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

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Posted by Mister Vanos on August 10, 1998 at 12:37:47:

In Reply to: '99 540iA sport vs. 540i 6spd posted by Dave Vogel on August 10, 1998 at 12:10:30:

: 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.

: Dave


I've spoken to you about this a little. In a perfect world, manual would be my choice. However, just yesterday I was driving back to LA from Santa Barabara and I hated to have to shift in stop 'n go traffic. The 6sp 540 is the most fun to drive, hands down. I really think though that the steptronic falls into a happy median. I also think that you cannot drive it as aggressively as a manual, but on those days when you're moving at 5MPH in dead traffic, you will certainly appreciate it. If traffic burdens you that much...go steptronic. I drove a friends's 840 with step and it was surprisingly fun, though I found up/down shifts non-eventful. Otherwise, do what I did, bite your tongue and hope you can beat the traffic every day, both ways (boy was I dreaming with that one). But, weekends will quickly remind you why you went stick.

Mister Vanos
'95 ///M3 Coupe & '98 540i Sport

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