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      08-01-2007, 06:58 AM   #23
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We have a couple of friends with the prv M3 with smg (04 and 06) and when we tried them, shifting the smg would have this clunk (not smooth) or lurch which by now I know as normal. Tried an gti with dsg, shifts were so smooth and instant. Hoping DCT is like the latter.
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      08-01-2007, 08:33 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by swamp2 View Post
I guess you can not count your chickens before the eggs hatch...However, all of the press as well as "insider" information from BMW clearly points to one MT alternative for the M3 and that is M-DCT by Getrag. I got a private message the other day from a fellow who liked my simulation work on the M-DCT and claimed his friend is a test driver for BMW currently driving M-DCT cars and absolutely loves it. It seems it would be nearly impossible for BMW to back pedal and offer SMG on the car. All UK, EU, SA, etc. literature claims 6MT only, for now. M-DCT fits the "efficient dynamics" so perfect as well - better fuel consumption and better performance.

Fully agree on this one.......................
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      08-01-2007, 09:17 AM   #25

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I've driven Golf R32 with DSG, the automatic mode is much smoother than SMG but downshifts were slow as "hell".
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      08-02-2007, 09:10 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by 888 View Post
I did not feel “connected” to the car. Up shifts are nearly seamless and downshifts could get confused. I loved the “crisp” responsive feel that the SMG offered. At first I did not like my SMG and I nearly took it back to BMW. After a few days you start to learn how the box works and you start interacting with it like it has its own soul. The DSG on the other hand was always just bland. Passengers however preferred the DSG.

This highlights the dangers of both car reviews and short test drives. I guess the DSG gets rave reviews because it is so versatile, the SMG on the other hand is bad in auto mode (which I never used).

I assume that the M division won’t make a box that is not suited to an M car.

A friend of mine bought his wife a SMG M3 and she absolutely hated it.

When I attended the M high speed driving course my instructor loved the SMG.

I also want the M-dct, but because I am high on the list I will take a Mt for now.

I hope my coments helped.
thanks for that!
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