| Originally posted by udluze@Sep 13 2004, 07:16 AM |
I have two, more serious, questions regarding the car. There seems to be quite a bit of gear noise. It surprises me. I would have expected an expensive BMW to be quieter. Even the throwout bearing is audible when using the clutch. Do others who own this model consider that to be normal?
My other question has to do with the clutch. The takeup seems abrupt. I had to drive the car several miles before first to second gear shifts got smooth. Driving the car takes a fair amount of effort, especially in traffic. I also own a Honda S2000. That car practically drives itself. Everything feels light and smooth compared to the BMW.
When you say gear noise, are you talking about "drive-train slop"? Is it an audible clunk when shifts aren't made smoothly?
And as far as the T/O bearing, that thing should be okay unless the previous owner rested his foot on the clutch frequently which wouldn't suprise me.
And yes, the clutch engagement is a bit abrupt IMO. I've driven nothing but manuals my whole life and find the M is by far the toughest. You'll get use to it, but it will take a bit of time.