Ouch, and he's shorting Penske stock. Guess he doesn't figure in the 30,000 cars presold.edmunds.com 1/29/2007 said:First, not to put too fine a point on it, but the transmission sucks. It's not a letdown. It's not a disappointment. It sucks. I should explain that it uses an electrohydraulic clutch, which means no torque converter and no third pedal. But, if you think the SMG transmission in the last M3 (a similar design) had hesitation issues during each shift, this transmission needs a few weeks advanced notice if you want the shifts to arrive on time.
But, believe it or not, that's not the worst part. No, the worst part is the "engagement" (I use that term lightly) between the engine and the transmission. Essentially, every time you come to a stop it seems the engine might stall, because the clutch waits until the last possible moment to let go of the flywheel. Pulling away from a stop results in a similarly "lurchy" experience.
So, it's at its worst whenever you stop and/or start.
And don't forget -- IT'S A "CITY CAR!"
Based on his description of the drive (Los Angeles, PCH, Santa Ana Winds) which happened in the past couple of weeks, and the arrival of the US spec smarts at the smart House in Venice and at the LA Auto Show two weeks ago, most likely he was driving a US spec car.I wonder if they test drove the new version or the old?? I was hoping the transmission shifting issue was somewhat resolved.
I,m like SmartBob in regards to the transmission.There's a post here that suggests the paddle shifters are the best and once you're familiar with them they rock! For me the Pure will be fine. I don't intend to use the auto mode. I don't shift that much and I'm used to a clutch so it's just a matter of getting used to the manual setting on my car.