Dude, your last statement just proves you have no clue how to drive a
manual shift. Riding the clutch is the worst thing to do. You should
never have your foot on the clutch, except to shift gears. If you
"ride the clutch" you are either blonder then blonde, or you just
don't care about your car.
How many clutches have you had replaced so far. With your "driving
style" it must be quite an expensive habit.
Sorry , I did not mean "ride" in the literal sense. It was more a comparison
between auto/manual... brakes/clutch - you have to press on one when in
I have never "ridden" my clutch as you interpreted.
I have had 8 manual cars, 3 of which BMW, never, ever replaced a clutch,
ever. Old, new, e30, e28, e46.
No "burnt clutch smell" comes out of my cars, even at the track.
I actually totally agree with what you said, it just doesn't apply to me ;)
Thanks for your input, but if you read what I have written, you'll notice
that I am not the douchweasle in this thread!
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I loved my manuals, but I got two steptronics now. I guess I'm getting
old and lazy lol
Seriously, I would never had bought an auto BMW, but after test
driving my first one (e-46 xi), I was amazed how smooth and agile it
I was raised on manual shifts, but I don't think it makes a big
difference anymore (unless you do a lot of track driving/racing like
it sounds you might be doing).
Especially in the city traffic I face every day. But even when I am
out in the country side, my steptronic suits me just fine. Especially
in sports mode. I don't use the manual mode, and neither does the
missus in her e91-328xiT
By the way, she's a petite, and would love to get back into a manual
tranny, but she can't reach the clutch good enough when she's in these
inline six bimmers. There's to much legroom in these and even with the
seat all the way up to the wheel, she can reach it but not comfortably
to completely engage the clutch. If she had a manual 3-series inline
six, she would ruin a clutch in no time. That's the main reason really
why we both picked the steptronic.
I had a cheap Mazda GLC for ten years, and put 135k miles
on it before I sold it, still running like a top. The ONLY time
I ever had even a hint of a problem with the auto trans was
the morning we set an all-time record low temp here in
Atlanta, -8 F. That morning the little trans was hesitant
shifting on my initial drive-off, but after warm-up, it was
its usual steady self.
It's really easy to understand, actually. They did it to increase
profits, i.e. cheat customers.
One of my cars is a manual, but I got an auto in the Bummer
because my wife just doesn't do manual well, plus, the Bummer
I have just wouldn't seem right with a manual.
Complicated yes, but auto trannies were perfected long ago. The
only reason they fail now is cheap manufacture/design, or abuse of
It's ironinc that Americans wrote the book on auto trannies, but
American car makers are known for producing shitty ones now.
So GM have more than one design centre for autos? Weird.
Anyone know just why they chose to fit the inferior 4 speed GM
transmission for the US while the rest of the world got the 5 speed ZF?
If it were made in the US - like the battery - it would make some sense as
local content. But made in France?
*Why is the word abbreviation so long? *
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
I don't understand your surprise. You're in the US, right? Majority of
transmissions here are automatic, and that goes for any car/truck/suv, not
just the 3-series. That is just what an average American prefers.
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