Originally Posted by ChrisMWard
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.
Does the auto with paddles in the 335d actually hold onto a gear UNTIL you change it (i.e. does it act like an 'SMG' box rather than a full auto)?