myles wrote:I actually drove a 123d auto (not a 130i) about 6 years ago. I wasn't taken by it at all. I gather most auto systems can be software upgraded so I can only guess that's why it seemed so lethargic - to change , not pick up speed. It did that nicely!
I get where you're coming from and when my car was at ML last week I asked the technician to drive it and tell me if there was lag. We had a 30 minute conversation about it and he told me I was using the throttle incorrectly. To pull off smoothly without the lag I must press down firmly on the throttle, push past the resistance and keep firm or the car will stay in 2nd gear too long and not change up in anticipation of slowing down. This is the cause of the lag. So now I do what he advised and the lag is barely noticeable. Split second sort of lag.
There's a knack to pushing down firmly on the throttle at a steady pace as opposed to kick down and boost. This is the first auto I've ever owned. Before I spoke to the technician and understood what to do the lag flippin well annoyed me. Now it's beginning to feel natural pressing the throttle firmly. It's very different to manual in that sense. In sports mode there is no lag, just rocket launch.