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Old 01-25-2011, 10:03 AM   #1
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SMG vs Manual Transmission (E46 M3)

Hey guys, I am a n00b to the forums and extremely interested in purchasing an M3 (hopefully within the next few months).

I searched the forums and couldn't find much regarding the SMG vs manual transmission. I have only ever owned manuals so was hoping to get some opinions from people regarding the differences and whether I should make the switch or stick with manual.

I've done a little reading and it seems like the SMG are more prone to having issues/+ not as fun as manual.

Thoughts, opinions?
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:36 AM   #2
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:57 PM   #3
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i love my smg, very fun to drive. depends on what you need the car for.
and yes it is a fact that the smg will cost you more, thats if anything goes wrong. but again its all been said before.
try searching on m3forums.net, this has been discussed there hundreds of time.

good look on your search, you'll love it
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:33 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I have found all I need to know on the m3forum. You can close this thread
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:53 PM   #5
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so whats your decision
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:19 PM   #6
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so whats your decision
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:27 PM   #7
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so whats your decision
I'm leaning towards SMG tbh but I really think I will need to test drive one to really know.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:45 PM   #8
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ya you should test drive one before, btw i never did when i got mine :s
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its good to know what people are talking about when they say its jerky and stuff like that. once you drive it, you should be pretty clear on if you want this or no.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:50 PM   #9
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definitely get the manual...

seriously. way to costly to repair. smg is just setting yourself up for more money out the window.
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:35 PM   #10
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I purchased an SMG E46 M3 last summer and love it. I've since put money into it for several up-keep repairs (as well as mods) including new clutch disk, SMG pump, relay etc. They cost a bit more to maintain, but the pump (most expensive part to replace since the tranny itself is exactly the same as the manual M3) will last about 100,000km before requiring an overhaul. Should you get an SMG, and you need a new pump... get it from a U.S. dealership (shipped to a Buffalo P.O box)... it'll still save you about $900 compared to Canadian Stealership pricing.

Make sure you drive the SMG car before committing to the purchase, it's nothing like a torque-converter slushbox. I love mine (despite costs) and would purchase another one if I had the chance. In fact, i'd take it over the new M3's M-DCT.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:39 PM   #11
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wat. the dct is easily a better system. performance wise
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:20 AM   #12
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On the contrary, at the track the DCT will occasionally refuse the driver downshifts if more than one gear is selected at a time (rpm's allowing). Example... going into a slow 2nd gear hairpin from a 5th gear straight. It's "too smart" for it's own good (read: overly complicated). The simpler SMG will always do what I tell it to. Many magazines articles can attest to this.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:33 PM   #13
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I test drove an SMG and bought a manual. I like the control and simplicity of having a clutch and a gear shift. The only time I wish I had an SMG is when I'm sitting on the Don Valley Parkinglot for an hour on and off the clutch...inching forward.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:21 PM   #14
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Randy hit it right on!!!
I agree with him
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:01 PM   #15
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SMG is an awesome transmission. Its shifts faster then ANY human can ever shift. You will NEVER money shift your car. You will never miss a gear. No need to rev match downshift, the car does it for you. Its the ultimate benefit if you're tracking.

The ONLY downfall to SMG in opinion is the cost to keep it in working order. If the car has over 100k kms, more then likely the smg pump is toast. SMG tranny also goes through clutches a little bit faster then a manual, due to its design.

It you only use your car to get groceries, get a manual. If you use your car to have fun and try to be fast at the track, buy an SMG 2.
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