am36, I think the manual box is really good, but I would point out that I'm some sort of luddite that still derives pleasure from the simple process of changing gear. As you can see from my signature, I've also got an M3 and in spite of everyone saying the DCT gearbox is the bees knees, I just couldn't get on with it, so I know I maybe don't fit the standard customer profile.
Philtrick, see why you're saying, but I think they're different things. HSA is just a simple device that hold brake pressure for a few seconds after you've released the pedal, and my car certainly has it. Auto hold is something that's not fitted to manual X3's so I don't know much about it, other than to sat that as far as I'm aware, I don't have it on my car. Does. it automatically the handbrake, and then release it when you move off?
2012 BMW X3 20d M Sport Manual - Sapphire Black/Black Leather - Winter Pack, Access Pack, Xenons, Panoramic Roof, Professional Audio, 19" 369 wheels, Grad Tint Screen, Storage Pack, Sun Protection Glass, Electric Folding Mirrors. Oh yeah, and a 2009 M3 Coupe Manual - Melbourne Red/Black Leather