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      08-11-2012, 01:19 PM   #13
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Drives: 2010 E92 M3
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Originally Posted by BimmFiniti View Post
Not sure I understand the issue people have with the M3 6MT. My initial impression with it was that it was OK, but after living with it for the past 6 months, I really like it. It has a "snicky", precise nature that is pretty unique. I've owned many MT cars. Here's my ranking of the transmission - and clutch - for some of the cars I've owned:

1) (tie) 2002 Porsche 911 (996), 2007 Porsche Cayman S
2) 2010 E90 M3
3) 2006 Civic Si
4) 2001 E46 330i (still own)
5) 2002 Infiniti G35 coupe
6) 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
As many have pointed out in the past, "feel" of a gearbox is somewhat subjectie; however, many owners have complained about the lack of precision in the M3 6MT. I LOVE manual gearboxes because they are far more involving to drive; the problem is that I have noticed that the imprecision of the manual box has not only slowed me down but caused me embarassment when my passenger tells me, "it looks like you really have struggle/work hard to shift gears in this car". I am a manual veteran with 24 years of experience and currently also own a 2010 135i 6MT. The gearbox in the 135 actually outperforms the one in the M3. This should not happen in a $70K car that is supposed to be one of the best cars in the world.