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Re: Bimmer trannies (vs. Integra) (archive)

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Posted by Jim Robertson on November 15, 1998 at 08:47:13:

In Reply to: Bimmer trannies posted by Rev on November 15, 1998 at 01:23:47:

: I would say BMW has one of the best manual transmission in the market. The only way to the most out of a 323/328 is to get a stick shift and experience it... Good Luck on your purchase!

I'm waiting for my E46 328i sport package. Haven't been able to DRIVE one with that suspension yet, but this week the BMW NoA "Drive for the cure" event (you test drive one of 16 factory caravaned Bimmers and BMWNoA gives a dollar for each mile you drive to Breast Cancer research) came through Santa Rosa. I was "on call" and the beeper wouldn't shut up, so I had to short-circuit my drive to a fraction of the 17 mile test loop planned by the sponsors. However, I had jumped directly from my Integra GSR to the 328, and it struck me how sloppy the Bimmer gearbox felt in contrast to the short, precise throws in the GSR. There's lots else to love about the Bimmer, and I'm hoping the sport package will more suit my taste in the ride vs. handling wars, but I'll also miss the 8000 rpm redline (apparently it will be 9000 rpm (!) in the upcoming Honda roadster.

I did get to sign the event 5-series touring that will go to the museum at the BMW NoA factory in S. Carolina. I DIDN'T get to drive one of the two M3s in the 16-car caravan because previous testers had crashed them (not in Santa Rosa).

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