I just bought a 2008 328i h/t convertible with auto-trans about 1 month ago (1,500 miles on it) and am so annoyed by the shifting characteristics that I'm ready to sell this thing! Trying to drive mellow to save tires and gas is impossible. For instance: 1) In "D" mode, it shifts from 1 to 2 before you get across the cross-walk and has a pause where you get that lean forward motion because the car hasn't enough momentum to keep rolling. Downshifts are OK. 2) In "DS" mode, the up-shifts are OK, but the down shifts has yet another pause between gears where it free wheels for a second or so losing any engine compression breaking that was going on. Quite a scary feeling when coming into a turn and all of a sudden the car feels like it's in nuetral! 3) And lastly, when rolling on the gas to get on the freeway and you decide to stomp on it, there's another HUGE delay, sort of like turbo-lag - but it doesn't have a turbo!. Holly s#$@! Nice way to get killed wen the car doesn't respond! Sure, with example 1 or 2, you drive it like you stole it and it has no problems, but I don't want to drive like that all the time. I hate this tranny with a passion! Anyone experiencing this characteristic or could there be a problem here?