Looking into getting an SMG3 M5 that I can use for the occasional commute as well as road trip or back road spirited drive. Initially wanted to do a DCT swap with the Getrag box out of the E9X M3 but seeing as there are no factory-esque builds/swaps done out there (or at least well documented ones), I've lost hope in pursuing for the time being. Don't want a manual as the unoptimized gear ratios are a turn off and render paying a premium for the 3pedal a bit redundant, plus I'd want to be able to lend my parents or s/o the car to putt around town if they need it.
My question is:
what maintenance/modifications/tunes/etc. are the must haves to increasing the reliability and daily driving ability of the SMG3 box. I understand SMGs are not as bad once you "learn" how to read what it is going to do next and modulate the throttle yourself for smoother shifts, but my mother is never going to learn that
and to be frank, I don't want to have to either. Whatever mitigation can be done to smoothen it out as well as increase reliability would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Photo of my 00' E39 M5 on the day I bought it below
P.S. If anyone has some new info on the feasibility of a DCT or some smooth automatic swap on the S85 please let know or link below. Open to spending a healthy chunk on one of those swaps assuming the dash isn't lit up like a Christmas tree (for the most part) afterwards. I find being $50-60k into an NA V10 performance sedan much more worthwhile than spending that or more on an F10/90 M5 with more unusable power and a worse sounding motor that's harder to work on. No offense S63 guys