Shite engines badly maintained seem ok at holding their V-max - the 405
still used to get very near (it took a LOT of road) on the GPS - about 8mph
over on the speedo :) Which I thought was pretty good for it's
Had a similar incident once luckily in 1st gear .... still with a 2.5v6 that
was scary enough for one day.
Switching off didn't kill the power steering as leaving the car in gear
meant the engine was still spinning the power steering pump.
Not sure how that would work with a BMW auto but at the end of the day - you
can still steer a car when the power steering is dead .... not easy but its
Aye - it's not that bloody difficult either - especially not at that sort of
speed. My first thought would be to turn the ignition off, and if you're
not quick in slipping it into neutral after that, then it may end up
damaging the autobox, but it's cheaper than a written-off car. Also, the
engine may well not be spinning the PAS pump in an auto as the transfer of
motion from wheels to flywheel may well not be as simple in an auto as a
manual, or you'd be able to bump-start automatic cars.
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"AstraVanMan" > Aye - it's not that bloody difficult either - especially not
at that sort of
Ah but the insurance pays for a crashed car but not a mechanical failure
like a granaded 'box.
If you have ever driven an auto and taken notice you would know that there
remains some engine braking down to quite low speeds which keeps the engine
spinning well above idle down to maybe 30mph or less.
i smell bullshit. my mates 318 man topped out at 138mph. and if your
driving down hard shoulder doing that sort off speed and being lucky
enough not to have anything els on the hard shoulder you would turn the
car off off or some thing not wait for the road to run out. what a
BMW with either ZF or GM gearbox is not *some* and every auto I have driven
[very many] have no facility to prevent the box shifting from any Drive
position [through 2to3 to perhaps 4 and D] to Neutral. Same goes for
manually shifting from Reverse to Neutral.
From Neutral to Drive or Reverse is different and may have a button press
and a brake pedal interlock to negotiate.
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