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      08-16-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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DCT VS MT

Have any of you gotten a 1er with a DCT and regretted doing so? Do you enjoy DCT more than MT?

What are your thoughts on DCT?
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      08-16-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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Nope! Love my DCT, Didn't like how high the clutch pedal had to go to engage the clutch on my test drive and seeing that the DCT was faster and my wife could drive it was a dead ringer.

My manual gearbox ride resides in the garage and is reserved only for me for my Sunday drives.
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      08-16-2013, 09:59 PM   #3
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I regretted it at first but since its my DD and I sometimes drive in traffic for 30+ minutes a day (one way) it reassures my decision. Plus the sound it makes on up shifts is exhilarating.
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      08-16-2013, 10:10 PM   #4
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Love the dct

I really like the dct as well. I'm not an great driver by no means. I've only tracked my car a few times on the nurnburg ring and highway/ city Driving. The up shift is great, you can hardly feel the shifts. but in sport mode, the automatic down shifting can't account for how you want to react coming up to a turn. When you use the paddles, the car downshifts Almost like a manual. Coming from a manual, I am used to a power delay when downshifting, the down shift of a dct just seems longer (my perception, not reality maybe). Probably just because I see the gear number go down I expect it to adjust and match instantly, but there's no way it could. Really enjoy my DCT though.
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      08-16-2013, 10:15 PM   #5
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+1 on the sound. Aural sex. My DCT135is is my first ever auto trans purchase for myself. Sometimes i'm fine with it and other times i miss the MT. When you want to be engaged in the driving the DCT falls short of the MT. At the track absolutely no regrets. Net net, if I were to do it again I would go MT. On the flip side I don't regret it. It depends on how much involvement you want in your day to day drive.
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      08-16-2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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Have a DCT in the 335is & it shifts faster hands down. Specifically got a 6MT for the 135is to replace a 6MT ZHP 330Ci.

Logic was the 135is was slower than the 335is no matter what trans it had so the 6MT would be a nice fun to play with change of pace. IMHO it suits the car pretty well.
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      08-16-2013, 11:19 PM   #7
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Had DCT and liked it. Shifts are super quick and it is still fun. However, I really miss having a MT so I am getting a 135is with MT. I can say that for an automatic, the BMW DCT is the best I have driven. Had a C63 and now have a CTS-V, both auto and they are not near as good as the DCT in the 135i.
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      08-17-2013, 12:16 AM   #8
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Have any of you gotten a 1er with a DCT and regretted doing so? Do you enjoy DCT more than MT?

What are your thoughts on DCT?
Yep, did exactly that. Traded my 135i MSport DCT for a 135i MSport 6MT. The DCT is amazing and is faster, BUT the 6MT makes for a much more involving, and for me more enjoyable, drive. I traded for the 6MT and am very glad I did. After driving the DCT for 11 months I was bored with it. I do not race nor track my cars so faster wasn't a big thing for me. I have more fun in town at legal (or close ) speeds with the 6MT than I ever did with the DCT.

I also had an E90 M3 in 2009 with DCT, and wished I had got with the stick.

6MT for me...period.
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      08-17-2013, 05:47 AM   #9
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I have yet to drive a BMW DCT, but had a Golf GTI with DSG for 5 years and for the most part loved it. It effectively fulfilled the dual role as a DD in commuter traffic and whenever I wanted some fun. I am back to a manual shift now for arguably greater driver involvement, but would definitely consider a double clutch manual paddle shift (DCT/ DSG/ TCT etc - whichever 3 letter acronym!) on my next car.
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      08-17-2013, 11:38 AM   #10
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I'm surprised so many people like DCT here. I was under the impression that not many people like DCT and its like a gimp way to drive the 1er lol. I would consider trading in mine for a MT but i dont really want to be paying out of pocket to get the same car but with a MT lol.
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      08-17-2013, 12:03 PM   #11
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I consider the DCT to be somewhat of a novelty compared to a 6MT; I drove one with the DCT and after driving one with the 6MT it was a no-brainer deciding which to buy.
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      08-17-2013, 12:46 PM   #12
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I drove the DCT and really wanted to like it. I have owned many cars, all of them manual trans - even in my daily drivers. I was hoping the DCT would be a great change for the daily drive. While it shifts quickly and is a great auto trans, it was not engaging at all for me and I quickly realized I needed another 6 MT in this car, a 135is. I love the 6 MT and don't regret getting it at all. The 6 MT is perfect for the 135is. If you are truly a manual trans person, you likely will not be satisfied with the DCT....

My 2 cents, your mileage may vary.
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      08-17-2013, 12:56 PM   #13
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I have never driven a DCT 135i but yesterday I had the chance to drive a Mclaren MP4-12C and I was actually pretty bored, the car itself is super capable and very very fast but I love to shift my own gears, tapping a paddle is too easy.
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      08-17-2013, 04:26 PM   #14
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I test drove an M5 with a DCT and it was fantastic for 10 minutes.Then I began to miss the stick.If i were to commute daily in traffic I would pick up a DCT without a second thought.Fortunately I dont deal with traffic on my drive to work so Manual works for me.I am recovering from a surgery[bad Left knee] and really hope that I wont be forced to order my next car with DCT .Stick shift is so much engaging and fun.
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      08-18-2013, 10:18 PM   #15
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Ok, started reading on another thread but figured the question would fit here better. Heard a couple people (2) give there dyno numbers with dct and the tq and hp numbers are the same. Does the dct cut the torque down? My mt dyno'd with 37 more tq than hp. I see alot of other numbers like that as well. Never payed attention to what tranny they had. Seems weird to me. Excuse my ignorance if this has been discussed elsewhere. It might just be new to me.
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      08-18-2013, 10:22 PM   #16
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DCT is certainly better than your slushbox auto, but I bought my car for fun, not 1/10ths in a straight line.

Always 6MT.

Also boosts your resale value to have stick rather sizably.
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Even in heavy traffic I've always preferred a MT. But the DCT is really great in every situation. Never thought I'd say that...

And the Performance Exhaust with the DCT is music....
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I don't know what to do when there are only two pedals...
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      08-19-2013, 12:19 PM   #19
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6MT for me.
More engaging, and the 6MT is really great on this car.
Rev match, heel toe, it's just too much fun to drive stick.

And the 6MT is also a great theft prevention system!
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Manual for Daily driving, but DCT for the track. My DD is an 03 ZHP 6 speed manual, have my 135i DCT for my weekend/track/auto X car.
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      08-19-2013, 01:03 PM   #21
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Yep, did exactly that. Traded my 135i MSport DCT for a 135i MSport 6MT. The DCT is amazing and is faster, BUT the 6MT makes for a much more involving, and for me more enjoyable, drive. I traded for the 6MT and am very glad I did. After driving the DCT for 11 months I was bored with it. I do not race nor track my cars so faster wasn't a big thing for me. I have more fun in town at legal (or close ) speeds with the 6MT than I ever did with the DCT.

I also had an E90 M3 in 2009 with DCT, and wished I had got with the stick.

6MT for me...period.
+1000....A M/T driver for ever..Had a bum knee a couple years back and tried the paddle shifting 135i and regretted almost daily..Now my knee got better and sold the 135i...Wether it's Step o DCT or the Porsch or Ferrari DCT they are amazing but for engaged street driving they are all boring. Faster yes...but boring..... having DCT or a auto gets old very fast...almost as fast as they shift!!!!!but the bottom line is i could care less how fast a DCT or auto shifts they are just boring compared to being FULLY engaged driver with a M/T....even if its a 80hp Honda..M/T rules...:
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Currently driving the DCT and not boring at all--in fact, I find it quite amusing to 'paddle' through the gears as a DD which puts a smile on my face. First 'auto' since 1999. All MT's until now. The MT cars are still around for me to drive when I'm in the state that they reside, so it's not 'all or nothing' for me.

Obviously your criteria is different, so just go with your heart.
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