DCT BMW Showing as manual on insurance database??

DCT BMW Showing as manual on insurance database??

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tigamilla

Original Poster:

234 posts

38 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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Im trying to get a potential quote for a car I might be buying - but it's showing up as a manual on the insurance database. The car is DCT. Is this a red flag that something isnt right? Or just an error on the database? Its an E92 M3 if that makes a difference, surely none were converted from manuals?


DanielSan

15,385 posts

125 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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Just one of those weird things that comes up sometimes, my old E46 was an SMG but showed up as a manual on the insurance database and my old DC5 Integra always came up as a Civic despite being an Integra on the V5.

helix402

5,729 posts

140 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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The E46 is a manual with electro hydraulic clutch operation. SMG stands for Sequential Manual Gearbox.

A1VDY

3,059 posts

85 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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The basis for dct/smg./semi auto / PDK, will all have a standardish manual gearbox with ecu actuation of the clutch/dual clutch/gear change.
Ins companies only recognise these as a manual box as they're not fluid flywheel, hydraulically operated auto's..

anonymous-user

12 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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Not sure about BMW but my golf gti edition 35 said "MANUAL AUTO" on v5.


Lancerevo

152 posts

101 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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The DCT is a Manual gearbox.

tigamilla

Original Poster:

234 posts

38 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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Thanks all. Sorted now, looks like it's different interpretations of the same transmission.

Paul_M3

1,654 posts

143 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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To all the people saying DCT and similar are manual boxes...in this context that's not really true. All official documents should really say automatic.

They are all types of automatic box under a specific definition of not having a clutch operated by the driver.

There's a very important reason for this...some people have an automatic ONLY licence. Those people would be able to drive a DCT car legally.

Paul_M3

1,654 posts

143 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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helix402 said:
The E46 is a manual with electro hydraulic clutch operation. SMG stands for Sequential Manual Gearbox.
I think that's an internet myth which has developed.

In my drivers manual it said it stood for Sequential 'M' Gearbox. i.e. the same M as in M3.

helix402

5,729 posts

140 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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Paul_M3 said:
I think that's an internet myth which has developed.

In my drivers manual it said it stood for Sequential 'M' Gearbox. i.e. the same M as in M3.
Every day’s a school day! Happy to be corrected:


jjwilde

1,416 posts

54 months

Saturday 9th November 2019
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If there is no clutch pedal it's classed as an automatic.

Same for EVs where there is just one gear - no clutch = automatic.