Originally Posted by red-max
Hmm... I'm not 100% sure about changing up, but I think it doesn't when you're in M mode. However, it does change down for you, which can be handy if you pull up at a roundabout and forget you're in M, but it can also be annoying because if you brake coming into a roundabout for example, the 'box might drop down a gear for you at the same time as you push the paddle to change down, and you end up dropping down 2 gears and losing count of where you are. Maybe I need to practise more, but I couldn't really get the hang of it, and now I only use M mode when I'm on fast straight roads - I find DS is best for tricky junctions, roundabouts, overtaking etc., and it does a pretty good job.
If you could stop it changing for you I could live with it. The step in my 530d was the same and as you say I ended up dropping or going up by 2 gears because the box tried to do what I wanted.
Please can I have a 335d with SMG