Let me first say hello to everyone, as I have been lurking a few days just soaking up knowledge.
I am a prospective buyer of a '04 m6 (9,2XX miles), and took it for a test drive today. It had been my intention to test drive it tonight, then go back with my wife tomorrow and sign the papers. Well, when I test drove it the shifter was very rough. It was difficult to get into gear, and in neutral when i would swing it side to side, it felt like it was hitting every gear detent. The 2005 I had test drove on Monday did not have this problem. It had just as smooth a shift as any other manual I have driven.
I asked the salesman about it (actually the sales manager) and he said he noticed the same thing, and thought it may have been a tranny change between the years. I knew it was a shifter problem, and asked them to have the service people check it out.
I got a call a while later from the sales manager and he said it had an aftermarket shifter in it (this doesn't really suprise me, it also has an aftermarket hood on it). He is going to call me tomorrow with the brand (Thanks to you guys, I know to hope for a GMM).
My question is, isn't an after market shifter supposed to make shifting easier and smoother? This is doing the opposite, even at speed. Is there anything I can have them adjust on it to make it more smooth?
Any other thoughts on this problem would be appreciated, I would really like to drive this car to work on Friday.
It is also the only 2004 on the lot, and no I cannot afford to get the 2005.