Subject: Just a winter beater…
Subject: Just bought his beauty yesterday. 2022 X3 xdrive30i in Brooklyn grey.
Subject: Close to 20,000km in 8 months - the V10 M5 is misunderstood.
Subject: I’m honestly impartial as to if it is a DTM car or not. Just feels like it’s been at too many important places for it to just be a “fake.” For everyone who knows more about DTM than I do, here are some more photos.
Subject: unreal color
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Subject: 2021 330i
Subject: First BMW! used to be a JDM boy even though I was born and raised in Germany hahaha n52 has been a dream so far.
Subject: 1991 BMW Nazca M12, 1992 C2 Coupe, 1993 C2 Spider
Subject: First Crest Run in the E46
Subject: My first experience and I am definitely in love))
Subject: Some basic shots I took of my old 650…I find myself often thinking of this thing and missing it
Subject: Unpopular Opinion: the 6MT in the F10 M5 is delightful.
When I was buying, I did so blindly. I had always driven manual transmissions for my entire life and I knew it was the last year for 6MT. Prior to this car I had an E46 330Ci ZHP that I owned from approximately 24,000 miles all the way to maybe 90,000 miles. I bought that car sight unseen and knew it was the one. I came from the FWD Honda / Nissan world and I really liked the 6MT in the E46. It was maybe a little notchy but had really nice feel compared to the Japanese sedans I drove previously.
When you start reading about manual transmission in the F10, it appears that the car was never made to have a manual transmission. It was only made for the DCT. I think that’s probably true, I don’t see any reason for anyone to lie about that. It’s also faster performance-wise. Can’t argue that. On the flip - I also don’t see why just because it was not made specifically to have a manual transmission that the manual transmission must be bad. I again bought my car sight unseen (who needs to see a car before they spend 75k?) from a dealer in Dallas. Pics weren’t even online yet. I had the sales guy send me pics of the pedals. Always have to confirm “does it have a third pedal?” So many DCTs listed as 6MT.
Anyway - the review.
The most difficult thing about the manual transmission is the first gear engagement (specifically sport+ mode) and 1-2 shift need finesse to maintain good clutch wear. The car has so much power that if you try to slip the clutch in any way, you can hear the disc spinning, whining, in a way that you don’t ever want to hear. It’s a bit like a dentist’s drill. Don’t. Do. That.
Also when you miss a gear (in the way you have done most of your life), the ‘grind’ or ‘clunk’ sound is wayyyyy more severe than in my E46. I assume this is bc of the amount of torque involved.
When the mis-shift happens to me, I fucking shiver, keep it in neutral for a few seconds, and punch myself in the groin. It’s a rarity, but I missed a 2-3 shift last week and it hurt my soul at it’s core.
On the flipside, when you get firm engagement and the clutch catches, and everything goes perfectly, the car runs like a bat out of hell. What could possibly be more fun than a four-door sedan with 600 hp and a manual transmission? Maybe a 500hp V10 with a manual transmission? 😈
The E46 obviously doesn’t have any special transmission helpers, it’s a straightforward 6MT we all know and love. The F10 is WAY different. In “comfort” and “sport” throttle modes, the car rev matches downshifts for you and protects/smooths your low gear - ahem - imperfections. SPort mode gives you a little more torque with a little less pedal, but still offers the transmission grannies. Apparently this is normal in newer 6MT transmissions so pardon my Boomerish newness to the tech. My last car was a 2005.
Anyway - Sport+ gives you better throttle response but also the raw transmission. No grannies. The difference between Sport and Sport+ is like driving a 760i vs Driving a 911 turbo. Throttle response gets super twitchy. The car becomes the M car you dreamed.
You better rev match your own down shifts in Sport+ or get a new clutch every 5000 miles! I can’t imagine a newbie trying to drive this car in this mode.
Long story short, the transmission is far from perfect. However if you are a manual transmission kind of person, it won’t disappoint. 4th-6th gears on the highway are WHOA 🤯 I really find the car delightful. I can’t imagine what I would ‘upgrade’ to?
I’d love to hear from other owners in possible transmission upgrades? Flywheel? Aftermarket clutch? Agree with this review? Hate it? I’d love to hear either way.
Subject: Monday wallpaper
Subject: the legend
Subject: Save the Manuals !
Subject: Saw this beauty in a local dealership
Subject: Early morning photo shoot up HWY 9 in Los Gatos, California today!
Subject: My artwork of BMW E30 M3 DTM
Subject: BMW S50B32 Euro VANOS rebuild 😁 (round two after the last place fu**ed it up 😂)