Originally Posted by Schm
Yes, very much agree. Engine and transmission characteristics much match and all that torque really is best mated towards a silky smooth AT. I have driven the 335d and it's a brilliant car and the gearbox works very well. My dad also had a e320 cdi Mercedes with a AT with a sport shift function which worked very well for sporty driving.
But again, these diesels are for eating up hundreds of highway miles while returning 40mpg, not exactly for lapping laguna seca.
Absolutely. I've driven my share of 120d, 320d, 330d all with MT's. To me anyway, the fun part about having an MT is to be able to rev the engines, then perform the perfect shift.
With diesel engines, you get to play with 3-4k RPM's, then you have to shift again. Also a pretty jerky experience too.