I am 79 and have owned many BMWs over the years, but this is my first real M, a 1988 M6. It has a very short shifter installed, along with a competition clutch/pressure plate. I have owned a 633 and in the past and find driving the M6 cumbersome and difficult by comparison. My grocery store getter is a 97 318ti (a bobtail hatchback with the wonderfully winding 4 banger) is a joy to throw around and shifts very quick with the standard rig. Guess I have work to do on the M6 if i want it to suit me! i also currently have a 2000 Z3, a 2002 540i V8, a 93 530i wagon with a V8 and a stick, and a beautifully preserved 1984 E30 318i with outstanding original paint and interior and no rust whatsoever. Only problem is that it is an automatic. I just bought a rust bucket doner car with a 6 and a stick but i am getting a bit old for such heavy work. I also have a 1947 MG YA Sedan and a 1967 MGB GT . I look forward to reading all the posts and sharing info.