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Old 07-17-2004, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When in steptronic on an e36 1997 328i, after you hit the redline does it automatically shift for you? My friend in his e46 325i autoshifts at the redline, but I hit the redline in first gear and it didn't shift. I'm afraid to push it past the redline and mess up my transmission/engine without knowing for sure. Anyone?
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no it doesnt shift ive been past my redline before
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So if I accidently hit the manual button while driving, it won't shift and could hurt my transmission? I've noticed some delay in shifting using steptronic, if I shift too late could it hurt something as well?
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when driving, you will obviously notice if your Revs are entirely too high...prolonged redline is never a good thing, but you should notice it enough to shift in time. Steptronic is electronic "manual" shifting, its still gonna have a minor delay because circuits have to shoot around some electric signals all over some computers in the tranny to tell it to shift (hows that for a simple explanation?)...stupid slow electricity...10,000 MPH is too slow ghead
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So what will happen if I drop it into first gear and go without shifting?
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They have steptronic for e36's? Are you kidding? I thought it was a relatively new technology.

Speaking of trannys, you guys hear about Audi's Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)? No gears...just 2 cones that the engine belts ride on. When you floor it, it pops to peak RPM for HP and torque and sits there all the way till the car tops out. Wouldn't sound too great, more like it's about to explode actually, but damn that's cool.
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Yeah, they definately have Steptronic for E36.
So basically if I put it in M mode, drop it into first, and floor it, I'll be shopping for another bimmer? =/
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No , just make sure u shift into 2nd at 5 grand thats what i do , and my dads MINI has that CVT and its so weird ure always waiting for it to shift but it never does , and its so fun
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No , just make sure u shift into 2nd at 5 grand thats what i do , and my dads MINI has that CVT and its so weird ure always waiting for it to shift but it never does , and its so fun
Yeah, but I'm asking about if I don't shift into second...
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alright, to answer the man's question, don't try it...no need to. If it needs to go into second, then put it in second, don't risk screwing your tranny up=lots of money, especially for a steptronic...
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Then wouldn't you just hit the rev-limiter and stay there? That is until you blow something... Probably not something worth trying for too long.
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Then wouldn't you just hit the rev-limiter and stay there? That is until you blow something... Probably not something worth trying for too long.
But also, I'm sharking my car on wednesday. That changes the rev-limiter doesn't it? So it would add further risks to steptronic
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Thats different though...the Revs will be able to reach higher as opposed to being limited to 7k rpms or whatever its at. Sharking technically raises the rev limiter so it won't blow if you hold it at that high RPMS. Its only supposed to give you higher rpms to broaden your powerband. It doesn't mean that you should hold the gas at those RPMs. You should definitely shift before or at redline no matter where it is set at...steptronic or not.


Maybe I am kinda lost on why you are asking this question. It kinda doesn't make sense to me used
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Yeah so just don't try it. Beeeee smart.
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