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      04-10-2013, 10:58 AM   #155
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The auto is great for my needs week day rush hour traffic in North Jersey suck in a manual. [...] clutch in clutch out to move 5 feet at a time gets old fast in traffic.
Agreed. I've had a manual as a daily driver in Atlanta. Rush hour traffic svcked. Not just slower/faster traffic which you can manage in a MT but complete stops. Go Stop Go Stop Go Stop...

A 6MT BMW would be fun as a weekender, or if I didn't regularly sit in stop-and-go traffic, but not for my daily driver needs. Maybe I'm just getting old. *shrug*

To answer the original question; I consciously chose the 6AT having many years experience with both manual and auto transmissions. It fit my needs and I've never had a second thought about my choice.
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I thought I would have enjoyed it and it would have been better for the traffic but I miss driving a stick so much. Just doesn't feel the same way or feel like I am getting the most out of the car esp as my second car is a stick albeit not a powerful car but a small hot hatch. Driving around twisters just doesn't feel the same with the paddle shifters. So bad that I would consider selling my car. I mean dont get me wrong the tranny is great this is just personal preference. Anyone feel the same way.
I absolutely regret getting the at. I despise the automatic transmission, its one of the least smooth trannys I've ever experienced in a car, real let down considering its a ZF...
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I thought I would have enjoyed it and it would have been better for the traffic but I miss driving a stick so much. Just doesn't feel the same way or feel like I am getting the most out of the car esp as my second car is a stick albeit not a powerful car but a small hot hatch. Driving around twisters just doesn't feel the same with the paddle shifters. So bad that I would consider selling my car. I mean dont get me wrong the tranny is great this is just personal preference. Anyone feel the same way.
I absolutely regret getting the at. I despise the automatic transmission, its one of the least smooth trannys I've ever experienced in a car, real let down considering its a ZF...
Get an Alpina flash, that'll fix that
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Get an Alpina flash, that'll fix that
His car might be pre 3/07. Base on his sig
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His car might be per 3/07
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I've never had any issues w/rowing my own gears in stop and go traffic.

If the AT never existed and everyone drove MT drivers on the road would probably be more aware of their surroundings...just my opinion
AGREEED. 10000%. This would definitely make the world a safer place in terms of driving.
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AGREEED. 10000%. This would definitely make the world a safer place in terms of driving.
Disagree 100000000000000%. Study after study has shown that having to do more things whilst driving diminishes safety. I love driving manual as much as anyone else, but I refuse to ignore reality.
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      04-10-2013, 06:06 PM   #162
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I have an auto and I miss heel and toe downshifting so much.
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i don't regret having a 6at, at times I would love to have a manual transmission but those times are rare compared to the time I am stuck in traffic. I think having a DCT would be the best of both worlds so when I buy my next car I will likely go in that direction.
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rush hour traffic in North Jersey suck in a manual.
I've never understood this way of thinking. Yes, driving does s*** merging 12 lanes into 3, bumper to bumper going to work. but traffic s****, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the transmission of the car. Is it somehow less su**** to have to constantly move your foot from the gas to the brake?

Either you like to shift yourself, or you don't. It's black, and white. None of this, I would drive a manual, except....my .02.
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Best AT I've had. No regrets at all.
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Either you like to shift yourself, or you don't. It's black, and white. None of this, I would drive a manual, except....my .02.
Nope, not exactly.

It all depends on where you will spend your time in that particular vehicle.

MT for my track car, AT for my street car. Best of both worlds. Liking one doesn't mean hating the other. They each have their place. Choices in life are not always this OR that. Sometimes it can be this AND that.
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Nope, not exactly.

It all depends on where you will spend your time in that particular vehicle.

MT for my track car, AT for my street car. Best of both worlds. Liking one doesn't mean hating the other. They each have their place. Choices in life are not always this OR that. Sometimes it can be this AND that.
Totally disagree. That isn't the "best of both worlds." It's like saying, straight on weekends, *** on weeknights. Best of both worlds. You don't switch hit on the tranny (figuratively speaking).
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I've never had any issues w/rowing my own gears in stop and go traffic.

If the AT never existed and everyone drove MT drivers on the road would probably be more aware of their surroundings...just my opinion
AGREEED. 10000%. This would definitely make the world a safer place in terms of driving.
I have to agree with you both. The most common reason I hear from people about why an AT is better is because they "don't have to think about it in traffic".
Come on now the last thing I want is the people around me not thinking about driving!

Reminds me of the time I got pulled over for lane spiltting. I told the cop "if everyone rode a motorcycle we wouldn't have this traffic". He replied, "if everyone had to ride a motorcycle, half the people would be dead!" And I said, "probably but we wouldn't have this traffic. "

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Disagree 100000000000000%. Study after study has shown that having to do more things whilst driving diminishes safety. I love driving manual as much as anyone else, but I refuse to ignore reality.
I don't disagree that studies have found that do more things whilst driving diminishes safety. BUT I believe all those studies are talking about "more things to do" in terms of phone calls, texting, tuning the radio, eating, reading, etc. I highly doubt any of them are talking about the actual functions of driving. If so, maybe we need to get rid of turn signals, lights, wipers, etc.

Seriously though, do you ever notice how many people are making hand held phone calls, texting, spending excessive time tuning the radio, eating (full meals), reading (books / magazines), shaving, doing their makeup, etc while driving??? It's just crazy! And most of them are driving automatics.
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Totally disagree. That isn't the "best of both worlds." It's like saying, straight on weekends, *** on weeknights. Best of both worlds. You don't switch hit on the tranny (figuratively speaking).
so now homosexuals drive autos? wow. just wow.
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so now homosexuals drive autos? wow. just wow.
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I love my auto now that I have the alpina flash. You can really bang through the gears and there is no way a person could shift that fast. It really is an animal now.
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Driving a stick does not preclude me from fiddling with the gadgets or enjoying a morning coffee while driving. However, some people in California came up with a clever idea to discourage their teenagers texting while driving http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/01/24/calif-parents-clever-way-to-fight-against-texting-and-driving-get-a-stick-shift/
My car is not a commuter car, and I drive in one if the most congested places in the North East - NYC, and having a stick does not bother me in stop and go traffic, you have to work your feet regardless if it is a manual or automatic or DCT equipped car.
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Agreed. I've had a manual as a daily driver in Atlanta. Rush hour traffic svcked. Not just slower/faster traffic which you can manage in a MT but complete stops. Go Stop Go Stop Go Stop...

A 6MT BMW would be fun as a weekender, or if I didn't regularly sit in stop-and-go traffic, but not for my daily driver needs. Maybe I'm just getting old. *shrug*

To answer the original question; I consciously chose the 6AT having many years experience with both manual and auto transmissions. It fit my needs and I've never had a second thought about my choice.
I agree stop n go sucks but overall I just like MT much better its just better overall driving experience. My E46 328i was auto and I did love that car but it just aint the same.
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His car might be pre 3/07. Base on his sig
What is this alpina flash anyways? Should I just drop it by the dealer (gasp) and see if they can figure out why its so jerky and not smooth?
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However, some people in California came up with a clever idea to discourage their teenagers texting while driving http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012...a-stick-shift/
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