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So when I was younger, I drove a 5 speed manual Camaro. Had no problem. But now I have to drive a 2006 M5 E60 & have no idea how to do so. I read the owner's manual PDF posted here (thanks much!), but I'm still a bit scared. I only have to drive a couple of miles now to get to work, so maybe I should do it in the mode that doesn't require any shifting, but I don't even know how to put it into that mode. Can someone please help me, I have to be at work soon & it's a bit too hot here in the desert to rollerblade or walk there! Thanks...
 

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So when I was younger, I drove a 5 speed manual Camaro. Had no problem. But now I have to drive a 2006 M5 E60 & have no idea how to do so. I read the owner's manual PDF posted here (thanks much!), but I'm still a bit scared. I only have to drive a couple of miles now to get to work, so maybe I should do it in the mode that doesn't require any shifting, but I don't even know how to put it into that mode. Can someone please help me, I have to be at work soon & it's a bit too hot here in the desert to rollerblade or walk there! Thanks...
Ummm....well....ok here goes:

its just like any normal car:

If u have a manual, just drive it like u drove your Camaro...

If its SMG, then move the lever to the right and then + shifts up next gear (either on steering wheel or use shift downwards), - shifts down (either on steering wheel or shift upwards on lever)...automating the manual shifts....pretty obvious IMO...good luck!

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Thanks to both of you! Will watch that video now. I'm an old lady, & someone told me that even though I used to drive a shift, this would be totally different. Hoping it's not; thanks again...
 

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Oh & someone above said to drive it like I drove my Camaro, but I used to have to press the clutch in with my left foot & it appears I don't have to do that with this BMW M5 E60 so I guess this BMW is not really a manual? Have no clue!
 

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sunghyun, you are out of your mind. I am so not a troll. Are you a troll? And while I am old (61) I don't look it because I rollerblade & do Pilates & yoga every single day. Anyway, thanks for not helping me out!

texsn95, I love your post! You made me laugh. I will absolutely post a selfie as soon as I figure out how to do that while driving this car!! Guess I better take someone with me to record so I don't crash...

HM506, I like the way this car handles a lot. I tend to be a very fast driver, so I love the speed. But I don't like how loud it is. Most of my clients live in gated country clubs & I get lots of dirty looks from the golfers as I go by no matter how slowly I'm driving! I still haven't had the nerve to shift manually yet, so I've been driving in whatever the name of the mode is where you push the shifter over twice to the right & the D shows up on the dash board. I'm dying to try shifting, but I'm scared because I have to push up to shift down & push down to shift up which I find confusing & contrary. When I do try it, I think I'll use the paddles near the steering wheel instead of the shifter.

Many thanks to those of you kind enough to help me. I really appreciate it...
 

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I only use the paddles to eliminate unnecessary shifting. I have aftermarket exhaust, until you spin that thing up to 6-7k it is annoying. Take your time and get comfortable but when you get to the point when you are at full power with the traction control off you will really fall in love with the car. Go to some CCC in your area and you will be able to explore the platform in the safety of a track or large parking lot. Unless you have the euro smg tune the launch control is not much better than just flooring it. Watch out when you get over 5k the car has a power band up high in the rpm range that is a kick but you have to be ready for it.
 

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Alan, that's a great idea; thank you. I need to try shifting when I'm not in southern California traffic. Your post makes me wish I lived in Germany & could try this thing on the Autobahn! :)

May I ask what CCC stands for? Also, how do the paddles eliminate unnecessary shifting? Do they double shift? Thanks again for your help--very much appreciated...
 

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Car Control Clinic, https://www.motorsportreg.com/
Ignore whatever club is putting on the event you can drive any brand. Most of the cars will be Porsche or BMW. It is a good way to build your skills in a safe environment with an instructor. It is not very hard on the car and you only go as fast as you are comfortable. It should be required for every new driver, both of my kids have gone.

You are driving in automatic mode so the car will do all of the shifting for you, up and down. As soon as you touch a paddle you will be in manual mode, the car will not up shift but it will still down shift. The engine has an excellent RPM range so I consider the auto mode to have excessive up shifting. I manually shift up over 3k if I am just cruising, this keeps the engine ready to rock if I need it. No need to be afraid of manually shifting the car will not let you hurt it. If you don't like it push the shifter lever over and you will be back in auto mode. When you slow down the car will still shift down. It makes the driving experience more fun like a manual.
 

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Alan, thank you for all the info & help! You've got me feeling like I can do this, & it will be fun. I really love driving very fast. When I had my T-Top Z28 Camaro, the speedometer went up to like 130 or 140; one night I had the entire highway to myself at like 3am & I broke the speedometer because I went over whatever it was! Dang, that cable was expensive to fix.

By the way, you're an awesome Dad to send your kids to that clinic. Thanks again, & Happy Thanksgiving! :)
 

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And Happy Thanksgiving to you!

The best part of the BMW platform is the people. Without the community most of our cars would be parked.
 

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I treat the smg like driving a manual car. Gentle on the throttle from a stop until clutch feels like it's fully engaged and go from there.

I also drive in M mode S6 all the time with DSC off.

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I treat the smg like driving a manual car. Gentle on the throttle from a stop until clutch feels like it's fully engaged and go from there.

I also drive in M mode S6 all the time with DSC off.

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I really wanted some thoughts on this...does driving in M mode cause more or faster wear on the car than non M mode...also, I would assume it's hard driving civilizied in damn traffic when it on...again thoughts?

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