25th June 2012, 04:40
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'06 M5 blk/blk
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SMG should always be self-shifted
I think to tell anyone that is considering the car that they will be fine with it in D to be driven as a regular automatic is misleading IMO. It never will be. Everyone can beat around the bush and talk about the compromises but mine at least was just not very functional in that mode. Fortunately, when I had mine, it was purely for fun so I operated it like a manual, always shifting myself...and the car was great. I would have shot myself had I been forced to daily drive that thing.
Don't get me wrong...now that the car is gone, I totally miss the V10 from about 4k rpm up..and the sheer mechanical music from my RPI exhaust made...but not the tranny at all. That part of the car was just not well engineered. Compared to even the dumpy Steptronics in my P car Turbo and my Cayenne GT-S, the M was a terrible lurching sedan whenever it was in D. And compared to the tranny in my Nissan GT-R...well, no comparison at all really..apples and oranges. The new F10 has to be an awesome leap forward just from the standpoint of the double clutch tranny alone...can't wait to try one out. I just wish the V10 had been paired with a 7 sp double clutch at some point in its model life..wow, now that would have been a true Beast.
'10 Porsche Cayenne GT-S, white/black, Leistung bypasses, Black powdercoated OEM 21s"
'10 GT-R, Gunmetal metallic...had to see what the fuss was about..the real deal as it turns out. Bone stock with 7k miles..garage queen
'07 997.1 Turbo, GT silver, PCCBs
'12 Range Rover Sport..loaded Sumatra Black/Tan...for the Princess
'11 BMW X5M...damaged in transit, never got to drive : (
'08 Hummer H2 (Black/black)...pimped out, My Daily Driver Beast
'06 M5 Sapphire Metallic/Black
Full RPI GT exhaust (last 4k miles), Dinan Stage 2 suspension (May 2011), 20" black Breyton GTSR-M w/Hankooks, OEM Facelifted Rear LED taillights, Angel iBrights, smoked sidemarkers, CF gills, b/w emblems