Originally Posted by voltron1011
SMG and DSG are both awesome technologies. However, for long term reliability, I'd stay away from it.
If you plan on leasing a new M3, get the SMG.... If you are shopping for an '03 out of warranty, get the regular manual tranny.
May I ask what you base that on? In the UK there does not appear to be an issue, and SMG helps protect other components from misuse (accidental or deliberate).