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'99 540iA sport vs. 540i 6spd (archive)

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Posted by Dave Vogel on August 10, 1998 at 12:10:30:

Over the next week or so, I still have time to change my order from a '99 540iA sport (Steptronic)to a '99 540i 6spd. I've been driving stick for 18 years, most recently my '97 528i 5 spd, and of course I love the feeling of rowing the gears. However, having driven in Long Island Expressway and New York City traffic for 13 of those 18 years, I decided that an automatic would be smart and that it was time to grow up. I figured that the Steptronic would at least add some fun back to the driving experience.

Of course I am having second thoughts. I've contacted some of you 540iA owners individually to get your opinions, but I've never posted this message on the 5er board because I know that vast majority of you are stick shifters.

I would greatly appreciate opinions from both camps, particularly anyone whose driven the 540iA sport steptronic extensively. I'd also love to hear from 540i 6spd drivers who commute in frequent traffic.

Bottom line question is this: Am I crazy to give up the stick because I find shifting in traffic to be very unpleasant?

Thanks for your input.


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