As some of you know I am looking to buy another BMW.
I only ever look at manual boxes because I don't want the cost of an automatic one going wrong. However the main reason I sold my 330Ci manual was because the clutch needed doing, almost £500 in bits alone, which has made me consider auto(s/h auto box can't be more that 500?).
When you discard auto you lose at least 50% of cars for sale, and the majority of 3.0 diesels.
Can you lot clue me up on the auto boxes in the E46? Stuff like:
How many gears
What do they cost in MPG
How reliable are they
Can they take the power of the 3.0 petrols and the torque of the diesels(2.0 and 3.0, mapped?)
What do they change like(smooth, slow, clunky?)
Anyone know the ratios
Are they all the same throughout the E46 and E39 range
What do they drive like
I have driven a E36 323i vert with an auto box, and I must say I am not very impressed, seems a bit wooly(only way I can explain).
Any opinions of people who have driven the same BMW and engine in manual and auto would be great, also opinions of the BMW E46/E39 manual vs other make boxes would be interesting to hear.
Thanks alot chaps