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Old 03-24-2004, 01:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My recently purchased 325i is an automatic. I'm now trying to remind myself of why I purchased this car. Sure, it's nice. BUT ITS AN AUTOMATIC!!!!!

I can't get over this..
I'm not used to this..
It sucks..
I'm angry..

I'm coming from a 5-speed with tons of torque so this is just a hard conversion for me.

Anyone have ANYTHING positive to say about autos to make me feel better?

Better yet, anyone want to trade their manual for an auto?

HELP!!!!!!

Is there any certain way to drive this shit-o-matic to be a bit quicker than just putting it in 3 and flooring it?

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Old 03-24-2004, 01:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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PS When I put it in "Manual mode" and shift it right before redline.. the gears do not shift for maybe a second or two. Theres some sort of ignorant delay. WTF
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if your GF doesnt know how to drive stick she can drive your car...

Hills are easier. esp if you have to stop on them.

my 325i auto is fine by me but its also my 1st car. I do know how to drive stick its just been a long time.

just shift a second or 2 in advance.
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Oh nooo, what did you do man?? Put the car up for sale, or swap it by a car dealer.... ghead
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If you drive in hellish university traffic that your average speed is about 10mph it would be nice. I'm so sick of shifting into second just to slam on the brakes.
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Does someone know where I can maybe find an after market torque converter?
Any suggestions on how to make this crap-o-matic shift faster? Either by me or hardware? Thanks.
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Old 03-24-2004, 04:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The shift delay is normal. I've gotten use to it and I drive in manual mode all of the time. I don't like the delay but you train your mind to get use to it. Yes, it's much easier in traffic, especially on hills and such.
I want a manual or at least an auto 6 speed like triptronic or some stuff too, I know what you mean buddy.

Use manual mode if you have it (You should... the A\M button) and get use to the way it shifts. It accellerates much faster this way when you control the shift points.

BTW, If you do get a swap done, come back and let us know how it went, what you got, and how much it costed. I'm interested in doing the same thing. (if I had the cash, swap the engine with an M while im at it )
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Yes, if i swapped out the transmission I would definitely swap out the engine while I'm at it. The problem is, I'm trying to keep this project's cost under 10 grand total. Maybe even less. It's not that the money isn't available, but rather the fact that no insurance company in my state will cover me for more than liability with my record. Long story..

So anyways.. the delay:

Why is it there?
Theres no way to reprogram it? Delete it? Anything?
How do you know how long to wait before slamming on the gas after switching? I tried it and I waited atleast a second and it was still in the same gear when I slammed the gas.

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You dont really drive it like you would a manual, I'm not really sure what the best method to drive it in manual is but I find the smoothest is to let off RIGHT as you feel it disengage and then hit the gas again a couple miliseconds later after it engages in the next gear.
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The delay is there because its 12 year old technology. Auto shift speed technology has really only made great advances in the last 5 years.
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Old 03-25-2004, 02:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well is it replaceable? for instance is there an aftermarket torque converter with better reaction times? Any sort of thing like that? Also, is there a way to launch autos? I have no clue how. There's no clutch.
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No, you couldn't. Such parts are not interchangeable. You could probably have such fabricated, but there goes your budget. Sell the car and get a 5pd, or learn to love your manual mode. A tranny switch is not cost effective.
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