**** the SMG. Replaced all of the DIY'able parts and done everything I can within reason, still acting up. Opportunity presented itself to send the car to be used as a prototype for a full DCT swap. I'm paying for parts, engineer is covering the labor as he's planning to make it a marketable kit. Will be the first one completed in North America, and maybe the first documented one in the world outside of the single E60 M5 CSL that BMW built. Also going to have the rod bearings replaced, vanos lines changed, and equal length headers done while the motors out of the car. Gonna be a long, expensive couple of months waiting for it to be finished, but I'm excited.