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      04-06-2021, 05:51 AM   #1
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Do you like the Z4 8-speed automatic?

It strikes me that the automatic transmission of the z4 has a completely different character than other BMWs than I've owned.

It shifts faster, but also at lower revs.

It also makes a direct connection faster. As a result, downshifts can be especially choppy. It seems as if the torque converter has been adjusted differently.

Even in sport mode, the machine switches between 2 and 3000 rpm.

I am curious what you think of the 8-speed automatic transmission in the z4?
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      04-06-2021, 08:39 AM   #2
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It strikes me that the automatic transmission of the z4 has a completely different character than other BMWs than I've owned.

It shifts faster, but also at lower revs.

It also makes a direct connection faster. As a result, downshifts can be especially choppy. It seems as if the torque converter has been adjusted differently.

Even in sport mode, the machine switches between 2 and 3000 rpm.

I am curious what you think of the 8-speed automatic transmission in the z4?
Love it.
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      04-06-2021, 10:03 AM   #3
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yep; love it in the z4 and loved it in my F type

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      04-06-2021, 11:06 AM   #4
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I love it although I miss the 5sp in my old 1989 Mustang GT.
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      04-06-2021, 03:32 PM   #5
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It's fine. I like that it will hold the gear when there is steering angle. I do prefer a DCT though but it's not a massive difference.
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      04-06-2021, 04:12 PM   #6
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Love it. It really surprised me. I rarely use the paddle shifts.
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      04-07-2021, 05:39 PM   #7
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I really like it but I will say the DCT I had in the 335is was better. I miss that kick in the pants shifting experience.
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      04-07-2021, 05:50 PM   #8
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I was surprised that I liked the ZF8 better than the DCT in the 718 Boxster S as I was expecting more from the DCT; instead I found shifting to be very similar but the DCT had an initial slow speed notchiness I didn't care for.

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      04-07-2021, 06:39 PM   #9
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You hardly miss a manual! I really like it on twisty mountain roads.
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      04-08-2021, 02:49 AM   #10
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tried it yesterday because of this post
put it on SPORT PLUS
jesus the response was just like tesla m3p
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      04-08-2021, 12:23 PM   #11
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Yes it is faster more efficient, but as a die hard 3 pedal guy I miss the clutch pedal, it is just more fun to me but since the current trans is our only option I love the car enough to over look what I believe is a deficiency
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      04-08-2021, 03:53 PM   #12
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Yes it is faster more efficient, but as a die hard 3 pedal guy I miss the clutch pedal, it is just more fun to me but since the current trans is our only option I love the car enough to over look what I believe is a deficiency
I hear you; I go back and forth on the manual trans thing - but since my daily driver is a 6spd and I have three motorcycles in the garage, I still get my share of clutch action so I don't miss it much on the Z4.

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      04-09-2021, 06:30 AM   #13
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I've owned a legit manual almost all my life.
I think I've finally come to terms with the fact that my next vehicle is not likely to be a manual. Just too few choices out there.
Sadly the manual will go the way of the dinosaur and convertibles won't be far behind.
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      04-09-2021, 11:48 AM   #14
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I really like it but I will say the DCT I had in the 335is was better. I miss that kick in the pants shifting experience.
Still have some MT's so will leave the fun vs performance out as am AT just does not compare well. Also had a 335is 7DCT. Was also a fun trans with quick bang shifts on a solid base of a fully geared transmission inside the case.

Last 3 BMW's have been 8ZF & think as a pure transmission its superior to the MT/DCT. Its quicker when you punch it & smoother when in comfort.

8th gear locked out in performance settings gives out standing mileage 31mpg@80mph average door to door on long road trips when available in Comfort. Still hits hard & fast dropping a number of gears when you need to pass at 80+.
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      04-10-2021, 02:00 AM   #15
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I actually think that the transmission is the weakest point of the car. Everything is great except for the tranny.
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      04-10-2021, 10:24 AM   #16
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This gearbox is excellent, smooth at Comfort Mode, very responsive in Sport Mode. Love it
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      04-12-2021, 10:38 AM   #17
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The ZF is a great auto trans, the programming on the Z4 trans is excellent as well. I loved the DCT in my last E92 M3 but it was not very consistent just driving around normally.

While I would love a manual the ZF was in my old F-type, hellcat challenger, RAM pickups and also the Jeep JT I currently own. Never had a problem with the trans from any of them and I would expect it to last forever in something like a Z4.
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      04-12-2021, 01:23 PM   #18
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for those that haven't seen this before: https://www.caranddriver.com/feature...f-eight-speed/
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      04-19-2021, 07:03 PM   #19
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I ended up going with this. I Will let you know how it goes


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      04-24-2021, 12:57 AM   #20
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Always drive in Sport+ using the paddles (except when leaving my neighborhood - to noisy). Not as fast as the PDK but fast enough. Love it
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      04-24-2021, 02:06 PM   #21
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Smooth as silk and IMO better than a Porsche PDK. It's just a monster below 2000 RPM!
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      04-26-2021, 03:23 PM   #22
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For motorway cruising in comfort mode its beautiful, way more fuel efficient than I expected. In Sport+ its just as good but changes purpose as it stays in high revs so always ready when you put the foot down! Sometimes this car feels N/A and you forget its turbo charged when you really let it fly
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