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Old 09-23-2003, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK some of you know that I am a newbie to these cars so please be patient with my ignorance. I have a 98 E36 and when I hammer it off the line I notice it tends to "bog" if you will and then snap!!!!!!!!!! It's weird, almost as if the tires offer to much traction for the car to go then all of a sudden it pulls hard as hell. I am not dumping the clutch, but I am giving it hell and it just doesn't feel how I thought it would or should. My guy has 275 WHP in his 3rd gen RX7 and that damn thing goes ape shit outta the hole. I realize they are completely different vehicles, especially weight wise. So is this the norm? I guess I would expect the car to lay the rubber down, although it's traction we seek right.....so is this just a result of good traction? The ride sits on Bridgestone Potenza's, stock 17"s. any feed back appreciated.

BTW the car had a $700.00 inspections before I bought it so I assume it's running proper, the ASC deal is off too.
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Old 09-23-2003, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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your M3 definetly has more torque then a rx7.... weird... drive another m3 same year and see if the feeling is the same
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Old 09-24-2003, 08:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah that rotary doesn't provide much. Here's a better description, ya know when your in like a slow car IE: civic and you rev the motor a bit (4500 RPM) as you come off the start it will bog, cause the car has no power to support the RPMs and then as the RPMs build it takes off. Now that seems to make more sense to me since those motors build HP off of RPMs. Don't get me wrong it IS fast, just figured I'd drop this. It's probably me or for that matter maybe my driving, I have to admit that LONG AS throw between the gears takes a little to get used to. CYA!
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Do you drive an auto? If not then I have no idea whats wrong, my car is a rocket out of the hole.
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what rpm are you launching at?
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Around three grand, but then the car will kind of bogas if it doesn't have enuff gas or power. Maybe I need to learn how to feather the clutch more. I posted in another thread my 1/4 miles times, weird deal is even with a respectable 60' time I'm still running 15 flat. I'd like to find a skilled driver to roll it at the track just so I know it's me. I did feel and watch the clutch slip at high RPM though.
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