In Reply to: 540i auto vs. manual -long- posted by Norm on January 28, 2000 at 23:26:28:
Every road test I read on the 6 speed reported problems with the clutch at take-off and 1st-2nd. This really bothered me as I prefered the stick. I have loved driving a manual transmission since for over 36 years now.
I tested a 99 six speed and had absolutely no problems with it. It drove as smoothly as any manual I had ever driven. Bought my 2000 540/6 and have never regretted it. My wife and my 16 year old son, (trained on my old Acura Legend) have no problems with it. The only conclusion is that BMW read the same reviews and fixed the problem. Good luck with your decision.