isn't hard to drive. If someone is struggling to learn it's due to a bad teacher.

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Old 10-01-2014, 08:56 AM   #8
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As Stickbuilder pointed out, 85% of cars sold in the US are equipped with an automatic transmission.

According to our E46F poll, about half of the members here drive auto.
I was surprised to see that, as enthusiasts prefer stick shift generally.

This shows the reality of daily life living in major metropolitan areas.
It's easier to drive automatic if you're in traffic all the time.
Those who drive manual might claim otherwise.

I've always been a stick shift guy, but currently driving automatic.
I find the car a lot fun to drive even with auto.

The inner workings of automatic transmissions are very interesting.
Ever seen a valve body taken apart?
It's a sort of a labyrinth.


It's also worth pointing out, the only a small percentage of the 15% of stick shift
owners are enthusiasts.
Many chose manual transmission, because it's the lowest cost option.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:15 AM   #9
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Stick isn't hard to drive. If someone is struggling to learn it's due to a bad teacher.
Problem is she doesn't want to learn. Can't force the woman drive a standard, much as I'd like to.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:59 AM   #10
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Mines auto. Only because everything else about the car was undeniable. Manual swaps come up for 1k from time to time
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:12 PM   #11
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I have a automatic with 254,000 miles. I would rather have a manual. I wonder if a clutch would last that long in a manual if not abused.


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Old 10-01-2014, 01:39 PM   #12
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Im sure there are production numbers somewhere...
According to Ward's, about 74% of E46 BMWs are auto.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:11 PM   #13
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Problem is she doesn't want to learn. Can't force the woman drive a standard, much as I'd like to.
Then she can go buy her own car...

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According to Ward's, about 74% of E46 BMWs are auto.
That's a very low percentage.

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Old 10-01-2014, 11:41 PM   #14
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Wow thanks guys, haha, kind of helps me not feel so "alone" in the automatic trans side of things. I'm surprised that there are more automatic then manual (or at least according to the poll, as of now).
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:53 AM   #15
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I've owned many manual cars (Camaro, Ford Fairlane, Vega, MG, Sunbeam, Mustang).
Even taught my wife - no biggie.

But when I bought my BMW as a 50th B-day gift for myself, almost 14 years ago, for some reason I bought automatic. Why? I don't know, but I like it and never looked back.

Today's automatic shift transmissions are faster that the manuals, same cars, same motors, just FYI.

Think about the conditions you will be driving in and make your decision
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:47 AM   #16
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I've always had manuals but there are not a lot of manual e46 tourings so I opted for an automatic to get one in the price/condition I wanted.

I'm using the manumatic feature on my auto almost exclusively just to see how long it lasts. If you pay attention to the rpms and predict your shifts (which you do with a manual anyway) you can get some manual like performance out of it. Keeping it in 3rd around town keeps the rev range in the sweet spot, 4th on the freeways is good too. The only area it has problems is down shifting for corners. Unlike a manual where you can brake then go straight from 4th to 2nd or 1st you have to manually bump the shifter down through each gear like a sequential shifter. Get the gear count wrong and you can get some bad engine braking.

Living in downtown Houston though, I have to admit the full auto is nice in stop & go traffic.
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