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      12-31-2012, 12:49 PM   #14
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Drives: '13 E82 135is '13 E88 135
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Dixie

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Originally Posted by attbimmer View Post
The way things are going, I'm just glad I can still get a car with a manual trans. I don't think that will be the case for much longer, so I will enjoy it while I can. Hopefully by the time I am forced into a PDK/DCT trans I will be ready for the change. So far, despite trying many times, I'm not there yet.

I fear that the new CAFE standards combined with the low "take rate" for manuals will force the manufacturer's hand and automatic will be the only choice. I tried the 6AT in my 2007 E90 335 - a good transmission, but I've since gone back to MT on both subsequent 335.

The 8AT from ZF has gotten many positive reviews, and appears to be the new BMW "standard".
2013 E88 135i B39/LWD1 DCT
2013 E82 135is 416/LWNL 6MT