Back in April of 2016, right after I got laid off, I took a road trip around the southeast. One of my last destinations was Savannah Georgia to visit my sister. Since she lives downtown and can walk to work, I picked her up in my 128i. The very first thing she said to me after getting in my car was “Oh, I’m surprised it’s not a manual.”
The second instance of something like this happening was one time when I went to visit one of my friends in Greenville South Carolina. He usually drove if we went somewhere, but for some reason we were taking the 3. He gets into my car and was says “why are there M’s everywhere?”
I didn’t really have a good answer for either of them.