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      10-14-2019, 12:33 PM   #23
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"Better" is a concept that depends upon where you are coming from. A properly configured DCT will give you faster shifts but it will be less smooth and has some problems when coming to a halt. BMW has been so good at coding the ZF 8 speed automatic that it performs pretty much as well as a DCT and makes for a smoother daily driver.

As for terminology, the one I like for a DCT is an "automated manual".
It is possible to be perfectly smooth with the DCT when coming to a halt. If you like I can show you
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      10-14-2019, 12:55 PM   #24
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It is possible to be perfectly smooth with the DCT when coming to a halt. If you like I can show you
Thanks but I was merely reporting what I have read. The DCT I recently bought (golf Alltrack) was for my daughter in another state. As you can see from my posting, I have a 530e with the 8 speed ZF transmission.

I did limit my choices, when purchasing the car, to ones that didn't have a CVT. Decided between a Mazda CX-5 and the alltrack. Chicago area so I wanted four wheel drive.
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