Originally Posted by needforspeed
That is essentially the only reason why I am not driving a 335d.
BMW offer some puny excuse that the torque would make a manual gearbox explode
But there clearly ARE manual cars with greater levels of torque - so it CAN be done.
That said - with the torque of the 335d you don't really NEED to change gears.
Our M3 manual had less torque than the 335d and its gearbox and clutch were similar to a truck and not the easiest to drive smoothly. The 335d also has more torque than the M5. The only other BMW engine to boast more torque (just, but at much higher RPM) is the 6.0 litre V12 also only available in auto.
Personally if a manual alternative had been available we would still have gone for auto. If you really want to mess about with the gearbox you've still got those paddles to play with.
Previously: 2007 335D MSport E90 Le Mans Blue, 2004 330D A Sport Silver Grey, 2002 330D A Sport Saphire Black, 2001 320D SE Touring Titanium Silver, 1998 M3 Evo Techno Violet, 1996 328i Sport Montreal Blue, 1994 325i Coupe Red, 1989 325i Sport 2 door Dolphin Grey,1986 325i SE 4 door Lachs