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Biggbn

525i auto, manual mode

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Hi guys, maybe typical new guy question but...does using the manual mode have any detrimental effect on gearbox longevity. I have owned several smart cars, don't laugh, and always drove them in manual mode. I am aware that the e39 autobox can be a problem and mine seems silly smooth, I don't wanna do ANYTHING to jeopardize this. Loving the big car, but have noticed it will happily sit in a higher gear at lower revs round town when I use manual, which gives better mpg!

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15 hours ago, Biggbn said:

I have owned several smart cars, don't laugh

 

No laughing here,  I'm on my second Fortwo, currently have a 2010 cdi cabriolet,  great fun to drive and always puts a smile on my face. 

I use it for commuting to work and for anywhere that I don't feel happy about parking my other car (I'm very anal about where I park, drives SWMBO nuts)

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Mine were all 450, two 599 and two 699, One of which was a genuine last of the line brabus which was an absolute hoot. Not fast in any way shape or form, back breaking ride, but just huge FUN

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