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Old 07-22-2004, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, here's the story, one day I left my friend's house to go to the store to get some food and whatever, so I get back to the house and my friend Johnny said "You shouldn't do that to your car, it's not a standard" (I have a 1993 325i Auto) I said "Do what?", he said "You should shift your gears like that, your fucking up the car", I replied "It has tiptronic" and he was like "no you don't!" so then we argue and agrue for atleast an hour about it, then I said "Then why do it have a A and M button next to my shifter" he said it was for the radio... "and plus you would stall sometime if you're at a stop light or something" I said "It's tiptronic, it's has no clutch!"

So basically I was ripshit cause he thought he knew my car and he thought i didn't have tiptronic...

So finally I got him and some other friends to get it my car and drive it with me, and he said if my car was tiptronic it would tack out on 1st gear (low gear) so went went around the block, I pushed the "M", put it in first gear and drove until i tacked out, and when i did it my friend Orlando was like "oh shit" cause he doubted me also, after all that they still didn't believe my car had tiptronic... I was told that 93 was the first year they came out the tiptronic system...

Can someone PLEASE back me up...
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Old 07-22-2004, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You don't have tiptronic.

you have a manual mode yes, a sport mode yes, and automatic mode

tiptronic i belive is a VW thing and its like SMG. which didn't come around until much later than 93.
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Old 07-22-2004, 11:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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exactly. tiptronic is more of a clutchless manual. yours is an auto that accepts you moving it around.
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Old 07-22-2004, 11:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ouch that is a nice owned post! i hate when i argue for so long to find out what i was arguing for was wrong!

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so whats the difference i got a and m and just always leave it on a cause i thought the same thing
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so whats the difference i got a and m and just always leave it on a cause i thought the same thing
bascially you just have an auto tranny with a manual over-ride. Besides that I don't know much about it. With most of these type of cars it's not good to drive it in manual unless you really need it, but I don't know for sure with BMWs. I have heard it can be like holding an auto in 2nd gear. Can some body clear that up for me with BMWs?
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the a/m button allows you to actually change gears in motion. It is still an auto though, and you still loose power due to to the torque converter, and it still takes a second or so to actually shift.

The alternative is driving in A mode and leaving the car in 3 for a "sportier" ride.
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The only time I use the M is when accelerating to high speeds. This is because when I am flooring it, it will shift into 4th before i hit redline, and i lose all the power from the last 2000 rpms. So i leave it in m until hitting redline, then i switch to A to shift into fourth. But there's a much easier way to do it...get a manual transmission!!! ghead
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basically, doesnt the A and M mean automatic or manual overdrive?
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manual mode/override.

shift from 1-2-3-4(d) when you want...
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lets say its snowing outside...BMW's tend to slip, well those without traction control, so you press the M button and put the car in 2, this will allow you to take off from a stop in second gear and thus less slippage, same with 3, and 4(d), and of course 1...it will stay in that gear until you decide to let off the engine and shift up or put it back in A. I found it to be helpful when trying to beat someone off the light but i believe its come more handy during the winter.
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my mom has tiptronic... its an audi thing... but audi and vw are the same family

cars with tiptronic are auto.
then if you want, you can go into tiptronic mode.
you just push the shift handle or knob up for the next gear up, or back for the next gear down... lazy shifting...hehe. but ya, pretty much clutchless manual, but the gear box thing doesnt exist, it is just forward or back...so even more lazy than just no clutch.
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my mom's Hyundai Sonata has tiptronic, or something similar. A lot of cars are starting to have it as an option now with the auto tranny's...kick it from D to the right side of the shift box and there is a + when you press up, and - when you pull down...its very hesitant though and it will shift for you if you don't do it by the time 500rpms before redline come...GAY
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yeah but atleas the alternative to tiptronic is 5-6 speeds!

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