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      11-06-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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Exclamation Stickshift Drivers!!!

i am considering trading in my 2006 325 for a 330 and was thinking about getting a stick. what are your inputs about the build quality? But more importantly is it more enjoyable than the automatic? I can drive stickshift but i am just a little confused on which transmission i want.
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      11-06-2012, 05:30 PM   #2
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ive driven auto my whole life until my BMW... i love driving manual now and would never have it another way.. especially on a bmw.
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      11-06-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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i have a stick shift and i love it.. in fact all the cars i have had till date have been manuals. i have a 330i and i recommend it
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      11-06-2012, 05:34 PM   #4
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thanks for the input guys. i learned to drive in a stickshift so i kinda want to go back to that haha. auto is kinda boring for me.
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      11-06-2012, 05:52 PM   #5
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I have a 330i AUTO/STEPTRONIC and I am happy with it... I dont race anyone or red line my car but I know some kids like that. I used to have manual but dont miss it especially when you are in traffic... cheers!
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      11-06-2012, 06:01 PM   #7
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BWAHAHAHA! heck yeah, nothing says pure driving pleasure like having to grind reverse to find neutral, or popping the hood to jiggle your crossed-up shift linkage so you can find a gear that works again

But seriously, I really like my MT the only complaint I have is the numb clutch feel. I had the same complaint years ago on my '86 535i, don't know why the BMW clutch pedals give next to no tactile feedback when the whirly bits touch each other.
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      11-06-2012, 06:04 PM   #8
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I love my 6MT. Every car I've bought, I've had a manual transmission. I special ordered this one when new because most dealers don't stock many. Sure occasionally it's a pain in Boston traffic, but it's a small price to pay. Unfortunately, manuals are a dying breed. I was even thinking of replacing my 330i in the future with possibly an X3, but I see that there's no longer an option for anything other than an automatic. Scratched off the list.
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i am considering trading in my 2006 325 for a 330 and was thinking about getting a stick. what are your inputs about the build quality? But more importantly is it more enjoyable than the automatic? I can drive stickshift but i am just a little confused on which transmission i want.
If by build quality you mean reliability/longevity, the manual is better.

Fun factor -- no comparison: 6MT.
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Been driving a manual for the past 10 or so years (since I went from an SUV to a sports car). I lived in the city for a good portion of that.... I wouldn't even consider an auto. Not for a second.
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Why not go all in and get a 335i with a MT?
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Why not go all in and get a 335i with a MT?
i would but its a little too much for me in price.
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i would but its a little too much for me in price.
The 330i is a solid machine with a 6MT. Id still suggest looking for a used 07-08 335i. Im glad i got mine Now if only it didnt misfire...

As for the 6MT, i highly suggest it over the 6AT. At times, it becomes annoying, but for the most part, i love it. I live in the city btw.
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I've driven a MT for 4 years before getting into my AT 328. While I love the car, I still regret not getting a MT. "Manual" mode is ok, but nothing beats the throttle response and feel of rowing through gears in a manual.
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Been driving a manual for the past 10 or so years (since I went from an SUV to a sports car). I lived in the city for a good portion of that.... I wouldn't even consider an auto. Not for a second.
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The one thing I regret is not getting a 6MT. I thought I'd have a bit of traffic, but it's gotten significantly better this year. Definitely go for it. My dad made fun of me and said "He'd never get a BMW without a manual" (He has a manual E46 and S2000)
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Ive been driving stick shift since i was 16. Go for it!! However i recommend trying to push it to a 335i. More fun!
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Although auto trannies have come a long way, I still prefer a manual transmission. To me, it's just more engaging. I think you'll hear more people regretting not getting a 6MT versus the other way around.

So if you are even thinking about a manual transmission, DO IT!
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Three on a tree and you never go back
BWAHAHAHA! heck yeah, nothing says pure driving pleasure like having to grind reverse to find neutral, or popping the hood to jiggle your crossed-up shift linkage so you can find a gear that works again

But seriously, I really like my MT the only complaint I have is the numb clutch feel. I had the same complaint years ago on my '86 535i, don't know why the BMW clutch pedals give next to no tactile feedback when the whirly bits touch each other.
You should look in to a CDV delete. It really makes the clutch feel like it should.
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If you feel that you will enjoy driving an MT more than an AT then by all means get an MT.

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manual = fun. actually you stop noticing driving manual when you get use to it.
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I drove MT's for the 1st 20 years, then AT's for the next 20 years. After driving MT's as rentals during 3 trips to Europe and loving it, I decided to go back to MT's. So my last 2 cars have been MT's.

I like driving MT's much better because I am more involved and have more control of my car. And I never stop trying to perfect my shifts. And the MT should last longer. And it sounds better than a 328i AT I had as a loaner. I heard something besides the engine when I revved it - probably the torque converter?

If I was to buy an M3 or 335is, I would seriously consider a DCT. I'd drive the DCT back to back with the 6MT and make my decision. My main concern about the DCT is that is it more expensive, more complicated and new, which might mean more repairs down the road. I plan on keeping my car for many years.
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