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After reading nothing but terrible reports about how the car drives in automatic mode, I find that most days on my commute, I just start the car, put it in D3 and go. As I mentioned in my other thread, I drive about 500 miles a week on the DC beltway and the lack of a clutch pedal is one of the big motivators for buying this car. But I really don't think its bad at all once you get used to the way the system thinks and operates. I much prefer it, for example, to the way the Porsche tiptronic and e46 steptronic operate.

Plus, for non-commuting driving, I have M mode set up as P500 sport, MDM, and S5. It's like having two totally different cars in one! I love it :)
 

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When I'm in D I always forget and try to floor it and hit that lag. That's what bothers me the most.
 

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Then there's a lot of weirdos out there....

I find myself in D3 a lot, then I go to D4 at times, but I completely understand especially given my commute. Heck, that's part of the reason I made the purchase of an SMG. I get best of both worlds. I agree with the post about forgetting you're in D and stepping on it only to hit the lag...that's annoying, but you know what, annoying lag in M5 still beats any clutcher out there.

IMHO, I have found D to be quite smooth if you are good with throttle control. I have also found iDrive to be a piece of cake and learned it in a couple of minutes, so I don't know what all the griping is about. The only thing I don't like about it is sometimes finding my way back to a menu without exiting but that's another thread.

So, enjoy D3. I do. And when I don't, I just push the "button".
 

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Yes. I tried "D" the other day for the first time and in "MY" car specifically it was by far the worst transmission I had ever felt EVER. I can not believe that BMW even offered this. Seriously.................... AWUFUL. God AWUFUL! IMO
 

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I only use D5 when I have a cup of coffee in the morning; otherwise it's S5 after the car warms up.
The "auto" mode has definitely improved compared to the SMG in my previous 6-series, much smoother, less jerky, if you can believe that...
 

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I used D pretty regularly until I got my exhaust and x-pipe put on. now I crave down shifts in S5!!!
 

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I can't tolerate D, especially the first to second shift. That's how I first did a test drive, and it completely turned me off. I'm glad that I went back and spent more time behind the wheel in S.
 

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That's EXACTLY what happened with me as well.....went and test drove one....HATED it.....hated the pause that made me move forward in my seat in D.....ONLY because of what I had read about how much you guys were loving the car...I made myself go back and test drive one for about 30 minutes...otherwise I would have written it off.......


I can't tolerate D, especially the first to second shift. That's how I first did a test drive, and it completely turned me off. I'm glad that I went back and spent more time behind the wheel in S.
 

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IMHO yes, but to each his own. If you like it in D3, so be it.
 

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I didn't say I _prefer_ driving it in D, but for commuting, when I am fighting traffic, it turns into a very easy to drive luxury car.

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I hate D... It is so annoying to not know when it is going to shift and the unexpected changes make my head move back and forth. I shift significantly smoother in S6. All it takes a little throttle control. Something I think most people forget with all the autos out there. They just stick thier foot in one place and let the car do all the work.
 
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