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SMG letter-writing campaign? (archive)

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Posted by Randy G on July 24, 2000 at 17:48:36:

Has anyone thought about starting up a letter-writing campaign to get BMW to offer SMG on US M3s? It seems to me that the demand is very strong here, and over 50% of European M3 owners have opted for SMG since its introduction. I'm not sure why BMW is so hesitant to offer SMG on US models. The only reason I can think of is that they believe we'll confuse it with automatic, and get annoyed that it's not as smooth. I get really annoyed by the attitude implied by the behavior of most car manufacturers, that what Americans really want is a cruiser. BMW is better than most, in that they do offer manual transmissions on all but the 7 series models, but they still seem to believe that Americans will just want to use SMG in automatic mode. I can't stand to drive automatic transmissions, as much because of the loss of precise control, shifting when I want to, as because of the loss in power. I want SMG because it will improve my performance--just as it does F1 drivers--not because I dislike shifting. Smooth shifting is not a big priority for me, and I wouldn't expect to use "E" mode except in stop-and-go traffic. Perhaps if enough American drivers said similar things, BMW could be persuaded to expedite the US release of SMG.


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