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#1 (permalink) Old 12-28-2004, 02:04 AM
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Hey everybody, I just bought a new 325i. Needless to say, I'm more than excited and extremely happy.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get a manual so I have the automatic w/ steptronic. I love the sports mode. The handling is so freaking tight. Anyways, my question is about the "manual". Is it harder on the engines? How should I step up and down? It seems to spin at an overall higher rpm. Also, in accelerating from a stop, should I 'ease' the pedal in, or should I just press it hard from the start? I'm kind of going in between, and it jerks forward slightly.

So I've been reading some of the other threads, and it seems like a cool forum. Glad to be a part of it all B)
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1. do not stress it in the first 1500 miles, no matter what. i'd not exceed 4 krpm, tends to score the cylinders...or gets the rings stuck...could be bad scene.
2. once broken in press the right pedal, acclerate like a bat out of hell, the car will bounce at the rev limiter. you will feel it. that means you've gone too far and needed shifting , then adjust your driving style.


3. accelerating from the start is as you please in terms of peeling off or being gentle.
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I test drove one a while ago and the transmission will not let you shift down if the revs are too high, it will override you. Similarly if you floor it and try to manually shift up early it will override you if it thinks it can do better.

Once run in just floor it. The electronics and diff will take care of the rest. You need to put your trust in it. It will not fail you (unless you switch the electronics off which is also good for a laugh),
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it won't let you shift if the revs will be too high or the trans.
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