Originally Posted by Mark_K
My other car is a Jetta TDI with MT and I don't understand what all the complaining is about. I wouldn't want it any other way - classic AT OR DSG. I also drove my friend's 318d MT (E90) couple of months ago when visiting home in Europe and I don't see any problem with that combo. Wouldn't want it any other way. Yes, the MT is completely different than on my 335i and yes, it is very obviously cheaper "feeling" but that doesn't mean it needs to be replaced with AT. Not for me, at least.
Finally, it was never 100% confirmed that MT will NOT be offered - maybe as some kind of no-cost option or pay-for option. I wouldn't hold my breath, though.
MT in high powered diesel (3L 6 Cyl) will not make much sense because there is lot of power in small band also it will cost a bomb to keep clutch healthy. So 320d/325d MT will be fun and market will embrace them.
But for 335d-MT combo I dont think even 3 pedal enthusiast will like it.
Just my thoughts based on my current ride and 11 yrs(off 14yrs total) of MT driving