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Old 12-25-2004, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my clutch is very hard to step down, i tried many janpan cars, those are very soft .
BMW clutch is hard like that?
my clutch got some problem?? need to be fix?
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Old 12-25-2004, 02:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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what do u mean hard?? my dads civics clutch is very short compared to mine. mine travels alot and seems harder to push than his. but its normal and im used to it. what car is it?? i got a 92 325i 4dr.
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Old 12-25-2004, 03:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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mine is way hard to... my feet are kinda hurting...well thats probably because i wear slippers most of the time.

you need to apply more pressure to push the clutch down compaired to a lot of other cars.... is this normal, or can i adjust it some how so its not so hard?
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Old 12-25-2004, 06:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My 85 528e was like that, i went from driving a honda accord to the 528 and dam, my feet hurt, but i got used to it, then i went back to the honda and i couldnt even feel the clutch, i liked the harder clutch better, i think you will get used to it and learn to like it more.
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Old 12-25-2004, 07:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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the clutch is so hard, because you excited it. honestly i dont know. id assume its a matter of leverage and the power of the pressure plate
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Old 12-25-2004, 07:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My 318i '96's clutch is hard to push, I also had a 328 '96 and that clutch was pretty easy to push, and now my dad's 323i '99's clutch is super easy to push... I dunno why, I can't explain anything
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mine is hard... oh wait we're talking about clutches... Nope, mine feels about the same as my old car (when it had a stock clutch) 92 Toyota Celica... I am not sure what would make the clutch harder to push down. But if it has allways been like that push harder and you'll get used to it.
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mine was hard to push down right before it went out...... now i've got 700 miles on a new one and its a lot softer. my knee's don't hurt after extended driving now. i think my 325is is right in between stiffness. some cars are more some are less. look into the wear of ur clutch go, they go without warning
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German cars typically have much harder clutches than America and Japanse cars..it's all in the design. Your steering should be much harder as well.
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en... is there any way to change it?
maybe BMWs is rare drive car... i won drive too much later... i got 2 cars
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it just got hard a little while ago.... i swear, if i have to dump a grand into a new clutch........
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If you can get to it.. have a look at everything... behind your pedal... a lot of times I've seen the rod the goes to your master cylinder cocked at an angle causing binding..... and a lot of time this puts a lot of pressure on the pedal braket... and pretty much breaking it... this is above your master cylinder.

Check that.. and make sure thats not messed up..

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yeah the steering and clutch is sooo much different between my friends 300zx and my 325. we hate driving each others cars! haha my trucks clutch doesnt even feel like a clutch after driving my bmw

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Hardness of the BMW clutch only sucks when you're stuck in stop and go traffic.
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BMW clutch pedals are "harder" to operated by design.
It's part of the German philosophy that a car is made to be driven and driven hard.

That's also part of the reason why you won't find cup holders in the German version of any of their models. It's gastly for them to think that people will actually eat and drink in cars. To them if you want to eat, park the car and go to a table.

I read an article years ago that some "die-hard" engineers/designers at BMW wanted to stop sending cars to North America, because of this "in-car eating/drinking" culture, but alas, to our benefit economics won out and we get to enjoy these excellent pieces of machinery.
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