Some people just like to say things that have no validity. Buy the one that you want. If he is used to manuals and drives them often, he will miss the manual. That said, the automatic 335i is faster. The automatic and manual feel totally different. The car was just lifeless. I don't care how well you or I drive.
Its more about already in motion and having that ability to speed up to get on highway or be able to pass on short notice. The shift program adapts to the driver as well, so its not the same after the car gets used to your preferences. The auto downshifts - giving it a huge advantage in roll on acceleration. I haven't owned an automatic car in. No, I'm not buying on the basis of 0-xxx accleration.
An automatic transmission is faster these days and more efficient. We didn't quite find the vehicle that we're looking for, but we still highly recommend the dealership, and we'll be keeping an eye on their inventory in case something pops up. To each there own for me has to be a manual. In all honesty, an automatic is less efficient than a manual transmission. Of course, they drove it in manual mode. I had an 08 auto then an 07 manual.
My 07 was almost a chore to drive. For driver engagement and driving enjoyment, I still prefer the manual. The less frenetic acceleration of the current-generation cars becomes their most profound strength on this long, steep climb above 3,000 feet. . I am myself a mechanical engineer and work in the auto industry.
I want to purchase this weekend. Fewer gearshifts, more accessible power and a less demanding load on the driver are good when ripping across straight sections of desert road at barely sub-mach velocity. Sluggish, heavy, no control of the engine. Sometimes you just have to learn the tranny to use it properly. So yeah, I could see where they came up with their rankings. An enthusiast could get a 335i and never know what he or she is missing; a yuppie could get an M3 because its the most expensive 3 and be forever resentful of the immediate responses and firm ride. If it weren't my daily driver I would definitely have gone with a manual gearbox.
Sluggish, heavy, no control of the engine. The car had no paddle shifters as far as I could tell. Any information, tips and opinions would be greatly appreciated. Therewith, they are able to protect themselves against used vehicle fraud and especially against mileage inconsistencies. Overall, again - if he usually likes manuals, get a manual.
That said, the automatic 335i is faster. Comparison results such as the one I just read. Of course, they drove it in manual mode. Has anyone driven both the manual and automatic 335i who can tell me if the turbo kick is the same for both cars. You get used to the car and its feel yeah it engine breaks like a manual and you just know when to shift dont even have to look at the console. I drove an auto, felt the turbo when clamong down, but when I test drove a manual version, it somehow didn't feel quite the same. Sometimes you just have to learn the tranny to use it properly.
We're vectoring along California State Highway 190 approaching Death Valley and climbing to the 4,963-foot summit of Towne Pass, and then the turbocharged 3. How could it have more torque? Yeah, it was more of a driving experience rowing the gears but I felt that the experience was lost when I lost boost and bogged in between shifts and couldn't slam gears from 1-2 because of the notchiness. But as mike said, the auto doesnt fall off boost, shifts faster 200ms or less than the manual and is geared shorter in 1,2,3, 4 gears, about the same in 5th and taller in 6th. Buy a bigger car then. First, the M3 is a 6 yr old car, they have the base price of 30,000, obviously it will get a price rating of 100. You get used to the car and its feel yeah it engine breaks like a manual and you just know when to shift, you dont even have to look at the console.
Most auto buyers are not performance minded, and dont care. Even posted about needing to drive the 328 in the higher revs to have fun with it. You don't buy compact coupes so you can cart around groups of people. The manual was notchy from 1-2 and just didn't feel as smooth and quick as the auto. Soon though, I predict manual gearboxes only in the smallest economy cars, or performance vehicles that want to appeal to a certain crowd. In all honesty, an automatic is less efficient than a manual transmission. I really wanted to like the 135i.