3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
Ever since owning my 330i Sport manual shift I have had trouble pulling away smoothly. I have to give the car a few more revs than when driving any other car. If anyone else trys to drive the car they stall the car as they don't give it enough revs. The problem is also when reversing, when I have to give it lots of reves or it judders as if it is going to stall. BMW have looked at the car about 4 times and have not come up with anything. It is driving me mad. BMW say it is due to the power in the engine. This is rubbish as I am used to driving Ferrari 360's with manual boxes. Any adeas anyone??
hmmm...well if ur not dropping the clutch too fast and applying enough gas to keep it above like 1500 rpm then id say there is likely a problem. get a bmw dealer to test drive ur car and go with them to see if it does it while they are driving it too.
I have an 05 330CIC ZHP 6-speed and the clutching drives me nuts. I' ve driven manuals all my life so it's not me. According to popular opinion plus a talk with the local service manager, it's a combination of the clutch delay valve plus thorttle by wire, both of which screw up the timing for someone used to real-world linkage.
The only workaround is more and smoother revs (which makes you look and sound like an amateur) and slower deployment of the clutch. After a while you more or less adapt to it. There are blank CDVs available in the aftermarket but I don't plan to add one until the warranty is gone, some years from now.
BMW makes a fantastic car but this is an example of the engineers trying to outhink the end users -- it sucks.
it takes some getting used to but you dont have to look like an amature when u try to get moving. you will eventually get the technique down - you just need to apply more gas then you normally would to get the needle moving up faster and you can start engaging the clutch even under 1000 rpm. play with it - its not that hard to get used to.
Originally posted by mikey_325i@Mar 16 2005, 07:09 PM it takes some getting used to but you dont have to look like an amature when u try to get moving. you will eventually get the technique down - you just need to apply more gas then you normally would to get the needle moving up faster and you can start engaging the clutch even under 1000 rpm. play with it - its not that hard to get used to.
Well at least I know it is not just me with this problem. The dealership has told me it is a design fault. Apparently on a 328 they can put some M3 parts in, clutch or part of clutch or something, but on the 330 this is not possible.
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