Agreed, despite a lot of BMW manuals getting flack, I've thoroughly enjoyed the stock shifter and never thought "I could use a shorter throw." I actually tend to like my shifters slightly tall. This mod seems to be more a matter of personal preference and the application (i.e. the car). Also, as I get older I seem to like things a little less on the ragged edge.A minority opinion...I think the stock shifter (IF well-functioning) fits the character of the car well. I know what short shifters feel like as the M coupe had one as stock and I have driven an M5 with one. Perfect for the M coupe, but I didn't like as much with the M5. Again, just my opinion.
I have the stock shifter and this is why I've kept it (so far). I've had shorter shifters in my life and it is sort of like most hot rodding "improvements" - there is always a trade off. Shorter shifters generally require higher effort and are notchier. The weighted knobs are popular because folks are trying to get smoother/easier shifts back (i.e. they want, as we all do, the best of both worlds). Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and your personal tolerance for the higher effort, etc. It is at this point, that someone will chime in and swear their short shifter's effort is no higher than stock, etc. I've driven an E60 equipped model (back to back with my own car) and while it feel more connected and sporty it is a bit notchier and higher effort...better than most aftermarket short shifters I've had in other cars, but still noticeable...it's just physics after all.Have installed 545 shifter and zhp knob. Have to say, most of the time I would like the stock shifter back( may refit it ) as the 545 shifter is too notchy when the air temps are cold, gearbox cold etc and takes a good while to warm up. Have changed gearbox oil twice but doesn't help much.