The problem is that besides these two BMWs, I've always driven a manual. So the entire motion of me reaching for the gear shift puts my left foot into stomp on the clutch mode, resulting in 100% pressure on the brakes and me scaring the sh*t out of myself and making the people behind me very upset. Same thing goes for the blinker switch, I just can't get used to it.
My Z4 had paddles and I drove it 99% of the time in Manual mode. Got good gas milage too.
With the 328i I mainly keep it 45% DS, 45% Manual and 10% D.
DS is pretty jerky driving around town when it downshifts to first gear. So I usually keep it in D if I have a lot of stop and go — seems to keep it from going in 1st gear and really retards the throttle. DS also keeps it out of 6th on the highway.
65 Volvo 1800S, 80 320i, 01 M5, 07 328i Wagon