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      03-20-2007, 11:10 AM   #15
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Drives: E46 M3CS
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Great post but I don't follow, HiRide.

You've told us many reasons why SMG is better (and runs faster) on track. However, you don't believe an SMG driver can hit a drift as fast - why not? You say it is considered 'one more fail point' (on that basis leave out the engine!).

However, SMG has a very good reliability record on road and track, is only marginally (15 lbs) heavier and protects other components (eg. engine from over-revving, and the clutch, maybe brakes too).

You obviously know SMG benefits, though I suspect it takes ownership to really appreciate (left foot braking is not essential). Yet you wouldn't trade that funny old 6 speed. Don't get it!