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Old 02-26-2004, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, heres the deal. I was driving my friends 2002 325i 4 door auto, it had the steptronic in the middle, but not on the wheel. Anyways...I was racing him through this gated area, and it was driving real nice, but then I was like "ohhhhh", and pushed the pedal down to the bttom, and there was this little button under the pedal on the ground, and if you pushed the pedal down and pushed the button on the floor, it accelerated real fast, almost like a boost. strange......I had never seen or felt such a thing. Any opinions or comments?
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Old 02-26-2004, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's the kickdown switch for the transmisson.
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Old 02-26-2004, 11:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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so it downshifted for me? cuz it didnt look like it, I was in 3rd doing about 65, I dont think it would go into 2cnd at 65
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its the kick down putton. your car should have it too. i have one and my car is an 87 325. what it does is, to give u a boost it will put u in 3rd gear(the car will accelerate) and for the automatic tran to shift up you have to lay off the gas a litttle and then it will shift. pretty sweet. check in your bmw manuel. it will explain it much more clearly than i can. peace out
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Old 02-28-2004, 12:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yea i got the kick down on my 1990, its the coolest thing ever!
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wait, were you in 3rd in steptronic mode or in auto mode? if you were in steptronic then it wouldnt have kicked down for you. the only thing i can think of is that the new electronic throttles kinda advance the timing slightly at full throttle to take full advantage of stuff like double vanos, but i could be way off, maybe TECH has an explanation. i'll move this to e46 for now.
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Whats vanos, I know its like i guess the VTECH maybe?... some more info ?
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Whats vanos, I know its like i guess the VTECH maybe?... some more info ?
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Were all bmw's equipped with it - and when you hit the floor can you feel the button being pushed?

I have never felt mine - but its gutless in any gear whether i hit the floor or not and it never downshifts me - lol....

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There should be a kickdown swtich for any auto bmws.. (as far as i know of).. it helps makes the engine revs higher and therefore changes the gear later.. it will also drop the gear when neccessary.. I had it on my previous auto transmission, (1992 318i M40).. It works great with the S-mode, as it will rev till near red line before shifting gear.

My dad's W124 Mercedes 260E also has a kickdown switch.. you can feel a click when u press fully..

if you cant feel it, the switch might be gone (due to wear and tear).. it cant click' anymore, u can get it replaced easily..
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