Originally Posted by B R A N D X®
However, I'm not a fan of the shifter feel or clutch pedal take up on BMW's M3 whatsoever and it was a disappointing part of my E46 M3 ownership experience (although a heck of a lot better option than SMG or SMG II which, IMO, was horrific). While BMW seems to have improved the feel and functionality of the 6MT with the E90 cars it is still no where near as perfect feeling as Porsche's manual.
Personally, I love a properly design, great feeling manual, but I just don't feel BMW has got it right enough in the M cars to truly satisfy anyone who's owned considerably better feeling manual transmissions.
I hope you weren't basing your decision because of a test drive in an M3 with low miles. While I totally agree the BMW manual is nowhere near as good as Porche's, it does improve a lot with miles. After 10k or so it loosens up quite a bit and is less notchy.