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Old 09-29-2008, 09:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Heavy clutch

Just boought a preowned 2006 325i with stick shift, I am new to the stick shift and learned and practiced over the weekend. I felt the clutch was exceedingly heavy, much heavier than the brake and gas, somewhat tiring to step it in and out over time. Is this kind of stiff clutch normal for a BMW? and can it be adjusted? Thanks a lot.
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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coming from an auto to manual can be hard on the leg as your not use to it, if its that hard to push down it can be adjusted, dealer or indie are the best places as the car has to be raised in the air.
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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really enjoy the thrill of picking up and acceleration!!!

any advise how to master the clutch in a hurry for a newbie? from shift 1, should i rev up rpm to a certain number before easily let up the clutch? or both should be simultaneously? thanks.
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Not to many revs, you basically let the clutch up slowley whilst you rev gently, when you get the hang of it you will be able to do faster and hold it on a hill with just clutch & revs and no brake applied.

Good luck, luckly over here we have more manuals than auto's so you learn to drive in a manual,when you pass your test in entitles you to drive both, but if you take a test in an auto you are NOT permitted to drive a manual
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All BMWs I have driven have very stiff clutch pedals. I like it
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after you master the clutch, you should remove the CDV.
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Remove the CDV now and you'll master the clutch much quicker. Why BMW fit this in the first place has me stuffed!
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How do i remove CDV? what does it do?
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Here is the CDV info: CDV
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maybe the car has a clutch thats why it feels so heavy because when i drive my 330 it feels the same waii as anii other car
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Does the CDV really make the cluth heavier? Anybody with the modification feel the difference? Thank so much.
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......and hold it on a hill with just clutch & revs and no brake applied......
And this Will kill your clutch BTW.... just use the brakes.... that is what they were designed for..... And Cheaper and easyer to replace....
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Does the CDV really make the cluth heavier? Anybody with the modification feel the difference? Thank so much.
No, the DVD does not make the clutch heavier. BMW makes teh clutch heavier and fits it with a CDV also. We are just recommending that you have teh CVD removed to improve your driving pleasure
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your all assuming his clutch is ok, its an 06 so i'll assume the owner took care of the car,. as for learning first start off on a flat driveway or parking lot, this way you can find out where the clutch engage. have the car in 1st ease of the clutch until the car starts to move.

this is your first 5sp am not sure if would matter if you removed the cvd, either remove it now or forget about it, with the cvd remove the clutch will grab faster thats it.

after you master step one (knowing where the clutch engage) then on to balancing, find a slop just enough for the car to roll back (not a hill), in first gear try to keep the car from rolling back and not move forward, the car should not rev over 1000 rmp and this will not kill your clutch, your only doing this for less than a min. you should not smell any clutch this should not burn your clutch at all

after all this you should not have to rev up the car, mabe up to 1000 rpm the most..

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