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Old 03-23-2010, 07:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question a/m button next to shifter what is it

i have a 1996 328i next to the shifter there is a button next to the shifter it has A then M what is it for. thank you
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I believe the A/M button allows you to choose between automatic and manual mode on the transmission. In M mode you have to do the shifting by yourself and while in that mode the transmission tends to stay in gear a little bit longer than normal.
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quick question i would only use manual if i was towing or maby winter conditions
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quick question i would only use manual if i was towing or maby winter conditions
You can use manual for the both mentioned above but it also acts as a "sport" mode and allows you to choose the gear. It's supposed to give you the feeling of a manual but it's more useful in winter conditions than anything else.
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the "A" is for auto-pilot and the "M" is for, "manned" when your driving yourself.
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yes if you have an automatic car the a is for auto and the m is for mannual you can choose between the two but it is kinda pointless since you cant go over third gear anyway
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