Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: East Coast, USA
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Re: E60 M5 = NO Manual Transmission = Deal Breaker?
you just said how I feel about it. Whats interesting is my take on SMG. I first hated it, then I found a SMG car that I liked and Ive been living with it for about a 1.25 years. In that time I grew to master it and enjoy it, but something strange happened about 4-5 months ago. I stopped driving it. I hate to say it, but for me, it became boring. My and my wife's experience with SMG can be summed up as the worst of both worlds (manual/automatic): not automatic enough for her, and not manual enough for me.
The system does work and its very slick and many will enjoy it, but ultimately, its not for me. I very much doubt I'd get a SMG car ever again. I also think its a marketing mistake to not offer the car with a real stick shift.
All that said, if the car had a stick, Id still not get it because of the other 2 issues (styling+idrive). If the car had better styling+idrive and was SMG only, Id still not get it. So for me each of these is a "fatal flaw".
All the best,
00 Z8 Jet Black/Red Sport / some others