My automatic doesn't seem to be a robber to me. And it's been working fine for 133,000 miles. But, whatever floats your boat. I have a 95 and it's been very reliable.
1995 325I, tinted windows, K&N, debaffled air box, BMW style #104 wheels, Nighthawk low beams, smoked side markers, smoked corners, smoked taillights, M3 style heated mirrors, various interior bits, Bosal cat-back