On my E34 535i, I've actually had "wheel shimmy" at the dreaded
55-60mph, but both times, it turned out to be an out of balanced
wheel. Since then, I've always did the cheapest thing first and
checked the wheel balance. Good Luck!
My suspicion is that if you ignore the "lifetime fluid" recommendation
and maintain the transmission properly, you're apt to do a lot better
than the average driver.
But then again, I don't like automatic transmissions for a whole host
of other reasons, most notably they have a lot more stuff in there to
break, and that they are difficult to repair when they do break, and
that they are much less fun to drive unless you spend your life in
stop and go traffic. And if you spend your life in stop and go traffic
you have worse things to worry about.
BMW is really worried about brand dilution in the US, which seems like
a shame to me, but then I'm probably exactly the kind of customer they
don't want any more.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
A nice manual can be a pleasure to use. But these tend to be restricted to
smaller cars due to simple mechanics. Most larger ones aren't so pleasant
- things like the clutch delay valve see to that. And with the 8 speed
autos BMW fit these days the performance/economy difference is far less
marked. The latest SMG is quite good too.
*Two wrongs are only the beginning *
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
Shifting-around is a drawback of autos in general, and one reason
some people prefer manuals.
I don't like shifting at the slightest change of conditions. I like
to hear my motor swing through some RPM's, not just sit there while
the gear ratio is changed.
People are allowed to dislike things that are "better on paper".
Many people despise the "ideal on paper" continuously-variable
transmissions, just on the basis of the feel and sound. Even if was
100% efficient and lasted forever, I wouldn't want one.
What's a "smaller car?" Would the 1 or 3 Series qualify? What about
the 5 Series, both the 550i and 535i are available with manual
transmission, albeit with the dreaded clutch delay valve.
The latest issue of Roundel has an article on how to remove and
replace the CDV, so you can make a larger car more pleasant to drive!
Actually, BMW autos are supposedly quite good. Its only when they
breakdown in a little over 100K miles that makes it worrisome.
If you like SMG, the new 7 speed DKG (double clutch gearbox) found on
the E92 M3 is suppose to be even better! Again, how is the
reliability? Good Luck!
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