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      03-25-2007, 12:23 AM   #51

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The BMW 7-speed SMG III, or Getrag 7AMI550, has an unconventional shift pattern (shown below) that is designed to be operated by a computer controlled hydraulic system.

It is not possible in any way or form to modify this gearbox into a conventional H pattern manual. A manual version must have totally different/redesigned internals and quite likely new casing. That's a lot of development to do, and is likely to cost a lot. I'm under the impression that if it was worth it, BMW/Getrag would have done so already.

Personally, I always thought a 7-speed manual would have a dogleg first and a electronic reverse that's engaged by a button. It's purely my imagination though...
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