I am from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. I've been driving a 95 e34 525i auto since 2006, and when I got my wife an MPV in 09, I promptly converted it to a manual last Dec. Using a ZF320z 5-speed box from a e36 328i.
I have a conforti chip on it, and I'm running a 3.23 rear diff. So far it's a blast to drive, and I have no regrets!
the only problem I'm facing at the moment is slight vibration at 1st gear 2k rpm. I reckon it's due to the longshaft, which was fabricated from my old M50 auto one and a M20 manual one. Hopefully I can find an original shaft in the UK soon.
thanks all and glad to know you all!