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      08-23-2011, 06:56 AM   #23
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If you want an M3 without any issue concerns, opt for no transmission at all and ask dealer if you can power your vehicle Fred Flintstone style with your toes.

If, however, you go with either transmission you should be fine. You will read about issues on both sides of the fence here; whether it's DCTs clunky baulking or MTs grinding and 1-2 shifting issues.
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Use the stick like u would a manual. If that doesn't work, put it in D mode and put both hands at 10 and 2. If that doesn't work, just sit on your right hand.
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      08-23-2011, 07:23 AM   #24
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Just to be clear, the issue we are discussing is related to the shift lever ONLY. The actual operation of the transmission has been flawless to date, no clunky baulking...

But Totti is correct, you will find plenty of comments on both transmissions on this and other forums!
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      08-23-2011, 08:50 AM   #25
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This is normal. It always happens about the same amount of time after starting the car. For me, about 4 miles down the road. It's always done it. It's very subtle, wouldn't notice it unless you have your hand on the knob. Two clicks about 2 seconds apart. I'm thinking it has something to do with the unit warming up and once it's reached some predetermined temperature, a couple of solenoids operate something. I don't know what, but that's what it feels like. Maybe it has something to do with launch control being enabled after that because that's about how far you need to drive before LC is allowed to happen. Or it could have nothing to do with LC, but my guess it has something to do with how it operates pre warm up vs. post warm up.
how funny u mentioned the 4miles..because i was at the halfway point home from my dealership that's 8 miles away when i felt the 2-3 clicks
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Just to be clear, the issue we are discussing is related to the shift lever ONLY. The actual operation of the transmission has been flawless to date, no clunky baulking...
+1 car shifts just fine..
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      08-23-2011, 11:12 AM   #27
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I've also got 20k and some track days. Also have had no problems. 2 previous BMW's were manuals. I have never regretted for a minute getting DCT. Forums, by their nature, amplify any problems because people only talk about problems. Seems like 6MT has it's share of problems also. But for the most part, the vast majority of DCT and 6MT owners alike have no problems.
The issue in this thread isn't even an issue really, just an idiosynchrasy, like was already mentioned.
I agree for the most part, but the poster does have a legitimate concern. The DCT transmission is still *relatively* new, and thus we really have no idea about its longevity outside of the warranty period. I am certainly nervous about keeping my car beyond 4 years, and would probably not have the same concerns if I had gotten an MT.

Of course, I hope I am wrong, and that the M3s do not have the same transmission longevity issues at the M5s and M6s with SMG-III.
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This is normal. It always happens about the same amount of time after starting the car. For me, about 4 miles down the road. It's always done it. It's very subtle, wouldn't notice it unless you have your hand on the knob. Two clicks about 2 seconds apart. I'm thinking it has something to do with the unit warming up and once it's reached some predetermined temperature, a couple of solenoids operate something. I don't know what, but that's what it feels like. Maybe it has something to do with launch control being enabled after that because that's about how far you need to drive before LC is allowed to happen. Or it could have nothing to do with LC, but my guess it has something to do with how it operates pre warm up vs. post warm up.
This pretty much sums it up for me as well, usually happens on freeway on way to work. Does not seem to have any performance impact just seems odd..
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      09-27-2011, 09:43 PM   #29
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I am getting a clicky sound and vibration feedback on my MDCT shift knob also. Bring the car in for service tomorrow and I will see what the dealer will say.
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