In Reply to: Re: Thanks for sharing....a slightly different rea posted by Randy G on July 26, 2000 at 16:52:30:
I'm with BMW of North America, Inc. and read your inquiry about the SMG transmission and the M3 in the United States.
The first generation was thought to be not well suited to the market in the US. Thus, we opted for a "normal" 5 speed automatic instead. We are, however, attuned to customer feedback. We appreciate that you've shared your thoughts with us and are reviewing several options for future generations of the M3.
Just note that I was merely trying to read the words that you quoted from your email wherein it states at the end "....for future generations of the M3" even though earlier in the para the email writer refers to another generation of the SMG. Thats all.
Sorry dont mean to be anal about reading email. :)
Either way, I am really happy even though I will be getting the manual transmission - maybe I can buy a second one with the SMG :))) I wish they were that freely available.
Thanks for the info.
The reply is a bit confusing about what the word generation implies - read again....can be read to mean that same SMG could be used in second generation M3 ...
I actually found something on some European Web site somewhere saying that second-generation SMG would have paddles, instead of using the stick for shifting. This is consistent with loki's sighting of a paddle-equipped M3 in the Bay Area recently. See Here for lots of info. Now, if I get this right, here's a picture of the car sighted in Sausalito: