Originally Posted by juice13
Yes yes yes.
Back a few years ago I drove an X3 diesel manual around France for a few weeks and wanted to punch myself in the groin. Just when the fun starts as the revs rise, it ends abruptly. Shift shift shift.
I can't think of a driving experience more opposite than say, the holy grail of bimmers, the E30 M3.
I'm not a diesel hater, just don't think most people have driven a manual one.
I have a few times as rentals in Europe. Focus and Megane. The power delivery is fun in that you surf the wave of torque. Bottom line is that torque is what we use in daily driving. Very few people actually bother to push an engine to the upper reaches of the tach. It takes a bit getting used to, but is awesome.