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Just wanted you guy's opinion on downshifting when you come to a traffic light in manual mode. I found that just letting the intelligent transmission downshift for me is smoother than when I do it.

Any thoughts?

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I normally downshift by myself. I hate how long it stays in 2nd. Sometimes, I like downshifting to 4th or 3rd when slowing down to a light too (especially coming up to a turn, but sometimes even when coming to a red light).
 

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Just wanted you guy's opinion on downshifting when you come to a traffic light in manual mode. I found that just letting the intelligent transmission downshift for me is smoother than when I do it.

Any thoughts?

:M5launch:
I prefer to downshift. If left in S-mode the car only downshifts at the vary last second rendering no benefit of the downshift probably why it is smoother. My opinion it is more of a safety feature then a downshift. If the downshifts are done around 3,000 rpm or less then it should be pretty smooth and still provide a braking benefit and smooth power if you need to accelerate all of the sudden. Seems never to be at the correct RPM unless I am shifting it. After all it is a MANUAL transmission. I found it to be smoothest when not using any of the automatic features and just manually doing everything. Just my .02 opinion.

Also, you may want to see this thread Post #5:

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=111846
 

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I like to manually downshift myself because I never know when it is going to automatically go from 2 to 1, and have been caught in between and suddenly lurch and almost hit the car in front of me
 

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I use the SMG in man. mode just like a six speed, up and down. I rarely use the brakes...........:dunno:
 

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I also downshift in manual mode for two reasons.
1) I figure the breaks are going to last longer that way.
2)The auto feature doesn't know what I'm thinking and may be in the wrong gear when I need it (ie: stopping at a light and the dam system is still in 2nd then the light turns green before the car is in 1st).

Manual mode all the way for me for downshifting:M5thumbs:

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I usually drive in auto cause in the morning on my way to school not really in the mood to drive..... but as soon as im awake again i use manual and i usually let it downshift for me..... feels smoother
 
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