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View Poll Results: Would you purchase a selespeed
Yes, no worries 12 24.49%
No, they are too unreliable 22 44.90%
No, I Don't like the driving experience 8 16.33%
Other 7 14.29%
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Would you buy a selespeed?

Would you buy a Selespeed 156,147 or GT?
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

I much prefer the thrill of driving a manual car. I have not driven the sele. But I love the manny gearbox on my car!
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

Yes.. but I'd have half an eye on the reliability.

Prefer a regular manual though.


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Gotta be a brave person 2 buy 1!!!!!!!!
 
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

No, they are too unreliable.
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

Having driven a GT 3.2 V6 Selespeed I would say no. Upshifts are slow and feel like the car has a hiccup. It declutches, slows down, shifts, engages clutch and accelerates and you feel every step of the process.

On the other hand it blips the throttle when you downshift and assists you when braking hard by downshifting as fast as possible taking the engine to 7000rpm.

City mode is good, shifts up at about 3500-4000rpm in half throttle but takes the engine near the cut-off at full throttle.

I hear there is a tuner somewhere that can remap the sele ECU so that upshifts get considerably faster but you have to remember to take it easy when the gearbox is cold.

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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

I might buy one for spares if I needed an engine for instance..
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

They are OK provided it hasn't been thrashed, trashed, good history, with a caring ownership.: They are not the most rapid by any means though, guess this relates to cost?

BMW SMG 1(M3 E36) Min. Shift time,(ms) 220

BMW SMG 2(M3 E46) 80.

Ferrari F1 (575M) 220

Ferrari F1 (360 F1) 150

Ferrari F1 (Maserati 4200GT) 80

Bugatti Veyron 200

Aston Martin Vanquish 250

Alfa Romeo Selespeed 700. : Well, what do you expect for the price? We like ours, its alright, if a bit slow by comparison:
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Nah, like the traditional manual, although I would like a shortshifty-dash-level-touring-car-stylee-stick-shift if I could spec my own car
 
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We found our 156 Selespeed to be slow to change up with that horrible feel you get when you get thrown forward a little then pulled back on acceleration, like a bad manual change.

My wife hated the way it rolled back on hills (I just held the brake with the left foot and coped).

It was annoying also when every time I opened the driver's door a pressurising motor would start up assuming you were going to drive the car rather than just reaching in to get something. This constant turning on of the pump can't be good in the long term. And it's a little concerning that a pump needs to come on so early to pressurise the gearbox (or what ever).

And then it failed on us, and had to be taken away on the back of a truck. My wife refused to have it back.

So, a big NO vote to Selespeed from us.
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

not for me, gimme a manual any day of the week. i hate traditional autos and the only modern semi auto i've driven is the q-tronic in the 159 2.4jtd. it just seems so slow to change gear. no thanks!
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

If need must, yes I would. I've tried it on a 2.4 Stilo Arbarth and thought it was great. Q tronic is good also (a proper auto box with manual controls and optional padles) but Evo didn't rate it on the 3.2 Brera.

The S Tronic system on the BMW we have is pretty good. Normal 6 speed auto, plus sport plus manua of the centre stick. No paddles though.
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Yes, and I did buy one
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No,but I would like to try one out for the experience
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I may buy one if the next generation ones are more reliable.
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

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Would you buy a Selespeed 156,147 or GT?

I had a 2001 147 Selespeed.

It was fun to drive but, had quite a few issues.

Drive one see how you like then make your choice!
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nope
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No way ! Don't like the driving experience..
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

Wonderful machinery for 'laid back' peeps like me, so long as it goes alright, and doesn't misbehave! If it does? get rid!
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I'd have to try one before buying one
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

Not for me!

Has Selespeed not voted yet?
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

yes, until reading all the problems with them on this site!!!!

Love to hire one for the weekend though.
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

I thinks it's a poor compromise unit. Either you like and want a manual, or you buy the Qtronic with tiptronic control (which is more effective than the Selespeed).

There are no doubt lovers of the Selespeed, and if they are happy that is really great, but I like the easy no fuss full auto box. I can always go tiptronic, but why would I bother when the 159 changes better than I do.

I guess if I had to have a 2.2 JTS 159 then I'd have little option but the manual or Selespeed - this is what pushed me to the 1.9 JTDm 159 as I wanted the proper auto - and it's a very smooth unit too, one of the better boxes I have test driven of late.
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

Nope, I like to change gear myself.
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Re: Would you buy a selespeed?

I have SS and love it, but will not get again. Never had any real problems, but just having to worry about something going wrong like with so many is not worth it
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